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HEALTH TIPS: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam interacting with doctors at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Kurnool Medical College on Thursday. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar
HEALTH TIPS: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam interacting with doctors at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Kurnool Medical College on Thursday. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

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President covers wide range of subjects during interaction

KURNOOL: The President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam has exhorted the young medicos graduating out of the medical colleges to pay attention to the sufferings of the people in rural areas and provide timely medical care.

"Go to the rural areas and operationalise the Primary Health Centres that are non-functional due to the absence of doctors," said Dr. Abdul Kalam, addressing students and faculty of the Kurnool Medical College, which completed 50 years here on Thursday.

In his address and interaction with the students, the President covered a wide range of subjects about the HIV/TB combination, water-borne diseases and cardiac ailments needing urgent treatment.

Referring to the need for a faster cure for tuberculosis, Dr. Kalam underscored the need for combined action of surveillance, detection and disciplined treatment and collaborative action both in public and private sectors to accomplish this mission.

On HIV, he said it was essential to take up a third fully indigenous anti-HIV programme as a collaborative work. He recommended intensive research for developing cost-effective treatment for genetic, cellular function deficiency and pathogen disorders.

He administered five-point oath for the medical professionals.

Dr. Kalam, responding to a query by Dr. J. Raghu on promotion of interdisciplinary sharing of knowledge, said hospitals needed to create a culture of sharing among the professionals.

To another query from Dr. S.V. Naveen Prasad on encouraging youth to take research as career option, the President said he had suggested a science cadre to be created.

Stem cell

Answering a question by Dr. K. Keerthinmayee on his vision for medical field, he said stem cell research and convergence of technology (IT, Bio-technology and nano) would play a major role in the field of medicine during the 21st century. To a question by Dr. S. Lakshmi Sravanthi on use of nano-technology, he said its use in drug delivery has already shown promising results.

When Dr. M. Swarnabala asked how advances in technology could be applied, Dr. Kalam said mobile clinics could reach the rural areas and provide healthcare to them.

Governor Rameshwar Thakur and others were present.


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