More than 1,200 doctors from around the country attended the four-day convention focused on “HealthCare 2020 & Beyond.”
Media personality Fareed Zakaria, the host of CNN’s Global Public Square (GPS) conducted an interview style open forum with Murthy during which the Surgeon General spoke of key public health initiatives, including disease prevention through healthy eating, active living, need for sleep, wise use of modern technologies, and emotional well-being.
Murthy focused on an emerging health crisis in the US, drug addiction. “How the nation looks at addiction is very important and it can help prevent addiction,” he said. Criticising the punitive approach of imprisoning drug users, Murthy said, “It adds to the problem.”If you help change people’s attitudes, we can help solve the problem.”
AAPI represents over 60,000 doctors and over 20,000 medical students and professionals in training. According to some estimates, about 80,000 Indian doctors - around 10 percent of the total number of physicians in the US - are currently practising.. They range from doctors in elite institutions to those working in underserved areas like areas of poverty or remote, providing vital services.