AFI MEMBERS SUPPORT TO PROPOSED NATIONAL MEDICAL COMMISSION BILL. THE IMA HAS RAISED OBJECTIONS TO THE PROVISION OF BRIDGE COURSE

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Dr. Sathosh M.B, AFI President Bangalore North, Dr.N.A.Magadum, President of Shree Gomatesh Education Society and AFI Members supporting NMC Bill in Bengaluru

AFI MEMBERS SUPPORT TO PROPOSED NATIONAL MEDICAL COMMISSION BILL
THE IMA HAS RAISED OBJECTIONS TO THE PROVISION OF BRIDGE COURSE
Bengaluru. Dr. Sathosh M.B, AFI President Bangalore North said ‘’Primary health care of the people is the primary responsibility of the Govt. in India. It is estimated that the Doctor and Population ratio as per the WHO guide lines should be 1:1000 but according to various survey reports it is 1:2000 only. It shows that there is shortage if Doctors particularly in Rural area. The Doctor with MBBS Qualification are reluctant to settle in rural area hence rural Health care system has been badly affected. The shortage of MBBS Doctors has been compensated by Ayush Doctors who are ready to settle in remote villages and are providing Health service to the suffering people. Ayush Doctors are institutionally qualified. The syllabus and curricula of Ayush Doctors is integrated. Ayush Doctors study modern subjects such as Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and pharmacology along with their subjects. Ayush Doctors are posted to allopathic Hospitals for training during their internship period. Hence Ayush Doctors are trained in both allopathic and their own systems of medicine and wanted proposed NMC Bill’’.

Dr.N.A.Magadum, President of Shree Gomatesh Education Society, Said, ”In India 7 lakh institutionally qualified registered Ayush Practitioners are forced to use allopathic medicines in certain conditions for giving quick relief to patients. The Ayush doctors are taking health care of the patients in rural areas till the patients are shifted to higher Medical Centres. Thus Ayush doctors are playing vital role in taking primary health care of patients and shouldering the responsibility of Govt in providing health care of the population”.

Since 2004 Central State Govt have recruited Ayush doctors under various schemes like NRHM/NHM/RBSK/GAD ect. Sectioned or against post of MBBS Doctors and they are forced to allopathic medicines to treat patients in PHC.CHC.Taluka and Distric Hospitals. Since then Ayush doctors doing their duties effectively and without any complications till date and also 12 state Governments have brought notifications under drug and cosmetic act 1940, rule 1945 2 ee{iii} to enable Ayush doctors to prescribe and practice allopathic medicines to provide effectively primary healthcare facilities to needy people of India.
The proposed Bridge course for Ayush doctors as per in National Medical Commission is the need of the hour. The Bridge course will help Ayush doctors to become more competent to use allopathic medicines in circumstances where allopathic doctors are not available.

The Proposed NMC has an excellent provision for Ayush doctors to legally practice and prescribe allopathic medicines under circumstances where MBBS Doctors are not available. But the IMA has raised objections to the provision of Bridge Course. The objection is based on false prestige. The Govt, should not take back the step of introducing Bridge Course, due to pressure tactics of IMA. The MBBS doctors are not ready to serve in rural areas and are not allowing others also to provide Health service.

By providing Bridge course to Ayush Doctors and thus allowing them to prescribe allopathic medicines in the only way to overcome the shortage of India supporters NMC bill urges the Govt. to implement as is proposed.

The members of AFI earnestly requested Government to implement this Bill as soon as possible in larger interest of the public health and to achieve ‘’SWASTHA BHARAT MISSION’’( Health for All) effectively.

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