The much awaited MBBS degree in community health aimed to address the paucity of doctors in rural India has got a go ahead from the Indian government. The course will create a special cadre of health workers that will be trained mainly in district hospitals, then placed in sub centers or primary health centers.
Union Health Ministry has decided to launch a three-year medical course with six months of rotational internship from 2013. The course named the Bachelor of Science (Community Health) has been worked out keeping in mind the nations acute shortage of doctors and specialists. The new medical course will create mid-level health professionals with candidates eligible to apply being students who have studied physics, chemistry and biology in the high secondary (10+2) level. After acquiring the degree, the graduates will be employed as Community Health Officers by state governments at district levels, an official said.
The proposed course is likely to be introduced in the states willing to adopt it from 2013. in order to address the serious concern of shortage of availability of human resources in the health sector in rural areas, the government is committed to introduce the course, with in-built safeguards, he said. The Medical Council of India (MCI) recently cleared the introduction of the three-and-a half-year course.