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Govt planning penal provisions to deter pharma companies from bribing doctors with freebies | Sex determination lands doctor couple in jail for three years
The promised mandatory marketing code for pharma companies, which is to replace the voluntary code in operation since January last year, will have strong penal provisions to deter them from bribing doctors with freebies to prescribe their drugs.
Bhubaneswar (IANS): The Odisha cabinet on Tuesday cleared several proposals, including the provision of special incentives to doctors appointed in remote and KBK areas in the state.
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.
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.