Dr K K Aggarwal, well known cardiologist and President of the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) has been elected as the new President of the Confederation of Medical Association of Asia and Oceania (CMAAO) for the year 2019-20.
He took over the position at the 34th CMAAO general assembly and 55th Council Meeting held in Goa on 5th September 2019. Given his diverse experience and stand on preventive and universal healthcare, Dr Aggarwal will help add value to the world healthcare landscape in this capacity.
Speaking at the event, Dr K K Aggarwal, said, “In cognizance of the theme of the General Assembly this year – Path to Wellness – ‘One Health’ will be my priority this year. There are several public health challenges today such as vector-borne diseases; communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); antimicrobial resistance (AMR); tobacco use; HIV/AIDS, etc.”
He added that, “Violence against doctors and inequity in health are few other issues that are a concern. Attaining universal health coverage, which is affordable, accessible, available, appropriate and accountable, remains a distant goal for many of us. All these issues can only be addressed and prioritised when we consider the concept of ‘One Health’.
Dr Aggarwal has been the past national president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the first vice president of CMAAO and advisor to the ethics committee, World Medical Association.
Since its inception in 1956, the objective of CMAAO has been to promote academic exchange of information on health issues and cultivate ties of friendship between member medical associations. Currently CMAAO comprises 19 member National Medical Associations (NMAs).