ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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HEALTH-Market for Outdated Technology

of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPIO) in association with the Medical Council of India managed to get its proposal to 'educate' Indian doctors in high tech medicine accepted by the government. One aspect ofthe proposal, it may be recalled, was the import of medical equipment for medical institutions included in the 'continuing education' programme 'gifted' by institutions and individuals abroad. The scheme got off the ground some time back and several doctors of Indian origin (i e, NRIs) have disseminated their superior knowledge on a handful of super-specialities to Indian counterparts in selected medical colleges in a few metropolitan cities. Now comes the news that the first consignment of one million dollars worth of 'gifted' equipment had been awaiting clearance for some time due to customs formalities. Not surprisingly, the government has reported not only cleared the consignment, but has assured the philanthropic NRI doctors that future donations will be given a blanket clearance.

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