Prime News, National, Karnataka, Education, Medical Science, Mangaluru, March 26:- Union and state governments are focusing on revamping medical education both qualitatively and quantitatively, said Minister of Health Karnataka Health and Medical Education, Dr K Sudhakar, Friday 25th March. ).
Speaking after the inauguration of Physiocon 2022 in Mangaluru, an international conference on physiotherapy, Dr Sudhakar said there are seven physiotherapists for a population of 10,000 in America. However, in India, there is only a ratio of 0.59 physiotherapists for a population of 10,000.
To eradicate this shortage of doctors and other specialists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused on overhauling medical education in the country and establishing many other new medical colleges. With the increase in the number of colleges, the number of doctors will increase, which will help alleviate this shortage.
Medicines cure diseases. But physiotherapy breathes new life. Physiotherapy provides solutions to many problems including disability, nerve related issues, etc., he said.
In today’s era, knowledge is the most important power. In physiotherapy, competence is just as essential as knowledge and physiotherapists must develop their skills. Technology and research will play a key role here. Physiotherapy is a very old body of knowledge and in our Indian system of medicine, 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 essential physical activity is to maintaining good health, he explained.
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, he said.
In the early days, there were instances where people suffered panic attacks after testing positive for Covid-19. For this reason, in order to provide them with mental strength and emotional support, counseling sessions were held. Under the program, around 25,000 people received psychological counseling, he added.
“We should provide mental health services as well as physical health services to people. For this, the Union finance minister, as part of this budget, announced a telemental health programme. 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 said.
Speaking to the media after the event, Dr Sudhakar reiterated that students who have returned from war-torn Ukraine will be allowed to continue their learning at over 60 medical colleges in the state.
“There should be no obstacles to their learning. Our government therefore offers them the possibility of continuing to learn. A committee has been formed to study this issue. This will not represent an additional financial burden for students. We don’t know what will happen in the future, whether students would be willing to return to Ukraine after a ceasefire or not,” he said.
“So this is a temporary measure to allow them to continue their learning. This arrangement will be made in government, private and reputable colleges,” he said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)