20 June, 2021

Childcare in Gujarat: The Shadow On The Shine

Where health infrastructure lags behind economic growth

A baby under treatment in the neonatal ward of a hospital in the desert district of Kutch
Photograph by Nandan Dave
Childcare in Gujarat: The Shadow On The Shine
  • Under-five mortality: 28
  • Number of PHCs with no doctor in March 2016: 107 out of 1,31
  • 57.2% households don’t use government healthcare
  • IMR in Gujarat: 30

Source: Rural Health Statistics, NFHS, SRS


Gujarat was in for a shock this May when the news broke that 111 newborns had died over the past five months at the G.K. General Hospital in Bhuj. Run by the Adani Education and Research Foundation, this hospital in the desert district of Kutch was the first under the state government’s public-private experiment in the health sector. A few months earlier, 18 infants had died at Asia’s biggest government hospital—Civil Hospital, Ahm­edabad. “Five or six children die here every day,” H.H. Prabhakar, medical superintendent at the Ahmedabad hospital, had said during the thick of the controversy. And at the government-run K.D. Children’s Hospital...

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