New Delhi, Jul 21: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday urged doctors belonging to the Indian diaspora to give back to the society by adopting their native villages and strengthening Primary Health Centres (PHCs).
Inaugurating the 13th Global Healthcare Summit organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) and Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO), in Hyderabad, Naidu advised the doctors to take active interest in the functioning of PHCs in their villages and help improve them, an official statement here said.
Expressing concern over the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which accounted for 61.08 per cent of all deaths in the country in 2016, Naidu asked the medical fraternity to adopt the concept of ‘Medical Social Responsibility’ on the lines of CSR and appealed to doctors to visit schools once every week.
He said inadequate public spend, low doctor-patient ratio, high share of out-of-pocket expenditure and inadequate infrastructure in rural areas were the main problems surrounding healthcare in India.
Referring to the report of McKinsey Global Institute which estimated that the implementation of telemedicine technology could save $4-5 billion every year and replace half of in-person outpatient consultations in India, he wanted organisations like AAPI and GAPIO to help remote hospitals in India to acquire the latest telemedicine equipment.(UNI)