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The opinion of an expert is what members of every field crave for,and to then be regarded highly by the same is the dream.

Renowned American gynaecologist Dr Zurawin feels that the Indian medical industry has made great strides forward,but still needs to address a lot of issues to become truly world-class

The opinion of an expert is what members of every field crave for,and to then be regarded highly by the same is the dream. Recently,renowned gynaecologist Dr Robert K Zurawin visited the country,invited by the Indian Association of Gynaecologist Endoscopists for a series of lectures and surgeries. The doctor,who had stops at Chennai,Kolkata,Jaipur and Pune,said that the Indian and American medical systems were in many ways similar,but were completely different in other ways.

“I feel that the biggest challenge that the Indian medical field faces is that there are so many people in the country,” said Dr Zurawin. “While laparoscopy is still catching on in the country,from whatever examples we have seen so far,it is quite a popular form of surgery. However,there are not enough trained doctors in this field.”

Explaining that just being a graduate was not enough to be a gynaecologist,Dr Zurawin said that while the training centres in the country were excellent as were those who passed out of them ,there were not enough doctors for a country with such a vast population as ours. “The quality of teaching is high quality but the doctor per patients ratio is extremely low. Thus,the American medical associations and the Indian government are working together as partners and we shall train more and more doctors in the field of laparoscopy,” he said.

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On the board of trustees of the American Association of Gynaecologist Laparoscopists and the recipient of awards like ‘Best Doctor in Houston’ and ‘Best Doctor in America’,Dr Zurawin holds the strides made by the Indian medical associations in very high esteems indeed. “The Indian government has done much to achieve the basic level of healthcare. Unfortunately,due to lack of education,there is not a lot of balance between preventive care and the cost of actually curing the disease,” he said.

As for laparoscopy,he is a great advocate on this branch of surgery. “People want it,and the biggest factor in its advantage is that they heal faster,and there is a less chance of infection. As a result,patients are willing to shell out a slightly higher price for the surgery. And as it becomes more and more popular,the costs will come down,” he concluded.

First published on: 08-06-2011 at 02:18:11 am
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