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India to Spend Two Percent of GDP on Health: Ahluwalia

by Medindia Content Team on  October 24, 2007 at 8:14 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
India to Spend Two Percent of GDP on Health: Ahluwalia
Underlining the sorry state of healthcare facilities in rural India, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia Tuesday said the country would spend two percent of its GDP on health in the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12).
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"Currently we (central and state governments) are spending one percent of our GDP on health sector and by the end of the 11th five year plan, say 2011-12, we will spend two percent of it," Ahluwalia said.

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Speaking at the 35th convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, he said: "There is a serious need for the expansion of healthcare facilities in rural areas and here the role of public (government) expenditure is essential. The government has decided to roll out double the fund for the purpose."

Ahluwalia said India has achieved "undoubted improvement" in the health sector but it still needed a lot of attention.

"In 1956, the life expectancy in India was only 37 years and now it's 66 years. We have eradicated diseases like smallpox but a majority of our people in rural India continue to suffer due to lack of medical facilities," he said.

"At least 60 percent of our pregnant women and 80 percent of kids in the 6-18 month category are anaemic. Our infant mortality rate is 58 per 1,000 births. This number is 36 in Indonesia and 32 in China.

"Our maternal mortality ratio is 301 (per 100,000 pregnant women) as against 130 in Vietnam and 56 in China. Still over 50 percent of our pregnant women deliver babies without attendance of health experts," the deputy chairman said.

He said that primary healthcare centres were in bad shape, district hospitals lacked infrastructure as well as health personnel.

The government is analysing a couple of schemes like possibility of public-private partnership to boost the health sector and "the prime minister has already mentioned a proposed health insurance scheme for people below the poverty line", Ahluwalia said.

He said that all stakeholders of the country should join hands to make it a world power.

"Our GDP growth is good and in the next 25 years we are going to be the third economic power of the world, after the US and China. In achieving this feat, our health sector needs to be strengthened," Ahluwalia added.

After much delay, 749 doctors and nurses of AIIMS were awarded degrees Tuesday. They had been waiting to get the degrees for over two years as Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss had not signed them.

The problem was solved after some students moved the Delhi High Court, which directed Ramadoss to sign the degree certificates last month.

Source: IANS
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IT HAPPENS ONLY IN INDIA .
Dear Mr Ahluwalia ,
The lines below are important as you were attending the function related to them .

After much delay, 749 doctors and nurses of AIIMS were awarded degrees Tuesday. They had been waiting to get the degrees for over two years as Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss had not signed them.

The problem was solved after some students moved the Delhi High Court, which directed Ramadoss to sign the degree certificates last month.

2 % of GDP for health is so contradictory to the age old proverb health is wealth . I feel health is much more than wealth .A healthy country is a good country .Your GDP expendiuture on SEZ infrastructure , Concessions to Mega industrial houses , Political expenses , security of your politicians and many more factors here can be labelled . Sir please visit the government hospitals in any city and tyou will realise that some rural hospitals are better managed .The reason is Human factor that goes in not only infra structure. You pump in money and it goes into the drain due to irresponsible work force or ends up in the highly efficient network of corruption 10 times more foolproof than our CBI, RAW, CAG etc etc ... .The health minister had no time to sign the certificates of the medical professionals so what about his lineage down the ladder ..... It happens only in India .People can be easily be fooled by Politicians and Government officers who pose as representatives of the political agenda rather thab public servants .

Sir please see that hard earned tax money is really used to make this country healthy by givng us a true audit of health and health expenditure every year or else you would be also a politician in the guise of an economist.

natureman Saturday, August 15, 2009

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