ON HEALTH

 The 9th All India Conference of DYFI expresses its serious concern at the deteriorating public health system in the country. In our country, even after 65 years of independence the public expenditure on health services continues to languish at around 1.2 percent of the GDP.

Over 70 percent of the total health care expenses are borne by the people themselves. As a result India is one of those country where out of pocket expenses on health care are highest. The vast majority of our people are faced with a challenge of all sorts of health problems. While malarias, hepatitis jaundice, dengue etc. are a common occurrence, the number of diabetic, cancer and AIDS patients is increasing and malnutrition and anemia needs no mention. In such a situation the poor people are forced to sell even their homes and land to save their lives.

As per the Govt. of India's parameters on every 5000 people there should be a public health sub centre, on every 30000 a PHCand on every 100000 a CHC. If we apply this yardstick in toaday's, then for a population of 1,21,01,93,422 there should be 12101 CHC's, 40339 PHC's and 242038 sub centers should be there. But there are only 4535 CHC's, 23673 PHC's and 147068 sub centres. How many of these are functioning properly is altogether a different question.

This situation has provided further space for unbridled expansion and loot for the private sector which often provides care of dubious quality at exorbitant rates.With the entry and consolidation of MNCs in the pharma sector, drug prices have also increased sharply. The govt. is reluctant to effectively control the prices of essential medicines.

This 9th All India Conference of DYFI demands that the government take urgent steps to ensure a comprehensive and universal of healthcare system by the public sector. This conference also demands that expenditure on health care should be increased to 5 percent of the GDP. As youth constitutes the majority of our population, 9th conference urges them to rise unitedly to fight against the deterioration of public health system.

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