Dr Narayan praises public service of St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences
The country needs doctors who are dedicated, caring, patient and communicative, Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan said on Tuesday. Speaking as chief guest at the convocation ceremony of St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, the DCM said such attributes are as important as, if not more than, medical competence.
The DCM, who also holds the Higher Education portfolio, said, “Clinical competence, communication skills and a strong understanding of ethics form the foundation stone of professionalism. On top of this foundation are four pillars — excellence in service, altruism, humanism, and strong social accountability. It is this combination of foundation and pillars that makes medical practitioners healers and care providers.”
St John’s is a distinguished institution that is dedicated to serving society and humanity. The institution has mandated 2 years of rural service for its graduates and this is an example even governments can follow, he noted.
’Tele-medicine is the future’
Noting that over 7,000 Jan Aushadi Kendras have been set up across the country to provide medicines to people at affordable prices, Dr Narayan observed that tele-consultation would make a huge difference in the future to public healthcare, especially in rural areas.
The new National Education Policy will facilitate all-round development of students by placing equal emphasis on academic and non-academic excellence, he said.
Rev. George Antonysamy, Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore and Chairman, Governing Board, St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, presided at the function. Dr George A D’Souza, Dean, and others were present.