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The commonest situations (30% cases) were Women’s health conditions like care for delivery, abortion care, care in sterilization camps and care for gynaecological problems.

This was followed by denial of care in emergencies like accident, snakebite, burns, poisoning etc. (24% of cases).

In half (51%) of the cases, the form of denial of health care was that treatment was not given at all or the patient was not attended in time.

Key findings of Analysis of data concerning PHCs

Deficiencies in Staffing

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In 55 % PHCs (79), single medical officers are handling PHC whereas in remaining 65 there are two medical officers.

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40 % PHCs lack availability of drivers. Out of 85 PHCs where drivers are present in only 32 PHCs, they are staying in PHC premises.

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Only 28 % PHCs have a woman doctor.

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In almost 50% PHCs, the medical officers do not stay in the PHC premises.

Infrastructure and supplies

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50% of PHCs do not have regular water supply.

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An ambulance in working condition is a rare commodity; it is seen in only 26 PHCs (18%) out of these 144.

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In only 35 PHCs, all medicines are given free whereas in 75 % PHCs one or the other medicine has to be purchased from outside.

Report: Two-day state level workshop on ‘Right to Food’

17 – 18 September 2005, Nagpur.

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