October 23, 2018 08:19 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Tricity inter-college debate competition was held under the aegis of NGO- SPEAK India;  Society for Promotion of Ethical and Affordable health Care in collaboration with Post Graduate Government College for Girls(PGGCG), Sec 11 at the college's campus.  

The topic of the debate was ‘Doctors have no role in healthcare?’ 14 teams from various colleges participated. Prof Maninder Sidhu of the host college welcomed the guests and participants. While first prize was won by Armand David from DAV College , Sec 10, second position went to Gurmehak Kaur Grewal from PGGCG, Sec 11 and  3rdwas Sumiran Sharma, PGGCG, Sec 42, Chandigarh.

The winners were given cash prizes & trophies. Certificates of merit were given to all the participants. The first prize was sponsored by Avtarjeet Dhanjal a celebrated sculptor from UK. The main objective was to spread healthy lifestyle education and to reduce the role of doctors, medicines, tests by 80%. It also aimed to promote oration among the youth and to make them partners in health promotion.


 Dr. R.Kumar senior eye specialist and President of the society, who was the principal speaker said, “The focus has to shift from the care of the sick to care of healthy population, so that they don’t fall sick. While India cannot afford the luxury of medical or surgical treatment, the only option for us is to go for PRESERVATION of health by following healthy habits and proper life style. We do not have to be medicine minded or test minded but we must be health minded. This is the paradigm shift that is required.”

His emphasis was that the people need to think before going to a hospital and they can dwell on the factors that are responsible for making them unwell. These can be things like Smartphone addiction, dehydration, obesity, sleep deprivation, anemia, lack of exercise, over work and over ambition that often lead to stress, sadness and fatigue besides lack of sunlight and inadequate ventilation. He specially castigated wide spread intake of  white poison foods. He also advocated teaching ethics at every stage of education. He appealed to universities to introduce a 4 years course after pre-medical, ’Guide to health and wellness’. A guide will look after the health of 500 persons and will not allow them to fall sick. He will not be called a doctor and will note prescribe any medicine. This will create millions of jobs, increase productivity, improve economy and reduce national expense on disease treatment.

Mr. Sarban Singh IAS, Dr. J.S. Thakur Dr. Sharad Prabhakar, Ms Kinny Grewal & R K Garg  also spoke.

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