Encouraging Private Actors to Reverse the Migration of Medical Education Students Abroad: J&K LG

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With a large number of Indian students caught up in the war in Ukraine, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday called for reversing the trend of young people going abroad for medical education in encouraging private actors to provide affordable education in the country. Addressing an annual conference of the Indian Society of Nephrology in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, he praised it for providing a common platform for experts to enable more people-centred, safe and effective treatment. .

“There is a need to reverse the trend of migration of our young people to other countries for medical education by encouraging private actors and other stakeholders to provide affordable education, while state governments should play the role facilitator,” he said. The government launched “Operation Ganga” to evacuate its citizens, mostly students, from Ukraine following a Russian military offensive.

Sinha said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is matching global standards of excellence in frontier areas of healthcare, charting new milestones in health, science, technology and innovations. Referring to the healthcare sector in Jammu and Kashmir, he said the healthcare landscape had been transformed. Today, all of our 20 district hospitals are equipped with state-of-the-art dialysis facilities to ensure that patients face no obstacles in receiving quality treatment, he said.

Sinha said the benefits of health reforms have become accessible and inclusive. We are strengthening rural public health infrastructure and introducing innovative medical practices to bring quality health care to the doorsteps of ordinary people, the Lieutenant Governor said.

He said Jammu and Kashmir has now moved into the favorite category of NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Index, while the neonatal mortality rate has hit single digits and health coverage universal has been extended to the whole of UT. We have not only controlled the alarming decline in health infrastructure and modernization funding, but we have also increased it steadily over the past two years, he said.

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