Health and corruption

Health and corruption

Now that Union health minister Anbumani Ramadoss has, on the orders of the Delhi high court, finally signed the certificates of medical students graduating from AIIMS, he will hopefully be inclined to give some more time to public health issues.

In today’s edition of Mint, we have published a story by The Wall Street Journal on the rampant corruption in a World Bank-funded project for reproductive and child health in India.

A confidential internal World Bank report details instances of corruption and fraud that have led to losses of tens of millions of dollars. This is what happens in most of the public health programmes in India, whether they are funded by the government or by global agencies.

Over the past few months, Mint has also done a series of stories on the problem of substandard and fake drugs. The minister needs to focus on these urgent tasks, more so because India lags even poor countries in levels of public health.