September 19, 2009

Jamir calls for world-class medical colleges in country

Despite being one of the largest producers of doctors in the world, the country faces a shortage of trained medicos and nurses, Maharashtra Governor said today.

"India produces the largest number of doctors, nurses and medical technicians in the world. However, we still have a shortage of trained doctors and nurses in our country because of a huge population base of over one billion," S C Jamir said after inaugurating Children's Heart Centre of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital here.

Quoting the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Jamir said India is short by about six lakh doctors and two lakh dental surgeons.

"The Planning Commission has projected a shortage of one million nurses in the country over the next five years. This issue is to be addressed by planners and medical institutions," he said.

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