Today News Online Service
New Delhi, February 7
The Covid-19 pandemic has taught the world that one cannot be safe if others are at risk, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday while addressing the 23rd annual convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, in Bengaluru.
The President said the first major pandemic in over a century has taught us to be better prepared for unforeseen public health crises.
“Though Covid-19 seems to be one-of-a-kind health crisis that happens rarely, a section of scientists has warned us to be prepared for similar challenges ahead,” the President said. Hoping the world has learnt the right lessons, the President said in the post-Covid phase, the world would have to pay more attention to public healthcare.
Addressing the students, the President said their entry into this noble profession opens up for them unforeseen and unprecedented opportunities to serve humanity.
“It depends on the graduates how they make the best use of these opportunities. In the Union Budget announced on February 1, the area of health and well-being has been recognised as one of the six crucial pillars of Atmanirbhar Bharat,” the President said, adding that emphasis is being laid on boosting healthcare infrastructure in the country.
He said effective utilisation of this national resource would be possible only with the active support and contribution of graduates.
The President said healthcare delivery in India was poised to undergo a change at all stages — prevention, diagnosis and treatment.