Struggling With Lack of Doctors, India Faces Mounting COVID-19 Cases

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Struggling With Lack of Doctors, India Faces Mount
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country is about to reach three lakhs, the responsibility of handling them has come on the shoulders of doctors and health workers. But in a developing country like India, the structure of health services is very weak. The number of doctors in government hospitals is quite less, the expensive treatment in private hospitals is outside the capacity of the poor and lower-middle-class.

According to the World Health Organization, there should be one doctor on a population of one thousand, but on this scale, the health system of the country does not last anywhere. According to the report of the National Health Profile for the year 2018, there is only one government doctor on the population of more than 11,000 in the country. The situation in the states of North India is even worse.

One government doctor in Bihar has the responsibility of treating 28,391 people. On the other hand, 19,962 in Uttar Pradesh, 18,518 in Jharkhand, 17,192 in Madhya Pradesh, 16,992 in Maharashtra and 15,916 people in Chhattisgarh have just one doctor.

Union Minister of State for Health Ashwani Kumar Choubey informed Parliament that there is a shortage of six lakh doctors in the country. The situation is so bad that 15,700 primary health centers of the country are running with the help of only one doctor.

The Indian Journal of Public Health has said in a study that if India is to reach the World Health Organization's set standards, it will have to recruit 27 lakh doctors by 2030. However, its expectation is extremely low because India spends only 1.3% of its GDP on healthcare, the country spends a very small part of its GDP, while many other countries spend as high as 6% of their GDP to keep their healthcare system in shape.

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