Medical research needs a fillip: Minister

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KOCHI: Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy had on Saturday said that the area of medical research in the State left a lot to be desired. In her inaugural address at an international symposium on ‘neonatal neurology and therapeutic hypothermia’ organised by the University College of London-India here, Ms. Sreemathy said that research activities focusing on the problems in health care especially in the areas of treatment, drugs and the like were not much heard of in the State. “[However], the government is committed to promote medical research… one of the key focus areas of the new University of Health Sciences will be to promote more original research work — preventive, curative as well as the social aspects of healthcare. We also aim at creating more opportunities for the medical college faculty, to encourage them to give more time and effort into research in their areas of specialisation,” she said.

Earlier, Ms. Sreemathy said that the State should seek to reduce to lower levels the infant mortality rate which currently stood at 12 to 13 per 1,000 live births. Leading doctors in neonatology in Anand Pandit, professor, Pune Medical College, Niranjan Thomas, professor at CMC, Vellore; Vishnu Bhatt, professor at JIPMER, Pudcherry and Balraj Guhan, professor at Kozhikode Medical College were among the national faculty at the symposium that concluded here on Sunday.

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