Rural stint must for doctors

A couple of years ago (have read it in the newspaper and dont really recollect the exact details) there was a news report in one of the vernacular dailies that a very famous practicing Doctor wife husband couple was arrested. He was a FOSD from India and she a MOSD from India. That were their qualifications. I was wondering all through the report what that meant so were the police officers that arrested them. It was later revealed that he was father of Seven Daughters and she Mother Of Seven Daughters. Thats what u call genuine self awarded degrees.
Of late Iam afraid theres a symbolic if not total cahnge or shift in the way adminstrators view the situations in this part of the world. The politicians I dont really know whats on their minds but this one rule thats going to change the face of the rural medical aid in Andhra Pradesh is something I have been dreaming of.
A lot has to be done and its clear that government alone cant perform such herculean tasks. It U n ME together WE who shall make that much needed change. There have been many if not plenty of laws made right from the age old sathi (wife sitting on pyre of her dead husband and giving up life) to the latest dowry and clinical trials. But I see this one rule for the Medicos extending their course by one year and making compulsory service to the community especially in the rural areas, that is going to change the face of rural India. A large chunks of rural if not tribal populations is lying on the death bed awaiting the never reaching medical aid. leave alone the TELE MEDICNE and advanced mediacal aid simple things like medicines and health awareness on cleanliness and precautions for the seasonal diseases like fever, cold cough or the child birth have been left to the quacks and pseudo medical experts who kill a lot of the poor patients that become victims to the money thirsty Rural medical quacks.
Rural stint must for doctors
Health Ministry Plans Law To Extend MBBS Course By Another Year For Community Work

Kounteya Sinha | TNN

Srinagar: A one-year stint in India’s most backward villages will become compulsory for all MBBS students from the next academic session.

The Union health and family welfare ministry has decided to amend the Medical Council of India (MCI) Act that would make the undergraduate MBBS course six-and-a-half years long instead of the present fiveand-a-half years.

The last year of the course will be spent by students in serving patients in rural India. They will have to spend four months each in a public health centre, community health cell and district headquarters.

They will be based at the district headquarters and will serve under the district health officer. Only on completion of the village stint will the graduates be allowed to practise. The doctors will be given a monthly stipend of Rs 8,000-Rs 10,000 as an incentive to work in these areas.

Union health minister A Ramadoss said, “From 2008-09, it will become mandatory for all MBBS students to work in the villages. We are aware that doctors, in spite of incentives, don’t actually land up in the villages. So we are bringing in a legislation in the winter session to amend the MCI Act and increase the MBBS course by one year. Doctors who don’t work in the villages will not be given their registration to practise.”
India churns out 29,500 medical graduates annually, but most of them are reluctant to serve in villages and would rather join the private sector for better salaries. In effect, rural India is facing an acute shortage of trained medical personnel. Across states nearly 67% of doctors enrolled remain absent from duty.

Former health secretary Prasanna Hota told TOI, “The legislation is still being worked out. The problem is the imbalance in the number of MBBS doctors in every state. Karnataka, for example, has 3,800 MBBS seats while it requires only 1,500 doctors. Orissa has 300 MBBS seats while it needs 800 doctors. Language will be a major problem for a doctor from a particular state being posted in another.” The Union health ministry is also thinking of reviving the Licentiate Medical Practitioners cadre —registered health workers who will be trained to administer primary healthcare under supervision of a licenced medical practitioner to combat doctors’ shortage in rural areas.
An 11-member taskforce on medical education for National Rural Health Mission had proposed a threeyear BSc degree in health sciences to recreate this cadre of medical workers. The course under consideration would also include a six-month internship in community health practice. On completion, these practitioners would be licenced to provide medical services within a notified package in rural India.

3 thoughts on “Rural stint must for doctors

  1. Munna Bhai

    I for one really welcome this move to make compulsory for doctors the rural stint. But the problem lies in the fact that how to sustain it. I am not sure. But I think the rural stint is a criteria for admission to postgraduate course in the state of Orissa.

  2. Lori

    I enjoyed this post of yours. I think that a year on a rural clinic, would be invaluable experience for the doctors, and help so many people in medically under served rural areas.

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