President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates Super Speciality Hospital in Rourkela

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Rourkela, Mar 21 (PTI) A strong socio-economic structure is necessary along with industrial advancement for progress of a country, President Ram Nath Kovind said Sunday while inaugurating a super specialty hospital of Rourkela Steel Plant here.

Asserting that RSP, a unit of state-run SAIL, has been sensitive in this regard, the President said, it has made conscious efforts to bring about changes in healthcare, education, culture, sports and other sectors besides playing a significant role in industrial development.

Pointing out that Rourkela and the western region of Odisha were deprived of super specialty medical facilities, Kovind said that about six years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation for developing the Ispat General Hospital into such a medical institution.

This hospital would not only cater to the super speciality medical needs of Odisha but also adjoining areas of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, the President said.

Good governance has two important pillars - education and healthcare - and both of them have contributed immensely to the development of human civilisation, Kovind said.

'In the past years, the importance of healthcare has received worldwide attention. COVID-19 pandemic has shown its macabre form across the world. In this difficult time, our medical fraternity has fought an extraordinary battle against an invisible and unknown enemy,' Kovind said.

Praising the medical teams of SAIL for their commendable work of protecting people by their tireless efforts, the President said, 'The nation would always be indebted to them for the selfless services rendered by the healthcare community and their dedication to humanity.

Kovind also lauded the scientists for their tireless efforts, saying it was only through their persistent efforts that the biggest vaccination drive in history has started in India.

'India is not only becoming self-sufficient in manufacturing vaccines, but we are also providing vaccines to other countries free of cost or at a very reasonable price,' he said.

Highlighting that the pandemic has imparted many important lessons, he said, 'One of the lessons is that as a nation, we must continue to strive to improve the healthcare system and make it equally accessible to all.

'In recent times, we have invested a lot in primary health services, and our objective behind this is to expand healthcare coverage to reach under-served people and far-flung areas,' he said.

Improvement in people's access to secondary and tertiary healthcare is equally important, he said, adding this is also being taken care of under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.

The newly inaugurated 200-bedded hospital has facilities for neurology, neuro surgery, cardiology, cardio thoracic and vascular surgery, and nephrology. PTI AAM MM MM