‘Promotive wellness is the key to eradicate diseases’

Need for awareness on mutagens, carcinogens: Health Secretary

Updated - February 01, 2019 08:31 am IST

Published - January 31, 2019 11:54 pm IST - VELLORE

J. Radhakrishnan, Principal secretary, Govt.Health and family welfare department,Tamil Nadu addressing at a 43rd annual conference of EMSI and international symposium on impact of Enviromental mutagenesis in the human Genome at VIT ,Vellore on Thursday,31,January,2019.

J. Radhakrishnan, Principal secretary, Govt.Health and family welfare department,Tamil Nadu addressing at a 43rd annual conference of EMSI and international symposium on impact of Enviromental mutagenesis in the human Genome at VIT ,Vellore on Thursday,31,January,2019.

Promotive wellness programme is the key to handling any disease, which is more important than preventive and curative health programmes, said J. Radhakrishnan, Health Secretary.

He called for greater efforts to spread awareness among people about the ill-effects caused to health by environmental exposure to mutagens and carcinogens. He was addressing the gathering of research scholars at the inauguration of 43rd Annual Conference of Environmental Mutagen Society of India (EMSI) and the International Symposium on Impact of Environmental Mutagenesis in the Human Genome on the VIT campus here on Thursday.

Dr. Radhakrishnan emphasised the need for co-operation from the stakeholders, researchers, corporates, government departments and common man to come together to find ways and means to control pollution. Seminars and workshops such as this would help transfer of knowledge from across the globe, which, in turn, helps the health department promote wellness, he added.

Souvenir released

Dr. Radhakrishnan released a souvenir on the seminar and the first copy was received by Executive Director of VIT, Sandhya Pentareddy.

Ms. Sandhya wanted the government departments to promote awareness on environmental mutagenes and promulgate appropriate laws in controlling pollution at all levels.

Convenor of EMSI-2019, Wilner Martinez-Lopez of Universidad de la Republica, said the three-day programme included the annual conference of EMSI and an international symposium which will elaborate on the impact of environment and the man-made mutagenic chemicals on the health of human beings.

An alumni of VIT and founder-CEO of Kyvor Genomics Inc., Abilesh M. Gunasekar, dean of School of Bio Sciences and Technology, VIT and Chairman of EMSI-2019, V. Pragasam and vice-president of EMSI-2019, Radha Saraswathy spoke.

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