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'Medical services in rural areas will be improved'

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NEW DELHI, MAY 24. The new Union Health Minister, Anbumani Ramadoss, said here today that his top priority would be to take the best of medical services to the rural areas and improve upon the system of medical education.

Speaking to reporters, he said he would strive to ensure that like in the developed countries, every citizen of India had equal access to top class medical care and for that he would take all steps to ensure that adequate housing and other infrastructure was provided in the rural areas so that doctors do not hesitate to go and serve there.

Dr. Ramadoss, who is slated to assume charge on Tuesday, said he would also work to improve upon the functioning of the Central Government Health Scheme and provide better medicare to the elderly.

The Union Minister of State for Health, Panabaka Lakshmi, assumed charge today. A post-graduate from Andhra University, she has been elected to Parliament from the Nellore constituency for the third time. She has been holding the post of vice-president of the All-India Mahila Congress since 2001.

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