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Nearly 600 million people in India, mostly in the rural areas, have little or no access to health care. A widespread disregard for norms, a perpetual failure to reach targets, and an air of utter helplessness are what mark the state of rural health care today.

A few years ago, the Union Health Ministry drew flak when it put forth a proposal to train a new cadre of health professionals. The committee made certain laudable recommendations in connection with the public health system. Back then, however, nobody could have anticipated the country’s miserable failure in achieving most of the targets prescribed by the committee, even years after Independence. While a profit-driven, private health-care sector continued to denude the public health system of its qualified physicians, its medical education system kept losing touch with the actual health needs of the country.

LMPs cannot be called quacks if they be adequately trained in their field (primary care) and have a well-defined role in health care. The present MBBS curriculum includes a good amount of superfluous detail, including subjects such as forensic medicine, that is of little relevance to primary care physicians. Here, we should also note that even though nurse practitioners and pharmacist medical practitioners may be capable of serving the same functions as LMPs, they cannot be expected to make up a lasting pool of dedicated grass-rootlevel physicians.

Ancillary responsibilities can be taken off an MBBS doctor and their skills put to better use. Quality emergency and inpatient attention can be made available at the PHC-level. Today, less than a handful of PHCs provide inpatient care of significance. Concerns about the clinical and administrative incompetence of fresh MBBS graduates appointed as bonded medical officers can be put to rest.

LMPs could be allowed to take up a postgraduate course in primary care as an option to study further. Those with a postgraduate qualification could choose to move higher up in the public health system, establish their own practice, find positions in hospitals, or serve as faculty in medical colleges training LMPs.

Therefore, reviving LMPs can help address the dearth of trained primary care physicians in rural India. The logistical entailments of implementing this idea would require separate deliberation.

Vocab Dose

  1. Perpetual: never ending or changing. लगातार
    Synonyms: never-ending, eternal, permanent

    Antonyms: transitory, temporary
    These appear to be deep caves in perpetual darkness.
  2. Flak: strong criticism. आलोचना
    Synonyms: criticism, censure, disapproval

    Antonyms: approval, compliment, flattery
    You must be strong enough to take the flak if things go wrong.
  3. Laudable: deserving praise and commendation. प्रशंसनीय
    Synonyms: praise-worthy, commendable, admirable

    Antonyms: blameworthy, shameful
    Laudable though the aim might be, the results have been criticized.
  4. Miserable: wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable. दुखी
    Synonyms: unhappy, sad, depressed

    Antonyms: happy, contended
    Their happiness made Anne feel even more miserable. 
  5. Denude: strip (something) of its covering, possessions, or assets. उघाड़ना
    Synonyms: strip, divest, deprive

    Antonyms: cover
    Almost overnight the Arctic was denuded of animals. 
  6. Superfluous: unnecessary, especially through being more than enough. ज़रूरत से ज़्यादा
    Synonyms: surplus, redundant, unneeded

    Antonyms: necessary, essential
    The purchaser should avoid asking for superfluous information. 
  7. Incompetence: inability to do something successfully; ineptitude. अक्षमता
    Synonyms: inability, incapacity, ineptness
    Antonyms: competence, prowess

    There have been allegations of professional incompetence on him. 
  8. Dearth: a scarcity or lack of something. अकाल
    Synonyms: lack, scarcity, shortage

    Antonyms: surfeit, abundance
    There is a dearth of evidence. 
  9. Deliberation: long and careful consideration or discussion. विवेचना
    Synonyms: consideration, thought, thinking

    Antonyms: disregard, ignorance
    After much deliberation we arrived at a compromise. 

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