Improve rural health care by training quacks: Amartya Sen


Addressing a public meeting, earlier today, Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen said that the health care system can be improved in rural areas by training of quacks. He also added that this is a way to help tackle the situation in those areas where there are no health centers or certified doctors.

“The healthcare infrastructure required in rural areas is non-existent. If the government feels that the existing infrastructure cannot be improved, then in that case, people whom we call quacks, if they are trained, then it can be beneficial,” Amartya Sen said on the sidelines of an event.

However, he asserted the need to train the quacks from a well-informed source than just namesake.

“However, it is essential that these quacks possess some kind of medical knowledge, and are given training before they can be allowed to render their services,” he added.

Earlier in November, the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal had announced training of quacks that are operating in rural areas acknowledging them as ‘village health workers’.

However, a notification issued on this regard, by the state family and health department, it was announced that a standard operating procedure (SOP) for these village health workers would be prepared in consultation with clinical pharmacologists, physicians, surgeons and administrators. Besides a clear delineation of the care that they can provide, the village health workers shall be prohibited from using the doctor prefix.