The writer is former Union Health Secretary, Government of India.
K. Sujatha Rao writes: Government must weigh all pros and cons, learn from experiences of other countries to ensure that a good policy does not die due to poor implementation.
Parents’ fears are legitimate, but children have suffered huge learning losses. It is the responsibility of the government to find the best and safest ways to reopen schools.
The convoluted policy is not ‘muddled’ but well thought through to deflect attention from Centre’s own mismanagement onto the states
It also makes economic sense as by centralising procurement and being the sole buyer, the central government gets the market power to obtain highly competitive rates and ensure robust quality in vaccines
The state must prioritise removing malnutrition, give uncompromising priority to improving primary health infrastructure
The need of the hour is winning this battle that has drained us economically, socially and psychologically. That said, the decision to roll out the vaccine is a good start. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
The excessive reliance on a battery of diagnostic tests is reflective of both commercial considerations as well as weak knowledge. Students spending lakhs to become doctors resort to unethical practices to recoup their investment and pollute the system.
It is time the political leadership adopted a zero-tolerance policy to laxity in healthcare.
Notwithstanding the divergent approaches of the BJP and the Congress to health system development, there is room for ensuring that the elected government adopts a balanced approach based on evidence and sets pathways that will help build, in the long term, a sustainable, equitable and affordable health system.
Enhancing healthcare access requires reducing supply gaps, not giving vouchers and increasing demand.
National Health Protection Scheme redefines the role of the state — a service provider to the financier. It won’t be easy.
Instead of cancelling hospital licences, bring in patient centric laws, institutional capacity to enforce them.
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