On the occasion of National Doctors’ Day, Modi emphasized the ‘limitations’ in India’s medical infrastructure over the years, as well as how it was neglected in the past.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised physicians for their role in saving lives from the coronavirus epidemic on Thursday, saying that his administration places a high priority on improving healthcare infrastructure to battle the pandemic.
While emphasizing that losing even one life is tragic, Modi stated that India had saved the lives of lakhs of people, with physicians, healthcare providers, and frontline workers receiving most of the credit.
In a speech to physicians on National Doctors’ Day, he also emphasized the “limitations” of the type of medical infrastructure that has been built in the nation over several decades, as well as how medical infrastructure has been neglected in the past.
“It is heartbreaking to lose even one person’s life, but India has spared the lives of lakhs of her citizens from the coronavirus. Our hardworking physicians, healthcare professionals, and front-line employees deserve a lot of credit,” he added.
Noting that the virus is new and changing, the prime minister stated that India’s physicians are combating the illness’s difficulties with their expertise and experience.
“Our administration has made healthcare a top priority. We allocated Rs 15,000 crore to develop our health infrastructure during the first wave last year. “This year, the budget allocation for healthcare is moreover Rs 2 lakh crore,” Modi remarked.
He said that while there were just six AIIMS in the country before 2014, construction on 15 new AIIMS has already begun in the previous seven years.
According to him, the number of medical colleges has risen by roughly one-and-a-half times.
According to Modi, the government has created a Rs 50,000 crore Credit Guarantee Scheme to build health infrastructure in places where there are a dearth of health services.
“Our government is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our physicians. “Last year, we enacted a number of laws to combat crimes against doctors,” he explained.
Modi continued, “We are also giving free insurance cover to our COVID fighters.”
He added that the manner our physicians have served the country is an inspiration in and of itself, and thanked the doctors on behalf of 130 million Indians.
Doctors have saved millions of lives by labouring tirelessly day and night, he added, even while the country fights a major battle against Corona.
Modi also paid homage to physicians who died in the fight against the covid epidemic and his condolences to their families.
Doctors’ Day commemorates the birth and death anniversaries of famous doctor and former West Bengal chief minister Bidhan Chandra Roy, who was born on July 1 and died on July 1.