Education and health are the two eyes of the Dravidian governance model to serve the people, especially the downtrodden section of society, Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudy said here Sunday.
Speaking at a free surgical camp and workshop on minimum access to oncology organized by the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) and GEM Hospital, Mr. Ponmudy praised the Illam Thedi Kalvi and Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvamcalling both programs flagship initiatives of the Dravidian model of governance.
The minister also said that cancer is a curable disease if diagnosed at an early stage. Advanced treatment and techniques are available for cancer at government and private hospitals across the state.
He appreciated GEM Hospital’s initiative to provide free treatment in early stages of cancer and called on the medical fraternity to improve the diagnosis process through regular medical checkups and raise awareness of the fight against cancer.
He later told reporters that the select committee to elect the next vice chancellor of Bharathiar University had been formed and the (selection) process would be accelerated.
C. Palanivelu, Chairman of GEM Hospitals, G. Siddesh, President of ASI, A. Nirmala, Dean of Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital, K. Govindaraj, Chairman of Tamil Nadu State Chapter of ASI, senior surgeons and postgraduate students attended.