aims to pass on considered opinion of senior clinicians and the
information relating to medical sciences to the less knowledgeable
population of the world. The foundation is supported by members of
Kongalath family originally from Thiruvalla, Kerala state having
significant number of clinicians in India and western countries. A
project started as www.keralaphysicians.in aiming to reach out to the
population of Kerala is now gaining momentum to reduce some of the risks
associated with interpretation of modern scientific literature and of
health care systems widely practiced. As a wealth of information is
available on the internet the layman would be confused as to which right
information to access, many sites having associated business motives
and income generation.
Collective effort, therefore, is required to improve quality of care to
the population at large and also to channel funds where needed based on
cost effectiveness, acceptability and practicality. Personal gains to
individuals, health care corporate bodies and to groups planning the
provision of health care could color the decision making process
thereby leading to resources being inappropriately allocated.
Results of well conducted epidemiological studies should be
disseminated to the general population to make value decisions
suppressing emotional content and any bias subjectively or objectively.
Another primary objective of the foundation is to introduce some basic
medical knowledge into the school curriculum to stimulate interest in
medical scientific research and health care services.
Lack of awareness of the deficiencies of the health care systems and of
individual's inability to follow medical advice do appear to be the main
contributory factor in leading to many of the maladies seen today.
Reliable statistical data should reach the population to assist the
decision making process based on odds ratio of outcome of management of
Policy makers should be trained on these matters before they are placed
on committees designated to carryout the allocation of funds.
The elderly are the most users of the health service and are likely to
need the latest up to date information on medical advances as well as
the accepted practices for decades.
Improved care to the elderly must be available within the national
framework of the services to the elderly who remain vulnerable in par
with the very young. Therefore, stringent monitoring of the care must be
well funded and supported in a nationwide program to ensure that
quality services are extended to this group preventing overexploitation
by corporate bodies or individual health care professionals.
If visitors to this site accept the above principles then the foundation
encourages groups to embark on mounting a campaign to influence policy
makers to bring about vital changes to the health care provision.
Dr. Mathew Varghese