CHENNAI: The State Government should take the initiative to form a network of general practioners to offer immediate care to patients. “This is lacking in urban practice,” said Rajasekar, founder of Women and Children Foundation (WCF) at the National Doctor’s Day celebrations, organised by WCF, recently.
“Today, doctors overwork and when a person suffers a heart attack, immediate medical care is important, but it is becoming impossible due to various reasons like traffic congestion. It delays transportation of patients to medical institutions. As a result, precious time is wasted.” said Rajasekar.
“If government initiates family health centres, where a team of doctors can be formed in different areas, it will be helpful to patients. So, in case of an emergency, doctors at the centre can get expert help from one of the team members concerned. The team can also practise continual medical education and develop their skills,” he added.
Actor and MLA R Sarathkumar presented awards to deserving doctors. Dr Shanta, chairperson of the Adyar Cancer Institute was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr Mayil Vahanan Natarajan, orthopaedic surgeon, and Dr Chandramohan, director of Institute of Surgical Gastroentrology, Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, were also honoured with awards along with seven others.