Mumbai: The fourth episode of Aamir Khan’s ‘Satyamev Jayate’ threw light on the frail health care system that is prevalent in the country. The episode saw a family sharing the tragic loss of life of one of their family members to forcible surgery conducted without their consent.
The show also shed light on a number of other such medical cases where patients suffering from minor ailments were recommended to undergo surgeries on the pretext of extracting more money from them.
To understand what the Medical Council of India (MCI), a statutory body regulating medical colleges, affiliation, new colleges, and doctors’ registration is doing to tackle such frauds, Aamir spoke to Dr KK Talwar, the Board of Governors.
Aamir proved better than the nasty Karan Thapar while interviewing Dr KK Talwar, and looked more like an interrogator questioning the accused who was liable to answer to not one but many who sought answers.
Dr KK Talwar fell short of words and could only commit to Aamir and the people of India to take stringent actions against doctors who have turned corrupt and whose main intention is to mint money.
Aamir read out the statistics of the percentage of doctors in England whose license were permanently cancelled in the past 3 years. But according to the RTI filed by Aamir and his team, not even a single doctor’s licence has been cancelled in the recent past – which goes to show that corrupt doctors are left scot free.
Aamir also spoke to retired Major General Jhingon who was in charge of inspection at the MCI, and had resigned from his post as he was completely disillusioned by the way the body was functioning. He was shocked to see, “Everything was meant in terms of paisa, paisa, paisa.”
The show also gave an insight into the traumatic condition of women in Andhra Pradesh who were forced to undergo uterus operations for no specific reason.
Aamir, with the help of Dr. Shamit Sharma from Rajasthan, enlightened viewers by informing them about generic medicines that are available at affordable cost and are in no way inferior to the branded medicines produced by celebrated pharmaceutical companies.
The show also spoke about Dr. Devi Shetty and his noble scheme that allows poor people to get medical treatment at affordable rates.
Veteran Dr. Gulati also urged the government to prioritise health schemes so that even the poor could lead a healthy life.