10 Things you perhaps did not know about Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss
Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss is PMK’s CM Candidate for Tamil Nadu State Elections 2016.
1. A Doctor by profession with a degree in macro-economics
Hailing from a humble agrarian family, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, unlike most politicians in Tamil Nadu, is well educated. He holds an M.B.B.S Degree from the prestigeous Madras Medical College that he entered through an open competition. He further went on to pursue a course in introductory macro-economics at the London School of Economics. Right from school, he has always been good at academics. He completed his SSLC from Montfort, Yercaud and finished his higher secondary from St. Ann’s, Tindivanam standing a district topper.
2. A sportsman and a fitness freak
When not at work, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss can either be spotted playing badminton or seen working out at the gym. He is an ardent lover of sports and has captained football, hockey, basket ball and volley ball teams at school. He is a State level athlete with an track record of playing aquatic games. He was the Sports Secretary of Madras Medical College during his studying years and is currently the president of the Tamil Nadu Badminton Association.
3. An environmentalist and social activist
Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss involved himself in the activities of a green NGO called ‘Pasumai Thayagam’ founded in 1995 by Dr. S. Ramadoss and began to lead it later . Under his leadership, the organization received worldwide recognition. He organized the plantation of over 25 lakh trees, desilted more than 1000 lakes and built 50 check dams to conserve water. He also led a number of protests to highlight environmental degradation thereby facilitating access for Pasumai Thayagam to ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council), the United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. Today, Pasumai Thayagam is accreditied to being the only member from Tamil Nadu to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
4. Served as one amongst the youngest cabinet minister’s
He was just 35 years old when Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss served as the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare under the UPA Government between 2004 and 2009. This makes him the youngest political leader in the history of independent India to hold such an important portfolio. Anbumani’s tenure in the ministry indeed marked a milestone of bold reforms and innovative schemes. His achievements contradicted to his age. In fact, he earned laurels from world leaders including the General Secretary of United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon who described him as a ‘public health champion’.
5. Established the world’s biggest public health program- National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
Within one year of assuming office, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss established worlds biggest public health program, the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in India. The NRHM was aimed at providing primary health care to the women and children living in the rural parts of India. The project in fact witnessed worldwide recognition and was lauded as ‘the largest successful health scheme to be implemented anywhere in the world’ by global economist Mr. Geoffrey Sacks. Before NRHM was implemented, India had many vertical public health programs like the National Malaria Eradication Program, National Immunization Program and the National Polio Eradication Program. The NRHM integrated these vertical programs and brought about measurable progress in India’s health indices. Some path-breaking achievements that took place because of the NRHM was the reduction in the maternal mortality rate (MMR) and infant mortality rate (IMR) that was 300 per 100,000 deliveries and 68 per 1000 live births respectively. 10 years post implementation of the NRHM, India’s MMR today is almost halved to about a 166 per 100,000 deliveries and the IMR is reduced to 41 per 1000 live births.
6. Established the 108 emergency ambulance service
After observing the effectiveness of the 911 emergency service in the USA, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss successfully adopted and implemented a similar service in India. Currently operational in 20 states including Tamil Nadu, the 108 emergency response system was designed to attend to patients who needed critical care, those who suffered acidents and others. Fully equipped with resuscitation equipments and trained emergency medical technicians to render quality pre-hospital care, the service was to ensure patients were taken to the nearest hospital within 10 minutes while providing immediate care. This service has proven to have saved millions of lives in India of which nearly 24% of the calls were for maternity services and 21% for road accidents.
7. Campaigned against Tobacco and banned smoking in public places
If you enjoy smoke free air in public spaces, thank Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss. Not only did he ban smoking in public spaces, he also introduced pictorial warnings on all tobacco products. In recognition for his efforts to ban tobacco, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General’s Special Award for Tobacco Control was conferred on him in 2007. He mandated Pictorial warnings be printed on the packs of cigarettes, beedies and chewable tobacco products. Sale of these items near and within 100 yards of educational institutions and smoking in public places was banned. He also made it mandatory to issue warning messages in cinemas and television under the ‘National Alcohol Policy’and also banned the consumption of Gutka. Fighting all odds against the tobacco lobby, Anbumani remained relentless to pursue his vision of a tobacco free India.
8. Set up the FSSAI
Most of the processed food in the market today have to undergo a stringent clearing from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The FSSAI is a statutory body set up by Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss for laying down science based standards for food manufacturing, processing and packaging. In addition, he also set up various national institutions like The National Institute of Siddha, National Programme for Control of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, Public Health Foundation of India, Department of Health Research (DHR) and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases.
9. Won awards at par with Bill Gates and Kofi Annan
In 2007, the Rotary International presented Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss with the Polio Eradication Champion Award. This prestigious award was earlier awarded to global leaders like Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Kofi Annan.Recognising his crusade against tobacco, he was awarded the Luther L. Terry Award by the American Cancer Society in 2006. He was also honoured with the WHO Director General’s Special Award for Leadership and the WHO Director General’s Special Award for Tobacco Control in 2007.
10. Youngest Chief Ministerial candidate for the Tamil Nadu 2016 assembly polls
As Tamil Nadu gears up to face the State assembly polls, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss is all set to make his mark as he stands as the PMK’s chief ministerial candidate . He is the youngest of all the candidates contesting this year’s polls. He visionary outlook for Tamil Nadu is gaining a considerable support of the youth in the State. He envisions a corruption-free, alcohol-free 100% literate state wherequality education and healthcare remains a right and is free for all.