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PM launches initiative to aid public health system

It will seek to establish five world class public health institutes to annually train thousands of professionals in the field.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 12:53 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), a public-private initiative, thefirst of its kind, on Tuesday.

It seeks to establish five world class public health institutes to train thousands of professionals in the field annually.

This initiative will substantially strengthen the public health system in the country, the Prime Minister said, regretting that the record of the private sector in health care provisioning has "not been very good".

"We are all familiar with reports of unethical practices, including commissions given in return for referral and diagnostic work. We must have appropriate measures to tackle this."

"Such partnership can help blend the commitment of the government with operational efficiency of not-for-profit private groups", he said citing the examples of Dr Devi Shetty's Hospitals and Dr V Shantha's Cancer Institute in Chennai.

Hoping that the public health professionals would in turn help transform the state of public health services, he said that in many areas of social development, the problem was not a lack of ideas, but on the contrary, institutions have failed to deliver.

First Published: Mar 28, 2006 12:53 IST