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DATA STORY: India ailing from an 81% shortfall of specialists at community health centres

India's community health centres (CHCs) has 81 percent shortfall of specialized medical care of surgeons, physicians and paediatricians across the country as compared to the required specialist manpower.

August 13, 2019 / 04:48 PM IST

India's community health centres (CHCs) have an 81 percent shortfall of specialised medical care as compared to the required specialist manpower.

The Rural Health Statistics 2016 report states that as compared to the requirement for existing 5,510 CHCs, there is a shortfall of 84 percent of surgeons, 76.7 percent of obstetricians and gynaecologists, 83.2 percent of physicians and 80.1 percent of paediatricians.

Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Despite an increase in specialist doctors at CHCs to 4,192 in 2016 from 3,550 in 2005, the shortfall of specialists is significantly high in most of the states. Tamil Nadu has 95 percent shortage of specialists, followed by West Bengal with 91 percent, Uttar Pradesh at 84 percent and Rajasthan at 78.2 percent shortfall.