New Delhi: Noted breast surgeon P Raghu Ram, also the president elect of the Association of Surgeons of India, was on Saturday conferred with the prestigiousHonorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) of Thailand.
Ram received the honour at the 44th annual congress of the Royal College in Pattaya for his bold vision coupled with an intense body of work that has paved the way for improving the delivery of breast healthcare in India and other developing parts of the world.
“Raghu Ram achieved the rare distinction of having been conferred FRCS from five Surgical Royal Colleges (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ireland and Thailand) as well as FACS from the American College of Surgeons,”an statement issued by the surgeon said.
Speaking at the event, Ram thanked the organizers for the honour and urged the healthcare providers to improve and expand the facilities for surgeries of breast related issues in the entire country.
Ram outlined the South Asia’s largest population-based breast cancer screening programme that he championed under the auspices of the Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation in partnership with the governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
“Over 3,600 healthcare workers employed with the government were trained to perform clinical breast examination (CBE) — a practical, pragmatic & cost-effective screening method. They reached out to 200,000 underprivileged women, spread across 4,000 villages in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, between 2012 and 2016,” the statement said.