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90% of `doctors` in slums have no formal deg: Survey

New Delhi, May 12: The poor in the urban areas seem to be facing a health risk with a new survey done in two slum clusters here claiming that over 90 per cent of "doctors" offering medical services have no formal degree. The study, conducted by department of community medicine at AIIMS in collaboration with the university of Aarhus in Denmark, also said that not a single "doctor" surveyed in a slum cluster in Orissa's Bhubaneswar had requisite qualification for offering medical services. Without divulging the locations, the survey claimed that out of the 27 private practitioners covered under the three-year study, only four possessed a formal degree to practice while others dispensed allopathic medicines. "These practitioners have active associations and networks with diagnostic facilities. The majority are "trained" outside Delhi and certificates indicating 'registered medical practitioner' are displayed," Chandrakant S Pandav, head of centre for community medicine, said quoting from the report. According to the study -- health system reform and ethics: private practitioners in poor urban neighbourhood in India, Thailand and Indonesia -- 92 per cent of 207 households surveyed in Delhi cited that they preferred a doctor in the slum cluster as their first preference for treatment. During the two-year field study, the survey said, only in two cases the family took patients to a government dispensary located around four kilometres from the settlement. The situation seemed to be worse in Bhubhaneswar with the study claiming that main providers of primary health care in the settlement were drug vendors and chemists, who often engaged in diagnosis.
Source: Zee News