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Research-oriented medical practice needed: Madhavan Nair

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right launch: G.Madhavan Nair, former Chairman, ISRO, speaking at a convocation ceremony at Amritha College of Medicine in Kochi on Thursday. —
right launch: G.Madhavan Nair, former Chairman, ISRO, speaking at a convocation ceremony at Amritha College of Medicine in Kochi on Thursday. —

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Says health care of rural populace remains a nightmare

KOCHI: Advanced research in science and technology is an area in which the vast potential of the youth can provide a cutting edge to the country, G. Madhavan Nair, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has said.

He was addressing the graduation ceremony of students of the 2004 batch at the Amrita School of Medicine here.

The coming years should see much happening in medical sciences and affordable delivery system, Dr. Nair said, calling upon the young medical graduates to take up the onus in this regard. He asked the students to raise the bar by not restricting their knowledge to a treatment-oriented relationship with the patient but “think globally and act locally” for better results. Hard work, commitment and dedication were the important inputs needed for innovative and intuitive work, he said.

He said even as the country had made strides technologically, health care of the rural populace remained a nightmare. He asked the students to spend a part of their career and resources in serving the rural poor. Hardly 2 per cent of the doctors went to villages to practice and more than 70 per cent of the country's population lived in them, he said. Those few who chose to serve in rural areas suffered from lack of infrastructure and technological advances.

Dr. Nair said how technology could be harnessed to serve inaccessible areas for health care was best demonstrated in the reach of telemedicine. Dr. Nair laid stress on a multi-disciplinary approach to advances taking place in basic sciences, medical instruments and nano material science, which are revolutionising the treatment of ailments. It was important to be up to date with these advances and adopt the new methods according to local needs, he said.

At the function, 99 students from the college took the Geneva Oath, led by Prathapan Nair, Principal, School of Medicine.

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