Our health care sector-needs an overhaul


Mohammad Ashraf

With the passing of each day we do come across the incidents of loss of precious lives due to lack of proper medical facilities or due to the negligence by the medicos. In this era of science and technology where the medical science is taking strides in unexpected facets of life, but here we are still in tatters. The developed societies have touched new horizons of advancement in medical sciences – the complicated and tough surgeries are made with less risk factors globally. The world is making use of artificial intelligence in the advancement of medical sciences. The human resources are harnessed intensively. In developed economies the mortality rate is at its lowest ebb. The communicable diseases have been curbed to a great extent but ours is still causing out breakings frequently. The developed economies are spending a good chunk of the income on the health care sector but ours is contrary to this. The spurious drugs are supplied to the markets where poor populace is made to buy them. Thus the spurious drug mafia is bringing more miseries in the lives of these poor masses. Here the laboratory tests conducted on the samples show variations from one laboratory to another. The common poor people are fleeced by the private laboratories. On numerous occasions the poor man hesitates in undergoing test through a private laboratory because of the fear of exorbitant rates being charged there. Nevertheless we have an ailing healthcare sector in place. On each day we do witness huge rush of patients and attendants in out-patient department s (OPDs) heckling with medicos. No doubt the medicos in OPDs do shoulder a huge influx of patients, they do interact with un-told number of patients on each day. The doctors above all are humans , they are among us. On shouldering a huge burden of patients they do get exhausted-this makes them irritating and anxiety prone. Consequently they (medicos) do lack interest in their work and the poor patients bear the brunt. The problem can be solved by keeping the doctor – patient ratio in place in OPDS. Each doctor in OPD should suffice 20 to 25 patients on each day. More medicos should be pushed in OPDS in order to cater to the needs of huge influx of patients. The casualty halls must be adjacent to OPDS and they (casualty halls) must be spacious so as to suffice as many patients as possible.
The sub-district hospitals need up gradation where the population is in huge number. The recent incident at LD hospital shocked every sensitive soul. It also awoke our health care system from its deep slumber. The incident brought into limelight the poor infrastructure in district and sub district hospitals which are still dowdy and in shambles. Had these hospitals been equipped with desired and required man power and infrastructure many lives could have been saved. Ironically such incidents are taking place when there are so many schemes and sponsored programmes in place which do lay stress on the treatment of each ailing person irrespective of caste, colour, religion, gender etc. at the threshold of his or her house.
Taking cue from these incidents it’s high time for the concerned that the dearth of medicos in rural areas should be addressed. For this more and more medical colleges should be opened. The brain drain of doctors should be prevented. The doctors should be given handsome perks and incentives for working in rural areas. The medicos should be made to abide by the laws made for the prevention of brain drain. They must be made ethically bond of not to keep the poor and underprivileged in lurch because of chocking the healthcare facilities.
The government spends huge bucks in preparing a doctor hence it’s incumbent on him or her to render his or her services for the better health of the poor masses.
Apart from the aforementioned it’s also high time for the concerned to remove the evil of corruption in the healthcare system as it being the mother of all other evils. Exemplary punishment should be given to those who do indulge in this menace. The concept of demanding “chai” should totally be eradicated from the health care institutions. Those who are indulged in nexus of manufacturing or supplying spurious drugs should face the music.
In order to make our health care systems vibrant everyone from top to bottom should be made accountable before the law so that these may not become the unbridled horses.
(The writer is teacher by profession)