Respected Seniors, my dear Colleagues and Friends,
I wish to recall the immortal saying If you want to gain Esteem in your life, you have to be associated with people, who are esteemable. At the outset, let me offer my profound Greetings and my regards to each and every one of you, for honouring me with this prestigious position of IMA State President.
I am fortunate to be your 68th State President of Tamil Nadu IMA. I have to thank my home branch IMA Coimbatore for giving me this golden opportunity to lead the state IMA. My sincere thanks to all the Past Presidents and nearly forty thousand members of IMA Tamil Nadu family, the second largest state in membership in our country. I never forget the encouragement and the help extended by my friends in Lions clubs and other organisations to obtain this great honour.
I firmly believe for any leader to head an organisation family support is very much important, in that way I am fortunate to have the full co-operation and support from my family members.
For any organisation membership strength is most important. Our priority must be to identify doctors of modern medicine not yet joined in IMA in our places and encourage them to take up the membership. I have decided to visit medium and small branches with their prior appointment and to support the PST Team for membership growth and all other activities. Equally important is to increase the strength of members in PPLSSS/FSS schemes and NHB, IMA CGP& AMS wings. Awareness about Junior Doctor Network (JDN) in all medical college will be the priority to attract fresh MBBS graduates.
SAFETY OF DOCTORS AND PROFESSION
Dignity &Safety of Doctors and profession will be first priority and whenever and where ever needed will be taken up for discussion with Government and Public. Crisis management committee of State will instruct and advise all Branches to form the crisis committee for ensuring the safety of Doctors in their practice.
Central Ayushman Bharat, State CMCHIS and Private Insurance companies will be requested to enhance the amount paid for the treatment of all categories. We will ensure our fullest co-operation to the Government in providing good health care to the public. IMA will be always in the fore front in helping Government during natural calamities as well as in pandemic and epidemic situations. Our members have proved this in the COVID – 19 pandemic and in the recent cyclone and floods in our State.
CEA AND OTHER REGISTRATIONS
Thanks to Government for simplifying many clauses in CEA. Still Doctors have to get more clearances from Government to establish Clinic or Hospital. IMA & NHB wing will work together for getting single window Registration which is a long-time dream of us.
SCHEMES AND WINGS
All the schemes FSS, PPLSSS, FBS, HPS, and wings NHB, IMA CGP, AMS, Paramedical are functioning well.For effective administration and further to strengthen and improve, the management committee meeting will be conducted on separate days and a time will be allotted for the scheme members to express their views. NHB meeting will be conducted as Zonal meetings as before in four zones and issues relating to Hospitals will be discussed in detail and presented in the state council meetings.
MEDICAL STUDENT NETWORK (MSN)
This important activity will be taken up and all branches are requested to sensitise the students of modern medical college about the IMA and its objectives so that in future they will join in IMA. We will guide them for their future education and employment opportunities.
JUNIOR DOCTORS NETWORK (JDN)
As per IMA Hqrs request to enrol Junior Doctor those who have just completed, the Branches are asked to meet the House surgeons and Post graduate students in the medical colleges and enlighten about our JDN program in detail and motivate them to join our IMA.
COVID-19 RELATED ACTIVITIES
IMA will be always supporting the Government in implementing the Health care programmes. It will continue and we will assure our full Co-operation in any Pandemic or Epidemic. Many of our doctors were succumbed to COVID-19 disease in their daily clinical practice and request our Honourable Chief Minister to release the compensation, solatiumto their family members as early as possible. We whole heartedly thank Central Government and State Government for implementing vaccination for Covid Disease in large scale and for the steps they have taken to control the disease. IMA will be always with the Government for implementing such programs and activities.
I want to present some of our programs of this year which will be useful for the society. IMA members through their Branches are requested to implement the projects and can come forward to serve the society. I am confident this will build up the image of our Association in public.
Cancer awareness programs. Special importance to childhood cancer. This program will be implemented along with Lions Clubs International. IMA CGP Governing Council Member and Past District Governor Lion Dr S Veerapandiyan of IMA Mayiladuthurai will be the coordinator .Branches can involve in this activity to help the unprivileged children who are suffering with cancer. The details of this activity will be presented by Dr S. Veerapandiyan.
Diabetic detection and Screening. We all know how our patients are put under stress because of not detecting Diabetes early. Screening camps can be conducted regularly in our places. Programs to concentrate on Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic foot is most important. Hypertension is yet another disease which is neglected by the public and we can create awareness to monitor blood pressure regularly. The ways and means how we can help the public in these types of Non Communicable Diseases is very much important and this program will be implemented along with Rotary International. Our Past National President and Past District Governor Rtn Dr K Vijayakumar will be the coordinator and guide the Branches for effective implementation.
To encourage Blood donation–motivationof Doctors and public and Blood donation camps to be conducted.
Health check-up for doctor’s and their family members through IMA Branches.
In Schools for Students and Teachers awareness programs about organ donation, blood donation, Road safety and traffic awareness has to be conducted. Health check-up camps for oral and dental hygiene, eye screening and training them about First aid and Basic Life
Green the Nation. Massive Tree plantation. Each Branch and Members are requested to plant as many trees as possible with tree guards.
Adopting and strict adherence regarding Bio medical waste management Following and promoting “Swachh Bharat” benefits.
SELF AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
OWN YOUR HOME -IMA Hall for each Branch. Those Branches not having IMA Hall can try to purchase land and to build a hall.
BLOOD BANKS can be started in the Branches and necessary guidance will be given.
Leadership Training – workshop and seminars for the PSTs and Office bearers. Information about National and State IMA Functioning, Schemes and Wings of National and StateIMA, Constitution and bylaws of our Association will be taken up in the seminar. Branches are requested to add Motivational speech by eminent personalities aboutbasic knowledge regarding Legal, Auditing and Insurance in their monthly meeting.
To conduct CME programmes regularly through IMA CGP and AMS wings.
WOMEN DOCTORS WING
All the IMA Branches in our state are encouraged to inaugurate WDW. Special recognition and awards will be instituted to the Branches under the Leadership of women Doctors .Points will be added to the Branches who are encouraging women Doctors to join IMA.
FINE ARTS AND SPORTS
Standing Committee requested to conduct the sports and cultural events in the middle of the year. Separate events can be organised for our children. All Branches are requested to identity the committee chairperson in their Branches and encouraged to conduct sports and cultural events regularly at Branch level also.
Mission Statement for this Year:
INVOLVE YOURSELF MOTIVATE OTHERS ACHIEVE SUCCESS.
Vision Statement for this Year:
TOGETHER WE WILL SUCCEED IN ALL OUR EFFORTS.
“BE COMMITTED TO IMA
YOUR ASSOCIATION YOUR SECURITY”
Our slogan is aptly endorsed by the immortal words of the great Antonny Robbins
“There is always a way if you are committed”
so my dear friends and colleagues
‘BE COMMITTED TO IMA.
YOUR ASSOCIATION YOUR SECURITY’
Wishing you all A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
Long live IMA.
Dr. R. PALANISWAMY