Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today praised AIIMS for its contribution in these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the contribution of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is monumental in ensuring a smooth delivery of medical services through telemedicine and teleconsultations.
The Health Minister expressed his gratitude for the institution’s huge contribution during the COVID pandemic while, inaugurating the 65th Foundation Day Celebrations of AIIMS.
“More than five million people have been infected with coronavirus but the healthcare system of India has shown great efficiency in not only providing diagnostic and management facilities but also keeping the mortality at minimum and recovery at maximum,” Dr. Vardhan said.
“In the last six months, AIIMS has taken a huge responsibility of providing care to patients suffering from COVID-19. I appreciate AIIM’s efforts for innovating in areas of research, guiding colleagues across the country, and developing new methods of teaching and communication,” he added.
It was a great honour & privilege for me to preside over an event to mark the 65th Foundation Day of #AIIMS, New Delhi today. This day marks the very first batch and the beginning of their #MBBS undergraduate classes at AIIMS in 1956. @MoHFW_INDIA @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/f2x7nELdgr
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) September 25, 2020
Talking about India’s ongoing fight against the virus he said, “India’s continuously rising Recovery Rate and progressively falling Case Fatality Rate have proven the success of the COVID-19 containment strategy followed by all states and UTs. We have successfully ramped up our testing capacity which has touched nearly 15 lakh milestone on Friday with more than 1,800 testing labs spread across the country.”
“I have confidence in the scientific developments taking place in the field of treatment and vaccines for COVID-19 and soon India will achieve more success in its fight against COVID-19,” he added.
The Research Section Manual was released by the Union Health Minister, and he also inaugurated an exhibition themed ‘AIIMS in COVID Times’ that highlights the contribution of AIIMS, to deal with the public health emergency.
All the departments of AIIMS presented different topics including COVID-19 testing and evaluation, the procedure for collection of samples and laboratory performance, COVID task force, extensive training of manpower, COVID-appropriate behavior, etc.
Minister of State (Health) Ashwini Kumar Choubey too praised the medical community for their endless and selfless efforts during COVID time and said, “Over the years, AIIMS has students from the USA, UK, Australia, Germany, etc, and the government is making efforts to spread the services of AIIMS to every nook and corner of the country.”