Jammu: Shortage of 10 lakh MBBS doctors in the country is affecting health-care delivery system in rural areas, Union Health and Family Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said. "There are seven lakh doctors in the country against a requirement of 17 lakh, leaving a deficit of 10 lakh doctors. This is directly affecting the health-care delivery system in rural areas," he said. Azad was a public meeting at Kilhotran in Gandoh tehsil of Doda district. He said though the Centre was providing adequate funds for construction of hospitals, there was shortage of MBBS doctors.
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