‘Public healthcare funding poor’

Dr. Kafeel Khan, who was suspended after the tragic death of infants in the BRD Hospital case, criticised the Centre for low public healthcare allocation, and said that a movement is in the offing to tackle viral encephalitis.

Charging the Centre with negligent attitude towards public healthcare, Dr. Khan said that India ranks 145th among 176 countries on the quality and accessibility of healthcare parameter. He also stated that India ranks 103rd out of 119 countries in the Global Hunger Index.

“The budget for defence is 11% of total budget and for public healthcare it is only around 1.7%. This is too low,” Dr. Khan said and claimed that there are as many as 1.5 lakh vacancies in health services. He also stated that more than half of the hospitals in the country belong to the private sector with a share of over 80 % doctors working in them.

Dr. Khan alleged that while the government has said that there is no encephalitis case, as many as 161 were noted in November last year. He said that in an attempt to tackle viral encephalitis, his ‘dream’ is to construct a hospital with 500 beds in Uttar Pradesh by means of the Dr Kafeel Khan Mission Smile Foundation. The treatment and medication would be free of charge for the poor, he said.

The suspended doctor also announced the launch of Healthy India campaign with the involvement of several ‘non-political’ activists working to improve the healthcare system. The campaign entails providing the public with affordable healthcare, free medicines and diagnostics.

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