IMA Kerala to create database of doctors willing to serve rural IndiaOctober 15, 2019
The Kerala unit of the India Medical Association has decided to create a pool of doctors who are willing to work in remote areas of other states. Initially, IMA will create a pool of 200 doctors, reports Times of India.
Owing to a severe shortage of doctors in rural areas, the Union health minister has urged the support of IMA to create a team of doctors who are willing to work in backward areas of northern states, said Dr N Sulphi, state secretary of IMA.
The southern states, especially Kerala, are having a proportionately higher number of doctors, according to the Union health ministry.
“Hence, in a national coordination committee convened by Union health ministry, a request to create a pool of doctors in Kerala was put forward by the Union health minister,” Dr Sulphi said.
The state office-bearers of the IMA has also decided to request young fresh graduates who are willing to work in rural areas to be part of this group.
The IMA has decided to create a data bank of these doctors and forward it to the Union health ministry.