Contribute your might to transform lives: Prez tells medicos
Hyderabad, Dec 23 : President Pranab Mukherjee today called on doctors to honor the trust that people rest in them as he advised members of the medical fraternity to use their knowledge and technical expertise for the welfare of the common man.
Addressing the sixth convocation of MDS and 11th convocation of BDS course call to the Army College of Dental Sciences, the president said, “In your career there will be many professional accomplishments to your credit. Your parents, teachers and alma mater will be proud of achievements.But there will also be a higher calling in your life. You are venturing into a noble profession like medicine.
“In society, a doctor is accorded the status of God.
Honor the trust that people will repose in you. Honor the oath of Hippocrates. Use your knowledge and technical expertise for the welfare of the common man. With your professional power, contribute to the cause of humanity, and touch and transform the lives of millions, “advised Mukherjee.
The president said that good health is a gift from God and that it is also earned through the maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Quoting Lord Buddha, Mukherjee said: “Keeping the body healthy is a duty … otherwise we will not be able to keep our minds strong and clear.”
He stressed that it is important to regulate “our daily routine so that we can enjoy good health throughout our lives” and added oral health is an important component of the overall health profile of an individual. But not much attention is paid to this aspect of human well-being.
“The consumption of tobacco, junk food, soft drinks and sweets damages the teeth and causes dental caries, which is a general lack of awareness and neglect. Oral diseases in the early stages and neglect of deteriorating oral health adds to the burden of disease, “said Mukherjee.
Stressing that the quantum of work to be done in this area is enormous, the President said that it is the responsibility of doctors and dentists to strengthen the qualities of oral hygiene in people.
“Unless citizens enjoy good health, their productive potential can not be fully realized. It is important to ensure adequate coverage of the population with a good health infrastructure, “he said.