| New Delhi: The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, J.P. Nadda, and the Union Minister of State of the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh have released the 10th edition of API (Association of Physicians of India) Textbook of Medicine, in a function here today. The newly instituted first-ever Dr. Jivraj Mehta Awards were also presented to veterans Dr. G. S. Sainani (Mumbai), Dr. V. Mohan (Chennai), Dr. Sidharth Shah (Mumbai), Dr. Ashok K. Das (Pondicherry) and Dr. S. K. Sharma (AIIMS, New Delhi), among others.
Speaking on the occasion, the Union Health Minister, Shri J.P. Nadda has said that it is always open to suggestions for improving the standards of healthcare in the country and raising the standard of working conditions for medical professionals. Referring to the demand for increasing the budget allocation for health, he said, what is equally important is that the funds which are allocated in the health sector are put to proper utilization for which all of us should hold a responsibility.
Expressing concern over the declining number of family physicians and general physicians,Nadda advocated judicious use of drugs, particularly antibiotics, in order to avoid desperate situations like multi-drug resistance which is on the rise.