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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-4
Presidential address at the 52 nd annual congress of Indian radiological and imaging association


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Subbarao K. Presidential address at the 52 nd annual congress of Indian radiological and imaging association. Indian J Radiol Imaging 1999;9:3-4

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Respected and honored dignitaries on the dais, distinguished guests, my colleagues, students, friends from the health care industry, ladies and gentlemen:

I am extremely happy and honored to be addressing you as an incoming President of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association. I am quite overwhelmed and almost speechless in expressing my gratitude to all the members for electing me unanimously. I am doubly pleased to participate as a president in welcoming the International Congress of Radiology, which begins tomorrow.
"To work you have the right, not the fruits thereof" - Gita

It is said that "some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them". Obviously I belong to the last category and your love and affection has been goading me to go ahead with my task. Although, some of my friends and family members tell me that the honor has come too late, in reply I quote the following saying that "Doorse ayi, derse ayi, dheerese ayi, magar ayi suhag ki rath". Sincere and hard work by honest people is always rewarded.

With all humility, I stand before you and promise that I will continue to maintain the dignity of the office following the footsteps of all my predecessors. Young, old, talented and great leaders have presided over our association. I cannot really perform all they hoped to do. I have two major points in my agenda; one is to extend the power of professional knowledge to all members of our association and would be members and the other is to instill human values and ethics in our profession and be proud of our heritage. These may be tall orders but now is the time to take these tasks up and to work hard for them.

You have watched me and guided me during my Chairmanship of the Indian College of Radiology and Imaging and encouraged my efforts in conducting continuous medical education programs and in running short-term courses for the last six years. I am glad that our young and able colleague Dr. Satish K Bhargava is succeeding me taking up the reins of the Indian College of Radiology and Imaging and will continue to work for the agenda we have outlined. The second edition of our textbook on "Diagnostic Radiology by Indian authors" will be released during the next year.

Ladies and gentlemen, I do not have to recount the advances that have been taking place in radiology and imaging. After the introduction of globalization and liberalization, India is leveling up with other developed countries in our profession at a fast pace. However, the various governments during the last 50 years of independence have not really focussed on health. Our professional contributions to the health of the nation are enormous. My only regret is that the sophisticated diagnostic tools are neither available to, nor affordable by the vast masses of our country living in the rural areas. I think that we should develop a strong political lobby, and exert enough pressure upon the government to increase the health budget and fill up the deficiencies that are existing in the health developmental programs.

I am glad that the private sector has come up and is providing quality radiological services to the affordable. But what happens to the poor? We should direct our attention and help the Government so that every citizen of this country gets an equal opportunity and services become within affordable reach of each person.

Our profession has developed shoulder to shoulder with surgery and medicine. However we have to forge ahead. Our youngsters instead of specializing and sub-specializing either in equipment or organs, should have a good background of general medical knowledge and be super-general radiologists. No doubt, unless we dedicate ourselves to one organ system and excel, the turf battles will continue. We are not shadow interpreters but are clinicians first, and only then radiologists. Since "knowledge is power", unless we are good in our basic medicine, we cannot really practice world class radiology and be a "consultant to other consultants". Under any circumstances we have to keep the patients' welfare in mind since ultimately the patients' safety is our goal and aim.

Our brothers in trade are coping with our demands and giving us adequate service so that we continue to serve the patients without interruption and at a minimum cost. Their individual support to many a CME program is appreciated. Our non-resident Indian radiologists extend their cooperation to us as members of the Sushruta Society of Radiology and now in the changed name of American Association of Radiologists from Indian Origin. I appeal to them to participate more often and involve themselves more seriously in our educational activities. They should give back to "Janma Bhoomi" what they have received with compound interest since mother Government has funded their education.

We have just celebrated our fifty years of independence. While technologically, we are competing with the west, human values and ethics are at a low ebb. The newspapers and the electronic media publish pathetic stories about the miserable state of health conditions and the poor attitude of health personnel. Let us not neglect the human aspect of medicine and let us not concentrate on accumulating wealth by wrong means. Let us all pledge to maintain high moral values and ethical standards in our profession. Let us all come up and keep up to the expectations of "Vaidyo Narayano Harih". May I exhort you with the prayer that Mahatma Gandhi used to include in his daily prayers that:
"Nathwaha kamaye rajyam

Na swargam, Na punarudbhavam

Kamaye arthitapthanam, praninam dukha nashanam"

meaning "I don't want kingdom, I don't wish to go to heaven nor do I need rebirth. What I wish, is to be able to wipe off the tears of the distressed and miserable". What a noble thought indeed! Let us all work towards that goal.


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