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Kalam stresses preventive healthcare

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‘Indigenise medical technology and make it affordable to all'

PINHOLE cure:Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam signing on a copy of the book “Possibilities through Interventional Radiology” after releasing it at Kovai Medical Center and Hospital in Coimbatore on Monday. Author of the book and head of the Department of Interventional Radiology Mathew Cherian (right) and chairman of the hospital Nalla G. Palanisami, are in the picture.— PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
PINHOLE cure:Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam signing on a copy of the book “Possibilities through Interventional Radiology” after releasing it at Kovai Medical Center and Hospital in Coimbatore on Monday. Author of the book and head of the Department of Interventional Radiology Mathew Cherian (right) and chairman of the hospital Nalla G. Palanisami, are in the picture.— PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

Doctors must educate the public on preventive healthcare. They must become teachers to their patients, explaining how the creation of a diseases-free society can help in building a strong nation, former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said at a book release at Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH) here on Monday.

Releasing a book titled “Possibilities through Interventional Radiology,” authored by head of the department of interventional radiology at KMCH Mathew Cherian, the former President emphasised the need for stepping up efforts to prevent heart diseases and diabetes.

Handing over the first copy of the book to neurologist M.B. Pranesh, he recalled instances of eminent doctors choosing to serve only in rural areas with the intention of serving the rural poor and educating them on diseases prevention.

Mr. Kalam called upon KMCH and its group institutions to adopt 50 nearby villages and provide them with urban amenities on the lines of PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas) scheme. They could name the project locally as KMCH-PURA, he said.

After stressing the educative role doctors had to play, Mr. Kalam called for efforts to indigenise medical technology and make it affordable to all. He said it was heartening to note how much interventional radiology helped in accessing diseased areas in the human body and thereby obviated the need for open surgery.

Chairman of the hospital Nalla G. Palanisami said Mr. Kalam had always stressed that indigenous technology must be developed so that the country's health care sector could pass on its benefits at affordable cost to the people.

Dr. Cherian said his book encapsulated 20 years of work in interventional radiology and the objective was to educate both the common public and also medical professionals on the immense curative possibilities this area held.

“This is not a new technique. It is half a century old, yet not many were aware of it, especially how to access a problem area with just a pinhole,” he said.

The aim of bringing out this book, with very imaginative layout and visuals, was also to showcase the talent Coimbatore's health care sector had.

The best talent in all fields of medicine was available in Coimbatore, he said.

Dean of KMCH V. Kumaran, heads of various industries, hospitals and educational institutions were present at the book launch.

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