Union Minister of Commerce E M Sudarsana Nachiappan on Sunday urged Indian doctors conducting research to acquire patents in India thereby helping to reduce the cost of medicines.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Doctors’ Day function organised by Vasan Eye Care network and Indian Medical Association, where five doctors were honoured with Doctors’ Day awards, the Minister said that Indian doctors conducted research patents abroad as they received more returns. But acquiring patents in India would not only reduce the price of medicines but increase profit, he added. “The government will also provide benefits for new pharma companies that are opened,” he said. When asked about the additional marks for those serving in rural areas, the Minister said that students should do service for the welfare of the people and not for marks.
The Minister also said that disinvestment in Neyveli Lignite Corporation would benefit the employees as they would be given preference.
Five doctors, Dr K Premraj, chief mentor, Vasan Eye Care, Dr V Kanagasabai, Dean, MMC, Dr G Chandrasekar Rao, IMA, Dr S Subhashree, IMA and Dr DSJ Hariharan, IMA, received the awards. They were honoured for their contribution in providing high quality healthcare to society.
The Union Minister said that the participation of doctors in rural health was important and assured that the government would support them and look into their demands. He further explained how the Central Government gave importance to employment, education and health sector and had allotted funds.
Dr N Sathiya Bhama, Director, Medical Service, Apollo Hospitals, M Balasubramanian, President elect, IMA, Dr A Muruganathan, President, National President, API, Dr J A Jayalal, State Secretary, IMA, TNSB, Dr K Vijayakumar, National President, IMA, Headquarters were among those present at the function.