"Scientific research can lead to better healthcare"

The union health minister, Mr J P Nadda has stressed on the role of academic research in strengthening health sector besides entering into international collaboration for developing new technologies


The union minister for health, Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda at the “H3C Health Sciences Innovation Conference”, in Mumbai on January 15, 2015. Prof Michael Drake, the president, Ohio State University and the director, AIIMS, New Delhi, Mr M.C Mishra are also seen.

In his address as the keynote speaker at the H3C Health Sciences Innovation Conference, at Mumbai, the union minister for health, Mr J P Nadda stated that the focussed academic research can go a long way in strengthening the health sector.

"It can provide solutions to many challenges facing the country in providing accessible and affordable health care to all, particularly the needy and vulnerable. Similarly, IT can play a crucial role as an enabler to address several critical issues in the country's health sector," he remarked.

The health minister recommended the collaboration between the Ohio State University and AIIMS, New Delhi in the field of regenerative medicine. He informed that the country's first Regenerative Medicine Center at AIIMS has been launched in partnership with the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell Based Therapies (CRMCBT) at The Ohio State University.

The minister was hopeful that such ventures will give fillip to health based research in the country. Such research must be people-centric and benefit humanity, the minister stated.

He urged students, fellows and faculty from the Ohio State University to collaborate with Indian universities and health institutions to undertake research in varied health issues. India with its huge population, the burden of communicable as well as non-communicable diseases, coupled with shortage of human resources in the health sector including doctors, specialists and para medical staff still faces several challenges, he stated. He looks forward to partnership with the Ohio State University and other such academic bodies to work together to address these challenges, he stated.

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