New Delhi: Underlining the shortage of medicos in India, union health minister Anbumani Ramadoss today appealed to students at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to stay back and work in the country.
“Please stay put in India. This country needs you very badly at this hour than ever and all of you who have graduated today are valuable commodity because you are the best in the world,” Ramadoss said at the annual AIIMS convocation.
“We want you here in India because there is an acute shortfall of health resources in the country,” he said.
Noting that India also faces a shortage of specialists like psychiatrists, cardiologists and anaesthetists, Ramadoss said institutions like AIIMS should take up training on a large basis.
“I urge AIIMS to take up more research,” he added.
Echoing the Health Minister’s view, chairperson of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change R K Pachauri said: “If you (students) are looking at spiritual or professional satisfaction, then I think serving your own people in your own country where you are needed the most is the greatest gift you can get.
“I strongly endorse Dr Ramadoss’ appeal to you to work in this country,” he said.
Pachauri said that doctors needed to look into the issues like how climate change affects the health of the people.
The Government was also in the process of setting up a second campus for AIIMS in the NCR region and had written to various state governments asking for land, the Health Minister said.