Govt trashes WHO report that 57% Indian doctors not qualified


The government today termed as "erroneous" a World Health Organisation (WHO) report which claimed that 57 per cent of allopathic doctors in India do not have medical qualification.
"The report is erroneous since MBBS is the minimum qualification for enrolment as registered medical practitioner in a state medical register to practice medicine, and hence all registered doctors have medical qualifications," Union Minister JP Nadda told the Lok Sabha in a written reply to a quesion.
He said Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 prohibits a person other than medical practitioner enrolled on a state medical register to practice in the state.
Since health is a state subject, the primary responsibility to deal with cases of quacks (fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill) lies with respective state governments, he said.
Keeping in view the above, the Central government has requested the chief ministers of all states to take appropriate action against quacks and evolve suitable policies to ensure availability of quality health workforce in rural areas, he said.
A WHO report released in 2016, had claimed that 31 per cent of those who claimed to be allopathic doctors in 2001 were educated only up to the secondary school level and 57 per cent did not have any medical qualification.
The study also highlighted that just 18.8 per cent of allopathic doctors in rural India had medical qualification. PTI
Nearly 1.71 crore stray dogs as per 2012 census: Govt
New Delhi, Jan 5: There are nearly 1.71 crore stray dogs in the country according to the 19th livestock census 2012, the government said today.
Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha said that while 25,10,169 stray dogs remained in urban areas, in rural parts of the country, the number was 1,46,28,180.
The total number of stray dogs including urban and rural areas is 1,71,38,349, Sharma said referring to the 19th Livestock Census Report-2012 by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture.
He said the National Rabies Control Programme is being implemented in Hisar and Gurgaon divisions of Haryana on pilot basis.
Animal Birth Control (ABC) surgeries and Anti Rabies (AR) vaccination are being done under the National Rabies Control Programme to control and prevent human deaths due to rabies, he added.
He said in the last three years, 74,520 ABC surgeries and 1,89,300 AR vaccinations have been done. PTI 

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