Team Blitz India
NEW DELHI: The Government plans to certify individuals who may not have the prescribed qualifications to be healthcare practitioners but bear knowledge gained from previous generations for certain treatments, such as for snake bites, jaundice, and bone-setting, two officials said.
“They have the expertise and experience, but they do not have any qualification or formal degrees and it stands in the way of their social acceptance,” the official said.
“The Government through its autonomous certification body, Quality Council of India, has a plan to certify these people who have required skills and competence for the profession that they are doing.”
The intent behind certifying traditional community health practitioners is to validate their practices and increase their income, the second official said. Both the officials declined to be identified.
India faces a shortage of physicians practising modern medicine, and counts on practitioners of alternative medicine to bridge the gap, particularly in remote areas.