India lags in primary health, lacks specialists : iGovernment
New Delhi: About 50 per cent of sanctioned posts of specialists
at various community health centres (CHCs) throughout India are vacant,
which shows that the primary health still remains the lowest priority
of state governments including union territories, reveals an industry
According to the Associated Chamber of Commerce
and Industries (Assocham) Paper ‘Role of Health Insurance in Medical
Care in India’, 59.2 per cent of posts of surgeons, 46.4 per cent of
obstetricians and gynaecologists, 56.6 per cent of physicians and 51.9
per cent of pediatricians are vacant in the 4,500 CHCs in the country.
the paper, Assocham President Sajjan Jindal said that 2,525 CHCs should
have been added to current operational community health centres that
number around 5,000 by end of 2007-08 which did not happen at all,
speaks of utter apathy that state governments observed towards them.
CHCs are supposed to provide specialised medical care in the form of
facilities of surgeons, obstetricians and gynaecologists, physicians
and paediatricians throughout the country to promote rural health.
out of the sanctioned posts, a significant percentage of posts are
vacant at other levels. For instance, about 8.8 per cent of the
sanctioned posts of female health worker are vacant as compared to
about 32 per cent of the male health worker.
At primary health
centres (PHCs), about 13.8 per cent of the sanctioned posts of female
health assistant and 22.1 per cent of male health assistant are vacant.
the sub centre level, the extent of existing manpower can be assessed
from the fact that about five per cent of the sub centres were without
a female health worker, about 37.2 per cent sub centres were without a
male health worker and about 4.7 per cent sub centres were without both
female health worker as well as male health worker.
indicates a large shortfall in male health workers, resulting in poor
male participation in family welfare and other health programmes, the
Assocham paper said.
About 5.6 per cent of the PHCs were
without a doctor, about 40 per cent were without a lab technician and
about 17 per cent were without a pharmacist.
The chamber has,
therefore, recommended that states who manage these centres should
attach equal priority to their well being just as they take up issues
of creating infrastructure such as roads, ports and aviation.