Goa: Dr K K Aggarwal, a renowned cardiologist, has been sworn in as President of the Confederation of Medical Associations of Asia and Oceania (CMAAO). He was unanimously elected as the 37th President of CMAAO for 2019-20.
Dr Aggarwal took over from Past President Dr Ravinder Naidu from Malaysia at 34th CMAAO General Assembly and 55th Council Meeting held on September 5 in Goa.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Aggarwal said, “In cognizance of the theme of the General Assembly this year – Path to Wellness – One Health will be my priority.”
“There are several public health challenges, such as vector-borne diseases, communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), antimicrobial resistance (AMR), tobacco use, HIV/AIDS, etc. Violence against doctors and inequity in health are a 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. This can only be addressed and prioritized when we consider the concept of One Health,” he added.
An advocate of preventive and universal healthcare, Dr Aggarwal is President of Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI). He has been Past National President of Indian Medical Association (IMA), the first Vice President of CMAAO and advisor to the Ethics Committee, World Medical Association.
Since its inception in 1956, the objective of CMAAO, comprising 19 member National Medical Associations (NMAs), has been to promote academic exchange of information on health issues and cultivate ties of friendship between member medical associations.