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Rural Areas Being Deprived of Specialized Care

Many Community Health Centres (CHCs) in Mysuru district, especially in rural areas, have not had specialists for a while now. The district has nine CHCs but only three – in Bannuru, Jayanagar, Muguru –house specialists. CHCs in Talakadu, Saraguru, Bannuru, Saligrama, Thagaduru do not have specialists. Patients who come to these six are being referred to private hospitals or the State-run K.R. Hospital in Mysuru. The CHCs constitute the secondary level of healthcare and provide specialist care to patients referred from Primary Health Centres. A CHC must provide specialist care in medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery, paediatrics, dental, ayurveda, naturopathy, and homoeopathy among others.

B. Basavaraj, District Health Officer, told that efforts were on to appoint specialists to CHCs on contracts. Though specialists are offered a salary of ₹110,000 per month, there are not many takers to work here, he said. The DHO said that numerous walk-in interviews did not yield results. Owing to the shortage, specialised healthcare was not made available to people at the CHCs. He said that he was aware of the fact that hundreds of patients were visiting CHCs only to be sent to taluk or district hospitals. Since private hospitals offer handsome salaries to specialists, doctors may be reluctant to work in government hospitals, he said.

Better numbers
State Health Department sources said KPSC had selected hundreds of specialists who would be posted to CHCs soon. Infant mortality rate declined from 83 per 1000 live births in 1990 to 44 per 1000 live births in 2011 and maternal mortality ratio reduced from 570 per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 212 in 2007-2009. However, they added that both indicators remain high compare to other BRICS countries. – The Hindu