President exhorts young doctors to play key role in nation building

  • Pranab urges dentists to develop oral health culture

Hyderabad: President Pranab Mukherjee has exhorted young doctors to play a key role in nation-building and reminded them that their foremost duty in their new role as doctors was to live up to the good faith and trust reposed in them. He also advised them to use their knowledge and technical expertise for the welfare of the common man.

In his ceremonial address at the 11th convocation of Army college of Dental Sciences (ACDS) at Jawahar Nagar in Secunderabad on Friday, the President called upon the young doctors to build in their minds a strong sense of patriotism and social responsibility. Health is an important indicator of country’s progress and only a healthy population possesses a greater capacity to access education, knowledge and employment opportunities, he added. Stressing the importance of oral health, the President urged the dental doctors to serve the people with humanism.

The President said there was a huge gap in the ratio of dental doctors between rural and urban areas –there is one doctor for every 8000 population in urban areas while one doctor for 50,000 people in rural areas. “This gap has to be reduced”, the President urged the dental doctors to develop the culture of oral health.

He suggested that the dentists should take initiatives to organize health camps and mobile camps and awareness programmes in rural India to create awareness about personal hygiene and health care among people to prevent diseases. “The parents should inculcate healthy food habits among children to avoid oral health problems. There is a need for changing lifestyles towards healthy food habits”, he added.

The President gave away trophies to outstanding students for their Best Academic Excellence in Studies. Governor ESL Narasimhan gave away degrees to PG Dental Science graduates. Lt. Col RK Anand gave away the graduation degrees to the successful students. Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Ali, Vice-Chancellor of Kaloji Narayana Rao Health University Dr Karunakar Reddy, senior officers of Armed forces, parents of the medical students were present at the convocation ceremony. –NSS

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