Ravi Reddy

President covers wide range of subjects during interaction

KURNOOL: 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 Mr. Kalam, addressing students and faculty of the Kurnool Medical College that 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, Mr. 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 to develop cost-effective treatment for genetic, cellular function deficiency and pathogen disorders. He administered a five-point oath for the medical professionals.

Mr. 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 up research as career option, the President said he had suggested that a science cadre be created.

Governor Rameshwar Thakur and others were present.