Union minister Jitendra Singh, while communicating an online conference with the heads and agents of national medical teaching institutes, told that the medical curriculum will have to modify itself in the post-COVID-19 era; with a fresh focus on contagious diseases.
Jitendra Singh on Monday explained, the medical syllabus will have to accommodate itself after the COVID-19 period as there is going to be a continued focus on the examination and management and study of infectious diseases.
In the video conference, he asserted, coronavirus has suddenly waked up the whole world, especially the medical institutions, to realize that the age of infections is distant from over.
Mr. Singh said the Indian medical fraternity has a benefit over their western mates because the exercise of medicine in the nation was intrinsically tuned to prescriptions based on hygiene and prevention of cross infections. Therefore, the minister said, in the trace of COVID-19, the Indian medical union was quick to re-orient itself to the new criteria of medical management, as said in the Personnel Ministry statement.
The prominent academic institutions of India owe the duty to re-emphasize certain elements of the medical curriculum because these are the institutions that actually celebrate the distinction of training the teachers for nearly 400 medical colleges all across the country. We may get rid of the coronavirus, but this may not be the last virus to encounter, the minister said.
In the past three decades, the disease expanse in India changed direction to non-communicable diseases and therefore, the medical teaching got concentrated more on metabolic and vascular disorders like diabetes mellitus, coronary heart diseases, etc, while the contagious diseases took a back chair with the beginning of improved anti-microbial drugs, Mr. Singh said.
The Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions also shared with media that there will be a change and modification in the curriculum of Indian Medical Studies. The alterations will be basically focused on the survey, management, and study of COVID 19 effects.
The institutions like AIIMS, New Delhi and PGI Chandigarh have constantly taken a lead, he said and yearned that new procedures for the new criteria in medical teaching and management will also arise from these institutes.
Mr. Singh said medicos from several western countries were deputed to India to do their practicum in tropical diseases because these diseases were barely prevalent there. Many of the western researchers come to India to do their study on diseases like tuberculosis, leprosy and sexually transmitted diseases, Mr. Singh, a prominent diabetologist, said.
The conference was attended by many eminent personalities from the medical field, including, Jagat Ram from PGI Chandigarh, Shakti Gupta from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, P Bhattacharya from North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong, A Shanta Singh from Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Manipur, A G Ahangar from (SKIMS), Srinagar and Nasib Chand Digra from GMC.
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