Rural healthcare centres in 15 states fail to meet govt’s mi
A report by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) has reported of non-conformance & lack of minimum quality standards laid by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at rural healthcare centers in 15 Indian states.

CPR collated various government reports including the Rural Health Statistics, National Health Mission Reports, Indian Health Statistics, Central Bureau of Health Intelligence and the National Health Profile to find three-tier healthcare system in rural areas: Sub-centers (SCs), primary health centers (PHCs) and the community health centers (CHCs) do not conform to the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) set by the Ministry.

15 Indian states namely Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura, and West Bengal have zero centers functioning as per IPHS norms; states the report.

In a consolidated report: Only 6% Sub-centers, 12% Public health centers and 13% of Community health centers out of all existing health centers complied with IPHS guideline; marking drastic reduction from data collected in 2016.

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