It is a common complaint of people that government health functionaries are struck with non-availability of medical staff.
In one of the study, it was indicated that 143 public facilities found absenteeism of 45% doctors from PHCs with 56% of time found to be closed with an unpredictable pattern of closure and absenteeism during regular hour visit.
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Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare figure of 2005 suggests a shortfall of 12% for sub centers (existing 146,026), 16% of Primary Health Centers (PHCs) (existing 23,236) and 50% Community Health Centers (CHCs) (existing 3346) then prescribed norms with 49.7%, 78% and 91.5% of sub centers, PHCs and CHCs located in government buildings and rest in non-government buildings respectively requiring a figure of 60,762, 2948 and 205 additional buildings for sub centers, PHCs and CHCs respectively.
Location of PHCs and CHCs a far of distance from rural areas procures a heavy daily loss of wages.
However in the present scenario Indian rural health care faces a crisis unmatched to any other social sector.
Nearly 86% of all the medical visit in India are made by ruralites with majority still travelling more than 100 km to avail health care facility of which 70-80% is born out of pocket landing them in poverty.
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Children are consigned to poverty and isolation—just like their parents—never knowing what the light of learning could mean in their lives.
At the same time, their governments struggle to compete in a rapidly evolving, global information economy, hobbled by a vast and increasingly urban underclass that cannot support itself, much less contribute to the commonweal, because it lacks the tools to do so.
Government succeeded in generating infrastructures in urban area but fail to do so in rural, sustaining 70% of Indian population.
Though existing infrastructural setup for providing health care in rural India is on a right track, yet the qualitative and quantitative availability of primary health care facilities is far less than the defined norms by the World Health Organization.
A survey report from Madhya Pradesh in 2007 states that out of 24,807 qualified doctors and 94,026 qualified paramedical staff mapped in the survey in the state, 18,757 (75.6%) and 67,793 (72.1%) were working in the private sector respectively highlighting the government failure to provide basic infrastructure to doctors and other health care workers in rural areas.