“I salute the entire medical fraternity from doctors to nurses, para medical staff and sanitation workers, technicians and ASHA workers in the villages.”
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that flexibility, research and innovation have helped India become a torch bearer in the global fight against COVID-19.
He also praised the efforts and ingenuity of Indian researchers and scientists to find technical solutions to the challenges thrown by the epidemic.
Addressing the first graduation day function of Employees State Insurance Corporation Medical College (Faridabad) held in New Delhi, Mr. Naidu praised doctors, scientists and policy makers for the fight against the virus.
“I salute the entire medical fraternity of doctors, nurses, para medical staff and the sanitary staff, technicians and ASHA workers in the villages who came together to team-up to fight the epidemic,” he said.
Shri Naidu appreciated the Indian industry for the production of essential items like PPE kits, surgical gloves, face masks, ventilators and vaccines. He also praised the medical and paramedical institutions run by the ESIC for their role in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.
Girls swing all over the horn
During the ceremony, the Vice President was pleased to see that all the medalists were girls.
He congratulated them and underlined the need to provide equal opportunities to women in every field.
“I have always believed that if you serve humanity with a sense of selfless dedication, you will achieve boundless satisfaction,” he told the pass out students.
Referring to the largest vaccination campaign in the world against COVID-19 occurring in India, the Vice President said that the worst phase of the epidemic is coming to an end.
However, he continued to keep people alert and take all necessary precautions until the country decisively defeated the virus.
In his address, Mr. Naidu also mentioned a number of other health challenges that need to be addressed on issues such as low doctor-patient ratio, lack of medical colleges, inadequate infrastructure in rural areas and low adoption of health insurance.
Mr. Naidu expressed concern over the high expenditure on health in India and called for ensuring quality healthcare at affordable rates for all.
The Vice President praised ESIC for running India's largest social security program covering around 10 percent of the country's population.
Mr. Naidu also commended ESIC for several new initiatives such as MoUs with the National Health Authority (NHA), in which Ayushman, the beneficiary of the ESI scheme, can get services in Indo-imperial hospitals in selected districts. He also appreciated the initiative of ESIC to open its subordinate hospitals to the general public on the basis of nominal user fees.
Mr. Naidu expressed satisfaction with India for emerging as an attractive medical tourism center in the region due to its state-of-the-art facilities and highly skilled professionals.
On the occasion, Labor Minister Santosh Gangwar said, “A landmark act of incorporating 44 labor laws into four codes. After the enactment of the Code on Social Security 2020, which is one of those codes, the Employees' State Insurance Corporation ( ESIC) services: will be expanded to all districts of the country. ”Labor Secretary Apoorva Chandra said that ESIC would include gigs and platform workers including unorganized workers within its social security net.
Gigs and platform workers are workers who work outside of traditional employers ‘and employees' relationships. Manch activists are associated with an online platform to provide their services such as Ola, Uber, Jomato or Swiggy.