Doctors in India face a large number of patients who are unable to even understand the scope of their problems and muster resources for adequate nutritional support. Indias case differs from those of other countries because of the absence of universal healthcare,a specific pattern of tropical diseases and the genetic profile of Asians,which means the outcomes vary from those reported in Western literature.
Dr Abhishek Puri,Chandigarh
RIGHT after India test-fired Agni V,Pakistan responded by launching an upgraded Shaheen missile. The ugly arms race in the subcontinent is relentless. Neither country bothers to think about what both stand to gain by indulging in this rivalry. Sceptical about each others motive,India and Pakistan need to contemplate what their enmity has yielded for them. Gone are the days when wars would be fought with arms. Now,to be safe and superior,you must invest in human capital instead of spending mindlessly on bombs and missiles. The recent statement by Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Kayani,that all disputes with India should be resolved peacefully,was encouraging. Implementing that idea is the need of the hour. But an ambience of peace and cooperation needs to be created first.
APROPOS One more warning (IE,April 26),poor administration,nay an almost paralytic administration,coupled with a serious lack of long-term vision for the countrys economy,is the main cause of Indias downgrade to junk status by Standard and Poors. The UPA government has pushed the country to this situation by making no serious effort to control expenditure or enhance income. After the drubbing the Congress has received in recent electoral contests,one doubts the UPA will be able to muster the courage to take bold steps in the national interest .
THIS refers to So retro,so UPA (IE,April 25). While highlighting the low number of seats in specialisation courses for doctors,you have rightly criticised the Union health minister for his idea of ordering America-bound doctors to return to India for work. If the government cannot provide similar facilities in India,it has no moral right to stop doctors from settling abroad for better prospects. The governments lackadaiscal approach towards
the health sector is underscored by the fact that the plan of setting up super-speciality medical colleges and hospitals along the lines of the
All India Institute of Medical Sciences has failed to fructify even eight years after it was announced.
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