World Health & Population
Address at the Inaugural Session
When the country became independent, a number of important issues, such as the eradication of smallpox and malaria and the initiation of the BCG vaccine program, were initiated as a truly committed national effort. We have been able to eradicate smallpox and achieve some success in the eradication of malaria. The 1960s and the 1970s were eras of a gradual shift of emphasis from preventive care to specialized tertiary care, which was capital-intensive, and urban-oriented.
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