Though the industrial climate in the state has undergone a sea change, the continuing negative perception is hampering the investment sector, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has stated.
“With so many national and international delegates assembled here, I want to stress the fact that we have the lowest man days lost owing to labour issues in the state in the whole of south India. Yet we are still perceived as a difficult state to work in. We are conscious of the fact that we have to work hard over a period of years to change the negative perception about investments and work culture in the state,” he said while inaugurating the three-day meet, Global Healthcare Summit(GHS), here on Tuesday.
Over 1,000 national delegates and 380 international delegates, including 250 from the US alone, are attending the GHS which aims to develop and attract cost-effective and innovative health solutions to India.
The Chief Minister said that the state which is credited to have the most modern and quality healthcare in the country, faces the biggest challenge in ensuring that the same reaches all sections of society and it is unacceptable for individuals to be denied the available healthcare owing to financial reasons.
Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi presided over the inaugural function. The event is being conducted by Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) and Indian Medical Association (IMA) in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and Health.
Pointing out that the rates of essential medicines is another major challenge in India, Ravi urged the doctors to keep this factor in mind while prescribing medicines and tests for the patients.
Advisor to the Prime Minister T K A Nair, Dr M S Valiathan, AAPI president and the chair of the summit Dr Narendra Kumar, president of American Medical Association Dr Jeremy Lazarus, chairman of Medical Council Dr K K Talwar, GAPIO president Dr Prathap C Reddy and Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences medical director Dr Prem Nair were also present.