The Governor, N. N. Vohra, has called upon the experts in the field of medical science to evolve appropriate approaches to provide cost-effective treatment of various ailments, at prices which are well within the reach of the less privileged segments of the society.
The Governor was addressing the Inaugural Session of the three-day 55th Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Complex, in Srinagar in Kashmir on Thuresday evening.
The Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery of the Sher-i-Kashmir
The Governor said that the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, particularly coronary artery diseases, has witnessed increasing trend in the past years and along with it the cost of treatment of such ailments has also gone high. He said that this calls for an urgent need to make the treatment of such diseases cost-effective and within the reach of various sections of the society.
The Governor also emphasized the need for expanding and upgrading healthcare services by according more focus on primary health care facilities, adding that this sector needs drastic improvement. He said that we need more doctors and paramedics, improved infrastructure and latent equipments to meet the healthcare needs of a vast spectrum of society and at the same time, ensuring greater evenness in the spread of the facilities at various levels. He said that the galaxy of experts participating in this Conference should also deliberate upon and suggest how the healthcare system can be better organized, particularly the management of cardiovascular related ailments, in a country like ours with over one billion population.
The Governor said that keeping in view the high cost of various treatments, Health Insurance schemes need to be popularized and the procedures to be observed by the beneficiary should be significantly simplified.
Referring to the progressively enhancing arena of medical tourism, the Governor said that this will, in turn, also help in further upgradation of medicare standards in the country. He suggested that a part of the accruals generated through medical tourism by the elite health institutions should be utilized for upgrading the healthcare facilities for the neglected segments of the population.
The Governor lauded the organizers for holding this Conference which would particularly benefit the young medicos of the State to learn new techniques of disease prevention and management from experts in this field.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Secretary, S. S. Kapur suggested for national level registry and databank for formulating appropriate health policy responses. He also emphasized on developing low cost indigenous products to bring down the cost of medicare.
The Chief Secretary also released a souvenir brought out on the occasion.
The Director, Sher-i-Kashmir
The President of the Association, Dr. Vivek Jawli, said that surgery has come of age in
The Dean SKIMS, Prof. Imtiyaz Ali, Secretary, Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons, Prof. C. P. Srivastava and Professor and Head of Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, SKIMS, Srinagar, Dr. A. G. Ahanger also addressed the inaugural session of the Conference styled as CT CON 2009.