Staff Reporter

Women with distinguished records

  • They had put in years of dedicated medical service
  • Government to upgrade facilities at Cancer Hospital in Kancheepuram
  • State lacked manpower for management in medical sector

    CHENNAI: Six eminent women doctors, who have contributed significantly in various medical fields, were honoured recently at a continuing medical education (CME) programme organised by the Women Doctors Association at the Government General Hospital.

    V. Shantha, executive chairman of Cancer Institute, Adyar; P. Vijayalakshmi, Director of Medical Education; T.S. Kanaka, a neurosurgeon; Sarada Menon, founder and advisor of SCARF; Pushpa, paediatric consultant in Railway Hospital and R. Kousalya Devi, managing trustee of Gandhigram Trust, Dindigul, were felicitated and presented with awards.

    President of Women Doctors Association Srikumari Damodaran said the recipients, who have several national and international awards to their credit, have excelled in their specialities be it cancer, microbiology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, paediatrics or women's health.

    The thread that binds them was that they are connected with the Madras Medical College.

    Source of inspiration

    The doctors were felicitated by V.K. Subburaj, Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Family Planning. Mr. Subburaj said the doctors had put in years of dedicated medical service and were a source of inspiration to youth.

    Facility upgradation

    Mr. Subburaj said the Government had decided to upgrade the facilities at the Cancer Hospital in Kancheepuram. Though there were several schemes for medical care, the State lacked manpower for management, he added.

    He also hailed the CME programme, saying it helped doctors gain more knowledge about various medical specialities.

    P. Vijayalakshmi, director of medical education, said women doctors had stepped into every area of medicine. There was a steady increase in the number of girl students taking up medicine every year.

    The CME programme covered subjects including early detection of cancer of cervix, depression in women and management of hypertension in the elderly.

    Social projects

    The Women Doctors Association, which was started in 1975, had also taken up social projects such as running a free creche (for 23 years now) in the city and programmes for rural women.

    P.G. Kuzhandhai Velu, dean-in-charge of Government General Hospital and MMC; Veerapandian, GH medical superintendent and Madhanika Madhavan, the association secretary, participated.