Shri Subhash Chandra addressed the Vitreo Retinal Society of India’s conference in Jaipur. Speaking at the gathering as the chief guest he first congratulated the VRSI for growing from ten members to over 1000 in such a short period and lauded their great work.
Talking about health and wellness, Subhash Ji expressed concern about our nation and said, “India is slowly following America in becoming a diabetic nation.” Attributing this to unhealthy eating habits which include consumption of junk food, he added, “We are wanting the same junk food that made them diabetic and now they are sending it to us and we are happily grabbing that.”
Talking further about lifestyle related health issues, he said, “50 percent of Vitreo Retinal cases are caused due to diabetes. It is slow and is not noticed before the patient is almost in the last stage. Naturally the the course of treatment is also very expensive for our country and which is not within the reach of 10 lakh people in India suffering from this disease. I hope that the two days deliberation in this conference will shed some light on this and some solutions will come out of it.”
Spoke at the 27th Annual conference of Vitreo Retina Society of India in Jaipur. pic.twitter.com/yCqL3VfIeM
— Subhash Chandra (@subhashchandra) November 30, 2018
Subhash Ji also offered the assistance of ZEE network’s special cell of public services broadcasting in helping VRSI. He spoke about how elders have told us about the priorities of life among which the first is Nirogi Kaya or fit body.
Emphasizing the significance of our rich and vast traditional ancient Indian knowledge and practices, he further said, “Medical practices that this civilization gave us 5-6 thousand years ago such as Ayurveda, homeopathy and nature cure etc can help in combating the increasing number of diseases caused by change in lifestyle. Shouldn’t we be practicing those, shouldn’t we be propagating those?”
“If we want a healthy India, we will have to go back to our old ancient science,” he added.
Elaborating the role of doctors in reviving these ancient practices, he said that doctors play a critical role in promoting and inspiring healthy lifestyle. He further added, “In a country like India where doctors are considered as God, patients will definitely listen to them.” He concluded his speech with an appeal to all doctors to spread the message of a healthy lifestyle among their patients.
VRSI 2018 is the biggest platform for Vitreo Retinal surgeons in India and was attended by more than 600 delegates from India and abroad.