Value learning should be made an integral part of school curriculum

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Such a learning can help shape a child’s overall character

New Delhi, 28 April 2018: In an effort to create awareness about the importance of value learning and healthy living in school children, HCFI President, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal delivered an insightful talk to over 3000 children of Titiksha Public School, Rohini, this week. The idea behind the talk was that values should be integrated in various aspects of life as they go a long way in building a person’s character.

Schools can be the hotbed for change – healthy change. Habits inculcated at this tender age can shape children into better individuals, both in body and mind.

Speaking to the children, Dr KK Aggarwal, said, “Education without strong character is like a ship without a captain. Good education is successful only when it incorporates values which are indispensable for a holistic life. While qualifications and skills are essential for the success of an individual, without values he/she will become incomplete as a person. All children should dedicate one day for value learning. For instance, Monday should be observed as non-violence in words day; Tuesday as ‘sorry and confession’ day; Wednesday as a day of giving everyone non-materialistic gifts; Thursday as a day of creativity and innovations; Friday as the day for being with the nature; and Saturday as the day of offering help to everyone. Sunday is the only day of breaking some laws.”

In addition to this, he also spoke about the concept of natural fast food which is the best. Some examples include bananas, orange, dry fruits, and milk. These have no side effects but only help in keeping the system healthy.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the President of 25th MTNL Perfect Health Mela, said, “Schools are not just centers that impart formal education, but also influence the overall development of a child. To enjoy good health during adulthood, healthy lifestyle including hygiene habits must be inculcated during childhood. These will last all their lives. Moreover, children are naturally inquisitive and keen learners. So, they are both beneficiaries of any health-related activity and agents of change in their family.”

The 25th Perfect Health Mela to be held in October this year will see participation from various schools in Delhi/NCR. The concept of the Mela is unique in that it uses entertainment as a medium to educate people about health. This one-of-its-kind event is a must-attend as it will be of significance to schools stressing on value education and those who want to start focusing on the same.

Speaking on the occasion Ms Vimmi Jolly Principal of the school said that parents need to put additional efforts in increasing the values and ethics of the children.

MBBS doctor can admit patients under his/her self

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The provisions of Section 15 of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 deals with right of persons possessing qualifications in the schedules to be enrolled which is reproduced hereunder:

“(15) (1) Subject to the other provisions contained in this Act, the medical qualifications included in the Schedules shall be sufficient qualification for enrolment on any State Medical Register.

(2) Save as provided in section 25, no person other than a medical practitioner enrolled on a State Medical Register:-

shall hold office as physician or surgeon or any other office (by whatever designation called) in Government or in any institution maintained by a local or other authority;
shall practice medicine in any State;
shall be entitled to sign or authenticate a medical or fitness certificate or any other certificate required by any law to be signed or authenticated by a duly qualified medical practitioner:
shall be entitled to give evidence at any inquest or in any court of law as an expert under section 45 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 on any matter relating to medicine.
(3) Any person who acts in contravention of any provision of sub-section (2) shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both;”

Also, the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette & Ethics) Regulation, 2002 enumerates the duties and responsibilities ofPhysician in general. The provisions of Regulation 1 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette & Ethics) Regulations, 2002 are reproduced hereunder:

“B. Duties and responsibilities of the Physician in general:

1.1 Character of Physician (Doctors with qualification of MBBS or MBBS with post graduate degree/ diploma or with equivalent qualification in any medical discipline):

1.1.1 A physician shall uphold the dignity and honour of his profession.

1.1.2 The prime object of the medical profession is to render service to humanity; reward or financial gain is a subordinate consideration.Who- so-ever chooses his profession, assumes the obligation to conduct himself in accordance with its ideals. A physician should be an upright man,instructed in the art of healings. He shall keep himself pure in character and be diligent in caring for the sick; he should be modest, sober, patient, prompt in discharging his duty without anxiety; conducting himself with propriety in his profession and in all the actions of his life.

1.1.3 No person other than a doctor having qualification recognised by Medical Council of India and registered with Medical Council of India/State Medical Council (s) is allowed to practice Modern system of Medicine or Surgery. A person obtaining qualification in any other system of Medicine is not allowed to practice Modern system of Medicine in any form.

1.3: Maintenance of medical records:

1.3.1 Every physician shall maintain the medical records pertaining to his / her indoor patients for a period of 3 years from the date ofcommencement of the treatment in a standard proforma laid down by the Medical Council of India and attached as Appendix 3.

1.3.2. If any request is made for medical records either by the patients / authorised attendant or legal authorities involved, the same may be duly acknowledged and documents shall be issued within the period of 72 hours.

1.3.3 A Registered medical practitioner shall maintain a Register of Medical Certificates giving full details of certificates issued. When issuing a medical certificate he / she shall always enter the identification marks of the patient and keep a copy of the certificate. He / She shall not omit to record the signature and/or thumb mark, address and at least one identification mark of the patient on the medicalcertificates or report. The medical certificate shall be prepared as in Appendix 2.

1.3.4 Efforts shall be made to computerize medical records for quick retrieval.

Further, as per the Schedules of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 the qualification in MBBS is a recognized qualification and the person whoundertakes the MBBS qualification is entitled to be registered as registered medical practitioner practicing modern system of medicine as per theprovisions of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. Further, the provisions of Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette & Ethics) Regulations,2002 enumerates the code of ethics to be observed by physician who is a doctor with qualification of MBBS or MBBS with post graduate degree/ diploma or with equivalent qualification in any medical discipline. Thus, once a person has obtained a degree in MBBS and is registered under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, then he/she is entitled to practice the modern system of medicine.

Also, as per the provisions of Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 the registered medical practitioner has a right to sign, issue and authenticate medical or fitness certificate or other certificates to his/her patient.

Also, as per the provisions of Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 the physical is required to maintain the medical records of his/her indoor patients. The indoor patients are those patients who have been admitted by the physician for treatment.

Hence, a patient can be admitted under the physician who is a qualified MBBS doctor and who has been registered with the Indian Medical Council or any State Medical Council for treatment of the patient as admission of a patient is essential for treatment of the patient which is the paramountduty of the registered medical practitioner.

As per the provisions of Regulation 1.4.2 of Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette & Ethics) Regulation, 2002 the physician shall display as suffix to their names only recognized medical degrees or such certificates / diplomas and memberships / honours which confer professional knowledge or recognizes any exemplary qualifications / achievements. Thus, the MBBS cannot claim himself specialist.

Further, in the matter tilted as “Surinder Kumar (Laddi) versus Dr. Santosh Menon & Others, 2000 (III) CPJ 517(Punj. SCDRC), the Hon’ble Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission held that MBBS doctor having obtained degree from the University was competent to practice medicines, surgery and obstetrics. Caesarean operation is a part of surgery. It may be that the persons obtaining diploma like D.G.O may be more qualified to conduct Caesarean operation but it cannot be said that such persons who had obtained such trainingonly were eligible to conduct Caesarean operation. Further, doctor was qualified as well as eligible for conducting Caesarean operation,on the basis of her experience also.

Thus, the MBBS doctor can admit patients.

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

Vice President CMAAO

Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications

President Heart Care Foundation of India

Immediate Past National President IMA