Jaipur: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu stated that rural service should be made compulsory for MBBS graduates before promoting them to next level.

He was addressing the 3rd Convocation Ceremony at Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences & Technology, Jaipur on 26th March. He said that making rural service mandatory for MBBS graduates can be a way to overcome the shortage of doctors in rural areas.

Vice-President wants private sector to complement with the government in its attempt to bridge the urban-rural divide. He added that though the local hospitals like taluka hospitals, district hospitals and PHC’s are working on health of people, still lot of work needs to be carried out to provide state-of-art healthcare facilities in rural areas.

He shared an experience of his wife visiting a doctor and half of the problem of her was fixed only by doctor understanding the concerns and greeting her. He questioned, “How can one prescribe, without touching the patient, without seeing pulse? this is what is happening nowadays.” He explained the importance of doctors attending patients affectionately.

He wants medical universities to include teachings of human values as a part of academic syllabus which will induce moral, ethical and social values in students.

Dr. ML Swarnkar, chairman of the medical college and hospital said, “In the convocation, 166 doctors were awarded with their degrees. These new doctors will provide services to the patients for serving the society.”