Awareness coupled with timely delivery of healthcare is the key to life, said speakers at a function conducted by the Andhra Pradesh Private Hospitals & Nursing Homes Associations (APNA) here on Sunday to mark the Doctors’ Day Celebrations – 2012.

Minister for Medical Education Kondru Murali said while the government was going all out in its quest for better delivery of healthcare services, awareness generation among the poorer and less literate sections of society was a constant endeavour and lauded the role of the media. The State government was spending an estimated Rs. 1,350 crore a year just for the Rajiv Aroyasri scheme and another Rs. 350 crore was spent on the supply of medicines.

Inspiration for blood bank

Rajya Sabha Member K. Chiranjeevi said it was imperative for everyone in society to do his/her bit on the health front and narrated how a newspaper report had inspired him to start a blood bank 13 years ago. While timely medical intervention was vital in saving lives, it was important for people to get regular check-ups, he stressed.

Others who spoke included Minister for Major Industries J. Geeta Reddy, a doctor herself, and office-bearers of APNA, represented by its State president R.S. Saluja, State general secretary K.J.N. Reddy and city president D. Yadaiah.

Earlier, a coffee table book ‘Life Savers - from the diary of a Medical Journalist’, authored by Madhavi Siddam was released by the dignitaries. The book profiles the lives and contributions of 43 doctors practising different specialities of medicine.