Published on: March 8, 2017

Even as the Mary Varghese Institute of Rehabilitation at CMC, Vellore, completes 50 years of service, providing treatment and rehabilitation to patients with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, amputations and cerebral palsy, physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) still remains neglected in India.

Recently, it took another doctor, one with 70% locomotor disability, to point out that despite nearly two decades since a directive of the Medical Council of India to the effect, there still weren’t any departments of PMR in a majority of the states, including Delhi.

In a petition filed before the chief commissioner of persons with disability, which comes under the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Satendra Singh, an associate professor of physiology at the University College of Medical Sciences and G.T.B. Hospital in Delhi, noted that despite several guidelines to the effect, “PMR departments are non-existent or scanty in medical colleges of many states”.

Read the report in The Wire: When It Comes to Rehabilitation Facilities, India’s Medical Community Remains Grossly Lacking.

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