Health Planning in India

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Establishing health planning in India is a key to improving the health of the Indian Population. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been facilitating Health needs in India by establishing various schemes and organizations.

The Government is conscious of the need for dynamic Indian health planning and management. Innovative healthcare and development programs are the need of the hour. For this, major organizations like the National AIDS Control organization have been established by the Health Ministry. The areas to focus on in Health Planning have been laid down by the Ministry's National Health Policy. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Increasing Healthcare programs: To be implemented in various socio-economic settings of different States of India.

  • Increasing Public Health infrastructure: More hospitals, Outdoor medical facilities, Medical equipments.

  • Efficient doctors and nurses: To ensure minimum standards of Patient care.

  • Family Medicine: Establishing more personnel for family healthcare.

  • Low cost drugs and vaccines: Keeping in view of the possible globalization induced high costs.

  • Mental health: Need for increase in hospitals and professionals.

  • Health research: Medical innovation and specialization is needed.

  • Disease control: More database needs to be collected in this regard in order treat and prevent diseases.

  • Women's health: Adequate access to public healthcare facilities is a necessity which in turn will improve family health as well.

List of National Health Programs organized by the health ministry are National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP) , National Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control Program, National Leprosy Eradication Program, National Program for Control of Blindness, National Filaria Control Program, National Program for Prevention and Control of Deafness, National Cancer Control Program, National Aids Control Program,
Universal Immunization Program (RTI ACT, 2005), Revised National TB Control Program, and National Mental Health Program.

Some more endeavors for health planning in India are Medical Health Division, Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation, SC/ST facilities, Central Government Health Schemes, Prevention of food adulteration, establishment of food and drug testing laboratories, L.R.S. Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, National Rural Health Mission, etc.

Good health planning in India will enable the country to establish a Healthcare system which will be socially acceptable, medically sound, and cost-effective enough for every Indian.

Last updated on 4/28/2011