Mon, 13 Aug 2012 05:21:43 GMT | By IANS

Indian-American doctor offers healthcare solutions for India

Washington: A leading Indian American doctor has proposed four major projects to transform India's healthcare system with US expertise, but laments that New Delhi's response appears at best to be lukewarm.


Indian-American doctor offers healthcare solutions for India (© Reuters)

Navin Shah, former president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), met Indian Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Health Secretary V.M. Katoch in Washington in June to outline the projects that have the support of AAPI.

Azad responded enthusiastically to his proposals for a US-India physician exchange programme, infectious disease specialty course and training in India, emergency medical services and trauma centres and the US alumni groups' participation in improving medical education and health care in India.

"I would like to see the first generation like me improve my nation's condition," Shah told IANS. But his follow up communications to the health ministry have elicited no response to date.

Calling America the "Mecca of medicine", he said: "We want to make a change in the working culture and offer facilities in India so that the middle and the poor class benefit."

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