Over 2,000 PHCs functioning without doctor

As per Rural Health Statistics (RHS) Bulletin 2014, a total of 2225 (8.89%) Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the country are functioning without doctor, 9825 (39.26%) PHCs without lab technician and 5739 (22.94%) PHCs without a pharmacist, Shripad Yesso Naik, minister of state for health and family welfare, informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

The minister further said that there is a shortfall of 36,346 Sub Health Centres (SHCs), 6700 Primary Health Centres (PHCs), and 2350 Community Health Centres (CHCs) in the country against the specified population norm.

Public health being a state subject, the primary responsibility to provide improved access to healthcare services is that of the state governments. However, under the National Health Mission (NHM) financial support is provided to state and union territories governments to strengthen their healthcare systems to provide better and easy access to healthcare services, Naik added.

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