NHRC asks MCI to introduce ‘Gerontology’ in medical colleges

The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday asked the Medical Council of India and Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to explore the possibility of introducing a new post-graduate level course in ‘Gerontology’ in medical colleges.

The directions were issued keeping in view the problems in old age and the need for providing dedicated facilities to senior citizens as required under Section 20 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, according to an NHRC statement released today.

The Commission observed that with the passage of time, the percentage of aged persons in the country is likely to go up considerably and to deal with their problems, it is necessary that the healthcare system in the country should be well equipped.

Accordingly, the Commission in its notice to the Secretaries, Medical Council of India and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sought their response within eight weeks.

Source: Zee news

Five new paramedical courses started in Goa medical college

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday launched five paramedical courses in the Goa medical college and announced plans to set up an independent institute for these courses in the near future. Parrikar said paramedical courses are the government’s positive step in providing job-oriented education to Goan youth.

Shri Parikar was speaking after inaugurating the allied health science courses, affiliated to Goa University such as bachelor of physiotherapy, bachelor of occupational therapy, bachelor of optometry, BSc in medical imaging technology and BSc in anesthesia technology at Goa medical college and hospital, Bambolim. BSc in anesthesia technology will have 20 seats while the rest four courses have 10 seats each.

Parrikar said that better job prospects await graduates of such courses both within the country and outside, offering equal or more pay package than doctors. Paramedical personnel are very important now as doctors need to handle machinery that requires repairs at regular intervals, he said

Parrikar said he has been monitoring various problems affecting the GMC and that these problems will be sorted out within three to four months, adding that the 4-MLD effluent treatment plant will take care of the water woes of GMC.

Source: Times of India