December 10, 2009

100 new med colleges for rural India

The Medical Council of India (MCI) is concerned about the health care situation in the rural areas of the country. It plans to set up around 100 medical colleges in the rural areas of India, said Dr Ketan Desai, president-elect, World Medical Council. He was in the city to attend the function organised by the Indian Medical Association, Gujarat branch, to felicitate him for his achievements.

India is in the driving seat in the field of medicine because of the sheer number of medical institutions it has. At present, India has around 300 medical schools which account for around 14 per cent of the total medical schools in the world, said Desai.

He also said that the health care services have not reached the rural areas of the country. Many people have to go to the nearby city for treatment which is reason enough for opening more medical colleges in the rural areas.

MCI is also planning to curb the menace of freebees given to the physicians by the pharmaceutical companies, said Desai.

Hundreds of doctors from across Gujarat turned up to felicitate and congratulate Dr Ketan Desai for being elected as president of World Medical Council. People from tribal areas of Virampur near Ambaji also performed their traditional dance as a gesture of gratitude.Lalabhai Lakhabhai from Virampur said that the tribal people of Virampur are getting medical facilities only because of the philanthropic work of Dr Desai and his wife Dr Alka Desai.

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