Nurses and health workers far outnumber doctors in Jharkhand, even as the state has less than one-third of the mandated number of rural health centres, says the Jharkhand Economic Survey 2013-14.
Against 6,574 women health workers and auxiliary nurse-midwife (ANM), the state has merely 539 doctors.
The much-prioritised child and maternal health services in Jharkhand are in the hands of just 16 paediatricians and 30 gynaecologists and obstetricians, against a required 188 in both cases. What's worse, the state has only 86 specialists against the required number of 752 to detect complicated diseases.
Against 518 posts each of pharmacists and laboratory technicians, there are 298 pharmacists and 371 laboratory technicians. Even the number of health assistants, male and female, is 100 against requirement 660.
"The dearth of pharmacists is a violation of rules. Every health centre must have one and the government should act on it," said Dr RN Gupta, vice-president, Indian Pharmaceutical Association. The survey says the state requires "'considerable'" health infrastructure to meet the norms of Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS).
Meanwhile, health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh blames it on previous governments.
“The new government has had just eight months, but we have already made 202 doctors permanent and planned 11 new medical colleges. The poor health scenario is a result of poor planning and implementations of predecessors,” said Singh.