On the final day of TMC’s Platinum Jubilee Health Conference, Hon’ble Chief Guest Shri. JP Nadda introduced the eminent gathering to TMC’s “Virtual Tumour Board” – a web-based video system connecting cancer care experts from 96 centres across the country, to provide patients with a multidisciplinary team for consultation, treatment and post-treatment cancer care. Commenting on TMC’s initiative, Shri. JP Nadda said, “The Virtual Tumour Board is a good step forward for India and I am convinced it will help us improve early screening, ensure that the right kind of treatment is given at the right time and boost the sharing of knowledge between experts. I congratulate TMC for this initiative.”
A very significant event today was the release of the “Mumbai Declaration”, a consolidated document on how to ensure that India achieves its goal of ‘Accessible and Affordable Healthcare for All’ as early as possible. Comprising implementable, sustainable solutions based on the 3-day conference discussions, the Mumbai Declaration was released by the “Neural Network”, a team of health experts and economists present at the conference.
Pledging his support to the Mumbai Declaration, Shri. JP Nadda said, “No single individual can be a repository of wisdom; it is the coming together of all stakeholders that is critical for India to achieve universal health coverage. I pledge my support and commitment to this initiative and declare that the Ministry will implement, in letter and spirit, every suggestion of the Mumbai Declaration.”
Dr. Rajendra Badwe, Director, TMC, said, “We are honoured to have the support of the Health Ministry and hope that the Mumbai Declaration will guide us in bringing about the changes required to reach our goal of universal healthcare by 2030. We look forward to the support of all stakeholders in this endeavor.”
R. Venkataraman, Tata Trusts, said, “The Mumbai declaration is a strategic document which will help everyone involved in it to renew our commitment to the country's biggest health problems and inspire all stakeholders to do the same.”
Day three of the conference also included sessions on the role of non-governmental organizations and CSR initiatives in healthcare. Representatives from Cipla, Tata Trusts and CanSupport discussed their efforts which have made significant contributions to society and community health, especially for children, palliative care and education. The role of media in responsible health reporting was also discussed at length, and it was concluded that doctors and health professionals too, should be encouraged to write in newspapers and magazines, to ensure that the right kind of health information can reach patients.
Also present at the conference were Dr. Deepak Sawant, Maharastra Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate and Bharat Ratna recipient and Mr. Anurag Basu, Indian actor, screenwriter, film producer, and a cancer survivor.
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