Holistic healthcare is the need of the hour: President

pranab-mukherjeeThe President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has said that the health research is essential for the development of medical interventions necessary to maintain good health by the people.

The President attending the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) at Dhanvantri Nagar, Puducherry said that development of sound systems of medicine requires translation of knowledge gained in other disciplines.

It has been demonstrated how knowledge from aviation, automation and robotics can be used for optimizing healthcare. Medical research has to be, therefore, a culmination of multi-disciplinary effort comprising varied fields like medical electronics, systems biology, bio-technology, genomics, mathematical simulation and information and communication.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that a holistic healthcare system – universally accessible, affordable and effective – is the need of the hour. It calls for a strong healthcare infrastructure, trained and motivated personnel, and access to medicines and modern equipments.

There are 7 hospital beds per 10,000 population in India, compared to 23 in Brazil, 38 in China and 97 in Russia. There are 7 physicians per 10,000 population in India, compared to 19 in Brazil, 15 in China and 43 in Russia. Though schemes like the National Rural Health Mission have improved service delivery in India, health services are still constrained by its reach and quality. Primary healthcare is critical as it reduces the need for tertiary care. Public financing for healthcare in India is less than one percent of the world’s total health expenditure. [Source]

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