Rural health care towards a healthy rural India: A social work response

Srinivasa, D. and Chandramouli and Siddegowda, Y. S. (2018) Rural health care towards a healthy rural India: A social work response. Asian Journal of Development Matters, 12 (1). pp. 68-74. ISSN 0976-4674

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Healthcare is the right of every individual but lack of quality infrastructure, dearth of qualified medical functionaries, and non-access to basic medicines and medical facilities thwarts its reach to 60% of population in India. Due to non accessibility to public health care and low quality of health care services, a majority of people in India turn to the local private health sector as their first choice of care. To control the spread of diseases and reduce the growing rates of mortality due to lack of adequate health facilities, special attention needs to be given to the health care in rural areas. Various organizations are coming together for improvements in health care and technology plays a crucial role to facilitate this. Information and communications Technology provides hosts of solutions for successful implementation of these changes. Access to healthcare services is critical to good health, yet rural residents face a variety of access barriers. Ideally, residents should be able to conveniently and confidently access services such as primary care, dental care, behavioral health, emergency care, and public health services. The vast variations of rural-urban, class, caste, gender and Health Needs regional variations hide the magnitude of health deprivation of large masses of the most disenfranchised. Government hospital at district, CHS or PHC levels, are resorted and devalued by absenteeism and rudeness of staff, long waits, overcrowding, sub-standard or no medicines and corruption. Rural communities and healthcare facilities have limited resources to address many health-related needs. This paper based on the qualitative in nature. This article has outlined the major challenges facing rural health around the world, reviewed the problems experienced with primary health care and Health for All programmes, highlighted the pivotal role of family practice, and addressing the rural health in international level. Social workers living and working in rural areas, will find the participants‘ shared practice wisdom useful to enhance their professional endeavors with some of the millions of people living across the country.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A Arts and Humanities > Social Work
Divisions: Department of > Social Work
Depositing User: Manjula P Library Assistant
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2019 08:11
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2019 08:11

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