Feather in the cap for quack doctors in West Bengal

A group of rural healthcare workers in West Bengal being trained via video conference. The non-profit Liver Foundation has trained about 3,000 such workers, and the nine-month programme covers subjects such as basic human physiology and anatomy as we
A group of rural healthcare workers in West Bengal being trained via video conference. The non-profit Liver Foundation has trained about 3,000 such workers, and the nine-month programme covers subjects such as basic human physiology and anatomy as well as emergency care.ST PHOTO: DEBARSHI DASGUPTA

To plug doctor shortage, Indian state trains health workers to provide basic medical care

They are routinely dismissed as quacks for providing a service in an area where healthcare professionals are absent.

Now, in a radical move, they are being trained to become rural healthcare providers in the Indian state of West Bengal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 02, 2018, with the headline 'Feather in the cap for quack doctors in West Bengal'. Print Edition | Subscribe