Medical students' international conference kicks off

KATHMANDU: The Asian Medical Doctors International Conference, first of its kind in the South Asia, has kicked off in Kathmandu today.

Students belonging to medical science of 16 countries including Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Japan and Singapore are taking part in the conference organised by the Asian Medical Students Association Nepal.

Inaugurating the five-day conference focused on 'maternal and infant health', Nepali Congress leader Dr Arzoo Rana stressed the need of further public awareness on safe motherhood.

"I am very impressed with the medical students for choosing the issue. The students of the present time are far ahead. The present day medical education and treatment system are also advanced," she added.

Noting that the right to health has been enshrined as a fundamental right in the constitution, Dr Rana said the Ministry of Health is working to introduce Reproductive Health and Safe Motherhood Bill. "I trust the next parliament would enact the bill," she said.

Association Chairperson Dr Santosh Upadhyay said this is so far the largest conference of medical students.

The organiser shared that the objective of the conference is to share the inter-country teaching methods among the students of medical science and explore solution by discussing health problems.

Nepal is the first Asian country to host such conference that will be held twice a year from now onward, so it is a good opportunity for our country, added Upadhyay.

Eight research-based papers and other materials prepared by medical science students of different countries will be presented in the event.