Medical fraternity should encourage Indian system, says Malkani

Pondicherry Oct. 5. The Lt Governor, K.R. Malkani, has expressed displeasure over the lack of attention and patronage on the part of the medical fraternity to encourage the ancient Indian system of medicine.

Inaugurating a two-day workshop and continuing medical education programme on critical care medicine organised by the Health Department of Pondicherry here today, Mr. Malkani said it was high time that one took note of the efficacy and relevance of our own medical system.

He said because of globalisation and move to amend the Patents Act, there could be hike in drug prices and big pharmaceutical companies could make huge profits. Mr. Malkani also wanted close attention to critical care medicine. Generally all health care services were crucial. The ancient Indian system of medicines such as Siddha, Ayurveda and Unani had full-fledged vistas and logistics of health administration and health care. Holding the workshop in Pondicherry was most fitting in view of the better medical environment and the vibrant tradition in the field of medicine spanning over several decades.

Mr. Malkani also gave away awards to T.V. Ramakrishnan and R. Prathima for their best case presentation at the workshop.

The Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, said the Government had plans to start a medical college, and called upon doctors to go to rural areas and make their services available to the poor at their doorsteps. A child hospital would come up soon in Pondichery.

The Health Minister, E. Valsaraj, said continuing education and training was an integral part in the career of any professional and particularly in the field of medicine. Research and technology had provided greater scope for quicker remedies and permanent relief.

A medical officer from Pondicherry would be sponsored for advanced training in critical care medicine discipline in Paris through a special programme formulated by the French Government.

The French Consul General, Michel Seguy, also spoke.

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