India’s rural public health facilities need urgent fixing
Facilities require urgent attention. There are two elements. One is fundamentalstrengthen infrastructure, improve physical access and ensure adequate human resources
Kamla is a young mother in a north Indian village. Her one-year-old, Gopi, has been suffering from high fever. She decides to visit the auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) at a health sub-centre in the neighbouring village. Kamla and her husband are subsistence-wage farm labourers with no means of transport. In blazing sun, carrying Gopi, Kamla walks 5km to see the ANM. Realizing the severity of Gopi’s condition, the ANM advises Kamla to take him to the next higher facility.
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