At 154 among 195, #Health is just a word for India

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पाठ्यक्रम का दशक, परीक्षायें वृशक;

प्रेमाभिलाषी, रक्षक, मैं एक चिकित्सक ||

                                         -doc2poet

                  I am writing this post for the first ever chatter prompt: Health and this is going to be about the health system as a whole rather than just being about an individual. I hope its fine.

              The doctors  often  end up at the receiving end of public’s fury or govt’s  vote wooing  policies or media’s one sided stories but what’s their side of the story? It is still only some mysterious speculation. The truth is that our healthcare system is as ruthless and unforgiving for the doctors as it is for the patients. Politicians and bureaucrats take up all the breathing space in the system and doctors remain crammed up in the corners. It takes their heart and soul to become a doctor over nearly ten grilling years of otherwise enjoyable youth to come face to face to their dreams  But only a few of these dreams can survive in the real world.

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               The story starts with a young, energetic and ever hopeful medial aspirant who stumbles down the rabbit hole and wonders where he landed. Of the nearly 6 lakh aspirants entering the maze each year only a handful reach the treasure chest of super specialization (DM/Mch) only to realize that the treasure chest is empty and it has to be filled with even more hard work over the rest of their life. Nearly 10 years of study and nowhere to go.  Most of the few jobs offered in government sector are contractual only and does not allow private practice along with many other unnecessary limitations. Stringent rules for small clinics and huge capital and time required to get settled is not everyone’s cup of tea.  The private sector is rapidly going corporate ways with little scope for autonomy and more work per penny. The doctors are just trapped in a mess and only easy way out opens beyond the borders. It doesn’t mean doctors don’t earn enough but that there are very few options and leaving so much to chance after so much of hard work is demoralizing. Some leave for further studies, some for jobs and some just to get away but ultimately all are chasing their dreams only. It is ironical how India is promoting medical tourism and the doctors are leaving the country.

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              Doctors are being used as mere pawns for political gains. Poor planning and absurd interference in public health system by non medico administrators and illiterate politicians without consulting the experts is doing more harm than help. Already, nearly 75 per cent of India’s population is treated by quacks and such measures will only widen the rural-urban divide discriminating against rural folk, who are taken for second-grade citizens deserving medical care by a brigade of ‘qualified quacks’.

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  1. Compulsory rural posting is just one such example. Yes it is a noble cause but the doctor has earned his right to make his own choice after all the time and hard work.
  2. Promoting state- acknowledged quackery by adding more cadre of workers who are neither here nor there:
    • Shortened medical course at the graduate level to serve the rural areas.
    • Bridge courses for nurses and alternative medicine professionals.
    • Recognizing quacks and their practices.
    • Gujarat is even letting school kids to act as doctors under school health schemes
  3. Negative media image for TRPs: Yes they go on a strike but not with the intention of killing someone but to fight for their own right to work in a safe and secure environment.
  4. Replacing MCI with pro-private sector National medical commission.
  5. Victimizing public health sector and sensationalizing private sector with freebees, IMG-20180103-WA0021i.e. poorly conceptualized mohalla clinics, polyclinics by Delhi government looting taxpayer’s money for short term political gains. (Public sector can be strengthened with a fraction of money being wasted)

        Doctors are also humans but their superhuman hard work should not be overlooked. There are good and bad people in each and every profession and things need not be generalized for everyone. Please take a moment and try to understand what a person goes through to become a doctor and you will know what he deserves…

What needs to be done?

           The two basic problems are: less doctors (The doctor-patient ratio in India is 1:1,700. The World Health Organization’s recommended criterion is 1:300.) And poor logistics (everybody knows). So,

  1. The need is to start more medical colleges. The country has nearly 300 colleges, of which 190 are in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Uttar Pradesh, with a population of 19 crores, has only about 16 colleges. Bihar, with a population of nine crores, has eight. If the State governments open medical colleges in all the districts, we can have nearly 600 medical colleges, rolling out nearly 75,000 MBBS graduates a year.
  2. Strengthening the infrastructure and facilities with incentives so that the doctors don’t shy away from rural areas.

