Monday 15 April 2013

Author(s): Jyotsna Singh

  • WIll this improve the

    WIll this improve the manpower situation in rural area? No. This will only improve the statistics of manpower availability not their actual availability. Actually the problem is not the availability of manpower but the "willingness to live and work in rural areas". Even the ANMs who are supposed to live in the Subcentres, seldom live there. There is a general tendency that when a person starts earning regular income, they move to urban area mainly for kid'd schooling. The new initiative will only add to another dissatisfied cadre of public health personnel in the long run. Secondly, it is not so much the unwillingness of doctors to serve in the rural areas but the inability of the government to address the doctor's cadre as special because of the nature of their work and provide them facilities/incentives at par with their counterpart in cities. We don't need to look to China or Cuba, our armed forces or PSUs have successfully kept their cadres motivated while posting them in remote locations.

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  • What is missed is that India

    What is missed is that India has 1 doctor per 2,000 population already. the shortage in rural areas is due to the flow to the cities plus the flow abroad. we produce enough doctors to meet the WHO standards (1 per 1,000). The need is to work out why 4 of 5 doctors already in INDIA do not want to stay in rural postings. There are certain felt needs that make doctors leave rural postings very fast. If we fulfil those needs we can at least double (if not triple)the numbers opting to work in the villages. Without waiting for any new course! Even the Chattisgarh rural practitioners are heading away from the villages. On the other hand, the 3 year course done twenty years earlier in West Bengal resulted in many Medical assistants staying in PHCs and later doing an extra 2 year course. there around 1,000 such Assistant Medical Officers who stayed on. Others like nurses and pharmacists who have spent many years in the rural areas need to be recognized and given bridge courses to allow them to become AMOs as well

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  • I think its an excellent

    I think its an excellent course to meet some of the needs of rural population and bridge a gap.. The reason M.B.B.S doctors and specialists don't want to stay in rural health centres is because of lack of facilities such as - basic drugs/medications and infrastructure.. Moreover, if simple problems could be sorted out in the health centres ,there are no ambulances to shift critically ill patients out of such basic health facilities. And if a doctor decides to stay in such remote places ,what about the basic needs of their families ? good schools, a decent house etc ?

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  • Currently, the selection to

    Currently, the selection to medical schools is based on entrance examiantion which according to me is wrong. The real criteria should be willingness to serve and work for poor people. I feel it's high time goverment changes this attitude towards medical admission.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • I would like to join Rural

    I would like to join Rural Medical Practitioner course, Please , guide and contact me..@09013121425

    Posted by: Anonymous | 12 months ago | Reply
  • I would like to join Rural

    I would like to join Rural Medical Practitioner course, Please guide me about this course

    Posted by: Anonymous | 4 months ago | Reply
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