Addressing the participants, the Vice President stated training of young professionals in the sciences and art of medicine is one of the most sacred duties one can ever perform.
“You are not only imparting knowledge and helping students imbibe skills but you are also facilitating the internalisation of a set of values. Patience, understanding, empathy, soothing expression and skilful assessment are crucial for a successful career in medicine,” Naidu said.
In his address, he further stated that the private sector must not only supplement the efforts of the government in bridging the urban-rural divide in the health sector, but must adopt a more humane and philanthropic approach and ensure that healthcare is affordable and accessible. Naidu also lauded the government for Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission (PMRSSM) that will provide universal health care to 50 crore poor and vulnerable people.
Doctors are considered next to God in our country and it is the cardinal responsibility of all those entering the medical profession to uphold the trust and confidence of the patients, who seek treatment from them.
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He urged the students to maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity at every stage. “I am sure that all the students of the Lady Hardinge Medical College will carry on the legacy of this prestigious institute and contribute towards building a healthy India,” Naidu added.
Congratulating the students, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare said that the students graduating today must not stop learning and should always enhance their skills and knowledge. They must not also forget their responsibility towards the society and the patients they are treating.
“The main aim of your training is to serve people and poverty should never come in between. The advice you give to your patients should not result in destitution. No person should be left without treatment due to lack of money,” Choubey said.
Ashwini Kumar Choubey awarded degrees to 81 post graduates and 175 graduate students. He also gave away 38 medals and prizes to the meritorious students.
Dr Promila Gupta, DGHS and Sanjeeva Kumar, Additional Secretary (Health) and Dr Rajiv Garg, Director, LHMC, along with the senior officers and faculty of the Institute were also present at the function.