Aswathy Thomas, a student of the College of Nursing, KMCH Institute of Health Sciences, receiving degree certificate from B. Suresh, Vice-Chancellor, JSS University, Mysore (second right), at the graduation day of the institute in Coimbatore recently. Government should explore the possibility of entrusting rural healthcare to private hospitals, B. Suresh, Vice-Chancellor, JSS University, Mysore, said here recently.
Instead of setting up more primary health centres, which were at a constant risk of facing shortage of manpower, health care could be outsourced to rural areas, he observed. Delivering the convocation address of the KMCH Institute of Health Sciences, Mr. Suresh said that corporate hospitals had already started the practice. Even though the healthcare delivery system in India had witnessed significant improvement over the last several years, 70 per cent of the health infrastructure was located in urban areas. More than 73 per cent of the Indian population that lived in rural areas did not have access to the kind of facilities enjoyed by their urban counterparts.
Hence, there was a need to make a paradigm shift from a bio-medical model to a social-cultural one and concentrate on the preventive aspect of healthcare. Also, the Government should ensure that rural health centres had sufficient paramedical force. If paramedical force were involved in the rural health centres, there would be a positive change in the present situation of health care in remote areas, he said. In the face of a global economic recession, the amount the Government spent on healthcare could be cut. Nalla G.Palaniswamy, Chairman and Managing Director of Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, said the demand for paramedical staff had gone down owing to the global economic meltdown. Compared with the situation about three years ago, the demand for the candidates was set to experience a slump.