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‘One-year term of medicos in villages to boost medicare’

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Academic conference by the Indian Medical Association begins in Karimnagar

Making a point:Minister for Major Industries J. Geetha Reddy speaking at a Medical Academic Conference organised by the IMA in Karimnagar on Sunday.- Photo: Thakur Ajaypal Singh
Making a point:Minister for Major Industries J. Geetha Reddy speaking at a Medical Academic Conference organised by the IMA in Karimnagar on Sunday.- Photo: Thakur Ajaypal Singh

In an attempt to ensure better medicare in villages, the State government has made it mandatory for all medicine students to work in rural areas for at least one year from 2014 onwards, Minister for Major Industries J. Geetha Reddy has said.

Participating as the chief guest of the Medical Academic Conference organised by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Karimnagar chapter, here on Sunday, the Minister said rural people are suffering due to non-availability of medical professionals and even a good MBBS doctor can add substantially to the available medical facilities in rural areas.

Though the government has set up several hospitals and primary health centres in rural areas, they are not equipped with regular doctors and other facilities, she said, adding that patients can’t come to the district headquarters all the time for treatment as some of them need immediate medical attention. Hence, the government has made it mandatory for medical students to work in rural areas at least for one year.

Calling upon the doctors to live up to the true spirit of the noble profession, she said the doctors need to serve patients with the human touch. Recollecting the growth of medicare in Hyderabad, the Minister said that the State capital had emerged as a medicine hub of the country, encouraging medical tourism. Minister for Civil Supplies D. Sridhar Babu said that the government had enforced an Act to protect the interests of private medical practitioners, adding that the Medical Council of India (MCI) is mulling options to strengthen the medical institutions to produce well-qualified doctors.


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