While speaking at 89th National Conference ‘IMA NATCON 2014’, JP Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, emphasized on the need for medical ethics for doctors. The theme of the conference, organised by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), in Ahmedabad ,was Aao Gaon Chale (Let’s go to village).
The minister decried the prevalent practice of giving gifts to doctors by pharma companies. Nadda stated that India faces the dual burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases unlike many other countries which have to address only one of these. The minister urged IMA to encourage doctors to serve in the rural areas.
He emphasized on the initiatives taken by the Government such as Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme which will be rolled out in 100 gender critical districts, and the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan. The minister noted that the time has come where hygiene and cleanliness need to be made a part of our civic consciousness. He urged the doctors to use their influence with the patients to spread consciousness of cleanliness and hygiene among them.
Nadda informed that the ministry will soon place the National Health Policy in public domain to invite comments and suggestion from all stakeholders. He welcomed suggestions and insights of the medical fraternity for enriching the policy.