Assam’s on ground Health check

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Assam’s on ground Health check

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 23, 2018 18:38 hrs


A recent comparative report that the health minister had published on his much followed Twitter timeline, paints an optimistic outlook for the health sector in the region and the city. According to the report, neonatal, IMR, perinatal mortality rates and other indicators have all seen a declining trend and this is some positive news coming in from the sector.

However, I think that these figures lack an on ground assessment about how the health sector is actually faring. 

These are regular trends that would have decreased with the passage of time, largely because the network and access to healthcare and medication will only have grown after three years. The delivery systems put in place, the advancements in technology and the easier access to it all plays a crucial role in decreasing these numbers.

But then again, no one is discrediting the department and the doctors who work day in and day out.

However, what the ministry must assess are things that are ‘real time’ – how much does a person have to wait before being attended to? How ambulances are functioning for 24 hours? What is the bed and patient ratio in government and private hospitals? Guwahati is the hub for availing advanced healthcare in the entire northeast; are we ready to take in more patients? How can we make access to healthcare cheaper and more efficient?

These are some of the questions that need to be answered instead of just a Twitter post patting the government on its back.

However, there are some fantastic initiatives and projects coming in and around the city which makes us optimistic, and leaves us actually hoping for the best.

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