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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh proposes upskilling medicos with AI, Quantum and other newer technologies to meet the changing requirements of patient care and to make best use of the latest diagnostic and therapeutic modalities available


India has taken a lead in Preventive and Integrated Healthcare under the leadership of PM Modi, says Dr Jitendra Singh

With increasing lifespan, India will face a bipolar challenge during the Amritkaal: Dr Jitendra Singh

“Preventive Healthcare will help preserve the energies of that huge youth resource pool which is going to be the architect of India@2047”

Dr Jitendra Singh addresses the 63rd Annual Convocation Of National Academy Of Medical Sciences (India)

Posted On: 08 OCT 2023 1:49PM by PIB Delhi

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh has proposed upskilling medicos with AI (Artificial Intelligence), Quantum and other newer technologies to meet the changing requirements of patient care and to make the best use of the latest diagnostic and therapeutic modalities available.

Dr Jitendra Singh was addressing the 63rd Annual Convocation of National Academy of Medical Sciences (India), NAMS, at the Ramaiah Medical College in Bengaluru.

Emphasising continuous skill building, particularly in young professionals, Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also a known Diabetologist and Professor of Medicine, said India has taken the lead in Preventive and Integrated Healthcare under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Professional medical bodies such as NAMS and the Government could come together to provide Preventive Healthcare to all citizens of the country, he said.

“Wherever we are not able to provide optimum patient care, we could at least focus on the prevention of diseases through new technology means and I think that is one area which NAMS could pick up, - Preventive Healthcare doctors, purely specializing in preventive healthcare, (and) if we could do that, we would not only be serving the cause of Healthcare or Medical Care, we would be actually serving a national responsibility by preserving the energies of that huge youth resource pool which is going to be the architect of India@2047,” he said.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the last 9 years have turned India into a cost-effective medical destination and this has been possible because of several path-breaking healthcare reforms and enabling provisions brought in by PM Modi ever since he took over in 2014. 

“Previously India was hardly known for any preventive healthcare but today India is recognised as the vaccination hub of the world having produced DNA Covid Vaccine, world’s first intra-nasal Covid Vaccine, India’s first indigenously developed vaccine, “CERVAVAC” for the prevention of cervical cancer and many other vaccines for different diseases,” he said.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, healthcare has been the top priority of the Modi Government. “From 145 medical colleges in 2014, the number has increased to 260, besides 19 AIIMS have started academic sessions. Number of MBBS UG seats have increased from 51,348 in 2014 to 91,927 seats which is an increase of 79%. The number of PG seats have also increased by 93% from 31,185 seats in 2014 to 60,202 seats,” he said.

Dr Jitendra Singh asserted that Ayushman Bharat is so far the world’s best health insurance scheme and credit goes to PM Modi for having conceptualised it. This is possibly the only health insurance scheme in the world which offers the option of seeking insurance cover even for a pre-existing disease, he said.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, with increase in lifespan of people, India will face bipolar challenge during the Amritkaal. 

“More than 70% of the population is below the age of 40 years. On the one hand, there is a large percentage of the population in young age, and on the other hand, we have an increasing number of elderly population. Thus, we have the twin challenge of preventing spread of diseases as well as checking incapacitation,” he said.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said India has taken a quantum leap in the start-up ecosystem, space technology, the recent being launch of Chandrayaan-3, Quantum Technology etc. The International Biofuel Alliance, announced on the sidelines of the most successful G20 Summit in New Delhi, will have a huge bearing on the medical fraternity as well.

“This has also placed Prime Minister Modi as one of the tallest, or maybe the tallest, leader in the world,” he said.

The S&T Minister said, Chandrayaan-3 and India’s vaccine story are striking success stories in India’s quantum leap in the last four-five years.

“We had everything, but we were possibly waiting for an enabling milieu to happen. And that enabling milieu had to come from the level of the policy makers, from the level of the political leadership and that happened after Prime Minister Modi came in,” he said.

“In a country with 70% population below the age of 40 and the youth of today are going to be the prime citizens of India@2047, preventive healthcare and widespread mass screening will help achieve our economy the expected rate of growth set out by PM Modi,” he added.

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