Mandatory Rural Service for Doctors ?...

Different opinions on contentious topics make not just for interesting debates but often help clarify the intricacies of the issue. Our community has no dearth of articulate voices making their points forcefully. In recent times , few topics have generated as much heat and dust as the call for mandatory rural service for doctors. In the first of our debate series ‘Contrast Studies’, we have two stalwarts from the field presenting their view. In support of the view, we have a Paediatrician and Public Health veteran and the contrary viewpoint is by a Paediatric Surgeon and bio ethicist. Presenting to you Antony Vs Antony- a study in Contrast (or is it?) Mandatory Rural Service for Doctors- a step in the right direction: Dr. K.R.Antony Is there an option for an Army officer to come back from a forward area while his infantry platoon is marching on saying that the terrain is rough and hazardous, weather is inclement and there are poisonous snakes under the bush? Perhaps, the answer is no. He is trained to face all that and stop at all costs the enemy invader. But imagine he argues that he has an option to pay up the “bond” and he decides to go for a seaside holiday at that critical period. Suppose the Army officer got his graduation from a Military college run by a private management, where he got his admission through a management quota seat paying Capitation fee; then he claims freedom to refuse. Ridiculous! Isn’t it? Unfortunately such a scenario in health sector does exist. Nobody can enforce a two year compulsory rural service bond. Whether country or society needs it or not is immaterial for the doctor who passes out and the passive government is a mute spectator to...

Gorukana

Situated about 170 kms from Bangalore in the idyllic hills of B.R.Hills, Gorukana is a community based one of a kind project of the Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra where all benefits go to the development of the people and the conservation of the Wildlife and Nature of BR Hills.VGKK was founded in 1981 by doctor and tribal activist, Dr. H. Sudarshan who is also a Magasaysay award winner. VGKK  was started by Dr. H. Sudarshan who is a Right Livelihood award winner in 1980 with a eight bed hosspital and a minor operation theatre for the Soliga tribals of B.R.Hills. Following which the organisation grew with multiple projects to ensure sustainable and holistic deveoplment of the tribals keeping their rights.  An associate organisation : The Karuna trust was started in 1987 which has pioneered and established successful models of Private Public partnership in the field of healthcare especially by managing PHCs across many states. Gorukana is a resort consisting of ten cottages, one tree house and one tent house all built out of locally available forest material so that it blends with the surrounding trees and nature. . There is a rainwater harvesting lake, apart from an organic farm. Also, vegetables and fruits from the organic farm and fresh milk from VGKK dairy farm are supplied. Wildlife Safari , trekking, visit to the podus(tribal hamlets) apart from a cultural programme by the locals are some of the activities that can be undertaken. The resort also encourages the concept of VOLUNTOURISM integrating volunteer activities and tourism by giving oppurtunities to Volunteer at the Hospital or School. Gorukana is a perfect example of how biodiversity conservation and employment to the locals can go hand in hand. The immense biodiversity of the vegetation found in BR Hills...

Teacher’s day- Circle of Love...

Teacher’s day- Circle of Love I saw something the other day, It made me stop in my sway. The door was open, I walked in Not realizing I would behold a vision. There was my senior professor, Bent over some old foot on the bed Carefully paring away a corn With love, with care.. i understood. For the old foot was my teacher’s teacher, Many moons ago, they were younger. None did realize that what one taught, N the other imbibed, Would complete the circle of love Would complete the cycle of life. I left quietly.. The scene was too sacred to disturb, I saw my intern, brow furrowed, Trying to master the skill, I had most zealously shared. And I wondered.. Many moons from now.. Would we complete the circle of love? Would we complete the cycle of...