25 September, 2020

Children's Hospitals In Maharashtra: The Broken System That Kills The Kids

A journey through three links in the hinterland’s healthcare chain

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Cottage Hospital, Jawhar taluka, Palghar
Photograph by Apoorva Salkade
Children's Hospitals In Maharashtra: The Broken System That Kills The Kids
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2018-06-22T11:48:30+05:30

Specialists at CHC, 2016

  • Required 1,440
  • In position 505
  • Shortfall (%) 65

Shortfall of male health workers at sub-centres 2,471

  • IMR in Maharashtra: 19

Source: Rural Health Statistics, SRS

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Ismail Sheikh’s baby, born at just 24 weeks, is in Nashik Civil Hospital. The tempo driver from Dhule is anxious—he knows tragedy had befallen 187 babies here last year. “I felt my child may not survive if I admit her here, but had no choice,” he says. Tabrez Sheikh, an NGO worker who helped Ismail with the form­alities, says everyone in this neck of the woods is ber­eft of choice. “Patients from Palghar, Kasara, Dhule, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Jawhar, Mokhada and Thane seek treatment here,” he says. Those place-names range across a varied social map: urban and distinctly rural (and adivasi) Maharashtra....

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