Venkaiah Naidu urges Indian physicians abroad to return and serve India at AAPI’s Global Healthcare Summit in Kolkata

Venkiah Naidu, vice president of India, delivering the valedictory address of the GHS 2017 in Kolkata, India on December 30, 2017. Credit: AAPI.

The 11th edition of the annual Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), USA, concluded in Kolkata, West Bengal, on December 30.

India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, during his valedictory address on the concluding day of the Summit, urged Indian physicians to return to India and rededicate their lives for the wellbeing of their motherland. Naidu said that all the opportunities are now available in India too.

“I would be happier if you people can come back to India and do something to help the society. Earlier the opportunity was very less here so people went to different parts of the globe for work. But now everything is available in India,” Naidu said.

Referring to the issue of brain drain, Naidu said, “I tell our children there are enough facilities in our colleges and IITs.  “Still if you want to go, go learn earn and then return.”

“Apart from conducting CMEs, seminars, and workshops, AAPI must consider collaborating with various governments and other private organizations in establishing a state-of-the-art healthcare facility in each district of the country where affordable treatment is dispensed,” Naidu told the delegates.

The Governor of West Bengal Keshri Nath Tripathi, the Minister for Urban Development, West Bengal, Firhad Hakim and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

In his welcome address, Dr. Gautam Samadder, president of AAPI, said, “This GHS has promised to be one with the greatest impact and significant contributions towards harnessing the power of international Indian diaspora to bring the most innovative, efficient, cost-effective healthcare solutions to India.”

According to Dr. Naresh Parikh, President-Elect of AAPI, who had proposed the vote of thanks, the scientific program of GHS 2017 was developed by leading experts with the contributions of a stellar Scientific Advisory Board and International Scientific Committee, while the event featuring plenary sessions, interactive round-tables, clinical practice workshops, and meet the expert sessions.

Dr. Ashok Jain, Chairman of AAPI’s BOD, in his address, summarized some of the achievements of AAPI including the 16 free healthcare clinics, AAPI’s legislative initiatives in the US, and the ongoing collaboration with the government of India and the state governments and several NGOs in helping healthcare efficient and cost-effective.

The Conference was organized in partnership with the ministry of overseas Indian affairs and ministry of health and family welfare, along with collaboration with over 15 professional associations from all over the world.

The GHS 2017 featured some of the biggest names in the healthcare industry, especially at the 6th annual CEO leadership forum with leaders from across the globe.

GHS 2017 was attended by over 100 opinion leaders and expert speakers and over 1000 leading experts many countries across the globe to present cutting-edge scientific findings as these relate to clinical practice, representing major Centers of Excellence, Institutions, and Professional Associations are represented by the invited chairs and speakers.

AAPI also launched a healthcare clinic offering medical care to the much need people of the region at the Prajapati Bhavan, Basunagar, Madhyamgram in the outskirts of Kolkata in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Madhyamgram Metropolitan on December 29th.

Founded in 1984, the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) represents one of the largest healthcare forum in the United States with the goal to facilitate and enable Indian American Physicians to excel in patient care, teaching and research and to pursue their aspirations in professional and community affairs.

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