Vice President M. Hamid Ansari has said that Indian doctors, especially those from New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), are among the best in the world as far as delivery of health care and research is concerned.
Ansari was delivering the inaugural address at the "Conference on Current Concepts in Arthroplasty-2011 and first Indo-British Knee Meeting" organized by AIIMS here today.
"The dedication and selfless devotion of the doctors working at this institute is unparalleled," the Vice President said.
Ansari further said that the treatment of arthritis in the younger age group of the country's population poses a huge challenge to the medical fraternity, especially as they are also economically productive and have to support a significant number of dependents.
He also said that younger patients also lead a more active life making newer demands on prosthetic joints.
"These call for better and more innovative solutions, newer materials and designs of prostheses, including resorting to bio-materials and techniques where possible. Medical interventions must also take into account the social, cultural and religious practices of Indians that determine the diverse patterns of our movement and locomotion," he said.
It is estimated that there are five million people with activity limiting knee arthritis in India.