State of health: Odisha has 1 doctor for every 2000 persons
Bhubaneswar: In contrast to the national ratio of one doctor for 1161 patients, Odisha has one doctor for every 1943 patients, informed Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das in the State Legislative Assembly today.
Replying to a question raised by Khandapada MLA Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, the Minister said while norms set by World Health Organization (WHO) suggest one doctor for 1000 population, the ratio in Odisha stands at 1:1943. Odisha is lagging behind states like Andhra Pradesh (1:520), Gujarat (1:1022), West Bengal (1:1350) and Assam (1:1449) in the doctor-population ratio.
Quoting the Indian Public Health Standard, the Minister said there should be one doctor for each primary health centre (PHC) and eight doctors for each community health centre (CHC).
“As per Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) guidelines, while there is a requirement of 6315 allopathy doctors in Odisha, the state has total 8719 sanctioned posts of different ranks. Of them, 7024 doctors have so far been appointed,” said Das.