President Ram Nath Kovind has stressed on the need to enhance thrust on studying human and animal health in real environments and finding solutions to problems such as asthma, respiratory disorders and cancers.
He was addressing the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the partnership between the Department of Biotechnology and the Wellcome Trust in New Delhi yesterday.
Mr Kovind said, Diabetes, hypertension and cardiac diseases are on the rise. He said, the number of Indians living with diabetes grew from 26 million to 65 million for the past 25 years and the incidence of all cancers increased by almost 30 per cent. The President said, diet and lifestyle are key factors, as also maternal, foetal and neonatal health.
He said, both prevention and treatment are vital. Mr Kovind said, scientists are the soldiers in the battle to safeguard the planet, species and the future.