Dr. Kamath is a well-known paediatrician from Kerala and has been an office bearer of national and state chapters of IAP and the IMA. He has been associated with the IAP for more than 25 years and has been awarded by UNICEF for making Kerala the first baby friendly state of India. He currently serves as the President of the IAP.
At the outset, let me start by acknowledging your leadership on health issues. In the past year alone, India has committed to the India Newborn Action Plan (INAP), launched the Integrated Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (IAPPD), completed the first phase of the immunisation campaign Mission Indradhanush and announced the introduction of four new life-saving vaccines as part of the Universal Immunisation Programme ... India's quest for regional and global leadership in health has certainly begun. But we need more momentum.