National Interventional Council of Cardiological Society of India



Text of speech of the President of India at the inaugural ceremony of the mid-term meet 2015 of the National Interventional Council of Cardiological Society of India

1. It is my pleasure to join you for the inaugural session of this Mid-Term Meet of National Interventional Council. I am happy to have the opportunity to address this congregation of eminent cardiologists gathered here on the occasion. The Council, which is the interventional arm of the Cardiological Society of India, represents more than 2,000 interventional cardiologists of the country. I compliment you all for your achievements and for rendering yeomen’s service to the nation.


Ladies and Gentlemen:

2. Interventional cardiology is a branch of cardiology dealing with catheter-based treatment of heart diseases. A large number of procedures on the heart are performed by catheterization. It involves the insertion of a sheath into the artery and cannulating the heart under X-ray visualization. This line of treatment provides key advantages to patients such as accessibility of the artery, easy control of bleeding, absence of scars and pain, and quicker post-operative recovery. Interventional cardiology represents frontline medical technology for the treatment of challenging ailments.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

3. Healthcare is a priority area for technological pursuits. Discovery of better formulations, finding of more efficient medical procedures, production of sophisticated medical equipments, and development of nutritional and disease surveillance mechanisms underline the need for greater usage of technology. It is technology-based solutions that can up-grade our healthcare standards substantially.

4. Health research deserves greater attention of doctors, medical scientists, healthcare providers, educational institutions and policymakers. Development of sound systems of medicine and medical procedures requires translation of knowledge gained in other disciplines. Medical research has to be a culmination of multi-disciplinary effort comprising varied fields like medical electronics, systems biology, bio-technology, genomics, mathematical simulation, and information and communication. A holistic approach to improvise medical interventions would lead to better cure towards maintenance of good health by the people.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

5. A healthcare system, which is universally accessible, affordable and effective, is crucial for a developing country like ours. To build such a system, we require robust healthcare infrastructure, trained and motivated personnel, and better access to medicines and equipments. There are 7 hospital beds per 10,000 population in India, compared to 23 in Brazil, 38 in China and 97 in Russia. In terms of healthcare professionals, we again lag behind the other BRIC countries. There are 7 physicians per 10,000 population in India, compared to 19 in Brazil, 15 in China and 43 in Russia. Though schemes like the National Health Mission have improved service delivery, health services in India still suffer from lack of reach and constraints of quality.

6. India’s public expenditure on health is meager. We fare below our BRIC peers on this count as well. India’s per capita government expenditure on health in PPP terms is US Dollar 44, as against 809 in Russia, 474 in Brazil and 236 in China. Considering that we are a sixth of humanity, a significant rise in health expenditure is urgently required to ensure universal health coverage.

7. ‘Health for All’ is a dictum that has to be implemented through a practical framework. Developed nations possess sound healthcare systems to take care of the medical needs of their populations. While we can study these systems for adoption, we on account of our size, population and diversity have to follow a model that best suit our needs.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

8. Tertiary medical care in our country poses a challenge on account of lack of accessibility and affordability. Costly medical treatments effectively deny cure to those who cannot afford. In India, out-of-pocket expenditure comprises 86 percent of private expenditure on health. Due to lack of financial risk protection, many in our country plunge into poverty fighting ailments and bearing high costs of treatment.

9. A health insurance mechanism that can take care of all is the need of the hour. As per estimates, about 216 million people in India or 17 percent of the population were covered under various health insurance schemes as at end-March 2014. We need to do much more to bring the uncovered population under the health security net. An insured population will also be a healthy population, which will exhibit a greater propensity to seek education, acquire knowledge and access job opportunities. Good health and fitness of the people will truly be a reflection of our country’s progress.

10. Health is an important characteristic of human well-being. In a country like India where lifestyle-related diseases have shown a rising trend, precautionary strategies have become important. Our healthcare sector has to be equipped to not only treat people but also guide them about prevention of medical conditions. It calls for developing expertise to undertake counseling to foster healthy living.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

11. Medical profession and piety have a deep connection. This occupation is a noble mixture of knowledge and compassion. It empowers you to lend a helping hand to the society at large; to touch and transform the lives of people. Remember that patients do not visit hospitals on their own volition. They do so when circumstances require them to. They go with an unwavering belief in being remedied by the marvel of medical science.

12. Curing the sick and healing the bedridden are considered God’s own work carried out through your hands. The society admires you for your selfless endeavours; it holds you in high esteem; and views you with lofty expectations. The faith people repose in you is sacrosanct and has to be respected at all times. You have to be ever-willing to adhere to the needs – of hard work and sacrifice – of your profession. I hope that you all will remain steadfast in your conviction to the higher objective of selfless service to society. May you achieve greater success in life and career! Let me conclude in the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “Happiness depends on what you can give; not what you can get”.

Thank you. Jai Hind.


