Primary healthcare: Need of the hour

This post was originally posted in CareBuddy Blog.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” -Mahatma Gandhi

Most worrisome deficiency is in the sector of primary healthcare and there is an ardent need to strengthen it. Health has different dimensions and the provision of medical services to all is the basic requirement for creating better healthcare opportunities.

Parallel to the global development, technological advancement, and urbanisation which is taking a toll on people’s health and causing adverse effects, people are getting increasingly impatient with the inability of health services to deliver quicker and better.

We cannot disagree upon the fact that health systems need to respond to the challenges of a fast evolving and changing world. This virtual world of net banking, net shopping, the World Wide Web connecting millions across rural and urban India is now the steadily gaining popularity of e-health and healthcare providers and is acting as a catalyst towards making a change.

When online help, facts, and everything you need to organise and manage your health is just a click away, then begins a lesser dependence on pharmacies, consultants and care providers who charge exorbitant fees for a single consultation. Online healthcare also builds a better long term relationship with patients hence improving upon patient care.

According to the latest survey conducted by the world health organisation, the probability of dying between 15 and 60 years that is the prime and most important time of a person’s life is 239/158 (males/females) respectively (per 1,000 population, 2013).

We can see an increase in the number of births per year and this population explosion itself adds to the number of people living below poverty line. The eradication of such vices caused by either nature or by the reckless and callous behavior of man is of fervent importance to fuel the progress of primary healthcare. The same can be brought out by a number of ways and methods:

  • Enact policies and budgets that lead to improvement.
  • Appropriate and accessible treatment to all(of chronic diseases especially).
  • Preventing and controlling prevalent health problems and diseases like HIV through education and awareness.
  • Vaccinations and immunisations against major infectious diseases.
  • Increase in the number of Health centres and care givers (economically feasible).
  • Provision of essential drugs and medications to all specially in the endemic states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the largest states of rural India and hence in need of prime importance.
  • Care for mothers and children.
  • Nutrition, undernourishment, malnutrition to be taken heed to.
  • Laboratories and blood banks healthcare services: Blood transfusion is a vital part of heath care services. Every second of every day, someone in the world needs a blood transfusion to survive. World Blood Donor Day is celebrated annually on June 14th, as a global celebration of the gift of blood given by the voluntary, blood donors to save the lives in need and a positive change.

The National Rural Health Mission (NHM) was launched in April 2005 by Health Care Providers with the responsibility to assure safety of blood at banks and their subsequent monitoring at district, state and central level.

The ultimate goal of primary health care is better health for all. The enhanced quality of care and better outcomes of primary healthcare can be achieved by undertaking and implementing the policies of equity and education and of promotion, prevention, and provision.