A large section of our population is suffering from health problems like illness, fever, injury, epilepsy, learning disability etc. Women have problems related to pregnancy and childbirth, children require immunisation against common diseases and so on. Most of these health woes have been the result of our changing lifestyle, rising pollution, lack of nutrition value in food etc. Hence, the population requires access to better healthcare facilities and treatment.
Unfortunately, health services are often planned without consulting the community members. To meet the necessities of the people for accessible and affordable services, community members should be consulted and involved in planning these services. Health centres should be more proactive. Most people prefer home remedial measures and go to the hospital or refer to a doctor only when the situation is beyond their control. But it’s not necessary that they go to a well-qualified doctor; they may approach a local pharmacist or traditional healers.
Therefore, it is necessary that the health sector must intervene and create awareness among the people. Healthcare facilities should also be within the reach of the common man. Further, the government’s investment in public healthcare is very low. As a result, many hospitals run by the government do not provide sufficient medical facilities. Therefore improvements are required in this sector. It is a positive sign that the government is now planning to allocate more funds for the renovation of hospitals.