The doctors of AIIMS have shown good moral courage by stating that excessive medical tests may not be necessary and should be curtailed. In many cases there is a nexus between the doctors and the testing laboratories for mutual benefit but this increases cost for the patient. Few years back, I had some problem with my left lower leg and a private practitioner asked me to undergo colour Doppler test and even prescribed blood thinning tablets. Later, I discontinued these medicines and started jogging and breathing exercises. I later realized that this problem had occurred due to prolonged sitting on a 22 hr flight in economy class from USA to Mumbai. A free check up last year on the same leg at rehabilitation centre in Haji Ali ( Haddi hospital) revealed good circulation of blood.
Therefore, I have been pleading minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari to facilitate the opening up of dispensing outlets at some major ports for Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathic medicines which are very useful. Whenever, I get two sneezes, I take 20 drops of Balladona 30 with water which provided me the much needed relief. I am merely mentioning an example and not forcing others to follow me. Genuine herbs and shrubs must be grown for making good Ayurvedic medicines. Imli, neem, aam and other trees must be planted along the highways which will provide various benefits to the mankind.
I can find some progress on this around Mumbai and Navi Mumbai but sustained efforts are needed to save the environment. This initiative was taken 30 yrs ago but was disrupted and nobody bothered to monitor it. Today there is a dire need to develop our domestic air services. Few days back, air ticket from Lucknow to Mumbai was costing around Rs 10,000 one way. There is tremendous pressure on the railways, and yet no shoot at sight orders were given to miscreants who were damaging the public property. I wonder why our lady ministers are maintaining such a huge distance while shaking hands with their foreign counterparts. They must remain cordial which will only promote better relations between India and its neighbours.