CM stresses need for changes in medical education

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Mumbai, Jul 11 (UNI) Stressing the need for changes in medical education in the state, Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today said the medical fraternity should think about the possible diseases in the next 25 years and how to tackle them.

Inaugurating a national seminar, organised by Maharashtra Health University here, Mr Deshmukh said the government would definitely consider all the recommendations for making basic changes in the medical education.

''The medical courses of two to three years should be made available so that these doctors would be able provide health services in rural areas,'' he observed.

The Chief Minister said the guidelines of having 25 acres of land for the medical colleges need to be changed.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of state for health Suresh Shetty said the state has the ratio of one doctor for 1200 people, while in USA the ratio is one doctor for 25 persons.

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