PM Narendra Modi, launched a book titled ‘Indelible footprints on the sands of time’, to mark Tata Memorial Centre’s 75 years of social service. The book traces the journey of the hospital, identifying and defining its growth and development.
While addressing the gathering, through video conference from New Delhi, Modi stressed on the point that treatment should be made affordable for all. He also said that 70% of medical equipment used are imported from foreign nations and this is the main reason to make treatment costly.
Modi further added that the government has come out with a National Health Policy and its main aim is to ensure affordable health care for all. He also told that, government was aiming at providing the best medical care to all sections of the people and, as part of it, new AIIMS and medical colleges would be set up across the country. Modi also termed Cancer as the biggest challenge and it was necessary to create a common platform where patients can get affordable treatment. “Cancer is no less than an ‘agni pariksha’ for anyone,” he said.
He finally congratulated Ratan Tata and Tata Memorial Hospital for serving the poor and said that, after 75 years, this institute is known for education, human resource development and research. Very few hospitals in India have done so much for the human ailment.