Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday, April 15, 2022, that the country will have a record number of doctors in the next ten years as a result of the central government’s policy of creating at least one medical college in each district. Mr. Modi was speaking through video conference after dedicating a 200-bed K.K. Patel Multi-specialty Hospital in Bhuj, Gujarat, to the nation. The Leuva Patel community constructed the hospital.
The goal of having at least one medical college in every district
“The goal of having at least one medical college in every district and making medical education accessible to everyone will result in the country having a record number of doctors in ten years,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated. Gujarat had only nine medical institutions two decades ago, but the state of medical education has dramatically improved in the previous 20 years, according to Mr. Modi.
“Today, the state has one AIIMS and more than three dozen medical schools.” Previously, only 1,000 students were accepted into medical colleges in Gujarat; presently, over 6,000 students are accepted. From 2021, the AIIMS in Rajkot will admit 50 students,” Mr. Modi remarked.
Ayurveda and Yoga
The Prime Minister emphasized that the coronavirus has not gone away and that people should not relax, saying that yoga and Ayurveda, which have their origins in India, captured the world’s attention during the pandemic. He claims that since the outbreak of the epidemic, the export of turmeric from India has surged as more people learn about its health advantages around the world.
Mr. Modi urged the people of Kutch to set a world record by guaranteeing maximum involvement of inhabitants in the district during the International Day of Yoga on June 21 in order to spread the message of healthy living.
To enhance tourism in Gujarat and the country, the PM enlisted the support of Kutch residents living abroad in urging foreign visitors to visit sights such as the White Rann of Kutch during Rann Utsav and the 182-meter tall Statue of Unity dedicated to Sardar Patel in Narmada district.
“To the Kutchi diaspora around the world, this is my appeal.” Every year, at least five foreigners should be persuaded to visit the Rann of Kutch and the Statue of Unity by one of these Kutchi families. This would undoubtedly enhance tourism, as well as help poor people earn a living, such as auto drivers and tea sellers,” stated Modi. To commemorate India’s 75th year of independence, the Prime Minister proposed building 75 lakes in each district.
An appeal to the diaspora
Mr. Modi requested the diaspora to help develop at least 75 huge lakes in the desert Kutch region to ensure that residents do not face water shortages. Modi voiced worry for the Maldhari (cattle-rearing) population of Kutch, whose members are compelled to migrate to other districts with their animals and families in search of water and feed once the monsoon season ends and the dry season begins.
“I urge the people of Kutch to persuade these Maldharis to return because Kutch no longer has a water shortage.” They must be informed that there is no need to relocate because Kutch currently has sufficient water and feed. This move also prevents their children from continuing their education. “This hurts me a lot,” the Prime Minister expressed his displeasure.