statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 16 NOV: The Indian Medical Association has strongly objected to the approval of B.Sc (Community Health) course by the Union Cabinet saying the new health course will create problem.
According to these reports, the Bachelor of Science (Community Health) course will create a cadre of Community Health workers belonging to rural areas who will be posted at sub-centres, functioning under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to provide allopathic healthcare after studying a three-year course on basic anatomy, diagnosis and treatment of basic ailments.
As per the media reports, the emphasis on training will be conducting on normal deliveries, pre-and antenatal care, handling diarrhoea, pneumonia, vaccination, providing tuberculosis treatment and treatment of fevers and skin infections.
IMA strongly objects to prescribing treatment by these health workers. As community health workers they should be trained for preventing diseases, creating awareness among public about national health programmes and collecting data for different diseases. Even Indian Medical Council Act does not allow anyone except graduates in modern system of medicine to prescribe allopathic drugs. Earlier MCI has also expressed its inability to create such a course.
IMA strongly opposes this proposal as it will create two tiers of medical professionals – one for rural and other for urban population. It is pertinent to note that even the Parliament Standing Committee on Health and Family welfare has rejected this proposal.
By ensuring the implementation of this proposal, government is trying to play with the lives of rural people by giving inferior quality health care as compared to their urban folk. IMA is planning to organize awareness and sensitization programmes amongst all the proposed beneficiaries and stakeholders against this course.