Jaipur: All patients going to the SMS Medical College and its associated hospitals will have to disclose their religion at the time of registration, a move which authorities say is meant to create a database of population-specific diseases.
An order was issued by SMS Medical College principal Sudhir Bhandari on 12 July, asking associated hospitals to follow the system of filling a pre-OPD form in which patients have to write all their details, including religion.
SMS Hospital Superintendent D S Meena said information about religion, sex, age, area helps to prepare a database for medical research purposes and also helps to understand the disease prevalent in a specific area and population. The system has been introduced with the intention to create such a database, he said. Giving examples, he said that Vitamin D deficiency is more common in Muslim women and penile carcinoma is common among Hindus, so such information was important for medical research.