Taking a major step forward in the healthcare sector, the Maharashtra state government is planning to design its own protocol for Indian patients. The state is planning to design these protocols for medicine and disease as per the Indian standards.
A protocol is the plan which covers all aspects of the clinical trial, which includes an explicit, detailed plan of experiment and procedure.
Speaking with My Medical Mantra, Maharashtra Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan said, “We had carried out massive healthcare drive in six districts of Maharashtra. We have screened over 10 lakh patients who are suffering from various diseases. The disease pattern and medicine dosage differ from person to person, so we are planning to come up with a new protocol for Indian patients.”
Mahajan further added, “Our plan is that Maharashtra should have its’ own protocol for disease and medicines. Currently, we are following protocol designed by the West. But, people living in India are different compared to those living in abroad. So these protocols will guide us to serve the patients in better manner”
The state government is in process of compiling the data of 10 lakh people, the data will then be submitted to Union Minister for health JP Nadda.
Meanwhile the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has welcomed the state government’s move.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Shivkumar Utture, a member of IMA said, “It is a welcome move by the state government. Symptoms and treatment of any particular disease depends on ethnicity. For example, long back, we used to treat tuberculosis in India as per International standards which later we realised wasn’t working. We then came up with our own TB treatment standards.”
Utture added that, the standards set by the government should not be a compulsion. “Experience of the doctor also matters. Also certain symptoms and factors may vary and that’s where the experience of the doctor will come in place,” he said.
Under Pandit Dindayal Upadhaya Swastha Maharashtra campaign, the state government has carried out a mega healthcare drive. But the shocking fact which came out that, over one lakh people were found to obese in six districts.
As per the data provided by the state government
- As many as 1.48 lakh people are suffering from bone-related diseases
- As many as 1.04 lakh people require general surgery
- Over 1 lakh people are suffering from obesity
- As many as 78,000 people have eye-related problems