The writer is professor, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, JNU.
As the country’s health infrastructure is engulfed by a second wave of COVID-19 infections, adequate home-based care and physical distancing during testing, treatment and vaccination are two issues that need urgent attention.
A Finance Commission grant of Rs 13,000-crore and Rs 35,000-crore for COVID-19 vaccination are one-time allocations and, therefore, do not strengthen the overall system.
“Social distancing” is what the PM emphasised for all Indians, and the “Janata curfew” was an extraordinary communication and implementation strategy.
Historically, medicine and its effectiveness has been one route to assertion of cultural superiority and political legitimacy. However, Unani demonstrated a scientific humility by retaining the name that acknowledges its roots.
Binaries between traditional and modern medicine must be given up to attain the goal of improved health and well being.
The National Medical Commission Bill 2017 proposes a revamp of the regulatory framework for medical education and practice. It needs to be fine tuned.
India’s healthcare debate should go back to the 40-year-old declaration that accords centrality to the local medical worker.