Tag Archives: Modern Medicine
Bengaluru: Karnataka has reportedly joined the list of 13 states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, and Uttarakhand, where integrated practice — practise of modern medicine by traditional medical practitioners — is legal.
Jaipur: Union Minister for Ayush Shripad Yesso Naik on Thursday said it is essential to integrate the traditional Indian Medicine System into Modern Medicine system to promote a healthy life.
When a person of the eminence of Dr Devi Shetty gives a statement that healthcare needs can be met without spending money, our politicians and government babus cut out the article, frame it and put it up in their offices to show when some rational folks ask them why their healthcare spending is so low.
New Delhi: Delhi High Court has given the Centre and the Medical Council of India (MCI) six months to introduce a BSc (Community Health) course to prepare health workers who can practice modern medicine for treating common diseases in rural areas having no doctors, and warned that failure to do so would invite contempt proceedings.
While at it, not only my parents, my teachers, my Government, my society and MCI all are cheats. As a 17-18 year old I was primed and pushed to do MBBS given the impression that it was only after MBBS that I could practise modern medicine and be called “Doctor” in real sense.
Providing employment to its youth and providing health to its citizens are two responsibilities no government can avoid. Since none of these objectives can be achieved with the meagre resources, which are allotted to them, our political masters come up with innovative schemes whereby these goals may seem to be fulfilled without the government having to spend any money. These schemes help the government to claim that they are pro people when they seek votes. ‘Health for all’ or ‘Health Degree for all’ we need to decide what is our slogan and then we should all strive to achieve it. Our leaders who promote quackery in India themselves rush to the top most specialists of modern medicine, preferably at the cost of exchequer, abroad for their own even minor ailments.
Our policy makers are confused. Either we have need for more doctors or we do not. When we want to prove need we quote figure that India has 1 doctor for 1700 population conveniently glossing over the fact that these are figures for MBBS doctors only. If Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) are not doctors why promote Ayush at all.
In the background of the seemingly hopeless move by several state governments to allow persons with a degree in AYUSH (Indian system of medicine — Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) to prescribe allopathic or modern medicines, a recent notice by the Directorate of Health Services, Government of NCT Delhi, appears to be a light of hope.
The Government of India and state governments from time to time are coming up with proposals to allow prescription rights for modern medicine to non-MBBS graduates. Recently, there have been proposals like BSc Community Health and the recent proposal for a bridge course in pharmacology for homeopathic doctors to allow them to practice modern medicine in Maharashtra.
There is no dispute on the fact that rural healthcare in India is abysmal and drastic steps are needed to rectify the same. There is also no doubt that this involves a multipronged approach. A community health worker (Anganwadi worker, multipurpose health worker), a nurse practitioner, a pharmacist and a doctor available along with the infrastructure, medicine supply with improved connectivity (roads), electricity, safe water supply are all prerequisites to improved rural healthcare.