India has to do a lot more in healthcare communication: Dr A Velumani

At the first edition of the e4m Health Communication Conference, Dr A Velumani, Chairman and MD, Thyrocare Technologies Ltd., delivered the valedictory address on ‘Frugality and Prosperity’

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Mar 6, 2020 9:15 AM  | 2 min read
Dr Velumani

The first edition of the e4m Health Communication Conference saw industry leaders from brands and organisation in the healthcare industry sharing insights on health communication. The conference witnessed a valedictory address on Frugality and Prosperity by Dr A Velumani, Chairman and MD, Thyrocare Technologies Ltd.

Storytelling is important and it is making a huge impact in healthcare as well, Dr Velumani said. Health is rarely talked about and people who are suffering from any diseases or a disorder are not talking about it freely, therefore, it's important that communications are well developed and a lot of potential communication is going to reduce the stress of the common man, especially today, he explained.

“Unfortunately, India doesn’t have many healthcare channels. So India has to do a lot more in healthcare communication and that's very important. Don't blindly threaten the patient and make sure that he knows what is potentially preventable.”

Dr Velumani further spoke about his journey of a boy from a small village to the National Stock Exchange. Born in a village near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, Velumani went on to establish India’s largest thyroid testing laboratory.

“The combination of being born in a village under poverty is a unique concoction, which gives you the universal power to face challenges. My mother had four children and despite having little income at disposal she made sure she raised us without borrowing even a single rupee ever in her life. Her children are Madras University graduates and Mumbai University post-graduates. That's where the frugality started.”

Velumani said he wasn’t able to get a job because of ‘lack of experience’. “I had just appeared for my exams in May and in June everyone was looking for experience.”

Thus, in 1978, he decided that if he ever had his own company he would only hire freshers and today Dr Velumani has employed 8,000 of them in his company.

“In 1982, I did not know where the Thyroid gland is located in our body, and in 1992 I finished Phd in Thyroid Biochemistry and in 2000 I was running the world’s largest thyroid testing laboratory.” In 2016, Velumani went on to list his company in the National Stock Exchange and built a Rs 35,000 crore company.

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