Abstract

During the discussion, several participants raised the problem of fake doctors practising with ISM degrees.The University Grants Commission had announced in 1998 that any institution giving fake degrees was liable for legal action. Ms. Chandra responded that Medical Council of India had been entrusted the work of drafting anti-quackery legislation. She underscored the need for public awakening and sensitisation on this issue. The Supreme Court of India had given a judgement proscribing practitioners of one system of medicine from using another system. China and DPR Korea had integrated courses in which graduates in modern medicine received training in traditional medicine, and vice versa. Though the institutional production of manpower and training of the public health practitioners was the need of the hour, it should be emphasized that the public health discipline in the 21st century should attract doctors, nurses, lawyers, economists, managers, environmentalists, nutritionists, etc. [To view this article, please download the PDF.]

This session includes the following articles:

Challenges to Public Health in India
Prof. Lalit M. Nath

What Went Wrong with Public Health in India
Dr. N.S. Deodhar

Meeting the Challenges of Public Health in India
Dr. Abraham Joseph

Traditional Systems and Public Health
Ms. Shailaja Chandra