On Tuesday, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare said in the Rajya Sabha that the UTs and the State Governments have spent only Rs 3,549.1 crore which was made for improving the public health care infrastructure in the rural areas in the year 2020-21.
Estimated Data of The Utilization of Funds
Out of a total allocation of Rs 9,632.17 crore, only Rs 3,549.1 crore have been spent by the UTs. In 2019-20, the spending was around Rs 5,896.31 crore. For the next fiscal year, an allocation of about Rs 11,931.28 crore has been made. Ten states were the poorest spenders which include Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha. Even the proper utilization of the funds was dismal in all the Union Territories. 59% of the funding was utilized in the Non-High focus states.
Wide Impact of The Lack of Medical Investment
The healthcare sector of India performs poorly at multiple levels. Inadequate capacity, poor quality care, and limited affordability for the less affluent population have plagued the healthcare infrastructure. The basic healthcare services failed to reach a majority of the population. Most of the Covid-19 deaths were from severe respiratory illness. ICU care was not adequate and the mortality rate was higher.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The PM must focus on the matter and take some necessary steps so that there is proper spending of the fund. To employ more doctors and nurses and to build more hospitals, the healthcare system in both the urban and rural areas is in dire need of funds.
- The Health Ministry must maintain a good system of regulation which is a fundamental need for successful public health outcomes. New strategic plans must be ensured so that the States and the UTs use the funds well in treating the huge population well.