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President calls for public private partnership in healthcare

President calls for public private partnership in healthcare

Hyderabad: President Pranab Mukherjee called for public private partnership to overcome deficiencies in healthcare infrastructure in the country.

Expressing concern over the deficiencies in the healthcare infrastructure, he said the only long-lasting solution was to create cooperative structures comprising the government and private stake holders as well as civil society.

He noted that there is a phenomenal shortage of about 2.4 million nurses with their numbers decreased from about 1.65 million in 2009 to about 1.56 million in 2015.

“This indicated a worrisome trend. At the same time, our infrastructure also comprises of just 1.53 lakh sub-centres, 85,000 PHCs (Primary Helath Centres) and about 5,000 Community Health Centres in a nation of 130 crore people living in more than 5,000 towns and 6.4 lakh villages,” he said.

“It is essential to look for models wherein all stakeholders participate rather than the government alone,” he added.

The President praised the leading role played by the Mahila Dakshata Samiti in women’s empowerment, recalling the contributions of the Samiti’s founding members such as Suman Krishankant, Pramila Dandavate and Mridula Sinha, now the Governor of Goa.

“Real empowerment of women would be possible only through education, encouragement of economic self-dependence and provision of opportunities enabling the unfolding of one’s full potential.

“It is unfortunate that today when average overall literacy in India was 74 per cent, women’s literacy is less than 65 per cent,” Mukherjee said.

“A society which does not empower its women will end up as a loser. Renewed efforts in this direction are needed,” he added.

Source: IANS
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  1. Dear Mr President
    Please ensure safety of physicians and medical staff
    Assaults are increasing
    Respect for profession is decreasing
    At this rate we will be running short af all health care workers in future as younger generation will not opt for medicine as a career

  2. Idea is good but will it be implied I doubt very much.

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    Dr. Damyanti Agrawal December 27, 2016, 1:20 pm

    Agreed 100% rather 200%

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    Dr.T.Vijendra Rao, Ortho.Surgeon December 27, 2016, 8:55 am

    The Message Our Beloved reflects the real concern on the most sensitive issue of our Health Care of our Communities at large.