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Famed international doctor delivers lecture at ASCOMS

The ongoing low intensity conflicts in J&K have aggravated the problems related to mental health and economy, reports Sanjay Khajuria.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 19:18 IST

The ongoing low intensity conflicts in Jammu and Kashmir have aggravated the problems related to mental health and economy. Thus it needs to bring changed strategies and policies to deal with the enigma, said Dr Ime John co-president International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear Warfare in Jammu on Wednesday.

Speaking in a specially convened press conference at ASCOMS Sidhra IDPD Jammu chapter, Dr John said that though the cold has ended but the low intensity conflicts all across the world have attributed towards thousands of deaths across the world even in this state once popularly known as a world tourist destination.

Completing it he added that though the IDPD started functioning a year ago but sensing the nerve of problems we will chalk out strategies to deal with the problem. If the medicos in conflict zones face health problems, he said they are unlike other humans and suffer the same health problems but even then in the most of cases they come true to their hypocritic oath to work for mankind at all cost.

Replying to a question about the impact of low intensity conflicts all around the world and counter strategies, Dr Ime John suggested that changed policies to deal with the conflicts usually end up in assertiveness and tranquility resulting in the stable economy. To substantiate he cited the examples from Sub Saharan and some African Nations namely Uganda, Congo where situations are heading towards normalcy.

Referring to the question, he said despite the end of cold war and total recall from the full fledged World War III, the quest for power and supremacy need to be doused. And referring to the Iraq issue he said, "Iraq faced a forcible invasion though it has not been implicated in any international crime. Secondly the alleged biological weapons too were not traced even then it faced the US Invasion under the similar syndrome." "Women and children face conflict-related violence doubly as part of the civilian population and due to their gender and age become the worst targets in a conflict situation", he said.

He was flanked by Dr SS Soodan Director Principal ASCOMS Sidhra and Dr GM Malik president IDPD (International Doctors for Peace and Development) State Chapter, an organisation working to generate awareness about the importance of peace and ill effects of conflicts.

Earlier in his lecture Dr Ime John addressed a vital subject on the affects of low intensity conflicts and violence through small arms enveloping the whole world. In this lecture aided with slides he highlighted the side effects of warfare and stressed to say 'Farewell to Arms' to get a better world for peace and harmony among mankind all over the world.

Dr Sehrish Asgar briefed about the activities undertaken by ASCOMS students with IDPD and IPPNW. Thereafter Dr Sonali Sharma described the problems associated with Nuclear warfare.Prominent among those present included DB Batra trustee ASCOMS, HS Maini trustee and other senior faculty members.

Dr SS Soodan Director-principal ASCOMS who holds the post of national vice president IDPD felicitated the visiting personality by offering a shawl as a token of regards and bouquet symbolizing peace. Dr GM Malik, however,presented the vote of thanks to the present gathering in this lecture.

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First Published: Jan 10, 2007 19:18 IST