Health Policy

Centre to introduce short-term medical course

The Centre has decided to introduce a short-term medical education course at district level, in government-run schools, to reach out to rural population across the country, announced Union Health and Family Welfare minister Gulam Nabi Azad.

This short term medical course, including medicine and surgery (in the curriculum) will be imparted only at government-run schools and the degrees will be awarded by the Universities, he said.

At present Primary Health Centres (PHC) are manned by only one Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) who is in charge of all the work. But from now, doctors of short-term course after completion, would be posted at PHC and sub centres, Mr. Azad said. Acknowledging the scarcity of qualified doctors, Mr. Azad said the intake capacity of government-run medical colleges is being increased from 150 to 250 seats at graduation level. Further, in post-graduation instead of one student, the guide will be allowed to have two students, he said.


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