New Delhi: Healthcare should not be a profession but a mission with ethical and moral values, according to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Speaking on the occasion of 63rd founder’s day celebrations at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here on Friday, the home minister said, “I strongly feel that healthcare should not be a profession but should be a mission. Every mission should have ethical and moral values. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is one of those rare medical institutions which is fulfilling the need of ethical and moral values in healthcare.”
Rajnath Singh further said, “Healthcare spending by Government of India today is 1.2% of GDP. Our Prime Minister has set a target of 2.5% of GDP, which our Government will achieve soon.”
Seeking support of the private sector in healthcare, the minister said, “Income disparity leads to lack of healthcare for many in our society. To bridge this gap we have brought Ayushman Bharat. This is an ambitious scheme, which needs heavy investment especially in the field of preventive and promotive healthcare. For this our Government needs support of the private sector.”
Rajnath Singh also inaugurated eleven-floor multi-level car parking, which can accommodate over 800 vehicles, and laid the foundation stone of Radiotherapy & OPD Block at the hospital. He also conferred meritorious awards to consultants and employees of the hospital.
Ashok Chandra, chairman, Sir Ganga Ram Trust Society, said, “For good doctors at a tertiary care hospital, apart from state of the art infrastructure for delivery of healthcare, academics and research are also very important components. SGRH is well known in non-government sector for having excellence both in academics as well as research. I am proud to say that our hospital apart from producing talented faculty for its own use, is also a nursery for providing talented doctors for delivering healthcare services across the country.”
Rajnath Singh added, “I have heard a lot of positives about Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and I feel from the core of my heart that this hospital is truly functioning as per the vision and wishes of its founder Sir Ganga Ram, most importantly to provide affordable healthcare to all sections of the society.”
Reading the Annual Hospital Report, Dr D S Rana, chairman, Board of Management, SGRH, said, “During the last financial year, 63,907 patients availed our emergency services. In addition to this, the hospital admitted 93,130 patients in the hospital, out of which 8,131 were from economically weaker sections of the society who were treated free of cost. About 30,500 surgeries were conducted during the year.”
The hospital spent about Rs 70.86 crore on various charitable activities during the last financial year, which is 10% more than the previous year, according to Dr Rana.
Elaborating about the unique working of SGRH, Dr Rana said, “We are very particular in selecting talented consultants at junior level. We also provide lively and vibrant environment for the growth of young consultants and these consultants attain eminence in their respective fields by the time they occupy senior positions. However, at the same time we continue lateral entry of eminent consultants from India and abroad.”
Speaking further Dr Rana said, “Unique doctor friendly and family atmosphere by the Board of Management consisting of eminent consultants provides the atmosphere of stability.”
Sir Ganga Ram was an engineer by profession who was born on April 13, 1851 at a village Mangtanwala of Punjab province in British India, in present-day Pakistan. In 1921, he established Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Lahore, which still functions by the same name and is a 500-bed hospital attached to Fatima Jinnah Medical College. He expired on July 10, 1927 in London. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi was inaugurated in 1954 by then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and is today 800-bed multi-speciality, tertiary care hospital.