Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday called on the medical fraternity to focus more on research of public health-related issues.
Virtually addressing the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) on its 63rd Foundation Day, he said the country's strong and youthful human resources must be nurtured properly to leverage their strength in making country stronger and self-reliant.
"During Covid, we all realized how important research is in the health sector. The benefits of any research done in the health sector are not only quick, but with that research we can help our country as well as many countries of the world. Even during Covid, we saw how the vaccines made by Indian scientists and researchers benefited not only us but the whole world," he said, and urged the medical fraternity to focus more on research on public health-related issues.
He complemented the NAMS for its contribution to the growth of Indian health sector, medical education and research, as well as formulation of relevant health policies and establishment of six AIIMS all over the country, it said.
Highlighting health as a key element in the development of any nation, Singh said overall development of the country is possible only if its citizens are healthy. The healthier people will be able to work for the progress of the country in a better manner and that is why health sector is key for our country. It is for this reason doctors and medical practitioners are respected and revered, he added.