April 01, 2009

Medico-legal clinics in govt hospitals?

The Karnataka State Legal Services Authority is looking into the need of initiating medico-legal clinics in government hospitals across the state.

Releasing the `People's Health Manifesto - 2009' on Tuesday, Justice Gopal Gowda heard presentation of case studies and testimonies of denial of health service to people.
AIDS victim and peer counsellor Vijaya said she was denied gynaecological treatment in Belgaum district; Savitha, a sex worker, complained of ill-treatment and lack of sensitivity among health professionals; a patient suffering from spinal injury said there's a need for specialists at public health centres (PHCs) and that procurement of disability certificate is difficult.

Health secretary M Madan Gopal agreed facilities at PHCs must improve. "We need one PHC for 30,000 people; now we have one PHC for every 14,000.''

According to a recent study by NGO Belaku on health services in Kanakapura, only 5 of 608 pregnant women interviewed had received free treatment.

Another study, conducted in 13 districts, showed shortage of emergency medicines like anti-rabies and anti-venom drugs in PHCs and district hospitals, and HIV-infected pregnant mothers being deprived medical care in government hospitals.

Link: Original Article

3 comments:

புருனோ Bruno said...

//a patient suffering from spinal injury said there's a need for specialists at public health centres (PHCs)//

Height of Stupidity

Do they want one spine surgeon at all PHCs

Then India Needs 30,000 spine surgeons

each doing only one surgery every 2 years

புருனோ Bruno said...

http://www.payanangal.in/2008/04/three-levels-of-care-phc-gh-mc.html

Prahalathan said...

It's stupidity of course, but those are the views of that person expressed in that document. I've no connection to that! :)

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