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AAPI’s Global Healthcare Summit Inaugurated in Mumbai by Honorable Shri Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra

Mumbai (Jan. 02, 2015): Hon. Shri Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, inaugurated the 9th annual Global Healthcare Summit organized by the traditional lighting of the lamp at the Trident Hotel, Nariman Point in Mumbai  on Friday, January 2nd, 2015. Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar, President of AAPI, Dr. Jayant Banthia, former Chief Secretary to Government of Maharashtra, Dr. Seema Jain, President-Elect, Dr. Ajay Lodha, Vice President, Dr. Gautam Samadder, Secretary, Dr. Naresh Parikh, Treasurer and Dr. Ajeet Singhvi, Chairman, Board of Trustees of AAPI, joined the Governor in lighting of the traditional lamp to inaugurate the Global Healthcare Summit 2015, which is being attended by hundreds of delegates from around the world and India.

The Governor of Maharashtra, in his inaugural address,applauded the achievements and contributions of Indian American physicians in the healthcare field in the United States and for their love for their motherland, which has made them come back to make a positive difference in the healthcare delivery system in India.

In his welcome address, Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar, President of AAPI, gave a brief introduction into the making of the Global Healthcare Summit. “Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) held annually in India across the states in partnership with the Indian Medical Association (IMA), and Medical Council of India (MCI), with the cooperation from the Ministry of Health and Overseas Indian Affairs, has come to be recognized for the many initiatives it has given birth to and the numerous joint recommendations of the standard of care for major diseases affecting the people of India,” he said.

Describing the GHS to be very unique and a truly pioneering effort to address areas of concern which are of significant consequences on health care scenario in India, Dr..Jahagirdar said,“Past summits have identified areas of mutual interest and also integrated advancements of healthcare facilities in India besides ways and means of tackling long term concerns leading to long-term collaborations.”

“Mumbai is very proud to host the 9th edition of the Global Healthcare Summit,” the Governor said. “When we hear about your contributions and achievements in the healthcare field, we feel so proud. You are uniting the whole world through your dedication, skills and contributions in the healthcare field,” he said.

While expressing his appreciation and gratitude to AAPI delegates who have come from several countries around the world to be part of the healthcare Summit, Rao said, “My sincere appreciation goes to Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar and each physician who has come from across the globe for taking the time out to come and be part of the Healthcare Summit and explore ways to contribute to make healthcare more efficient, more affordable and accessible to all.”

India has emerged as a global economic power, the Governor said, and added that with the economic growth comes a social responsibility to make the fruits of economic growth reach every Indian.  “The economic growth of the nation is also a call to invest in social programs, including making healthcare affordable and efficient for millions of people,” he said.

While lamenting that there is a scarcity of trained physicians to work in the tribal regions, the Governor urged AAPI leaders and its members to identify ways to make healthcare reach the remotest villages in the state of Maharashtra. He appealed to the global delegates to explore ways to make healthcare women-centered, which is pivotal to the health of the nation and will help in reducing maternal mortality

The Governor suggested that AAPI could collaborate in reaching healthcare in the remotest rural areas, in reducing maternal mortality and prevention and treatment of diabetes in India. Stating that he serves as the Chancellor of more than 20 Universities in the state of Maharashtra, he promised to make every effort to incorporate the contributions of AAPI in the sharing of medical knowledge in these higher learning institutions, which will benefit millions of students in the state. “If AAPI wants to establish or offer any educational opportunities in the state of Maharashtra, I commit my full cooperation in the areas of continuing medical education,” he said.

Describing physicians of Indian origin as “most required Indians,” he appealed to the AAPI delegates to work with the government to “find ways to make healthcare to make healthcare affordable, accessible and efficient for all.”
Earlier, while introducing the governor to the audience, Dr. Jayant Banthia described the Governor as a senior statesman who is committed to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all. In his brief vote of thanks, Dr. Ajeet Singhvi, chairman of the Board of Trustees of AAPI, urged AAPI members to work towards making a positive difference in the lives of the people of India.

In his introductory remarks, Anwar Feroz, Honorary Advisor to AAPI, said, “With the objective of enabling people in India to access high quality, affordable, and cost-effective world class health services, since the first summit we have achieved several tangibles including the engagement of all notable sections of Indian government, and a ground breaking start of an alliance between AAPI, IMA & MCI.”

Physicians of Indian Origin in the United States are reputed to be leading health care providers, holding crucial positions in various hospitals, administration, academics, and healthcare facilities around the nation and the world.  Over the years, they have carved a niche among the American medical community and the general public in the process earning a name for themselves with their compassion, hard work, dedication, brilliance, and amazing skills & talents,that have the roots in their culture.

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), that represents nearly 100,000 physicians, medial students and fellows of Indian origin in the US, and serving as an umbrella organization for more than 160 member associations nationwide, while being their voice and providing a forum to collectively work together to meet their diverse needs, is committed to giving back to their motherland and to their adopted country, even as it constantly explores ways to enhance opportunities for the professional growth of Indian origin physicians around the world.

The GHS 2015 being held in Mumbai will have educational and training programs areas that need special attention, and will include high priority areas such as Cardiology, Maternal & Child Health, Diabetes, Oncology, Surgery, Mental Health, HIT, Allergy, Immunology & Lung Health and Gastroenterology, Transplant and impact of comorbidities. The Summit will also help establish India-centric guidelines for management of head injury and trauma.

The scientific program of GHS 2015 is developed by leading experts with the contributions of a stellar Scientific Advisory Board and International Scientific Committee. Pre-conference web based sessions have been offered to over 50,000 physicians and for the very first time, there will be live streaming of sessions during GHS 15 which will be viewed live by physicians from around the world. The Conference in collaboration with over 10 professional associations from all over the world, accredited from Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education for 14 hours of credits will be applied for.  This is the first time use of LIVE webcasting technology to enable healthcare workers across the country to watch all the scientific sessions.

Describing the message and theme for the Summit, Dr. Jahagirdar said, “AAPI has a mandate to help disseminate our medical knowledge,our expertise and technological advances to the rest of the world, and to India in particular.” Headquartered in Chicago, having a strong legislative presence in Washington, DC AAPI has come to be recognized as a strong voice in the healthcare legislation and policy arena.  For additional information on AAPI and its Global Healthcare Summit, please visit:www.aapiusa.org; www.aapighsindia.org