Rourkela: Covid-19 pandemic has given us the lessons that as a nation, we must continue to strive to improve the healthcare system and make it equally accessible to all, President Ramnath Kovind said.
Inaugurating a Super Specialty Hospital in the Rourkela Steel Plant today , Mr. Kovind said improvement in peoples access to secondary and tertiary health care is equally important.
In recent times, he said “we have invested a lot in primary health services, and our objective behind this is to expand healthcare coverage to reach under-served people and far-reach areas.
Stating that Rourkela Steel Plant has played a major role in the industrial development of our country, Kovind said for inclusive development of a country, strong socio-economic structure is also necessary along with the industrial advancement.
About six years ago, the Prime Minister had laid the foundation for developing the Ispat General Hospital as a Super-Specialty Hospital.
And today it is ready to serve the people of the region,he said adding that this Hospital would not only cater the super specialty medical needs Odisha but also adjoining areas of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
The President said good governance has two important pillars – education and healthcare and both of them have contributed immensely to the development of human civilization.
The importance of healthcare has received worldwide attention as the Covid-19 pandemic has shown its macabre form across the world.
In this difficult time, our medical fraternity has fought an extraordinary battle against an invisible and unknown enemy.
He praised the scientists for their tireless efforts.It was only through their persistent efforts that the biggest vaccination campaign in history has been started in India,he remarked.
With this, India, Kovind said, is not only becoming self-sufficient in manufacturing the vaccines, but also providing vaccines to other countries free of cost or at a very reasonable price.