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Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates 4th International Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Spread of non-communicable diseases pose challenge of huge economic and social costs, says Minister

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New Delhi , 15 Nov 2018

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy  and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the geriatric study has gained relevance in the recent years with increase in life span of people. This field has  unique speciality where the parameter is based on age. He said that more than 70% of the population is below the age of 40 years, due to which India  is facing bi-polar challenge. On the one hand we have increasing number of old population and on the other hand there is a large percentage of  population in young age. He was speaking at the inauguration of 4th International Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine that is being  organized along with the Asia Pacific Geriatric Medicine Network Conference  at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.  The vision of the  conference is to improve old age care around the world. The Congress focuses on sensitisation and reorientation of health care professionals with the  theme: ‘Future of Geriatric Medicine practice - Are you Ready?’ Keeping in mind the recent advances in healthcare and information technology, the  discussions are being held on topics such as subjects of biogerontology and social & clinical geriatrics such as diabetes, euthanasia, elder abuse and  geriatric patient care.

The Minister said earlier the challenge used to be of spread of communicable diseases, while now the challenge is that of non-communicable diseases  spreading fast irrespective of age. This trend has posed a new challenge keeping in mind the economic and social cost of these diseases, he added.  The younger generation, if affected with metabolically disorder diseases, will have to pay huge economic costs keeping in mind the increasing life span,  the Minister said.Speaking about the Government’s efforts to improve health sector in India, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Government led by Prime  Minister Shri Narendra Modi has accorded high priority to health care and prevention services. He said that launch of ‘Aayushmaan Bharat’ programme  is an example specially in a developing country like India. He also spoke of other initiatives taken by Government for senior citizens like increase in  minimum pension etc.The Director, AIIMS, Dr Randeep Gulleria, Chairman, Power Grid, Shri I S Jha, Vice-Chancellor, Pt B D Sharma University, Dr O  P Kalra, Joint Secretary, Department of Pensions & Pensioners Welfare Shri S N Mathur and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

 

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