India is the biggest democracy in the world. About to reach the status of most populated country and the diabetes capital of the world.
And on the other hand, Indian doctors are considered to be amongst the top in terms of skills, knowledge and competency.
Why is the healthcare system suffering so badly inspite of having the money and the minds to cure?
I am learning medicine in a rural setup. Which is why this post called out to me. To put forward some scary truths and to discuss some little ways to bring whatever change we can at our level.
There is trouble. On. Every. Level.
In rural setups-
People tend to be so disgustingly uneducated and tolerant, they ignore the tumour mass growing on their forehead just because it isn’t hamperimg their day to day activity. And by the time they reach the hospital, their vision is already long gone and nothing can be done.
They do this because they cannot afford not going to work and the medical bills of the hospital.
And even if some one reached the hospital, the condition of government and rural hospitals is pitiable. It makes me angry.
Lack of availability of basic drugs and equipment, doctors who are too busy to even talk to their patients as humans, immense workload on the doctors leading to serious blunders in treatment are the faults which ensue.
The annual expenditure of the government on healthcare should ideally be 6 percent which is less than 3 percent in India.
I am not a doctor yet. I am in no position of power whatsoever. But this needed to be put out to awaken concerned people and to urge them to take action.
We need to work together for the upliftment of the rural population. They make up a whooping 70 percent of total population of the country.
We need to educate them, about hygine, build toilets in every house, explain the importance of proper diet and educate them about ways to improve agriculture techniques and produce.
If we don’t make a change, nothing will ever change.
Thankyou for your time.
Brown girl on a budget.