Union and state governments focus on revamping medical education: Dr Sudhakar

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Mangaluru, March 22: Union and state governments are focusing on qualitative overhaul of medical education, Karnataka’s Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr. K Sudhakar said on Friday, March 25.

Chairing Physiocon 2022, an international physiotherapy conference hosted by the South Canara Physiotherapy Teachers Association here, Dr Sudhakar said there are seven physiotherapists for every 10,000 people in America. However, in India, there is only a ratio of 0.59 physiotherapists for a population of 10,000.

“To address the shortage of doctors and other specialists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused on overhauling medical education in the country by establishing many other new medical colleges.

With the increase in the number of universities, the number of doctors will increase, which will help alleviate this shortage, he added.

“Drugs cure diseases, but physiotherapy breathes new life. Physiotherapy provides solutions to many problems including disability, nerve related problems, etc. Nowadays, knowledge is the most important power. In physiotherapy, skills are just as essential as knowledge and physiotherapists need to develop their skills,” he said.

Dr Sudhakar said technology and research will play a key role in physiotherapy, which is a very old body of knowledge.

“The Indian system of medicine and Ayurveda has several aspects of physiotherapy,” he said.

Those who practice yoga and pranayama daily will have the power to recover quickly even if they fall ill. It’s important to note how important physical activity is to maintaining good health, he recommended.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the Department of Health, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), began providing psychological counseling to patients with COVID-19 and to their families. In the early days, there were instances where people suffered panic attacks after testing positive for Covid-19. To provide them with mental strength and emotional support, counseling sessions were held. Under this program, about 25,000 people received psychological counseling,” he said.

“We should provide mental health services as well as physical health services to people. For this, the Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, announced the Tele Mental Health scheme. This will be done in collaboration with NIMHANS and it is a pride that the initiative of the Government of Karnataka is now being emulated across the country,” he explained.

Speaking to media representatives after the event, Dr. Sudhakar reiterated that students who have returned from war-torn Ukraine will be allowed to continue their learning in more than 60 medical colleges in the state.

The minister said there should be no barriers to their learning. Our government therefore offers them the possibility of continuing to learn. A committee has been formed to study this issue.

“It will not represent an additional financial burden for the students. We don’t know what will happen in the future, whether the students would be willing to return after a ceasefire or not. It is therefore a temporary measure to enable them to continue their learning. This arrangement will be made in government, private and reputable colleges,” he added.

The event was inaugurated by Arif Mohammed Khan, Governor of Kerala, the keynote address was delivered by Dr M Ramesh, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, special address by Dr HS Ballal, pro -Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal.

Dr. Shajir Gaffar, CEO of VPS Health Care – Dubai & Northern Emirates, winner of the Young Achiever award, was on the stage with guests of honor Dr. Ali Irani, President – International Affairs of Indian Association of Physiotherapists and Dr. Sanjiv K Jha, President of Indian Association of Physiotherapists.


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