‘Public health lags behind due to disconnect between scientific sectors’
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During the ongoing golden jubilee celebrations of the Advanced Paediatrics Centre at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), a special session was addressed by Prof M K Bhan, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Biotechnology. He spoke on the theme 'Perspective and Horizon in Paediatric'.
Bhan, who is an alumnus of the Paediatrics Department of PGI, shared memories of the time spent at the department.
He emphasised that while it was important to be true to the core institutional values, in order to grow and develop, there was a need to adapt to the changing situations.
In his address, Bhan emphasised that India had unique opportunities to become a global leader in science-based health care on account of its large pool of talented professionals. "We face challenges with regard to limited self-realisation, innovation and inability to convert imaginative thoughts into reality," he added.
Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Bhan said science should be used to solve mankind's problems, and advocated for science with a human face. He also said that public health in India lagged behind the requirements of the country, because of the disconnect between health-care professionals and other areas of science and technology.
He also gave an outline of his department's 'Design for Innovation' scheme that connected health-care professionals with a multi-disciplinary team of experts to devise solutions for practical health care needs in India.
The session was chaired by Prof O N Bhakoo, PGI's first Paediatrics faculty member. He developed Neonatology services and DM training programme. Addressing the gathering, Bhakoo said that his experience in various developed countries showed that health-care services could be enhanced, only when doctors got involved with other specialists, especially those who were not in the medical profession, especially engineers, technologists, scientists, IT experts, and managers.
Bhan released the compendium of the Paediatrics Department, including researches conducted at the department over the past 50 years.