As a prelude to the impending ANNAM 2015 Food and Agro-biodiversity festival slated for December in Kochi, CISSA is organizing various meetings of resource personalities from different walks of life to gather ideas for furthering the meaning of the event. Recently a group of doctors met in Thiruvananthapuram and reviewed the social commitment in the health scenario. The deliberations underpinned the ideology of slow food and obtaining nutritional demands through popularizing locally available food items. There was a general observation that the medical community currently lacks nutrition-oriented services. ANNAM Good Food Movement can improve the scenario by bringing together all stakeholders in the health sector to the ideology of local food for nutrition. The doctors were ready to incorporate public opinion to reorient medical sector towards patient-friendly, socially committed paths, instead of getting driven by the market.
Dr. Padmakumar, Head, General Medicine, TD Medical College, Alappuzha; Dr. Hariprasad, Paediatrician, SAT Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram; Dr. Jawahar, Medical Superintendant, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram; Dr. Venugopal, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram; and Dr. Anil Radhakrishnan, Physician, General Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram participated in the discussion. Dr. C. Suresh Kumar, Consultant, Taluk Hospital, Parassala; who is General Secretary of CISSA detailed about the objectives of ANNAM 2015 and the need for concerted efforts to make it a grand success.