Despite tall claim of better Heath services and infra structure in the rural dispensaries, the factual position clearly speaks the sad state of affairs of health in rural Punjab, said Dr. Kamaljit Singh Vice President, Rural Medical Officers Association.
Through an email to this citizen journalist
and on telecon, Dr. Kamaljit Singh said, the Punjab
State with a commitment
to provide "Health for All" is responsible for health and welfare
of 28.8 million of its population. About 63 per cent of this
population resides in rural areas. The state is committed to provide
preventive, primitive and curative health services to the people of
the State through network of medical institutions.
Health Care Services in the rural areas of the State are provided
through a net work of Medical Institutions comprising of 3000
Sub- Centers , 1300 Rural Dispensaries, 400 Primary Health Centers
and 128 Community Health Centers .
stated that in 2006, about 1200 rural dispensaries have
been transferred to department of Rural Development and Panchayats
which resulted in two parallel health systems operational in rural
areas of Punjab.
Although decentralization of power was the
reason given for transfer of these health institutions to rural
department but lack of needed expertise, chain of hierarchy
resulted in failure of this experiment.
As there is an old saying that "Jack of all traits
and master of none", same has come true with Punjab
Panchayat department which manages rural health institutions, rural
veterinary institutions and even schools.