‘India’s military spending responsible for poor health indicators’

Iqbal Kirmani
SRINAGAR: A top Indian medico Thursday criticised government for spending huge amount of money on military budget which according to him is responsible for ‘poor health indicators of country’.
In a student exchange programme held in Government Medical College, Srinagar, Organising Secretary, Dr Arun Mitra of ‘Indian Doctors for Peace and Development,’ said while on one hand India is spending huge military budget on the other hand its health indicators are one of the poorest in the world.
“Our country has poor health indicators because of continued arms race in South Asia. We spend huge amount of our budget on defence. This causes adverse effect in the expenditure on health and education,” Dr Mitra said.
The programme was held on the theme ‘Health Through Peace’.
Dr Mitra further said: “It is unfortunate while the world spends over Rs 24000 crore per day on arms on the other hand 14,700 children die daily mainly in Africa and South Asia.”
He urged countries involved in arms race to divert that expenditure to health, education and development.
Dr Mitra told Kashmiri medical students that many myths are being spread to “stop the integration of Kashmir with India”. He asked GMC students to move around and meet people in the other parts of the India “which will help them in the integration of ideas.”
Speaking on the occasion Principal GMC, Dr Rafiq Pampori said doctors are the professionals who treat humans without any prejudice.
“A patient is a patient who needs our care. Unless we respect the dignity of human life no problem will be solved,” said he.
Founder president of IDPD Kashmir Chapter, Dr GM Malik told GMC students to join them in the next ‘International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War,’ World Congress’ to be held in Kazakhstan in August this year.
Medical students from different parts of India later interacted with the GMC students.
IDPD is affiliated with IPPNW and part of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The programme was organised in collaboration with the Department of Community Medicine GMC.