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It is hoped that the new year will be a year of positivity and new milestones for healthcare and the medical fraternity

New Delhi, 31 December 2017: It is that time again when all of us are preparing to bid goodbye to a year gone by and heralding the new year. For some, the year would have entailed good tidings throughout. For others, there may have been ups and downs. However, the arrival of a new year also signals new hope and opportunities. The year gone by was a time of crisis and change for the medical profession as well. The year to come, it is hoped, will bring changes for the better and a bright future for the profession and the fraternity.

From the DillIChalo Movement in June 2017 to a new presidentship for the IMA, a lot happened in the last one year. The goal, ultimately, remains the same – welfare of the medical fraternity and better healthcare for the nation.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Immediate Past National President Indian Medical Association (IMA), said, “I would, at the outset, like to wish all of you a very happy new year 2018. The year 2017 marked the culmination of my time in office in the IMA. I am grateful to the Almighty for having had the privilege and the honor to lead and serve the IMA. A few days back, I woke up in the middle of the night and it struck me that I was nearing the end of my term. I have a habit of writing my ‘Karma Book’ every night before retiring and first thing in the morning. So, I started looking at my Karma Year 2017 with some inputs from the year 2015/16. And, I asked myself ‘What did I achieve during this year?’ When I looked back at the years gone by, I could pen down the following, which gave me the internal satisfaction of having done something for the medical profession under the given circumstances. These years have enriched me and given me valuable insights into the challenges and goals of the medical profession. I compare these three years in office to doing a ‘PhD in Public Health and Public Administration. I have learnt a lot and I am sure that till I remain alive, I will use the knowledge gained through this experience for the betterment of the society.”

The most marked development in the history of the medical profession perhaps was the approval of the NMC Bill by the central government. However, this is not in the best interests of the fraternity and those who are aspiring to become doctors someday. We continue to strive towards achieving justice, however.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, said, “Friends, I did my best in the given circumstances.  These years have been a period of self-learning. My goals for the coming year include organizing the Perfect Health Mela in a big way in October 2018, as this will be the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the event this year; issuing out public guidelines on health; and implementation of healthcare regulations.”

The New Year should be taken as an opportunity. We all in the very first week should enlist all our desires what we want to achieve in the coming years and make all efforts to achieve the same. Whatever desires stick to the consciousness invariably gets fulfilled. New year’s resolutions are something like sankalp, which have our intents, based on our desires, which needs to be reminded repeatedly to get fulfilled.