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16th January 2017
 
The Ideal IMA Hospital: Suggestions required
 
I recently came across a story in the Daily Mail UK about a teacher in Iran who visits the ICU every day, where his student, who had cancer, was admitted. Why? So that the child could keep up with his studies and not miss out on any lessons. The two communicate with each other via phone. This is indeed a noble act. Teachers can make a difference in the lives of their students.
 
Doctors are meant to not just treat the disease, but also the patient as a whole.  The focus should also be on the psychosocial aspects and not just the science of treating a disease.
 
All hospitals owned by IMA doctors should be hospitals with a difference, where

 
  • We work with compassion and care.
  • We have provisions for a prayer room
  • We respect the dead body.
(With inputs from Dr RV Asokan)
 
Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA and HCFI
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Preventable illness and mortality due to air, water and soil contamination is unacceptable: IMA
 
Each year, about 13 million of all deaths worldwide result from preventable environmental causes.
 
New Delhi, Jan 15, 2017: Environmental risk determinants, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical and insecticide exposures and global climate change contribute to more than 100 different diseases and injuries. More than a quarter of the mortality in India can be attributed to living in an unhealthy environment. The largest burden is that of air pollution, which kills about 1.4 million people in India every year. The other major causes of preventable mortality are poor water quality and sanitation. 
 
IMA is for preventing these avoidable illnesses and mortalities through strategic planning, awareness campaigns and mutual collaboration with concerned authorities.
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