Bhubaneswar, Mar 15: Odisha is lagging behind several states and the nation in terms of deployment of doctors in the government-run health centres across the state. There are only one doctor for every 1943 patients in the state as against the national average of 1: 1,161.
The shocking fact was revealed by Odisha health minister Naba Kishore Das.
In a written reply, the health minister said that out of the 8,719 sanctioned doctor posts, 7,024 doctors are in position. “As per the guidelines of Indian Public Health Standard (IPHS), there should be one and eight doctors at primary health centres and community health centre respectively,” said Das replying to BJD MLA Soumya Ranjan Patnaik’s question in Assembly.