Serve rural areas, President tells doctors

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HEALTH TALK: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam interacts with students at the 77th convocation of Osmania University in Hyderabad on Thursday. Photo Mohd. Yousuf
HEALTH TALK: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam interacts with students at the 77th convocation of Osmania University in Hyderabad on Thursday. Photo Mohd. Yousuf

Andhra Pradesh Bureau

HYDERABAD: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Thursday asked the medical fraternity, particularly the medical students, to reach out to the rural areas and ensure that the poor could access timely and quality medical care.

Addressing separate gatherings at the Kurnool Medical College and the Kakarla Subba Rao Radiological and Imaging Educational Sciences Trust (KREST) here, he counselled medical students to activate the primary health centres which had become non-funtional due to lack of doctors. He urged those pursuing radiology to `travel the untravelled path and see that high-level medicare reached the rural areas'.

Noting that there were under 6,000 trained radiologists in the country, he said tele-radiology had to be exploited to its full potential. He urged manufacturers to take the lead in ensuring that indigenous digital communication equipment was made. Dr. Kalam later exchanged pleasantries with Telugu film star Chiranjeevi.

On a day's visit to the State, Dr. Kalam took in as many as six engagements in Kurnool and the State capital. He inaugurated a tele-radiotherapy unit at KREST, delivered the 77th convocation address at Osmania University before flying to Mantralayam in Kurnool district where he offered prayers at the 300-year-old Raghavendra Swamy Mutt. He later addressed students at the Kurnool Medical College that completed 50 years and returned to the city to dedicate the Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) and spoke at the 65th meeting of Ophthalmological Society before returning to New Delhi.

At Osmania University, the President underlined the importance of the nation achieving energy independence by 2030 by enhancing generation from various sources to 4 lakh MW by 2030 from 1.3 lakh MW now.


Referring to the country's partnership in the US Future Gen project, an initiative to create the first zero emission fossil fuel plant, he said early completion of the project would enable application of the technology to future projects since "we have to establish new coal-based power plants with capacity of over 56,000 MW before 2030."

There was also a need to plan right now to increase nuclear capacity to 50,000 MW by 2030. Pointing that the country was importing around 100 million tonnes of crude with a foreign exchange outflow of Rs.1.5 lakh crores, he called for producing ethanol and bio-diesel in a cost-effective manner. They could be blended to the extent of 30-40 per cent with petrol and diesel.

Addressing a select gathering of scientists and conservationists at LaCONES, the President hoped an environment of scientific magnanimity would prevail in all research institutions.

"If you aspire to achieve great things in life, you need scientific magnanimity. It is my experience that great mind and great heart go together. This scientific magnanimity will motivate the scientific community and nurture team spirit and lead to newer discoveries." Lalji Singh, Director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, said the facility would help in conservation of endangered animal species and prevent their extinction by adopting various scientific methods.

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