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Dr Harsh Vardhan suggests ‘work on holiday’ to address rural healthcare

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08harshvardhan1Speaking at the Annual Conference of the Society of Cardiac Anaesthesiology, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan urged doctors and specialists to do a stint in rural areas to strengthen the medical facilities there. He said a lot of deaths occured in far flung areas simply because there were very few trained doctors in those places, and called for an out-of-the-box approach.

He suggested a unique Work on holiday approach, in which, specialists could offer their services as cardiologists, gynaecologists, neurologists and anaesthetists in these areas while enjoying the state governments hospitality with their families. He asked for doctors to consider it as an extension of their service.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said an arrangement could be worked out whereby doctors could visit a village or a hill town voluntarily or for a vacation, and the lodging and boarding could be arranged locally. He lamented that even after 67 years of independence, health for every Indian was still a distant dream, but said if everyone put our hearts and souls to it, it could be achived.

The minister also said that the government was planning to soon start a series of programmes and workshops, aimed at raising awareness about eradicating preventable deaths.

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