VCs differ on technology

Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) Vice-chancellor Dr S Ramanand Shetty inaugurating ‘Kapicon 2011’ in Mysore on Friday. DH photo

Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) Vice-chancellor Dr S Ramanand Shetty on Friday termed lethargic attitude among doctors towards diagnosing patients as a dangerous development.

He was speaking after inaugurating three day ‘Kapicon 2011’ at JSS Medical College in the city.

If gone by the reports by diagnostic labs, 70 per cent are similar ascertaining the same disease.

But it’s not easily acceptable for the doctors who opt for lab reports. The growing technology also has to take the responsibility for minimising the active role of doctors.
This signifies nothing but the reign of technology over humanity and the time is ripe for the doctors to open themselves to discussion.

Moreover, about 76 per cent of doctors prefer to serve in urban areas, forcing the rural areas to fend for themselves with the remaining lot of medical professionals.

He attributed the downward trend in villages, to the lack of basic infrastructural facilities.
Giving inputs of the state, the V-C said that there are six lakh doctors serving in different areas, but still there is a need of another six lakh doctors.

Taking the demand into cognisance, the university has launched 66 fellowships. In the case of otherwise, the state would have to face trouble.

He said that both State and Union Governments and Medical Council of India  (MCI) should keep the reins of the colleges, rather than handing over the same to the respective State Governments.

While, JSS University Vice-chancellor Dr B Suresh said that the technology has helped in checking mortality rate among pregnant women.

In all, about 120 among 1,000 such women were losing lives every year during 90’s. After two decades, the number has come down to 55. While the men’s life span is put 66 years, it is 71 in the case of women, recording the difference at five years.

He said that the current day doctors are facing a lot of challenges and criticism and the doctors have to gear up to face the situation. He said that there is a need to reform medical education as no fruitful efforts are made to effectively record the symptoms of diseases. The meet should throw light on such significant issues too, the V-C stressed.

Senior physicians Dr P Anjaneyulu, Dr B Yallappa and Dr Balakrishna Achar T were felicitated on the occasion.

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