ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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PUNJAB-Clergy to the Fore

nursing mothers. The method of controlling multidrug resistant falciparum malaria, it is pointed out, is not so much by introducing new drugs as by rational management of these cases, and better training of doctors and health workers. Disease control, it is clear, is back on the agenda and is on a priority list. Fifty years ago, a newly independent nation and a hopeful set of political leaders and a well-meaning medical community, acknowledging the lack of public health expertise in the country, may well have been forgiven for allowing themselves to be dictated to by international agencies. The situation is very different today there is the cumulative experience of public health experts in this country, the accumulated information from disease control programmes, however badly run, and sufficient expertise and ability to design disease control programmes better than any outside agency. Moreover, people's experience of diseases and their control programmes must be accorded a place in the planning of future programmes. In the circumstances, there is sufficient ground to demand that new public health programmes must be subject to public scrutiny and debate before they are implemented as national programmes. And with the strengthening of the panchayat raj set up, this is all the more necessary and also possible.

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