Year : 2018 | Volume
: 23 | Issue : 1 | Page : 2--3
Presidential address at 43rd Annual conference of the indian association of pediatric surgeons (IAPSCON 2017), Kolkata, September 21–24, 2017
Professor and HOD, Department of Pediatric Surgery, KGM Medical College, Lucknow, India
S N Kureel
Professor and HOD, Department of Pediatric Surgery, KGM Medical College, Lucknow
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Kureel S N. Presidential address at 43rd Annual conference of the indian association of pediatric surgeons (IAPSCON 2017), Kolkata, September 21–24, 2017.J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2018;23:2-3
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S. N. Kureel
Honorable Chief Guest of inaugural function, Swami Atmapriyananda ji, Vice Chancellor, Ramakrishna Vivekananda University; President-Elect, Dr. Ketan Parekh; Past President, Dr. Kishore Panjwani; Secretary IAPS, Dr. Ramesh K. Reddy; Chairman Organizing Committee, Dr. S. K. Biswas; Organizing Secretary, Dr. P. P. Gupta; Past President WOFAPS, Dr. D. K. Gupta; Professor. S. K. Chatterjee; Dr. A. K. Basu; Dr. Mukhopadhyay; eminent faculty from India and abroad, esteemed delegates, ladies and gentlemen It gives me immense pleasure to stand before this august gathering as the President of Indian Association of Paediatric Surgeons. I take this opportunity to present the progress and achievements of this superspeciality. I applaud the dedication of all the paediatric surgeons for their tireless endeavour in treating and caring for children in need of surgical intervention.
The major portion of my presidency was spent in and out of hospital as I battled illness and an accident. Now that I have fully recovered I pledge to dedicate further time in the service of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons.
As per birth defect data of March of Dimes, 2% that is 96 lac children of our country need the expertise, care, and services of a qualified pediatric surgeon for correction of birth defects. Additional burden incurred due to pediatric trauma, pediatric tumors, and other acquired surgical problems is not included in this number.
If a pediatric surgeon with his team undertakes two surgeries in a day, he will only be able to treat approximately 700 children per year. By extrapolation, to treat 96 lac children, India as of now needs the services of 14,285 pediatric surgeons. Our present number being less than 2000, there is a major gap between the available strength and strength needed for proper delivery of surgical care to these infants.
After independence, India has made significant progress, but the reality, is that on the scale of human development index, its position is very low and ranks at 131. Since life expectancy is one of the determinant factors to decide human development index, therefore, overall improvement in services of pediatric surgery and provision of adequate strength of pediatric surgeons is mandatory for improving life expectancy in India.
Therefore, as President of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons, I urge the central government to initiate schemes similar to Janani Suraksha Yojana or Bal Swasthya Yojana, and to also enforce the National Birth Defect Upchar Yojana by bringing an Act of Parliament. This act can be comprehensive enough to provide insurance coverage to unborn chidren and newborns with birth defects. I also urge the government to create pediatric surgery service units at district level hospitals, revise of curriculum to include pediatric surgery at UG/PG training, and create state-of-the-art centers for world-class teaching, training, research, and patient care in the field of pediatric surgery. Such steps will ensure smiles on the faces of every infant after successful pediatric surgery.
In words of Lord Vivekananda “Power will come, prosperity will come, glory will come and everything that is excellent will come when we are able to awaken our sleeping soul and realize our real strength.” Our children are the true strength of our country and for their good health, improvement of the superspeciality of paediatric surgery is mandatory.
I express my heartfelt thanks to all the members of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons for being given this precious opportunity to serve as a President.