Mangalore: Govt to Screen Entire Population for Cardiac, Diabetes Ailments: Oscar
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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (PS)
Mangalore, Sep 22: Member of Rajya Sabha and AICC general secretary Oscar Fernandes said that there is a need for laying greater emphasis on research in the field of medicine.
Cardiac and diabetes ailments need to be addressed at the earliest to find remedies. Hence the Government of India is planning to screen the entire population for both cardiac and diabetes diseases, he said. He was the chief guest at the inaugural session of Father Muller International Cardio-Diabetes Conference -2012 held at Knowledge Center – Decennial Hall, Father Muller Medical College here on Saturday September 22.
He asserted that the root cause of many diseases is eating much more than adequate proportion and hence Indian traditional food is the best diet, he stressed.
Oscar also noted that the medical fraternity in India is facing acute shortage of doctors and new medical colleges on the pipeline; however the rule of ‘one professor to guide one student’ will have to be altered at least in the case of cardiac-diabetes doctors, as more number of specialists doctors are needed for the future.
Padmabhushan recipient, Dr C N Manjunath, director, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore, the guest of honor on the occasion said that 40 % of deaths in India are due to cardiac and diabetes.
One among ten Indians suffer from cardiac problems and hence screening the masses could be a noble deed, he said. Stating that early treatment is essential in case of a cardiac arrest, improvising connectivity in hospital by way of availing treatment at ambulances has to be dealt with, he said. However, medicos should strive to balance the explosion of technology and aggressive marketing forces of hospitals, he said.
Defending the fresh notion by young doctors who are reluctant to serve in rural areas, Dr C N Manjunath said that instances like assault on doctors in case of death of patients despite their sincere effort have de-motivated the former’s spirit. Basic issues are not corrected, he pointed out.
He called upon the people and the media in particular to play a constructive role. Amidst euphoric areas of science, medical professionals must not forget basic science, he suggested.
Blossom Fernandes, Dr H Prabhakar among others were present.
Fr Patrick Rodrigues, director, FMCI presided over the programme. Fr Denis D’Sa welcomed the attendees. Dr Jayakrishnan A G delivered the vote of thanks.