Odisha’s doctor population ratio way behind WHO-prescribe norm

Bhubaneswar, 15 March : In what portrays the government-run health service network in poor light, there is one doctor for every 1,943 people in the State.

The national average of doctor-population ratio stands at 1: 1,161 while the World Health Organization’s prescribed norm specifies the posting of one doctor for 1,000 people.

These disturbing facts were tabled in the assembly by Odisha health minister Naba Kishore Das. In a written reply to a query by BJD member Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, the minister said 7024 out of 8719 registered doctors are currently on duty.

While the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has a sizeable presence of doctors in the State with a ratio of 1:520, Telangana languishes at the bottom with mindboggling ratio of 1:7556.

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