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Subject: [pha-ncc] UPA 'report to the people 2010' health section - one sided self praise, blind eye to real challenges [2 Attachments] Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 10:20:48 +0530 From: Abhay Shukla <abhayseema@...> To: pha-ncc yahoogroup <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The UPA government has recently released its 'Report to the people 2010' with various sections including health.
Taken from the executive summary available on the internet (attached), the points on health in the report appear to be as follows:
During 2009-10, more than 36000 village health & sanitation committees were set up, over 1300 facility-based Rogi Kalyan Samitis were formed, over 53000 accredited social health activists (ASHAs) were selected and trained, and more than 20000 doctors and paramedical personnel were added to the public health system. Over 4984 new health sub-centre buildings, 254 primary health centre (PHC) buildings and 102 community health centre(CHC) buildings were completed; 3246 sub-centre buildings, 732 PHC buildings, 264 CHC buildings and 28 district hospital buildings were upgraded or renovated.
All disease control programmes showed sustained improvement. There was reduction in mortality due to malaria, kala-azar and dengue, as well as reduction in the incidence of filarial infection. In respect of tuberculosis, a cure rate of 87% has been maintained, while the case detection rate has increased from 70% in 2007 to 72% in 2009.
A scheme for augmenting nursing personnel by setting up 269 new auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) and general nurse midwife (GNM) schools in backward and underserved districts of the country, at a cost of around Rs. 2000 crore, has been approved. This will create additional capacity of 16000 trained nurses annually.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, work orders have been issued for the medical college complex for six AIIMS-like institutions, taken up under the first phase.
A modified scheme for mainstreaming of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy has been sanctioned and is under implementation at a total cost of Rs. 675 crore. As part of this mainstreaming activity, 2368 doctors and 2184 AYUSH paramedic staff were appointed during 2009-10.
The H1N1 pandemic was managed effectively. More than one crore in-bound passengers were screened at international airports, new laboratories for testing H1N1 cases were established, the drug Oseltamivir was supplied to state governments free of cost, and vaccines were imported and supplied to state governments for vaccinating health workers.
The Central Research Institute, Kasuali, Pasteur Institute of India, Coonoor and BCG, Guindy have been enabled to resume production of vaccines.
Most importantly, these 'achievements' do not even skim below the surface in terms of the major health system changes that are required in India. If this is an objective 'report' then the continuing massive challenges in the health sector are not even mentioned in the executive summary (we should of course go through the full report).
I had tried to outline some such key areas requiring urgent and comprehensive action in a brief set of points, which were circulated to the group involved in the initial discussions about the Health section of the report. These fifteen points are also attached as an example of what persistently remains to be done and is hardly being addressed.
Heal yourself. Help to heal the world.
Change yourself. Help to change the world.