Public Health

Continuing tale of state neglect

Print edition : September 01, 2017

At a primary health centre in Birbhum district of West Bengal. Photo: PTI

Sir Joseph Bhore. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Patients wait at a private hospital in Gurgaon. A file picture. Investment in the private hospital sector was very low in the 1970s but it has grown at an exponential rate since then.

At a special medical camp for malaria-affected villages in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh in July.

At a pulse polio immunisation camp in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on April 2. Public health in the post-Independence period came to mean disease control programmes. Photo: M. PERIASAMY

JUNE 4, 1973. Staff explain details of various contraceptive options at a health centre near Chennai. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

One of the beneficiaries of the Centre's Janani Suraksha Yojana (mother security scheme) under the NRHM, in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh, on July 16. Photo: RAJEEV BHATT

Decades of flawed policy and meagre state funding, followed by the era of neoliberal reforms, have resulted in the poor state of the country’s public health systems.
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