Kolkata, Aug 17 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): West Bengal Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dinesh Trivedi said that the medical industry in foreign countries is critically dependent on Indian medical personnel.
“When I go abroad, I find that most of the medical personnel there, are Indians. One feels proud to know that if suddenly all Indians got up and left, their entire healthcare infrastructure would collapse,” Trivedi said.
The minister was speaking at the 11th anniversary celebrations of the premier multispecialty hospital Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS), at the Science City Auditorium in Kolkata.
However, he pointed out, mass exodus of doctors and other medical personnel from India to foreign land is a looming problem that troubles the country.
“It’s nice to have them depending on us, but we need to understand the value of our doctors as well. We need to encourage them to stay back,” said Trivedi.
Member of the Legislative Assembly from the opposition Partha Chatterjee said, “Our state has lost a lot. Let’s not lose our doctors too.”
Taking the cue, RTIICS, as part of its ‘Udayer Pathey’ scholarship program, felicitated 12 students from across the state with full scholarships to enable them complete their medical studies.
“This program is for students to whom merit is not the issue, but means are. We’ll sponsor the entire 5 year MBBS education for them,” said RTIICS Vice President Dr Kunal Sarkar.
26-year-old Subodh Biswas from North 24 Parganas district, who completed his school education by working simultaneously, said if it had not been for the scholarship, he would have never been able to think of completing his MBBS degree.
“My parents died when I was very young. It has not be easy. And now I am going to the Bardhaman Medical College and can be what I have always dreamed of,” he told IBNS.
Shekhar Mehta from Rotary Club of Calcutta, that partnered the hospital for Udayer Pathe, said, “Each one of the 12 students here has a heart-touching tale. They highlight the critical need to maintain an equilibrium in our education opportunities.”
Renowned cardiologist Dr Devi Shetty who heads RTIICS, in a video message, announced plans for setting up 5,000-bed super-multispecialty hospitals in all state capitals in India in future.
He underlined the need to make hi-tech healthcare affordable to the working class and also the ‘shortage of passionate doctors’ in the 4.5 trillion USD global healthcare industry..
“We want 2,000 doctors form the villages of West Bengal every year and the scholarship program is a step towards that,” he said.
(Reporting by Divyanshu Dutta Roy, photos by Avishek Mitra)