Manipur Governor La Ganesan reminded the medical professionals that doctors should not only be able to treat patients but remain devoted to their professions as well, while appealing to the doctors, nurses and paramedics to establish a good rapport with their patients who are mostly poor and needy.
The Governor made the appeal during the celebration of Dental College, JNIMS Recognition Day and 6th foundation day of Dental College, JNIMS, Imphal on Wednesday.
Ganesan said that dental education occupies a place of pride in the field of medical studies. The basic aim of Dental Colleges is to provide health-oriented courses that emphasize the prevention of oral diseases.
In the human body, the mouth is considered to be the mirror, thereby dental health is intimately related as a part and parcel of the general health and well being of an individual, he said.
With increasing awareness in oral health and surge in the demand for cosmetic dental care together with technological advances in delivery of dental care, the need for trained professionals in the field is ever increasing, he said.
As dentistry offers a satisfactory, rewarding and lucrative career, it has become the subject of choice for aspiring professionals, he said. There is now a dire need for these professionals to explore new areas and widen their scope of employment, he added.
The past decades have witnessed many new Dental Colleges coming up. Still, there is immense scope for dental surgeons in view of the high incidence of dental problems. There is one dentist with a population of approximately 26,000 in the urban area and one with a population of 3 lakh in rural areas, he said.
The Governor said that confidence in doctors goes a long way in effecting recovery. They must have the healing touch, he said, adding, there is a saying that doctors are next to God.
He expressed confidently that all concerned in the institute will put in their best to make JNIMS, one of the most excellent centres for medical education, research, health and Medicare in the country.
The programme was attended by Health Minister Sapam Ranjan; additional CS of health and family welfare Vumlummang Vualnam; director JNIMS L Deben; principal of Dental College, JNIMS Dr Nidarsh D Hegde and medical superintendent Kh Lokeshwar.