Introduction: A village doctor is a useful person in the village. He plays an important role in village life. In every village, there are village doctors. But most of them are not duly qualified. That does not matter much. He is competent to deal with the common diseases of the villagers.
His dispensary: The dispensary of a village doctor is not rich. There is of one or two almirahs with a small stock of medicine. He has a chair and a table for his own use and a bench for the patients. He has no compounder to help him. His popularity A village doctor is generally very popular with his patients. The reason for his popularity is that he takes a very small fee from his patients. Secondly, his chamber is used as a gossiping center. During an election, the chamber of the village doctor virtually becomes a sub-polling center.
His daily life: He starts working just early in the morning. The patients come to his house. He prescribes medicine for the waiting patients and he himself gives them medicine. After that, he goes out to visit the house where he is called. His fees are nominal. He generally does not take fees, from the poor patients.
His services: He takes a great care of his patients. Sometimes he keeps himself sitting for hours together by the side of his serious patient. His main object is to cure them. In serious cases, he advises his patients to call in a qualified doctor.
Changing time: Now young M. B. B. S doctors have also started going to work in the village. As a result, the business of the quack doctor is shrinking. Now the importance of the quack is gone by since many qualified doctors are now available in the village.
Conclusion: A village doctor is a friend of the villagers. He may not have a degree but villagers have faith in him and they depend on him. With all his shortcomings a village doctor is a useful person in the society. Necessary steps should be taken to impart proper training to them.