Mumbai: Former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Monday, stressed on the need to have sophisticated radars installed in critical areas in order to derive accurate predictions regarding rainfall, so that the magnitude of Uttarakhand-type calamities can be gauged beforehand.
    
"We must have polarimetric radar and Doppler radar in critical areas such as Uttarakhand as they will help forecast heavy rainfall," Kalam said.
    
He was speaking after visiting the Centre of Excellence for Minimal Access Surgery Training (CEMAST) in suburban Mumbai.
    
To a query, the former President said ‘doctors do have a biological heart and they must also have a kind heart…a combination of which will make people happy.’
    
While polarimetric radars transmit radio wave pulses to give measure of cloud water and cloud ice, the Doppler radar has the added capability of being able to determine wind speeds, which are important pre-requisites in weather forecast.

Meanwhile, speaking at another function in Meera Road in neighbouring Thane district, Kalam appealed to private hospitals in the country to make their state-of-the-art facilities available in villages as well.
    
He was addressing a function after inaugurating Heart Care Centre of Bhakti Vedanta Hospital.
    
"The true need of medical services is in the tribal areas of the country. A majority of medical services should be made available in these areas. Mobile vans should be sent to the remote areas to serve the needy," Kalam said.
    
He also expressed concern over growing incidence of heart disease among youngsters. "It would be a great service to the mankind if doctors go to the doorstep of the poor and needy patients," Kalam added.

(Agencies)

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