New Delhi: The union health ministry has asked all the state health departments to make MD/DNB (Family Medicine) a desirable qualification for posting doctors at community health centres (CHCs) and sub-district hospitals.
The ministry has also directed state health departments to encourage medical colleges in their state to start a course in MD (Family Medicine) with approval of MCI and DNB (Family Medicine) in large government hospitals.
“There is a need for an integrated generalist approach to diagnosis and treatment and the family physicians are best positioned to deliver this integrated approach to diagnosis, treatment and complete healthcare management of an individual and family,” according to Keshav Desiraju, secretary, union ministry of health and family welfare.
“A single postgraduate in Family Medicine can meet the requirement of a surgeon, obstetrician and gynaecologist, physician and a paediatrician in a CHC, besides taking care of public health needs of the community,” Desiraju said in a letter sent on May 1 to principal secretaries of medical education / health and family welfare of all states and union territories.
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