People living in tribal, rural, remote areas of India face a lot of difficulties in receiving medical care. As India is facing an acute shortage of doctors, the poor and needy patients from rural areas do not even get basic medical treatment.
Health experts say the foundation of a Healthy Nation lies in the strong, robust rural healthcare.
To provide healthcare facilities to the rural poor, the Kerala branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has taken a step forward. IMA Kerala is preparing a pool of doctors who are willing to offer their services in rural areas.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sulphi N, Secretary, IMA, Kerala, said, “We are preparing a team of 200 doctors who are ready to serve in rural areas. These doctors will provide service in OPD’s and shall handle the daily routine medical treatment. We have started working on the team, and shortly, the teams will start operating.”
All the doctors who are joining the team are fresh MBBS doctors, according to Dr Sulphi N.
There is a visible gap between the healthcare facilities in urban and rural areas. To bridge the gap, the Union government had requested the IMA to create a pool of doctors who can work in these rural areas.
“There is a shortage of medical professionals in rural areas. The Union ministry urged us to support and create a team of doctors. Soon, after creating the team, we will forward their names to the Healthy Ministry,” added Dr Sulphi.
According to the government, in India, only one doctor is present for 1457 patients. And in rural areas, the number of doctors is even lesser.