This year India's Health care has been in constant limelight nationally as well as internationally. The effectiveness of the healthcare system in India came to focus after the Tsunami took place in Chennai. This calamity rocked the City leaving thousands homeless, many orphaned and a rising risk of water born diseases. The Chennai government worked quickly and effectively with the people providing immediate medical care, food water and shelter.
However, the more current misfortunes such as the Floods of Bombay, deaths of 50 people in West Bengal due to Dengue and Suspected Japanese Encephalitis. Besides this the atrociously high infant mortality rates, maternal mortality rates haven't helped in putting India in a good position for the latest human development report of the United Nations.
This has finally awakened the Indian governments, who have realized that a lot more has to be done to improve the health care system in India. The Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh called for a Chief Ministers meeting, to evolve state wise strategies to help develop the health situation in the country. In his press conference he stated that, it was vital to look at the healthcare problems not as a whole, but treat each state's healthcare problems individually to improve the overall countries healthcare system.
In the meeting held with the health care Minister Ambunoni Ramdoss , the Prime Minister announced that their would be a review on the health care strategies in the country, especially with reference to the National Rural Health Mission. The Prime Minister strongly expressed that the need to check on the spread of several silent disease that have been pollinating into the Indian population.
With WHO's constant warnings on the spread of HIV , Japaneses Encephalitis, dengue and the silent entree of the bird Flu into the Indian soil this seems like an extremely positive step by the government, for the people.