Shimla, Jan 31
State Health services are ailing itself and seem to be in ( ICU) Intensive Care Unit as there is absymal shortage of recommended manpower, Union Government Economic Survey warns.
The ES -2020-21 tabled in parliament by Narendra Modi government highlighted that state have only 16 health workers per 10,000 population. The density of health workers in Himachal Pradesh is less than the minimum density recommended by the World Health Organisation .
” The 16 health workers comprise of ten nurses or midwives and six allopathic or ayush doctors, an inadequate “skill mix” due to the low density of doctors as compared to nurses” Survey mentions.
In Himachal Pradesh, besides doctors and nurses or midwives, the density of allied professionals is 9 per 10,000, the survey said.
Including Himachal there are 14 other states that have less than than the minimum recommended density of 23 health workers per 10,000 people Haryana and Punjab, and all states except Kerala have less than the adequate density of 44.5 per 10,000, the survey said.
In Kerala, there are 65 health workers per 10,000 people, including 23 nurses or midwives and 42 allopathic or ayush doctors.
The lower range of 23 health workers per 10,000 people has also been specified to achieve a minimum of 80 percent of births attended by skilled health professionals.
To achieve targets set under Sustainable Development Goals WHO has identified an adequate density of 44.5 health workers for 10,000 people moreover adequate skill-mix of health workers Incluiding doctors, nurses and midwives ratio were recommended.