May 31, 2007

President Kalam's five-point vision for medical fraternity

Unveiling a five-point vision for the medical fraternity, President A P J Abdul Kalam on Friday asked the doctors to treat at least 20 rural patients a year.

"The doctors should treat at least 20 rural patients a year at minimum rates by going to the rural areas," Kalam said in his address at the convocation ceremony of the B D Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences here.

Stressing on improving the standard of rural healthcare, the President, who presented the new medical graduates with their certificates, said the doctors should give their time to those patients who cannot afford medicare.

"You should take up rural health care as a challenge," he told the medical graduates.

"The primary health centres (PHCs) and other health centres must be revamped and improved in Haryana and other parts of the country," he said.

Kalam also underlined the importance of medical research and said the country must develop its indigenous medicines and equipments to cure deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS.

"Some of you may participate in research, development and use of vaccines against HIV, malaria and even against cardiac diseases," he told the students.

As part of his five-point mission for the medical fraternity, the President said young doctors must engage in research so that India can develop indigenous medical equipment.

Expressing concern about the rise in cases of HIV/AIDS in the country, Kalam said, "Some medicines have come which can control the growth of HIV virus in the human body. But they are still not affordable to the common man. The medical fraternity should make use of these medicines so that further cost effective methods can be evolved."

He also told the students to work towards eradicating diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria.

"According to Vision 2020, HIV, TB, malaria and water borne diseases will be main concerns in India. We must keep this in mind," he said.

The President also asked the doctors to further decrease the infant mortality rate (IMR) in India. A total of 467 pass-outs in both the Bachelor's and Master's courses of the PGIMS received their certificates on Friday.

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