With the cost of medicines escalating in recent years, the Government has a solemn duty to ensure that affordable healthcare reached all sections of society especially those in the economically weaker sections, said Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) Chairman R. Nataraj.
As such in Tamil Nadu, there were over 14,000 primary health centres (PHCs) and 300-odd hospitals run by the Government.
He was addressing the inaugural session of the 68th annual conference of Association of Physicians of India – Apicon 2013 – being held here from Thursday to Sunday (January 31 to February 3). More than 6.5 lakh people died in the country every year due to unnatural causes with around 5 per cent being due to fire accidents, he added.
Association president A. Muruganathan called for celebrating December 23 – the founding day of API – as the ‘Physicians Day.’ He also pressed for establishing API local chapters in all towns.
He said the API had inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Public Health Foundation of India for conducting 200 continuing medical education programmes this year. API general secretary Milind Y. Nadkar, APICON 2013 organising chairman A.R. Vijaya Kumar and organising secretary Isaac Christian Moses spoke.