: A two-day national seminar on medical thermography got under way on Wednesday at SRM University, Kattankulathur, with two eminent persons in their respective fields calling upon students, young researchers and scientists to work towards providing quality healthcare to the rural poor at a low cost.

Inaugurating the seminar, Ramesh C.Deka, Director and Chief Executive Officer, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, said that in a poor country like India, the governments were spending a lot on taking quality healthcare to the people. “The cost of providing quality medical treatment to the people was high because of the import of sophisticated equipment,” he said.

Despite developments in medical science technology and many other fields, vast sections of the people continued to be deprived of quality healthcare. Stating that the World Health Organisation had stated that breast cancer, oral cavity cancer and cervical cancer were a huge problem in India, he said it was easy to detect cancer at an early stage with the appropriate and timely use of technology.

Dr. Deka appealed to the young among the scientific community to embrace concepts like medical thermography and use them in a large measure to devise means to combat cancer and other ailments in the health sector and provide treatment to all at low cost and rejected arguments from certain quarters that low cost treatment would be of poor quality.

In his keynote address, S.C.Chetal, Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, said that even today 40 per cent of the people in the country did not have access to electricity. Stating that medical thermography was an emerging field so vital to the individual and the country, he said that students should take up work towards establishing the linkages between medical thermography and other aspects of science and technology for the benefit of the society.

He said that he belonged to that sector of “science and technology” in India, which had seen entirely indigenous growth due to foreign countries refusing support and cooperation. “These are the same countries who speak of free trade,” Mr. Chetal added.

More than 150 people are taking part in the seminar. Others who spoke on the occasion were M.Ponnavaikko and N.Sethuraman, Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the university.

“Cost of quality treatment to people is high owing to the import of sophisticated equipment”