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RURAL HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT RELEASED

RURAL HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT RELEASED

Context

Recently, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released the Rural Health Statistics Report.

Details

  • As indicated by the report, there is an overall shortage of 76.1% specialist doctors at the Community Health Centres.
  • There is a lack of 79% of surgeons, 70% of obstetricians and gynecologists, and 78% of physicians and pediatricians.
  • Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are short of almost 1,000 specialists each; West Bengal requires 380 specialists.
  • Until 31 March 2020, there were 38,595 functional health and wellness centres in rural India.
  • There are a total of 1,43,538 and 2,87,025 beds available at the level of sub-divisional hospitals and district hospitals, respectively.
  • The number of doctors required in Primary Health Centres in a rural area is 24,918. And around 8,638 positions are vacant.
  • The shortfall of doctors in PHCs is the highest in Odisha, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh,  and Karnataka.

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