Among all the negativity, a smile and a simple thank you is all that we seek:

धड़कानों  की  धुन  पर  गुनगुनाती,  फिर  कोई  ज़िंदगी,

 ख़ुशियों  में  डूबे  कोई  दिल, जो  था  कभी  ग़मज़दा ;

रूखे  से  लब,  थिरकते  फिर  ख़ुशी  से  मिलकर ,

जब रोमरोम  हो   स्वस्थ  और   मर्ज़  ले  विदा ;

 भावुक  मन,  नम  आँखें , करती  हों  जैसे  इलतज़ा,

और  मुस्काती –काँपती  आवाज़,  करती  शुक्रिया  अदा ;

है भाव  विभोर  ये  तन  और  मन,

जैसे आ मिला हो स्वयँ ख़ुदा, ये  रूह  जैसे  आबिदा…

                                                            -doc2poet

This post for the first ever chatter prompt: Health.

https://www.theblogchatter.com/chatter-prompts-health/

I would love to hear what you have to say on this topic. See ya:-)

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Gift a book this Christmas

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It’s the time of the year to get cozy in your fluffy blankets near simmering fireplaces with a cup of ginger tea in one hand and your favorite book in the other. I am not a psychic but I am sure this is how you would want your holidays to be. Yes, Christmas is round the corner and festivities are about to begin. With the temperatures dropping below usual and winter break on the calendar, isn’t it the best time for book-nerds and bloggers to grab a book and sink in?

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Why not just do it? And let’s rope others in too. Here’s the deal:Let’s gift a book to your loved ones this Christmas and spread some love. Well, I am promoting my own book but let’s not get selfish here and try n do something for the greater good (thumbs up if you caught the harry potter reference).

A book is a gift you can open again and again.

So, here I am calling all book-nerds to gift a book this season to your loved ones, family, friends, colleagues, and even your boss. I personally think that this loved one may be you yourself. Why not gift a book to yourself? I have been doing that for long and I always love my choice. It’s a win-win.

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Something about my book man मन मन्थन: It is a perfect gift for all ages. You may share your own feelings with just a reference to a poem in the book. Why not put a book mark or a personalized note on the page you want him/her to read and voila. Be it romance, life, motivation, spirituality, feminism, festive mood, or even haiku, you just name it and you have it here. I am sure you will find something to connect with you.

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Here’s what eminent bloggers think about मन मन्थन Pawan Kr Sharma, Prateek Mathur and Alubujia.com.

 

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मन मन्थन is available as paperback and eBook on all major online shopping platforms and it is even available overseas in USA, UK, France, Italy and Germany (If any of your friend lives there). Just follow this link and get it gift wrapped.

 

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I may be your Santa this Christmas too. You just have to enter my giveaway on goodreads or on my blog.

Don’t forget to share your feedback here. 🙂

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Review : Man Manthan by Dr. Amit Prakash

Here’s a review of my Anthology by Pawan kumar Sharma. He loved it and I am sure you will love it too. Please read and share the love. 🙂

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The poems by Mr. Amit Prakash are very heartfelt and you can always relate with them somewhere or the other. They are not only lucid and rhythmic but also has a  deep sense of beauty and feelings. Just like a rainbow has many colors in it, the poems of Amit covers many facets of life, be it Softness, Sprituality, Search, Haiku, Eco or Patience.

Your lines in the poem ‘Aabhar’ for Parents is very touching and true…” Yu to yeh raah aasaan n thi, per chulu aashman..me ish hod me tha, lagne n paya paw me kanta per koi, kyonki me to aapki gaud me tha”. A Maa nurtures and nourishes us is so many ways, she takes all the pains so that we always feel comfortable. A very beautiful and heart touching expression by you…

Diwani  bas eek majno tha, yeh hamme n batlaiye

Uski eek lela thi, toh…

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Book giveaway #BlogchatterProjects

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Hello everyone!

