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india Updated: Nov 10, 2011 21:40 IST
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Let’s keep in mind that basic amenities have to be our focus
With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article The race is not over (Beyond the Bite, November 4), it is true that there is very little political will in Uttar Pradesh to improve the healthcare, infrastructure and education sectors. This is happening because there is a mismatch between the aspirations of the people and UP chief minister Mayawati. But then the UP government is not the only culprit. The amount of money the Union government spent on the Commonwealth Games could surely have been better spent in providing basic amenities to people.
Rajiv Chopra, Dehradun

In his article, Sardesai talks about public-private partnership in setting up hospitals. It is a good idea but fancy hospitals cannot stop infectious diseases like encephalitis from spreading. For that, we need a robust public healthcare system. The problem is that public healthcare systems don’t generate profit and, therefore, private companies are not interested. Public health is the government’s responsibility but neither the government nor the medical fraternity takes it seriously.
Madhukar Varma, via email

This is Mission Impossible
Sumit Mitra in his article From cradle to grave (November 8) raises serious questions about the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the context of the baby deaths in West Bengal. The statistics given by the writer are alarming. Mitra has rightly concluded that there is a need for an extensive audit of the Mission.
SK Wasan, Noida