Mangalore, April 24, 2013, Health care facilities should be accessible to poor people, stressed Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr D Veerendra Heggade.
Speaking after inaugurating the A J Cancer Institute at; the hospital premises on Wednesday, he said that better health care facilities have led to longevity of life.
Earlier, people who were affected with diseases used to believe that they are cursed. However, now people visit doctors when they face health problems and it is the doctors’ duty to treat them or guide them to hospitals that provide suitable treatment, he said.
Cancer can be healed today. However, many cannot afford the treatment. Insurance agencies should extend its coverage to life threatening diseases. The government should also introduce better health schemes, so that poor can benefit, he added.
“Many a times, we see that medical colleges introduce hospitals. However, it is important that a hospital is set-up first, so that students receive the right exposure,” he pointed out.
“People do not like visiting hospitals. Hence, ambiance, environment and hygiene matters in keeping people cheerful,” he concluded.
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (Bangalore) Vice Chancellor Dr K S Sriprakash said that 11.5 lakh people in India have registered for cancer treatment. Around 30 million people have survived cancer world wide and the number will go up to 70 million in 2050.
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences insists institutes under it to go for accreditation. The A J Institute has earnestly worked on this and has been awarded the NABH certificate by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare providers (NABH), he said.
Presiding over the programme, A J Hospital and Research Centre Managing Director A J Shetty said that A J Hospital is the first in DK district and also the first medical college hospital to be awarded the NABH certificate.
Dr D Veerendra Heggade formally handed over the NABH certificate to A J Shetty