Brain drain should come to an end and massive research in medical field is essential to make health care affordable to all, said Madras High Court Judge S. Nagamuthu.

Delivering the first graduation day address at Theni Government Medical College in Andipatti near here on Saturday, he cited a report and said four crore people in the country became pauper after meeting medical expenses. “It is a sad thing that everyone feels that a healthy protected life is only for wealthy persons,” he added. “A patient with blood cancer has to shell out Rs.1 lakh per month for medicines manufactured by foreign companies. If we manufacture it, the cost of these medicines would be around Rs.8,000 only. The country was also importing sophisticated equipment and technologies for health care,” he said. Despite high potential, we are unable to produce a Nobel laureate in the field of medicine. Lack of confidence in the young generation was the prime reason for this, he noted.

More research in the field of medicine was a must and staff should motivate students to do research, he advised. With 126 crore population, the government alone cannot provide health care. Even as the Supreme Court issued directions about facilities at government hospitals in 1996, many of its recommendations remained unfulfilled till date. Cooperation of all doctors was necessary to ensure right to life for all, the judge said.