Dr Aggarwal will help add value to the world healthcare landscape in this capacity
Prominent cardiologist and President of the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, was sworn in as the new President of the Confederation of Medical Association of Asia and Oceania (CMAAO) for 2019-20 yesterday at the 34th CMAAO General Assembly and 55th Council Meeting being held in Goa. He took over in this capacity from Dr Ravindra Naidu of Malaysia.
An advocate of preventive and universal healthcare, Dr Aggarwal has pioneered leading health initiatives in India. Among other multifarious roles, Dr Aggarwal has been the past national president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the first vice president of CMAAO and advisor to the Ethics Committee, World Medical Association.
Since its inception in 1956, the objective of CMAAO has been to promote academic exchange of information on health issues and cultivate ties of friendship between member medical associations.
Speaking on at the event, Dr Aggarwal, said, “It is my immense privilege and honor to assume the role of the President of CMAAO for the year2019-20. Coming to this General Assembly feels like homecoming and a reunion of family as it resonates with my philosophy of life as a student of Vedic literature. In cognizance of the theme of the General Assembly this year – Path to Wellness – ‘One Health’ will be my priority this year. There are several public health challenges today such as vector-borne diseases; communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); antimicrobial resistance (AMR); tobacco use; HIV/AIDS, etc. Violence against doctors and inequity in health are few other issues that are a concern. Attaining universal health coverage, which is affordable, accessible, available, appropriate and accountable, remains a distant goal for many of us. This can only be addressed and prioritized when we consider the concept of ‘One Health’.
Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, said, “Many of our member countries have successfully met some public health challenges. These achievements should not only inspire us to accomplish these goals, but also to help each other to attain them. For the success of CMAAO, let us give 80 seconds every day to the body and share one idea with me to make this year, one of the most vibrant years in the history of the organization.
Currently comprising 19 member National Medical Associations (NMAs), CMAAO has been in existence for more than 50 years now. Dr Aggarwal’s appointment to the body in the current role assumes significance given his contributions to the field of medicine and public health and the fact that this will bring India to the centerstage of discussions.