To ensure quality of food the government should set up Food Quality Regulatory Authority in all states urged Dr C N Manjunath, Director of Jayadeva Institute of Cardio Vascular Sciences, Bengaluru.
He was speaking after inaugurating the convocation of JSS Ayurveda Medical College at its premise here on Thursday.
Addressing the graduates, he said that in Indian people continue to be callous about their health. Unless an emergency such as food poison occurs we do not bother about the quality of food one eats. This is common among those residing in the villages than in urban areas. Taking note of this, the government should set up food regulatory authorities in all the states and ensure that people are made aware of the importance of consuming healthy food. That apart a mechanism should be made for frequent attestation of the quality of food. Monthly test by experts including food scientists should be a mandatory, he added.
He also mentioned that 30 to 40 percent of people are not having comprehensive health in the country.
Nearly 70 percent of the doctors suffered from Vitamin D deficiency due to lack of exposure to the sun. – Dr C N Manjunath
Speaking on the levels of pollution and malnutrition, he noted that we should start conserving water during rainy season instead of panicking during drought. Conservation of water sources should be the top most priority as it results in a healthy environment. Once all these are accomplished there would be improvement in the general health of the public. Added to people fall prey to communicable and non-communicable diseases owing to poor eating habits and lifestyle issues, he added.
Among 50 percent of non-communicable diseases, 25 percent is related to cardio. A majority of the people who suffer cardiac problem fall between the age groups of 30 and 40 years of age, he said.
Dr Manjunath noted that there have been serious allegations by patients that doctors were not spending time with patients. There may be many methods to diagnose the diseases but what the doctors today are forgetting is the best method is rendering a patient hearing.