President Ram Nath Kovind addresses at the inauguration of the newly built Teaching Hospital of the CIMS in Karnataka on October 07, 2021. (PIB)
Chamarajanagar: We can hope to build an Atmanirbhar Bharat only when our technology, human resources and the access to both come together, said President Ram Nath Kovind.
He was speaking on the occasion of inauguration of the newly built Teaching Hospital of the Chamarajanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) at Chamarajanagar, Karnataka on October 7, 2021.
Pointing the fact that the area around the CIMS is densely forested and many of the people living in it are from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the President urged the administration of CIMS and the state government of Karnataka to take steps to make affordable healthcare available to them with the goal of providing universal healthcare for all.
“This would be in tune with the true aim of the expansion of medical services in the country. The government of India has already increased the number of the AIIMS from 6 to 22. It is also opening new medical colleges in every district to improve the health infrastructure in the entire country. As new post-graduate colleges are coming up, the existing post-graduate institutes are also encouraged to become Centres of Excellence,” said President Kovind.
“But this infrastructure cannot serve its purpose without human resources. All technology would be useless if we don’t have a robust delivery mechanism. We need to take our health services to the remotest corners of our country. We can hope to build an Atmanirbhar Bharat only when our technology, human resources and the access to both come together,” he added.
The President noted that the CIMS was ranked third for the successful implementation of the Ayushman Bharat-Arogya Karnataka scheme in 2020-21.
“Two professions that form the twin foundations for the development of a nation are – healthcare and education. And, the CIMS combines within itself both of these,” said the President.
He expressed confidence that the hospital with state-of-the-art facilities and adequate infrastructure for critical care and super speciality departments like cardiology, neurology etc would provide better healthcare services to the people of this region. (Press Release)