EAC Chairman seeks incentives for rural doctors

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Chennai, Apr 1: The Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, C Rangarajan has said doctors should be given adequate incentives to go to rural areas and private and corporate hospitals should adopt specific villages by providing them with medical facilities.

While delivering the tenth Convocation address of Sri Ramachandra University yesterday here, Dr Rangarajan said Government and the private sector shoud share the responsibility in strengthening health facilities in rural and remote areas.

''The Government cannot abdicate its responsibility of creating and nurturing centres of excellence in teaching, treatment and research'', he said, adding ''it also has the responsibility to create conditions for private Institutes of high standard to flourish''.

He said the private sector cannot consider health purely from a profit motive, devoid of any social responsibility.

Emphasising the need for medical research, Dr Rangarajan said ''modern day diseases are getting more complicated, requiring constant investment in new drugs or completely new types of treatment in the emerging field of genetheraphy''.

''Apart from more public investment in medical research and development, there is a wide scope for teaching institutions like Sri Ramachandra University to partner with the private sector in securing research funds'', he said, adding ''this will provide more avenues for young students to pursue a career in medical research''.


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