Dr Raghav Gattani, CNS Medical Correspondent
[हिंदी] India's health systems are already significantly overburdened with tobacco-related diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke), a range of cancers, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, asthma, tuberculosis (TB) among others. "Tobacco diseases are preventable, avoidable, and evidence-based measures are already known to avert this public health disaster. Why are we failing to save lives? Tobacco-related diseases and premature deaths can be prevented. Tobacco kills. Why is the sense of urgency not driving our public health programmes?" said Prof Rama Kant, WHO Director-General's Awardee and former President of Association of Surgeons of India.
|Prof Rama Kant, WHO DG's Awardee 2005|