The First Vice-President of Tanzania, Mr. Aboud Jumbe, opened on Monday (3 February) the East?
The First Vice-President of Tanzania, Mr. Aboud Jumbe, opened on Monday (3 February) the East African Medical Research Council conference on degenerative diseases at Muhumbili Hospital, Dar es Salaam.
The conference, which concludes on Friday (7 February), is being attended by 63 delegates from seven African countries, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Switzerland.
In his opening address, Mr. Jumbe stressed the role of research in medicine but added that efforts must be made to ensure that the results of research "are conscientiously and effectively used for the benefit of the people".
To this end, he called for closer co-operation between the Council and the respective East African health ministries. Prevention of disease by the education of the population and the application of more refined medical techniques, was the ultimate aim, he said.
Supporting these remarks, the Presiding Chairman of the conference, Professor A.G. Shaper of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: "Doctors must help to remove some of the magic from modern medicine and must communicate of their simpler skills to a wider group of people".