HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on Monday sought the active cooperation of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in effectively delivering quality healthcare services to the people, especially those in the rural areas.
Addressing doctors at the IMA’s 84th national conference, IMACON, here, he said the government was keen on expanding public health services with the association’s assistance.
He regretted that despite the government’s steps in treating a large number of patients, about 3.5 lakh people die of tuberculosis every year and said it was necessary for private practitioners also to participate in the National TB Control Programme.Mr. Rosaiah showcased the strides made by the State government in implementing programmes under the National Rural Health Mission, the Rajiv ‘Arogyasri’ health insurance programme benefitting the poor, the 108 ambulances that handled medical emergencies and the mobile rural health services with ‘104’ call centre. The Chief Minister expressed happiness that a past president of the IMA and Medical Council of India, Ketan Desai, had now become president of the World Medical Association and described it as a matter of pride for the nation.
G. Samaram took over as IMA’s national president from Ashok Adhao at the conference. Earlier, Dharam Prakash, secretary-general of IMA, outlined its initiatives.