New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday reiterated the need for increasing the expenditure in health sector saying the public health expenditure in India is just 1.2 per cent of GDP, which is much lower than US, UK, Norway, Brazil, etc.
Addressing the 5th Foundation Day Celebration of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here, Mukherjee highlighted that technological application has brought silent revolution. He said, “The nation requires a technology led health sector.”
He also gave away degrees and awards to the PG toppers of the institute. He advised the students that this degree is the dividend of the nation’s investment in them and their will to serve people must always be unwavering.
Speaking at the occasion, the President said that RML has evolved into a state of the art tertiary care hospital. The PGIMER was established six years back with 28 postgraduate and 2 super specialty seats. Now it has 101 PG seats and 20 super specialty seats.
“India has 241 medical professionals (including medical, dental and all the streams) for one lakh population at the end of 11th Five Year Plan. It should be 354 by the end of 12th Five Year Plan,” he added.