In a bid to increase the health facilities in rural areas, the Medical Council of India has suggested a new medical degree specializing in rural medicine.
According to the union health ministry, India is facing a massive shortage in health personnel, with rural areas being the most affected. A large number of doctors refuse to practice in rural areas and the villagers have to rely on quacks.
More than 8 percent of rural health centers do not have a doctor while a almost half of the gynaecologists and obstetricians posts are vacant. The president of the Medical Council of India, Dr Ketan Desai hopes that the new degree will see a steady rise in numbers of qualified doctors who are willing to work in rural areas.
"The idea of Bachelor of Rural Medicine and Surgery (BRMS) is to get students from rural areas willing to work in their hometowns rather than try getting doctors who don't want to live or work in villages. BRMS will not replace but supplement and strengthen the current medical education system", he added.