Inaugurating the seventh edition of PULMOCON, a conference on pulmonary diseases and the latest developments in pulmonology, CEO of Apollo Hospitals (Southern Region) Anne Marie Moncure claimed that Indian doctors were the best in the world.
Ms. Anne, who hails from the United States of America, said that the healthcare system in the USA was hugely dependent on Indian physicians and would break in their absence. Unlike the doctors in the West, the Indian doctors worked long hours and still found time to organise conferences to update themselves on the latest developments, she added.
Dr. M. Palaniappan, senior consultant pulmonologist at Apollo Speciality Hospitals here and organising secretary of the conference, said that the increasing participation of delegates in the conference indicated the significant developments in the field in recent years. It also indicated the high incidence of pulmonology-related diseases such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Dr. Rohini Sridhar, chief operating officer at Apollo Speciality Hospitals, stressed the need for the doctors to focus on the basics like patiently listening to the patients as the information they shared played a crucial role in diagnosing diseases.
Dr. Kalyan Kumar Gokuldas, managing director of KATTI-MA group of companies in Chennai, also spoke.
Apart from various developments and best practices in pulmonology, cautious usage of antibiotics for treating pulmonology-related diseases was also stressed in the conference.