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Significant rise in health expenditure urgently required, says the President


The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Mid-Term Meet 2015 of the National Interventional Council of the Cardiological Society of India today (April 4, 2015) in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said a healthcare system, which is universally accessible, affordable and effective, is crucial for a developing country like India. To build such a system, we require robust healthcare infrastructure, trained and motivated personnel, and better access to medicines and equipments. There are 7 hospital beds per 10,000 population in India, compared to 23 in Brazil, 38 in China and 97 in Russia. In terms of healthcare professionals, we again lag behind the other BRIC countries. There are 7 physicians per 10,000 population in India, compared to 19 in Brazil, 15 in China and 43 in Russia. Though schemes like the National Health Mission have improved service delivery, health services in India still suffer from lack of reach and constraints of quality.

The President said India’s public expenditure on health is meagre. We fare below our BRIC peers on this count as well. India’s per capita government expenditure on health in PPP terms is US Dollar 44, as against 809 in Russia, 474 in Brazil and 236 in China. Considering that we are a sixth of humanity, a significant rise in health expenditure is urgently required to ensure universal health coverage.

The President said a health insurance mechanism that can take care of all is the need of the hour. As per estimates, about 216 million people in India or 17 percent of the population were covered under various health insurance schemes as at end-March 2014. We need to do much more to bring the uncovered population under the health security net. An insured population will also be a healthy population, which will exhibit a greater propensity to seek education, acquire knowledge and access job opportunities. Good health and fitness of the people will truly be a reflection of our country’s progress.


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President’s greetings on the eve of Easter


The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in his message on the eve of Easter has said: -

“On the auspicious occasion of Easter, I convey my greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens and in particular, my Christian brothers and sisters in India and abroad.

May the blessed celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ be a time of renewal and rejuvenation, filling our hearts with new hope, peace, love and happiness. Let us follow the inspiring example of Jesus Christ and dedicate ourselves to the service of the weak and downtrodden.”

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President of India to present National Geoscience Awards-2013


The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will present the National Geoscience Awards-2013 at function to be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan on April 6, 2015.

The National Geoscience Awards earlier known as National Mineral Awards were instituted in the year 1966 by the Ministry of Mines, Government of India. The objective of these awards is to honor individuals and teams of scientists for their extraordinary achievements and outstanding contributions in the field of fundamental/applied geosciences, mining and allied areas to provide incentive for striving towards excellence.

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President of India expresses shock and sadness over terrorist attack on University in Kenya


The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has expressed shock and deep sadness over the terrorist attack on a University in Kenya.

In his message to H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya, the President said “It was with shock and deep sadness that I learned of the terrorist attack on a University in Kenya in which more than a hundred innocent civilians were killed and scores injured. It is particularly tragic that an institution of higher learning has been targeted in this cowardly act.

Please accept the heartfelt condolences and sincere sympathies of the Government and people of India. We stand by the Government and people of Kenya in this hour of grief and pray for the speedy and full recovery of those who have been injured”.

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Dr. Jitendra Singh addresses overseas Space researchers at Bengaluru

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that with the launching of fourth satellite in the seven - satellite IRNSS series on the 28th of last month, India is now providing navigation and communication facility to all the surrounding countries falling in the service area of these satellites.

Addressing an overseas group of young Space researchers from different parts of the world, including Europe, Africa, America and South-East Asia, in Bengaluru today, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that with the successful accomplishment of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), the world has accepted India’s supremacy in Space technology. He added that the entire credit goes to the ‘Team ISRO” who have in the last fifty years, beginning from a humble initiative under Vikram Sarabhai and Satish Dhawan, today placed India on the top of the world’s Space map. Dr. Jitendra Singh said that although the missions to the Moon had begun in 1960s by Russia and USA, but it is India’s Chandrayan Mission-I in 2008, which discovered the presence of water on the surface of the Moon and turned a new chapter in the world’s understanding of Moon.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that it is a matter of gratification for every Indian and a proud moment for India’s Space Scientists to see enthusiastic young Space scholars and researchers from across the world looking forward to learn from the Indian experience. In the same vein, such interactions prove to be equally rewarding for the scientists back home by acquainting them with the kind of projects and Space missions being undertaken by their counterparts in other parts of the world.

The Space researchers, who were on an interactive training trip to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) establishments in Bengaluru and other places, were quite amused by this exposure and said, they had never imagined that India had moved so far ahead in the field of Space technology. Some of the scholars from the neighbouring countries suggested that India should also take a lead role in providing its Space technology services to the surrounding countries in the region.

Later, accompanied by ISRO Chairman Shri A.S. Kiran Kumar, Dr. Jitendra Singh went around the various sections of the ISRO Satellite Station. He spent time discussing the work relating to developing of various satellites scheduled to be launched in the next few months and also interacted with the scientific fraternity.
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