Prime Minister Narendra Modi has praised the role played by doctors in combating the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that wreaked havoc in India.
PM Modi, while addressing the doctors’ community on the occasion of National Doctors’ Day, said that India was able to save lakhs of lives from the deadly virus because of doctors, healthcare workers and other frontline workers.
Notably, Doctors’ Day is observed in the honour of noted doctor and former West Bengal Chief Minister Bidhan Chandra Roy, whose birth and death anniversaries fall on July 1.
What PM Modi said
While highlighting the lack of focus on healthcare during the past decades, the prime minister said that his government tried to augment health infrastructure in the country. He said, “In our country, the population pressure makes this challenge even more difficult. But despite this, India’s per lakh population rate of infection and death rate has still been manageable compared with more developed countries.”
“Our government has given paramount priority to healthcare. Last year, during the 1st wave, we had allotted Rs 15,000 crore to improve our health infrastructure. This year, allocation of budget for healthcare is over Rs 2 lakh crore,” PM Modi said. Till 2014, where there were only six AIIMS in the country, work on 15 new AIIMS has already started in the last seven years, he pointed out. The number of medical colleges has also increased by about one and a half time, he said.
Now, the government has come up with a Credit Guarantee Scheme of Rs 50,000 crore to strengthen the health infrastructure in such areas where there is a lack of health facilities, the prime minister said. “Our government is committed to safeguarding our doctors. Last year, we brought in several provisions against crimes against doctors,” he said.
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