I hugely admire doctors.They are the ones who can save lives.They may not be able to bring a dead one alive, but in many cases, they can stop one from dying.They can make life worth living by taking care of diseases, discomforts and disabilities. Brain, heart, eyes, ears, throat, knees, lungs, stomach, liver, kidney – there is nothing they cannot fix. With their skills improving and better technology at their command, they are able to save more and more lives with each passing day. While other sections of the society have useful roles to play, the contribution of doctors is unparalleled. I put them next to God. God gives life,but doctors keep it disease-free and ensure that it is not snuffed out prematurely.
I feel disappointed when I read newspaper reports that the number of children wanting to be doctors is stagnating over the years. There is a significant jump every year in the number of those opting to be engineers, MBAs and Civil Servants, but alas, the situation is different when it comes to medical profession.
One reason cited for this trend is that medical studies and profession demand very hard work at least during the initial years.The gestation period is long.The returns are not proportionate. This is dissuading many from becoming doctors.
I think, the biggest factor is that we have not been able to give doctors the respect they deserve.We have not been able to create a halo around this noble profession. If you ask people to name five top politicians, bureaucrats, industrialists or sportspersons, they will be able to do.But if you ask them to name five top doctors, they will give up.
Ours is a vast country with a huge population.We badly need a steady supply of competent and dedicated doctors to keep the population in good health. If we can’t give them more money, at least, let us give them more respect.