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Kalam therapy for Vajpayee concern

IT WAS the inauguration ceremony of a heart hospital and research centre but it became platform for two elder statesmen to do some heart searching. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was worried about the prevalence of heart diseases among the political class. ?Politics is too intense these days,? he quipped and added that his breed had gone for a lifestyle makeover, which had hurt their hearts.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 01:38 IST

IT WAS the inauguration ceremony of a heart hospital and research centre but it became platform for two elder statesmen to do some heart searching.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was worried about the prevalence of heart diseases among the political class. “Politics is too intense these days,” he quipped and added that his breed had gone for a lifestyle makeover, which had hurt their hearts.

The President was all ears when the Lucknow MP spoke at the inauguration ceremony of the Divine Heart Hospital and Research Centre in Gomti Nagar on Friday. Then he rose to have his say and he did spare some thoughts for politicians.

While Vajpayee saw advances in medical science heartening for politicians, Kalam saw no need for our MPs and MLAs to worry about heart diseases. The missile man had a ready therapy for them — rush for developmental activities and stay hearty.

Taking a leaf out of Vajpayee statement, Kalam said if 70 per cent of a politician’s activity focused on development and 30 per cent on politics, chances of heart diseases would definitely reduce.

“Politicians contest elections, get elected and rule the country or state. If 70 per cent of his political activities are focused on development, the country will progress fast. Backward states like UP, Bihar and Orissa will also become developed states,” Kalam said.

Shifting focus to medical care, Kalam said, “There is need of trained doctors and paramedical staff in the hospital with beautiful minds to treat the patients.

Doctors must have complete knowledge about the human body since all cells are interconnected”.

The President drew the attention of the audience towards recent advances in cardiology. “Gene chip can detect cardiology defects in the foetus. Doctors can identify the mutant gene with the help of the chip and cure the foetus,” he said.

The President also spoke about other advances in cardiology, including the role of stem cell, ECP and nano tip heart pacemaker.

Lauding the nation’s great strides in medical sciences, Vajpayee said, “We have to compete at the international level and think about the country and its people too. We have to create such an atmosphere where people are free from disease and lead a healthy life. So we need more sophisticated hospitals, research centres and better management of patients.”

He urged doctors to take care of the have-nots and ensure that they got proper treatment.

Governor TV Rajeswar also spoke about the recent advances in the field of medical sciences. Others who spoke were Agriculture Minister Ashok Bajpai, Prof AK Srivastava and Abha Srivastava.

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 01:38 IST