Former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Monday said he wanted to see Uttar Pradesh free from polio and called on doctors to work together to "achieve the mission."
The polio virus should be eliminated from Uttar Pradesh, and the state made free of the disease, Kalam said at a function organised in Lucknow by the Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU), earlier known as the King George's Medical College (KGMC), Lucknow.
Of the 136 fresh polio cases detected in the country this year, 97 are from Uttar Pradesh.
Besides eradication of polio, Kalam also appealed to doctors and medical researchers to come up with simple and cost effective tests of cardio-vascular diseases, vaccines against heart diseases, malaria and more effective treatment for tuberculosis.
About the vision for the CSMMU for the next few decades, Kalam said, "There should be a synergy of teaching and research right from the under graduate level, a preparation of a health care road map for the nation."
"The CSMMU should be transformed into a virtual education hub so that it can reach out to the entire nation and scientists, and researchers from across the nation also can work for treatment of heath related problems facing humanity."
The former president also emphasised the need for multi-disciplinary research in partnership with different institutions.
He said working and succeeding with integrity were the top most qualities of researchers and the CSMMU should inculcate all such qualities to take care of health care delivery system.
"Future research challenges include alleviation of human suffering, providing nutrition at low cost, delivering quality health care to rural people at lower cost," he said.
The former president also administered an oath to the CSMMU students to work with integrity, inspire research scholars and "not to introduce any diagnostic pain in their patients."