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80% shortfall of medical specialists in villages: Government | India News



NEW DELHI: There is an 80% shortfall of specialists at community health centres (CHCs) in India. This includes surgeons, obstetricians and gynaecologists, physicians and paediatricians.
Community health centres are an important pillar of the primary health care infrastructure that serve as referral centres for primary health centres (PHCs). It has 30 in-door beds with one OT, X-ray, labour room and laboratory facilities.
As per minimum norms, a CHC is required to be manned by four medical specialists i.e. surgeon, physician, obstetrician/gynaecologist and paediatrician.
As on March 31, 2022, the Rural Health Statistics 2021-22 released by the government shows, there are 6,064 CHCs – 5,480 in rural areas and 584 in urban areas – functional in the country. Though the number of specialist doctors at CHCs have increased from 3,550 in 2005 to 4,485 in 2022, the document reveals, there remains a shortfall of 83% of surgeons, 74% of obstetricians and gynaecologists, 79% of physicians and 82% of paediatricians.
“Overall, there is a shortfall of 79.5% specialists at CHCs as compared to the requirement for existing CHCs,” it states.
The PHCs are the first contact point between the village community and the medical officer. According to the Rural Health Statistics 2021-22 report, manpower in PHC includes a medical officer supported by paramedical and other staff. In the case of PHC, for health assistants (male + female), the shortfall is 74.2%, the report says.
“For allopathic doctors at PHC, there is a shortfall of 3.1% of the total requirement at all India levels. This is again mainly due to a significant shortfall of doctors at PHCs in the States of Odisha (298), Chhattisgarh (279) and Karnataka (60). Apart from allopathic doctors, there are 8,473 Ayush doctors available at PHCs,” it adds.



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