Gaya: Cardiologists attending the two-day conference organized by Bihar chapter of Cardiological Society of India lamented inadequate budgetary provisions for the health sector. The conference concluded on Sunday.
Speaking as the chief guest, Dr Anil Kumar, a Mumbai-based cardiologist and a former president of Cardiological Society of India, said at the time of independence, 3% of the GDP was being spent on health sector. Now it has come down to less than 1%.
The developed countries spend 6-9% of their GDP on the health sector and government outlay has to go up steeply if the health requirements of the countrymen are to be adequately addressed. Lamenting the quality of medical education in Bihar, Dr Kumar said in 1975 when he left the state, Patna and Darbhanga medical colleges were as good as the Mumbai Medical College, but there have been sharp decline in their standard since then.
Dr Kumar pleaded for introducing DM (Doctor of Medicine) courses in Bihar. A strong political will was required to bring medical education in Bihar back on the rails, he said. Recalling a felicitation ceremony in Mumbai in which Bihar CM Nitish Kumar honoured a select group of Bihari performers in Mumbai, Dr Kumar had asked the CM to give serious attention to health-related issues. Unfortunately, little has been done in this sector, he said.
In a reassuring tone, he said with proper care, heart patients have far more longevity compared to the patients of other deadly diseases like cancer, liver and kidney diseases.
Organizing committee chairman Dr AN Rai recalled Dr Kumar’s contribution to the field of cardiology. Addressing the inaugural session of the conference, Kolkata-based cardiologist Dr Mantosh Panja noted with satisfaction that cases of rheumatic heart disease have gone down from 8 per 1000 a few decades back to just 0.6% now.
According to Dr SK Panda, chairman, scientific committee of the conference, the cardiologists discussed different heart-related issues including status of cardiac intervention in India, sudden cardiac death, management of carcinogenic shock, pregnancy with heart disease, diagnosis and management of hypertension and prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever. Role of lifestyle changes was also discussed.
A souvenir edited by Dr BP Khaitan and memoir of well known physician Dr SN Arya were also released on the occasion.