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Malnutrition, a major cause for diseases: Rajasekaran

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Vijayawada, Mar 1 (UNI) National Board of Examinations President A Rajasekaran today said 80 to 90 per cent of diseases occurred due to malnutrition, poverty and poor living conditions.

Participating as the chief guest at the X annual convocation of NTR Health University at Tummalapalli Kalakshetram here, Mr Rajasekaran said to increase awareness among public in health eucation there was a need to train middle level health professionals drawn from locals.

The 'ASHA' concept of National Rural Health Mission launched recently by the Centre had focused to taking care of primary health needs of the community.

Though the present system of medical education in the country was a legacy of the British and proved beneficial, it had not met the expectations of the people.

In his address, University Vice Chancellor R Sambasiva Rao said the university was in the process of streamlining and strengthening the examination system using computers and automating the conduct, valuation of papers and declaration of results.

A total of 32 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 18 cash prizes were presented to the students on this occasion.

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