Guwahati: “Assam which was not known for its healthcare services has now transformed into a major healthcare destination, at least for the Northeastern states, and also for the neighbouring countries,” said Assam governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi during the inaugural ceremony of the 4th CSI Cardiac Prevent 2019 at Hotel Radisson Blu in Guwahati on Friday evening.
The three-day conclave was kick-started with the ceremonial lighting of lamp followed by release of a souvenir by the governor and other dignitaries of Cardiological Society of India, and the organising committee.
It’s the first time that the event is being held in Guwahati, hosting doctors and medical faculties from both India and abroad informed, Dr HC Kalita, the organising president during his welcome address.
President elect of CSI Dr Mrinal Kanti Das took to the dais informing of his connect with the state. He said that it’s a matter of pride that he hails from Assam. “Moi axomor lora (I am from Assam).”
The chief guest, Prof Mukhi, gave a retrospective view of the healthcare status of our country during the British era. He said that then, people lived in difficult conditions, health indicators were very poor, epidemics and diseases were rampant. But India has come a long way since then.
“Scientific innovations and discoveries have changed our lives. Healthcare has undergone a sea of change, and the credit goes to you. Because of doctors like you, average life expectancy has increased. Diseases like polio and small pox which once claimed many lives have been defeated,” added the governor.
Further, he cited the example of Mission Indradhanush which ensures children in hard to reach area benefit from immunisation and build the foundation of a healthy life.
Reiterating Gandhi, Prof Mukhi said, “A Nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”
Urging doctors to come forward and take the social responsibility to generate awareness about the danger of cardio-vascular disease and the importance of lifestyle changes to address this disease, the governor remarked on the size of populace they have in hand. He said: “ASEAN and BBIN countries together has thrown open a population of 80 crore. You can play a key role in transforming our state into an epicentre of medical tourism.”