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Bihar: Lack of doctors hits healthcare services

PATNA: The Economic Survey document tabled within the state assembly on Monday stated that 57% posts of regular doctors and 77% posts of contractual doctors are lying vacant in govt hospitals within the state.

Of the 7,249 sanctioned posts of regular doctors, simplest 3,146 are currently stuffed. Similarly, of the 2314 sanctioned energy of contractual doctors, simplest 533 positions are stuffed.

According to the document, there was a fall in general bed occupancy charge within the health institutions around the state from 84% in 2015-2016 to 62% in 2017- 2018. The survey noticed that efficiency of government healthcare centres has dropped and participation of private facilities higher within the state.

The survey stated acute breathing an infection (ARI) used to be the main illness within the state in 2017-2018. Around 12.eight lakh people suffered from ARI all the way through this era principally due to air pollution.

On a positive observe, the survey discovered that the selection of patients visiting hospitals monthly higher from 9,871 in 2014 to 10,446 in 2017-18, an build up of 5.eight%. Between April-September 2018, the typical selection of patients visiting hospitals monthly used to be around 9,952.

“The upward push in footfall of patients in govt hospitals used to be the results of comprehensive health services with provision of loose drugs and high quality care,” the survey famous.

The state has 37 district hospitals, 70 referral hospitals, 55 sub-divisional hospitals, 533 PHCs, 9,949 sub-centres and 1,379 APHCs. Thus, there are about 99 health centres within the state in line with 10 lakh of population. To meet the challenge of infrastructural deficiency in healthcare facilities, the state govt has focused to upgrade 399 of 533 six-bed PHCs to thirty-bed neighborhood health centres (CHC), the survey stated.

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