Health Minister inaugurates ‘Diamond Medcon 2012’

The government is keen on forging relationships with private enterprises or bodies for overall development of the health in the State, Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar has said.

He was lauding the efforts of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Alumni Association, after formally inaugurating the ‘Diamond Medcon 2012’ on Sunday evening. He was speaking at the newly built auditorium at the Medical College, a project realised by the Alumni Association.

Minister Sivakumar stressed that the primary concern of the government was to ensure quality healthcare for all and, “the services rendered by the Alumni deserves special mention in this regard.”

A series of conferences was held on the first day of the Alumni Convention marking the diamond jubilee of the group. This event is being jointly organised by the TMC Alumni Association, the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) and the Association of Kerala Medical Graduates (AKMG).

K.A. Kumar, president of the Alumni, remarked that the sessions proved fruitful owing to the presence of over 50 resource persons and experts hailing from multiple specialties.

From a lecture on surgeon-controlled robotics technology to discussions on the advances in the management of cancer, a range of pressing issues in the health field was raised by the delegates of this two-day convention. With focus upon ensuring quality healthcare for all, the Alumni also decided to set up an Institute for Quality and Safe Health Care.

This project would be envisaged as a public-private partnership and would be created with a focus on multi-disciplinary training for professionals, in addition to creating a quality assurance cell.

On the second day of the convention on Monday, a ‘Career and Academic Excellence Council’ would be inaugurated, Dr. Kumar said. This would counsel postgraduate students on higher studies or professional routes available both in India and abroad, he said.

Many senior Indian-origin doctors from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and the Middle East have arrived here, as an extension of their visit to Kochi where the Global Health Summit is being organised by the AAPI, in association with the Union Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs from January 1 to 3.

The AAPI President, Narendra Kumar and Vice President of the Higher Education Council, T.P. Sreenivasan were present during the function.