Despite the health sector employing five million workers in India, it continues to have low density of health professionals with figures being lower than those of Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, United Kingdom and Brazil, reported a World Health Organization database. This workforce statistic puts the country into the “critical shortage of healthcare providers” category. Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are the worst hit while Delhi, Kerala, Punjab and Gujarat compare favorably.
K. Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India, said, “Southeast Asia needs a 50% increase in healthcare manpower to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. India faces the problem of acute shortages and inequitable distributions of skilled health workers as have many other low- and middle-income countries.’’ The need of the hour is to design courses for different categories of non-physician care providers, said Reddy… (The Hindu, May 10, 2019)