*Treat patients like kin: Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*
*Emphasis to transform Health sector in the state budget*
*Bengaluru, February 16, Tuesday*
If doctors treat patients like their kin, public healthcare sector will be able to meet the expectations of common man, said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar.
Addressing the students at the graduation day ceremony of the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute Dr.K.Sudhakar said that there are about 3 lakh staff serving in Health Department. But the service provided at Government hospitals is perceived to be not upto the mark. Doctors can change this perception if they serve with dedication and treat each patient as their kin, said the Minister.
Health sector will be a major focus area in the upcoming state budget that will be presented by CM BSY. Doctors will play a big role in realising the Govt’s dream of building an Arogya Karnataka. More than 70% of our population reside in rural areas and 20-25% of the health facilities are in rural areas. Young medical professionals should come forward to serve in rural areas, Minister appealed to graduating students.
Health sector has been a priority for our State Govt. We have started an initiative to revamp and upgrade our PHCs, which are the buidling blocks of our public healthcare system. Union Govt in its budget has allocated Rs.2.3 lakh crores for health sector which is an increase of 137% from previous year.
Student Life is a crucial period in everyone’s life. Now you are stepping into the real world. But your learning should not stop here. Learning, research and innovation should be always part of your life. The role of doctors in fighting the pandemic has been commendable and I appreciate their efforts, said the Minister.
It is a matter of great pride that India could develop and manufacture vaccine for Covid-19 within 10 months. So far we have vaccinated 5 lakh healthcare workers and frontline workers in the state, added the Minister.