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We are in talks with Jharkhand govt on healthcare reforms: Dr. Devi Shetty

Narayana health founder urges centre to build 500 medical colleges by 2020

Jamshedpur, April 11: Narayana health is planning to expand its facilities in Jharkhand and setting up quality hospitals in the state which has been deprived of quality health care.

“We have plans to set up facilities in Jharkhand and also had talks with the Chief Minister Raghubar Das on planning to expand the health care services which will be on PPP mode”, said Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman of Narayana Health.

Talking to the media persons on the sidelines of conference of Cardiology Society of India at SNTI in Jamshedpur organized by Brahmananda Narayana Multi-speciality Hospital in association with Jharkhand Chapter of Cardiology Society of India, Dr. Shetty said that one pregnant woman dies every ten minutes while 3 lakhs infants die the day they are born which is harrowing specially in a country like India has the potential to become world leader in healthcare by utilising its IT services which are at par with the US and European nations.
The first and foremost thing is to check the maternal and infant mortality rates which are bigger than the heart disease and it’s needed to be checked urgently.

Eminent cardiac surgeon maintained that technology is being used in at a very fast pace and in the coming years more innovations will be done in the field of medicine which will help India advance in the coming decade. Use of IT services would make delivery in healthcare services of better quality and cost effective.

Talking about the heart disease, the Chairman and Founder of Narayana Health said “Over two million patients with heart problems in the country require surgeries every year but all hospitals put together can conduct only 1.25 million. The main issue behind this is that we Indians don’t take our problems seriously and are negligence in our approach, Dr. Shetty said.

In the last 45 years nothing has changed in the medical and now its high time that the government should take steps in betterment of the health care services in the country, said Padma awardee adding that we have only 30,000 gynaecologists in the country, which needs two lakhs of them and more paediatricians.

We are the only country were children from poor background don’t become doctor’s due to the high medical fees, said Dr. Shetty urging the government to set up 500 medical colleges in the next five years to produce adequate number of doctors by 2025. These colleges have to be built by the government as it would provide opportunities to students from poor backgrounds to become doctors, he said. “Every district headquartered hospital should be converted into medical college which will help reduce the issue of manpower in this field and government should also think about increasing the PG seats in medical colleges”, added Dr. Shetty.

“Jharkhand government should plan to launch healthcare benefit like the Yashaswini scheme in Karnataka”, Dr. Devi Shetty signed off.

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