After completing their MBBS course, many a times doctors choose to opt out of postings in rural areas. They cite the unavailability of support staff, poor infrastructure and medical facilities as reasons to not serve in rural postings.
This creates a disparity between rural and urban health infrastructure. The people living in rural area have very limited private medical facilities and are largely dependent on the state’s medical health system. They ultimately suffer as they aren’t many well-trained doctors to cater to their needs.
To address this issue, Cooper Hospital has adopted three villages. This motive behind this initiative of theirs has three objectives. Firstly, they wish to provide free medical treatment to tribals in villages. Secondly, this approach will help medical students and trainee doctors get hands-on experience in how things are done in rural settings and how to take care of the different needs of rural patients. The last objective is to provide the best state-of-the-art healthcare for those who cannot afford it.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dean of Cooper Hospital, Dr Ganesh Shinde said, “In order to train MBBS students and to guide them on what should be done while posted in rural areas, we have adopted three villages. We are planning this since the past two years. We have adopted these villages in the Vasai-Palghar area.”
He further added, “Along with medical students and specialists doctors will provide healthcare facilities to these villagers. Routine health check-ups will be carried out and if required patients will be referred to hospitals. Our main aim is to provide healthcare facilities for people who cannot afford treatment.”