Talking to the media after assuming the office of National President of Indian Medical Association ( IMA) in New Delhi, Padma Shri Awardee Dr. A. Marthanda Pillai said that under Aao Gaon Chalen Project, IMA will come out with a Model Health Village in the coming year, which can be replicated at national level by its branches, the Govt and NGOs.
The Model Health Village will have all parameters met within a year as defined by Millennium Development Goals, said Dr. Pillai.
“20 percent of the disease burden can be reduced if all the doctors in our country are sensitised to have their medical establishments follow hygienic principles and they in turn motivate their patients to follow the principles of respiratory, food, water and hand hygiene,” Dr. Pillai also informed. “They said that they have requested each of its 1700 branches in the country to nominate 9 Medical Icons of their area to lead this campaign in the coming year.”
AYUSH and IMA
IMA showed concern about the inclusion of cross pathy in the National Health Policy, which has been put by the Ministry of Health and Family Walefare. Under this policy, the Govt is envisaging training AYUSH doctors for a limited period of time and allowing them to become mid-care health providers.
IMA holds the view that it is not against AYUSH as a branch taking the front position and wants AYUSH to progress in their respective fields. However, IMA is against AYUSH doctors practising modern system of medicine, as it will cause more harm than benefit to the patients. IMA has already taken opinion of Joint Commission International (JCI) and National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH) and expressed that Indian hospitals will never be able to provide quality and safe service to patients if half-baked AYUSH doctors are allowed to practice modern system of medicine, according to a statement by the body.
The statement further says, If the Govt. goes ahead in this venture, it is a possibility that the JCI and NABH may not give accreditation to most of the hospitals, which may affect medical tourism in the country.