Bhubaneswar: A lone physician caters to 1,943 individuals in Odisha as per the State’s current population-doctor ratio, the State authorities knowledgeable the Meeting on Monday.
Considerably, the ratio stands far beneath the World Well being Organisation (WHO) requirements. As per the WHO norms, there ought to be one physician for each 1,000 inhabitants. That is additionally far beneath the nationwide common of 1 physician for each 1161 individuals.
Replying to a query raised by the BJD MLA from Khandapada, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Well being Minister Naba Kishore Das mentioned as per the data obtainable within the State’s well being portal, there are presently 22,521 docs in Odisha whereas the State’s inhabitants stands at 4,37,00,077. This brings the physician and inhabitants ratio to 1:1943.
Nevertheless, the pan India doctor-population ratio stands at 1:1161 which could be very much less compared to the regional degree, added the Minister.
Equally, the doctor-population ratio in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh stands at 1:520, West Bengal (1:1350), Jharkhand (1:6543), Chhattisgarh (1:3300) and Telangana (1:7556), respectively.
As per the Indian Public Well being Requirements (IPHS) tips, there ought to be one physician for each Main Well being Centre (PHC) and eight docs for each Neighborhood Well being Centre (CHC).
“Odisha required a complete of 6,315 allopathic medical practitioners whereas the state has 8,719 sanctioned posts of docs in several ranks. Of them, 7,024 posts have been crammed to this point,” knowledgeable Das in the course of the ongoing funds session of the State Meeting.