New Delhi: Dr S S Agarwal was on Monday sworn as national president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) for the period Dec 2015 – Dec 2016. He replaces Dr A Marthanda Pillai who stepped down after the completion of his term. Dr K K Aggarwal will continue to serve as honorary secretary general of the IMA for the upcoming year.
Taking his oath here as the new IMA National President at the Indian Medical Association’s 90th annual national conference – IMA NATCON 2015, Dr Agarwal said, “It is indeed a proud moment for me to take on the post of the IMA National President. I understand the immense responsibility that this comes with, and I assure each and every one of you that I will over the next one year work with uttermost dedication and honesty and work towards strengthening the Indian medical fraternity of our country.”
Congratulating Dr S S Agarwal on his new role, Dr A Marthanda Pillai, Past President IMA and Dr K K Aggarwal Honorary Secretary General of IMA, in a joint statement, said, “We congratulate Dr S S Agarwal on his new role as the National President of IMA for the upcoming year and hope that together we can work towards ending the increasing cases of violence against doctors and bring back the nobility of the profession as was there in the earlier days.”
Speaking on the occasion, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said, “We condemn the increasing cases of violence against doctors in India and are working together with the IMA to find ways to reduce these.”
Dr S S Agarwal did his graduation (MBBS) and post graduation (MD) in internal medicine from SMS Medical College and Hospital, Jaipur. He started his professional career by establishing Swasthya Kalyan Hospital in 1982.
Dr Agarwal is currently chairman of Jaipur-based Swasthya Kalyan Group of Institutions, which runs blood banks, hospital, engineering college, homoeopathy college, nursing college, physiotherapy college, yoga & naturopathy college, polytechnic college and industrial training institute.