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Vacant posts for:

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MPWs: 4462

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ANMs: 325

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Laboratory technicians: 130

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Medical specialists: 454

Issues related to Budget of Public health system

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Proportion of state health budget to:

State Domestic Product: 0.7% (2001-2)

In relation to total state budget: 4.63% (2001-2)

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Annual state health sector budget:

Rs 191 per person (2002-3)

Proportion of the budget for drugs as a percentage of total health budget: 9.24%

Issues related to Mental health services

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Gross insensitivity to institutionalised patients, lack of counseling, consent and rehabilitation

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ECT (‘shock treatment’) when not indicated, often done without anaesthesia

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Population per psychiatric beds in state :

16,850 persons per bed

One psychiatrist for 1.92 lakh persons

Recommendations

Legal Measures

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

17 – 18 September 2005, Nagpur.

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