||Even after half a century of independence, “not more than 20 percent of the population has any access to….. basic surgical services like life saving caesarian section, or a life saving repair of typhoid perforation…” (National Human Development Report 2001). This situation can be improved only if there is adequate number of rural surgeons in India whose surgery is affordable and available near the homes of the patients. Realising the vital role of rural surgeons in the nation’s health care, Dr. Gazeiry, MD., FRCS., the past Regional Director of W.H.O. East Mediterranean Region remarked that rural surgery be made into a speciality.
These Rural Surgeons are essentially true general surgeons who work under severe constraints.