Welcome aboard the #BlogchatterProjects. I have barely been pulled into this wagon at the last moment (ya, much like the DDLJ climax) and here I am with my stuff on the menu. People have come up with such awesome projects on social and informative topics but mine is a bit old-school.

I have compiled a poetic bouquet of all the verses and poems that have been hovering in 15cover817EfrontRound1my mind (and spilling onto my blog from time to time) and have managed to get it published. “मन मन्थन: एक काव्य संग्रह” It is not just my brainchild; ‘coz you can feel my heart and soul too in this one. So it is much more than that. I am here to take my book to the eyes and ears it deserves. It may not be a huge success yet but for me it is nothing short of that. To be able to come up with it and getting it published is already a success story for me.

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I am sure my book will be a perfect companion with your warm cozy blanket, hot cup of tea to dive into a poetic bliss.

With #blogchatter projects I wish to reach as many people as I can. So, here I am to start off this project and the festive December with lots of giveaways and guess what… there are no conditions.

If you feel you would love to read my book, want to give it a try, not sure, want to gift it to someone, want someone to read it, know someone who’ll love it….You just have to ask for it.

Yes, you get that right, if you want this book, I’ll send it to you.

And there is not just one but two ways to get a hand on it for FREE.

  1. Amazon vouchers: I’ll send you the voucher and you buy it yourself online. There are 10 such vouchers and 5 persons I am lucky to have come across have already been selected.
    1. Prateek Mathur
    2. Purba Chakraborty
    3. Jyotsana
    4. Alubhujia
    5. Rupam Sharma

So, you’ve got only 5 spots left. Hurry up!!!

  1. Goodreads Giveaway: I am also running a Goodreads giveaway which is open right now. So, just follow the link and submit your request. I’ll send a brand new autographed copy to your doorstep.

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You have 5 spots left…

Of the 15 spots, 10 are still open for grab. Hurry up, get your tea and I’ll send the book 🙂

And there are no conditions at all. The celebrations have begun. And if you like it, don’t hesitate to spread the word. You may reach out to me on facebook, twitter, instagram, email, comment here or submit your reviews/ratings on amazon. Don’t forget to tag me 🙂

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Childhood days…

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Great to have earned second position for this poem on writer’s Ezine

If I could, I would always remain a child. I am trying my best but this world stretches you to adulthood…But I want to be a child only 🙂

I miss those days,
The childhood ways,
The friendly mud fights,
Grandma’s story nights,
Crayon sunshine,
Falling in line,
Morning prayers,
Messy hairs,
Heavy school bags,
Mealtime nags,
Holidays homework,
Playtime berserk,
Weeklong festivals,
HolI, Diwali, carnivals,
Marks, P.T.M. and result,
Maths,physics difficult,
Birthdays and wishes,
Birds and fishes,
Republic day parades,
Army-cut and braids,
Carefree skies,
Cakes n pies,
Pocket money, piggy banks,
Mischief’s and funny pranks,
Being obnoxious and freak,
Late night hide and seek,
Trump cards, video games,
Tic tac toe and flames,
Doing whatever you can,
Mowgli and superman,
Flying Kites in the sun,
Never running out of fun,
Playing in the rain,
Ice-cream and freeze brain,
ghosts under the bed,
Things mom said,
Ravan, crackers and colour,
Sweet memories in the blur,
I can feel a void,
Enlarging ellipsoid,
All those things I can’t do,
Ever elusive, playing peek a boo,
Wish I could be a child again,
Shedding all the worries and pain,
But not all wishes ever come true,
Have to leave old self to emerge new,
Relive those days with your kids,
Let them do what you never did,
May their childhood be more wonderful than ever,
‘Coz all these memories shall live forever,
Shall live forever…
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Go to the writer’s Ezine page here:

http://www.writersezine.com/p/childrens-day-contest.html