OPINIONS
Sudden death of a school child

Sudden death of a school child

Prof S Dwivedi

A young teenager and student of Central School, Gol Dak Khana, New Delhi collapsed in morning assembly on August 17 and died instantaneously. The general impression in lay public is that it was heart attack which killed this boy. more

Tales of a small town surgeon in India: the case for global health investment on essential surgery

Tales of a small town surgeon in India: the case for global health investment on essential surgery

Ankit Raj

Dr A works as a surgeon in a small town of India. Like any other small town doctor, he has settled for a practice here because of the affinity and close proximity to his home. Building up from the scratch, Dr A has slowly set-up an infrastructure that provides the best possible quality and affordable healthcare to patients from surrounding rural areas who can’t afford highly expensive private hospitals or far-off government hospitals. more

Medical Crisis in Gorakhpur: An Impassioned Plea

Medical Crisis in Gorakhpur: An Impassioned Plea

Dr Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

I confess that there are strong reasons for me to feel strongly on the paediatric deaths in Gorakhpur. I am a native of this mofussil town and have been residing here permanently since I relocated to India after more than three decades abroad. more

Opinion: Let Us Not Comfortably Ignore The Fundamental Problems With Indian Medical Education

Opinion: Let Us Not Comfortably Ignore The Fundamental Problems With Indian Medical Education

Dr Soham D Bhaduri

As delighted as I was to read a piece highlighting the problems bedevilling Indian medical education, coming straight from a promising medical student himself, I was equally dismayed to be reminded about the malady Indian medical education continues to suffer from. more

AIIMS-like Institutions or Medical Education without Faculty

AIIMS-like Institutions or Medical Education without Faculty

Dr Kamal Mahawar

On the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, our government, and one has to commend them for it, wants to build an AIIMS in every state. This model of central government medical institutes with direct funding from the centre has been enormously successful and generally, these institutes command a much higher level of respect and recognition amongst the medical fraternity. more

Why rural medical officers’ training programmes should be urgently upgraded

Why rural medical officers’ training programmes should be urgently upgraded

Dr Soham D Bhaduri

There were two things to my dismay at the BEmOC (Basic Emergency Obstetric Care) training session for medical officers which I attended a couple of weeks ago. First was the thorough casualness and out and out lack of discipline with which the session was conducted — a feature common to most of such training programmes. more

Indian Medical Education — A Story of Negligence and Decline

Indian Medical Education — A Story of Negligence and Decline

Ankit Raj

“The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.” — Benjamin Franklin more

Why can’t a doctor also be a lawyer?

Why can’t a doctor also be a lawyer?

Dr Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Decades ago, as a young medical student, I used to hear anecdotal stories about a senior professor of internal medicine viz Dr K B Kunwar, who had decided to train as a lawyer still functioning as a medical professor and managed to procure the foremost honours in the second vocation with the Lucknow University. more

The Neglected Silver Generation of India

The Neglected Silver Generation of India

Ankit Raj

“Viewed as a whole, the problem of ageing is no problem at all. It is only the pessimistic way of looking at a great triumph of civilization.” — Frank Notestein more

Surrogacy Bill must direct screening of couples, surrogate mother

Surrogacy Bill must direct screening of couples, surrogate mother

Sonali Kusum

In view of the present case before the Family Court of Mumbai being adjudicated between an Iranian intending couple and an Indian surrogate mother where in the latter alleges that the intending father is not of good character and therefore refuses to hand over the custody of child given birth by her to the Iranian national. (PTI, 11th May 2017) more