Ahmedabad: The health needs of the rural population can easily be catered if the country transforms 550 district hospitals into medical college hospitals, according to Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, renowned cardiac surgeon and founder of Narayan Hrudayalaya.
“If 100 students study there (district medical college hospitals), at least 10 will settle in the area and serve local people,” Dr Shetty said on Tuesday while interacting with a group of 22 students, from various schools across the city, at Times Newspaper in Education (NIE) Newsmakers’ Meet, reports ToI.
Comparing Indian medical education with what is available in other countries, he said, “Our biggest drawback is shortage of postgraduate seats. In India, we have 49,000 undergraduate seats and only 14,000 postgraduate seats. In the US, on the other hand, it is 19,000 undergraduate seats and 32,000 postgraduate seats.”