With large number of vacancies lying vacant in government hospitals in Jammu region alone the State government’s tall claims of providing quality health services to the people, especially to the mother and child looks to be a promise unkempt. The ground reality could be well gauged from the fact that large number of posts in Government Medical College and SMGS Hospital the region’s only maternity and paediatric hospital are still lying vacant. Worst is the underpaid health workers who play a critical role in maternal-neonatal-paediatric care cycle. There is a measure of insincerity and pretense in governmental reactions. The unassuming health workers are the first and, often, the last line of defence in rural healthcare. No less than PM Modi recognised their grassroots networking and message dissemination ability when he announced a hefty hike in the salaries of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers. Jammu and Kashmir needs to look no further than the PM’s home state. The National Capital Region, on the other hand, is in a different kind of health-inflicted throes. Corporate hospital chains, some of the best addresses for considerate healthcare, have been found neck-deep in practices which are not-healthy. The Delhi Government has cancelled the licence of a five-star hospital recently. The private hospitals do not really care for public opinion because the entire Indian elite flock to them for their ailments and government hospitals are indifferent to patient care. On the other hand, the private hospitals’ familiarity with the political and bureaucratic elite has helped insert them into the power centres. Only a summary booking of the top brass can send a more potent message than cancelling a licence which causes primarily inconvenience to patients.
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