New Delhi: The Planning Commission has proposed to train traditional midwives and registered medical practitioners (RMPs) to ensure universal health coverage (UHC) reaches even the remote populations.
“Affordability, accessibility and quality are three pillars of UHC. The challenge is to fill the gaps especially in rural areas where there is a problem of trained manpower,” Syeda Hameed, member, Planning Commission, has said.
“We would like to train traditional midwives and RMPs — some people call them jholawala doctors or quacks — to be used because they have been providing services in remote areas all these years. It is important to respect and use what we have. The XIIth plan document talks about this need,” Hameed has added.
According to the Planning Commission, India had 26,329 doctors in the public sector in March 2011 against a requirement of 1,09,484, a massive shortage of nearly 76 per cent despite the fact that every year some 43,740 students are awarded MBBS degree. [Source: IE]