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Only 67,352 MBBS seats; Urgent Need to reform Medical education: President of India

Only 67,352 MBBS seats; Urgent Need to reform Medical education: President of India

“Healthcare is above all else a service. Yes, it is also a business – but there is no greater business than saving a life.”- President Kovind

Vellore: President Ram Nath Kovind stressed the need to reform medical education and create room for more colleges and medical graduates to increase the number of healthcare professionals in the country.

In his address at the centenary celebrations of Medical Education Programme of Christian Medical College here, Kovind said the country was experiencing a “transition”, which is associated with multiple challenges in disease control that have to be managed simultaneously.

While the country has 1.47 million undergraduate engineering seats, there were only 67,352 such medical seats, he said.

About 20 per cent of those medical seats were added in the past four years, he said, adding “as a country and a system, we need to address this gap quickly”.

“There is urgent need to do this… and to reform medical education so as to create room for more colleges and more medical graduates,” he said.

The President, on a two-day official visit to Tamil Nadu, said “countries go through epidemiological transitions” as societies evolve, economies develop and population patterns change.

He said India, too, was experiencing such a transition and that it was marked by three challenges in disease control which have to be managed simultaneously.

First, India has to reduce maternal and infant mortality as well as communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, vector-borne diseases like malaria, water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhoeal diseases, and vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and tetanus, he said.

Further, the country has to “find an answer” to the rise in non-communicable or lifestyle diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancers.

“And finally, we need to develop systems to detect and cope with new and re-emerging infectious diseases like HIV, avian flu and H1N1 influenza,” he said.

In a globalised world, with people travelling in and out of India in larger numbers, “a few small cases can very quickly scale up into a large outbreak,” he added. “Despite the strides we have taken as a country, there remain regional, rural-urban and gender and community imbalances in terms of health provision,” he said.

“Without adequately addressing these, we cannot rest,” Kovind said.

The President lauded the CMC, saying it ranked third among all medical colleges in India as per the Human Resource Development Ministry.

He also recalled the contributions of CMC founder, Ida Sophia Scudder, saying she devoted her life to improving healthcare in India during the early 20th century when diseases like “cholera, smallpox and polio” and “several epidemics and diseases were rampant.”

Source: PTI inputs
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    Ravindra Dutt Goel May 9, 2018, 5:07 pm

    Medical seats should be increased and from secession 2018-19 medical admission should be doubled to fill the gap and to address the issue of acute shortage of MBBS graduate in India.

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    Medico student May 8, 2018, 1:25 pm

    As a student of a medical college..I need to say this.
    With respect to Hon. President\’s speech..I would like to state certain things.. first, adding just seats isn\’t helpful at all…we need teachers and staffs in that amount too.. due to the result of these exponentially increase, there\’s hardly any proper communication between the teachers and students, not all can learn from books…there needs to be enough amount of instrumentation and device to work upon. There should be enough time for us to come up with the situation..
    Just increasing seats won\’t help..
    Sorry if I have hurt anyone\’s feeling.
    Thank you.

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    Santhaseelan May 7, 2018, 7:16 pm

    Not only to reform U.G also to P.G.

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    Dr P K Dev Mahanta May 7, 2018, 3:34 pm

    I appreciate our Honourable president for pointing out the priority wise target For improvement of health care delivery system. As pointed out we are still lagging behind in our basic standard like MCH care, drinking water , prevention of communicable disease etc.The noble service is progressing towards business only due to privatisation of education and doctors are bound to concentrate on mostly money earning sector rather than basic care. Health sector has to be 100℅ public sector.

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    Dilip Kumar Bhowmik. May 7, 2018, 1:26 pm

    The Presidential speech is to be understood & appreciated with the utmost respect by every citizen of the country.From the time of the Vedas up to
    Last Ammendmant of Indian Constitution
    & Presidential speech reflect the depth of Indian philosophy on health care.It is a total democratic & egalitarian view to be upheld with dignity and respect.