Ro­tary Club hon­ours nephrol­o­gist

Dr. M.K. Mani urges se­nior doc­tors to lead by ex­am­ple

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

If ethics should be prac­tised by doc­tors then it should be learnt by ex­am­ple by ju­niors from their se­niors, said nephrol­o­gist M.K. Mani, who was hon­oured with the Dr. K.V. Thiru­ven­gadam award on Thurs­day.

In his ac­cep­tance speech, Dr. Mani touched upon var­i­ous is­sues per­tain­ing to re­nal fail­ure and trans­plant. Though un­re­lated donor trans­plant was be­ing ad­vanced as an op­tion he said it was im­moral to make a donor sac­ri­fice a vi­tal or­gan for a pit­tance.

He be­lieved doc­tors did not think through the var­i­ous facets of the is­sue when a pa­tient came for treat­ment.

He felt doc­tors should also think about the donor in­stead of just the pa­tient. Re­call­ing an in­stance when a pa­tient wanted him to fal­sify an in­sur­ance doc­u­ment to en­able him ben­e­fit from the scheme, Dr. Mani said that agree­ing to fal­sify a doc­u­ment would harm the en­tire so­ci­ety as the in­sur­ance com­pany would only in­crease the pre­mium of all other cus­tomers, he pointed out.

Dr. Mani fur­ther said, young doc­tors look for role mod­els. If se­nior doc­tors and teach­ers could lead by ex­am­ple then the young­sters would im­bibe ethics.

‘Man of con­fi­dence’

Dr. Thiru­ven­gadam said Dr. Mani was a man of con­fi­dence, char­ac­ter and com­pas­sion, who ob­served ethics to the very last word.

B.S. Pu­rushothaman, pres­i­dent of the Club, who pre­sented the award, said it was the up­right­ness of doc­tors such as Dr. Mani that had brought back other doc­tors from abroad to In­dia to set up prac­tice.

M.K. Mani

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