With growing health consciousness among the people as a result of Western education, the medical profession has grown in status and the earnings of medical practitioners have gone up considerably. This is also due to the low proportion of doctors to the entire population of the district which is placed at one doctor for 24,761 persons. The number of doctors in the district rose from 23 in 1950 to 27 in 1956 and to 50 in 1961. However, people take advantage of the medical and public health facilities provided by the Government, the Zilla Parishad, and the municipalities and other social service organisations. The medical profession includes besides practitioners, compounders, nurses, midwives, etc.