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Role of traditional Indian systems of medicine stressed

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West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan has said that the awareness and the resources in terms of manpower and healthcare facilities required for countering the rise of neurological disorders are inadequate in the country.

Mr. Narayanan was inaugurating a three-day International Neuro Scientists' Summit (INSS) being organised by the Indo American Hospital Brain and Spine Centre here on Thursday.

He stressed on the need to adopt an effective approach in tackling the problem. “Management of neurological disorders caused by degenerating process, especially due to ageing and also due to genetic causes of chronic ailments has become critically important as the world ages and the numbers affected are growing.

Major advances in interventions have been achieved during the past two decades. The overall results are clearly unsatisfying. There may, hence, be a role for the traditional Indian systems of medicine and practices.”

He, however, pointed out that the country had been successful in ensuring the advancement of neuroscience to a significant extent.

“There has been some degree of progress achieved by India in the field. Research in neuroscience has been expanding rapidly. India also has a number of professional bodies concerned with neurosciences, including the Neurological Society of India. Further, a number of educational institutions and universities are now teaching and carrying out research in neurosciences.

Additional funding from the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Biotechnology, and the Indian Council for Medical Research is currently going into neuroscience research. Yet, far more needs to be done in the field,” Mr. Narayanan noted.

Surgeon Rear Admiral Nirmala Kannan, Command Medical Officer of the Southern Naval Command, delivered the keynote address at the inaugural session.

On the occasion, Jacob Abraham, Chairman, Ethics Committee of the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, was honoured for ‘lifetime achievement in service of neurosurgery.

Kumar Bahuleyan, Professor Emeritus Neurosurgery of the State University of New York and founder of the Bahuleyan Charitable Foundation that runs the Indo American Hospital, was honoured for lifetime achievement in service of humanity.

Following the inaugural session, P. Balaram, Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, delivered the Dr. Gopinath Kartha Memorial Oration in memory of the acclaimed scientist.

Rajeev Mannali, Chief Executive Officer, Bahuleyan Charitable Foundation India, welcomed the gathering. Director Board members M.D. Nair, A.C. Jose, P.K. Harikumar and INSS organising secretary George Kovoor were present.

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