Vice President Venkaiah Naidu stated that young doctors need to uphold medical ethics and treat every patient with empathy and compassion, irrespective of his or her financial background.
"People admire actors but they adore doctors, and doctors must treat their profession as a mission," he added.
While addressing young doctors at the 46th Annual Convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, he stated that medical education had undergone a paradigm shift from classroom-based teaching to self-directed small group learning using principles of adult learning.
Citing a report, Naidu said that India has only 1.1 beds per 1000 population compared to the world average of 2.7.
"Seventy percent of India's health care infrastructure is in the top 20 cities. We have to make quality healthcare accessible and affordable. There is also a significant urban-rural divide, and we have to bridge this gap in providing state-of-the-art healthcare services," he added.
Naidu also pointed out that India faces a 'paradoxical' situation in the health sector and the same treatment should reach all citizens.
"An important step in this direction will be to promote manufacturing of state-of-the-art devices and equipment in the country, particularly under the 'Make in India' programme and such a move will not only save precious foreign exchange but also bring down the costs of devices," he added.
At the convocation, Naidu presented the Lifetime Achievement Awards to Dr. A. K. Saraya, Dr. Samira Nundy, Dr. Kamal Buckshee, and Dr. Gomathy Gopinath. He also presented gold medals and certificates to 31 medical students who have achieved highest merit.