Doctors should be kind hearted: Abdul Kalam

Doctors should be kind hearted: Abdul Kalam

Doctors should be kind hearted: Abdul Kalam

Former president of India APJ Abdul Kalam, on Tuesday, gave a clarion call to the outgoing graduates of Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC and RI) to be kind hearted towards their patients.

Addressing the gathering during ‘Summer Dreams 2015’, the graduation day ceremony of MMC and RI, organised at J K Grounds here, Kalam, who began his speech with the significance of heart, said: “Though everybody has a biological heart, the doctors should have two hearts — biological and kind heart — as the medical professionals are a gift to humanity”.

Kalam said, a doctor should develop a philosophy of give and not to take, for they have to be kind hearted to treat the rural population of the country at 700 million, comprising six lakh villages.

Referring to a book ‘Medicine and Compassion’, Kalam said, the professionals should develop six prominent virtues like — generosity, ethics, tolerance, perseverance, concentration and intelligence. It will lead to the compilation of a character with humane heart.

Most importantly, there should be a synergy between mind, body and medicine, as the world is facing a growing number of diseases, with virus being spread from animals to human beings.

The cause of such disturbing trend could be owed to global warming and rapid urbanisation, which could lead to inflammation of cells. Overall, management of immunity may emerge as a new challenge for the next few decades, Kalam said.

He appealed to the medicos to work with integrity and succeed with integrity, besides causing no diagnostic pain to the patients.

“Whenever a patient goes to a doctor, he or she will be made to undergo several tests that is followed by a huge bill, nothing but diagnostic pain,” he added.

In his interaction, followed by the graduation address, Kalam answered to questions on India lagging behind in medical research and the cliched address of ‘India the developing country’. He said, medical research is a collaborative effort, where the types of diseases plaguing the country are at national level and global level. The only way to make India a developed country is ‘to excel in work irrespective of fields’.

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