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‘Language still the biggest hurdle in medical education’

Admitting that language is still the biggest hurdle in medical education

Written by Express News Service | Karamsad |
April 2, 2011 3:22:34 am

Admitting that language is still the biggest hurdle in medical education,central Additional Secretary (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) Keshav Desiraju today said the government is trying to find a way out so that regional languages can be incorporated.

He said this in his speech at Pramukh Swami Medical College,Karamsad,where three-day national consultations on reforms in medical education is going. The recommendations arising out of these consultations are intended to serve as inputs to the Medical Council of India and the Centre.

“Even 60 years after Independence and having 840 medical institutes,we are still struggling to get good students for medical education and the reason behind (this) is English language. We have seen that the students coming for medical education literally struggle with English,” said Desiraju,adding that this problem must be tackled at the school level.

He said the government wished to help medical education reforms with the help of statutory and regulatory agencies,and that it has no intention to play the role of MCI.

He further said that there is a growing concern about the medical practitioners turning their faces from the rural India. “Medical education has to be viewed from the public health context,and a layer of public health professionals,including a variety of paramedical specialists,is need to be created,who can administer help deliver healthcare reasonably. We are looking at this issue with a great concern because unless the medical practitioners are not motivated enough to work in the rural India,we would always find them practicing in the cities because they would be earning more,” he said.

“We would like to deal with this issue by giving them (doctors) more incentives. The concept of Asha workers has become successful purely because they are not government employees and they were motivated due to the incentives involved in it,” Desiraju added.

In her inaugural lecture,Charutar Arogya Mandal chairman Amrita Patel said: “I believe that medical education has skewed far to much,in favour of treatment of diseases of the rich rather than the poor… It is even more disturbing that medicine ? a profession respected and revered not so long ago as a noble and service oriented profession ? has today steeped into commercialisation resulting in practices that are not only crass but also unethical.”

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