Concern over High Infant Mortality Rate

Published: 16th March 2015 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2015 06:01 AM   |  A+A-

GUNTUR:Former president APJ Abdul Kalam has emphasised upon the need to do away with prescription of unnecessary diagnostic tests while describing the practice as ‘diagnostic pain’.

Inaugurating the Ramesh Super Speciality Hospital here Sunday, Kalam said that a doctor should possess two hearts, a biological heart and a kind heart, so he/she can provide treatment irrespective of their financial standing.

Pointing out at the high maternal and infant mortality rates in India, which was mentioned in the WHO’s latest report, he stressed conducting more research on the ways and means to address the issues and provide quality treatment to the needy.

He listed out the virtues that those in medical profession should possess and also made the doctors and other members of medical fraternity present on the occasion take oath to address the ‘diagnostic pain’.

Union minister for urban development M Venkaiah Naidu said that health was a vital cog in the development of a nation. Everyone should contribute to the improvement of the health sector, for the key for development of many countries and improvement of their wealth had been betterment of health services, he observed.

The government was taking every measure to fulfill all the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act. Development should not just get concentrated in Tullur, but also spread to Guntur, Vijayawada and other cities in the capital region, if it was to become truly a world-class capital city, he opined.

The government sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore for improving basic infrastructure facilities like drainages and drinking water. But then, a change of mindset was required among people towards the government and the PPP model of development should be encouraged, the Union minister opined.

Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao, ministers P Narayana, R Kishore, K Srinivas, P Pulla Rao, MP R Sambasiva Rao and Dr. Ramesh were present.

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