Bhubaneswar, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday asked the doctors to adopt a service oriented approach while discharging their duties as medical practitioners.
Hospitals and doctors must interact with patients and their families with kindness, empathy and compassion,Mr Naidu said adding that such approach will give the patients a healing touch and help them feel better.
Addressing the first convocation of the AIIMS, Bhubaneswar here the Vice-President said the Centre is taking measures to bring down the expenditure on health care so that it would be affordable for common man.
He said that the job of the doctor does not end by giving medicines but to advise and guide people on preventive care.
The doctors, Mr Naidu said, must encourage people to take active participation in physical activities like walking, running, exercise or Yoga and adopt healthy lifestyle.
A healthy society will move the country economically forward he said and urged the medical fraternity to propagate the idea behind Swachhata Abhiyan across the country.
Stating that India lives in villages and countryside,the Vice-President said focus should be more on rural healthcare and strengthening of medical infrastructure in the country.
Doctors, nurses and medical workers should also be well trained to cope with new frontiers of medicine, treatment and research. This will bridge the gap between rural and urban healthcare facilities.
He stressed on giving more attention towards family and community medicines. Young medical students must serve rural people after completion of their graduation first. It will provide them a plethora of rich experience about the lifestyle of rural and poor people who can be educated and guided to lead a better lifestyle through counseling.
On this occasion, the Vice-President also laid the foundation stone of the Rs 26 crore NALCO funded Night shelter and Rs 14.82 crore burn treatment units funded by NTPC.