Daniel Schwartz David is currently undergoing his PG Diploma in Radio Diagnosis in CMC, Vellore. He started his career working in a leprosy mission hospital in Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu. Later he worked in a CSI diocesan mission hospital before joining department of public health, Government of Tamilnadu. He worked as a medical officer in a primary health centre and was later posted as block rapid response team medical officer, being in charge of Dengue outbreak. This post required him travel to the rural villages and thereby witness for the first time the harsh reality and the complexity of various problems in rural India associated with health. This convinced him to question the injustices meted out to the poor and marginalised in the villages at various levels and also the system. His team’s work in dengue outbreak management was recognized with the district collector’s Independence day award within a year. He was later selected for a training in obstetric anesthesia and worked as a trained anaesthetist for maternal care in the primary health centres of the district. He has also completed M.Med Family medicine from CMC, Vellore.
Breakout session – ‘Justice’ in Government health care system
The role of a Christian doctor in ensuring justice through the public health system of our country is one of the most underestimated roles in our Christian medical community.
This breakout session will discuss the scope and possibilities for a young Christian government doctor in ensuring justice in the health care delivery system through supervision and implementation of various schemes, utilization of the legal powers vested on a government public health official to fight injustice and discrimination affecting the lives of marginalized people like sanitation in villages and schools, drinking water supply, outbreak prevention and management and policy making at various levels from a PHC to a country.
We will also discuss the uniqueness of a Christian government doctor among the peers and colleagues, bringing transparency and integrity in administration, when to go under a tide, when to swim against it, how to initiate one and take others along with it. We will finish by discussing about picking up the correct battles, the limitations, the various injustices in the public health care system and how we would like to bring a change in it.