We want to bring into your notice the serious issues regarding the grievances faced by the BHMS and BAMS doctors in India. We are institutionally qualified medical graduates whose course and curriculum maintained/managed by Central Council of Indian Medicine and Central Council of Homoeopathy.
According to Eleventh five-year plan document, India is facing the problem of inadequate health infrastructure and deficiency of human health resources. The Census (2001) estimated 2,168,223 health workers in India by 2005, which translate into a density of approximately 20 health workers per 10,000 populations. Current scenario of India shows extreme deficiency of public health workforce (approx. 20%). Meanwhile, it is estimated that there will be a huge increase in need of public health professionals day by day. This would require human resources from diverse disciplines, fields and backgrounds. This lacuna can be linked with; either the lack of professional expertise in personnel’s employed in this sphere or with the shortage of manpower which mainly arises due to migration. Nevertheless, what lacks is the number of public health professionals which is hampering the goal of Health for all.
Thus, it is important to find out how effectively the already existing workforce of the rich heritage of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy can be utilized for tackling the public health challenges as this has been successfully achieved in the case of China where local medicine practitioners have been successfully integrated into the mainstream.
In India, we are very fortunate to have a wide array of knowledge systems related to health. While modern medical science and technology have gained dominance, practices generated outside its field of knowledge, both old and new, continue to co-exist. Both health care providers and the general people often resort to a combination of two or more systems. In recent years, the frontiers of modern medical research have verified the significance of traditional practices for strengthening health care and several developed countries are incorporating them into their health systems as well. Mainstreaming of AYUSH is much more than merely placing AYUSH service providers at the PHCs and CHCs. The organization, training and practices of each form of health knowledge tend to change and become specific to the regional context as a result of the live presence of other forms.
NRHM advocates placement of Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic doctors in the rural and remote CHCs and PHCs where the Allopathic doctors are not working due to unwillingness and shortage. In reality only few states like Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and J&K etc. are following this strategy but majority of the states are not yet.
No doubt, Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic graduates with a fairly large proportion in our country will also play a significant role in tackling the public health challenges.However, what is lacking is the willingness of concerned authorities to do so, making the situation more pathetic. Health sector trends also suggest that no single system of health care has the capacity to solve all of society’s health needs. India can be a world leader in the era of integrative medicine because it has strong foundations in Western biomedical sciences and an immensely rich and mature indigenous medical heritage of its own. Therefore, there is a great need to explore the potential of Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic system including human resource to tackle public health problems.
Entitlement for PNDT, MTP, Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology.
For what reasons ISM and Homoeopathy doctors were kept out of ambit of said PNDT and MTP Acts are not known. ISM qualifications are not considered in the eligibility criteria of these acts which seems indifferent and unjust while as per UG and PG curriculum and syllabus radiology and imaging sciences, obs and gyne all are taught in theory and practical vastly. Consequently, ISMH doctors are debarred from performing and using ultrasonography technology and gyne practice by law.
Similarly, position of ISM&H doctors in connection with Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology is the same. Thus, their competency has been challenged and their fundamental right to perform medical art is wrested. Therefore, they seek your intervention for being important in the larger interest.
Admissions and Placements of AYUSH graduates in Health Administration and Public Health (courses and jobs) in Modern Health Institutes and Universities.
The field of higher studies for ISM graduates should be extended in view of better carrier opportunities. At least allied health sector should be opened for admission to placements in higher studies. Health Administration and Public Health is such a subject which does not need any clinical expertise and legal want; doors should be open for admission in Health & Science Universities, PGIMS and AIIMS. Likewise for higher studies Ayush graduates should be allowed for admission into PG and PhD courses in public health, bio-sciences, agriculture, drug research, herbal research, botany, veterinary medicine, animal husbandry and bio-tech fields.
We request you to please order all concerned to look into the matter, so that our AYUSH Graduates do not feel neglected and our public health system is not devoid of the talent we are having.