Attended by President of India Pranab Mukherjee
An epic NIM CARE World Health Day Summit was inaugurated by President of India Shri. Pranab Mukherjee joined by Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker Dr. M. Thambidurai and a host of luminaries and eminent health care professionals who converged to examine the mental health issues affecting the people in India and exploring solutions to this largely relegated public health issue. This 2-day Summit was held at Vigyan Bhavan on April 6th – 7th in New Delhi, India.
Several Chicago’s prominent figures were part of the Summit’s host committee which was principally organized and convened by Dr. Vijay G. Prabhakar of Chicago along with Dr. Sriram Sonty, Keerthi Kumar Ravoori, Harish Kolasani, Praveen Bhumana, Dr. Hemalata Bakane, Dr. Radhika Chimata, Dr. Sanhita Agnihotri, Dr. Viji Susarla, Diksha Pinjani, Nagendra Sripada and Sarada Sonty.
The theme of the summit was “Unite for a Healthy Mind” which is in accordance with the W.H.O. slogan for the World Health Day 2017 “Depression: Let’s Talk”. The Summit served as a platform for leaders, physicians, educators, elected officials, policy makers, medical professionals, health care administrators NGOs and the Corporate Sector to deliberate on this epidemic of depression in India.
The Chicago host team led by Dr. Vijay Prabhakar, Praveen Bhumana and Rajat Kapur received President Sri. Pranab Mukherjee upon his ceremonial arrival into the hallway of Vigyan Bhavan. Harish Kolasani, President of NRI Seva Foundation presented President Pranab Mukherjee with a special memento which he acknowledged with a thankful smile. The inaugural program was emceed by Dr. Radhika Chimata.
.On the opening day, after lighting the lamp, Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child development congratulated NIMCARE summit team for hosting this significant World Health DAY event. Keerthi Kumar Ravoori conducted the opening session and applauded Union Minister Maneka Gandhi for championing the causes of women and child welfare. Harish Kolasani welcomed Union Minister Maneka Gandhi; thereafter she launched ‘Live Life’ project and released a copy to Dr. Kannan Gireesh.
Keerthi Kumar Ravoori and Dr. Sriram Sonty served as moderators for the main plenary sessions and the panelists Dr. Viji Susarla, Sarada Sonty, Dr. Kannan Gireesh, Dr. Prerna Kohli and Dr. Hemalata Bakane made in depth presentations. Dr. Sanhita Agnihotri organized the Summit Banquet Gala at Bristol Hotel in Gurgaon, Haryana for the visiting delegates.
After an eloquent welcome address by Summit President Dr. Vijay Prabhakar, President of India Shri. Pranab Mukherjee in his key note address applauded the efforts of NIMCARE World Health Day leadership for convening the global summit that seeks to provide a unique opportunity to mobilize action around the topic of mental health issue hosted in commemoration of the World Health Day. President Pranab Mukherjee said the social stigma attached to a mental disorder, even if it is easily treatable, is also a major problem in India. However, people have now started talking about this issue leading to greater awareness in this respect.
While applauding the summit President Dr. Vijay G. Prabhakar of Chicago, India’s President Pranab Mukherjee commended Summit for forging ahead with the planned strategic follow up conclaves in different cities of the world to create a broad framework for collective action. President Mukherjee pointed out that traditional Indian values along with our family system, can be good mechanisms to support those who suffer from mental health disorders. Further adding, the president said that there is a severe shortage of mental health professionals in India and this service gap can be bridged effectively by telemedicine. The World Health Day Summit has begun in the right direction by launching the eCAP & SOL’s Telepsychiatry application for the rural and urban population in need of mental health consultation. President urged all to strive to make even greater progress in the efforts to create awareness.
Dr. Selvakumar, President Telemedcine Society of India gave introductory remarks, Dr. R. Mylvaganan presented a golden shawl. After the presentation of awards, Logith proposed a vote of thanks. P.K.Prithvi presented the summit overview. Keerthi Kumar Ravoori formally adjourned the Summit and thanked the delegates for their spirited participation and added the summit would forge ahead with a plan on hosting the Global India Conclave in Chicago.
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