Apart from shortage of beds, numerous vacancies lying vacant in hospitals

NEW DELHI: Delhi BJP vice-president and convenor of the party Election Campaign Committee Nand Kishore Garg has presented an RTI-based study to illustrate how health services in Delhi were in a shambles.

The public was understandably shocked and dismayed at the death of a healthy twelve year old child Peshala Hashani, from a Rubella vaccination, a routine preventive health measure. Naturally there was a public outcry demanding that an inquiry be held and those responsible be punished

The Health Care and Nutrition Ministry will formulate a disaster management scheme to protect the hospital system as part of the World Health Day program on April 7.

Health Care and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva disclosed this at the seminar held in connection with the forthcoming World Health Day celebrations recently.

The United Progressive Alliance government has lost a valuable opportunity to expand and improve healthcare access across the land and across all social sections during its five-year term. The Common Minimum Programme promised a public expenditure on health of between two and three per cent of the GDP.

Aarti Dhar

This health manifesto targeted at the political parties ahead of elections demands for effective measures to achieve the achieve the right to health, which includes the right not only to timely appropriate quality health care but also to the underlying socio economic and environmental determinants of health.

This bill drafted by the Health ministry recognises

The Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978 on Primary Health Care together with the slogan of Health for All by 2000 AD is considered one of the most significant public health initiatives of the 20th century. The 30th anniversary of the declaration provides an opportune time to revisit its history and arrive at some fresh perspectives.

A government which believes that medical education and healthcare are best provided by the private sector is deliberately starving government hospitals of funds. Until a clear plan to ensure health for all is in place and the poor demand medical care as a fundamental right, public health services will remain skewed and unjust.

It is possible today to voice a proposal to take the idea of primary health care, stated in the bold language of the Alma-Ata declaration 30 years ago, forward and work towards making it a reality.