This column has appeared on 28th Dec. on Nirvaya www.nirvayanews.com in its MoKatha series of columns by me.
The column emphasizes on sea change taken place in healtcare service in towns. There was a day rural people may be very few times in life used to visit private doctors in towns when local public hospitals denied the service either for its inability or non availability of doctors.
Town healthcare was managed by few counted doctors those who even run their clinic ancestrally. This was a trend for law service and teaching service too. It was running in family blood. Villagers used to refer to a clinic by square name or by ancestral name. They used to go for healthcare when used to visit katchery for legal services. Urban people though bit often than villagers still they were frequenting their lane or bazaar doctors. Hardly, people either from rural or urban people used to move to medicine college hospitals for quality health services. The lane doctor used to be 'doctor-uncle' for all. Infact, such doctors took the role of village vidyas' to play in urban area.A kind of equilibrium in healtcare used to prevail for win-win for people didn't have enough money for hefty payments at the same time govt. was not in a position to care fast.
Thus bot. old rural as well as urban healthcare practices are found in-efficient. So, more the private parties now play a massive role in developing healthcare . The article while tracing out past prevailing town practices looks into possible changes towards indigenous healthcare medicines as well as tools.