Featured Image: President Pranab Mukherjee and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inspect newly inaugurated Indian Institute of Liver and Digestive Sciences at Sonarpur on Thursday.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 18 May: PRESIDENT Pranab Mukherjee today showered praises on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for implementing development projects in the state in an expeditious manner.
“I can personally feel the speed at which the Chief Minister is carrying out development works. I am much elder to her and being a senior, I bless her for all the good work that she is doing. Go ahead and continue what you are doing,” the President said today afternoon on inaugurating the Indian Institute of Liver and Digestive Sciences (IILDS) at Sonarpur on the southern fringes of Kolkata.
The praises comes at a time when Mamata Banerjee is trying to play a crucial role for a consensus candidate for the post of President as Mukherjee is set to exhaust his tenure in July. Sources maintain that the Bengal Chief Minister is batting for a second term for Mukherjee at the Raisina Hill.
The President advised people to stop the practice of vandalising hospitals and manhandling doctors whenever there is an allegation of medical negligence. “Patient parties also have some responsibility. Whenever a patient dies of alleged negligence, relatives vandalise hospital and doctors are beaten up. This is not the right thing and must be stopped,” he said.
“It would have been better if government could shoulder the responsibility of offering the entire healthcare to all the citizens, since that is not possible, we should also play our role,” the President said.
Taking a cue from the President, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged private hospital authorities to offer a human touch while treating patients.
The 100-bed IILDS has been set up by a non-profit named West Bengal Liver Foundation. Built on a four-acre plot it has six-bed intensive therapy unit and two operation theatres equipped to carry out liver surgeries including liver transplantation.
The President, who arrived in Kolkata today afternoon, will return to Delhi tomorrow evening after attending an event at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology in Howrah.