CAG report reveals shocking medical loopholes in Meghalaya

This story reveals the face of healthcare facilities the residents of Meghalaya are getting

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has recommended the Meghalaya government to ensure the setting up of an adequate number of SCs, PHCs and CHCs so that universal accessibility of healthcare is provided to all sections of society.
The CAG in its report mentioned that there is an overall shortage of 536 sub-centres, 113 primary health centres and eight community health centres across the eleven districts of the state.
According to the CAG report, the shortfall of SCs, PHCs and CHCs indicated that the state government has failed to provide the required number of health infrastructure to its citizens, thereby denying universal accessibility of health facilities.
Further, even the only test-checked CHC at Mawiong was found to be not well equipped to handle emergencies, since services like OT, ICU, BSU/Blood bank and equipment like X-ray, USG were not available, it said.
According to the CAG report, the shortfall of SCs, PHCs and CHCs indicated that the state government has failed to provide the required number of health infrastructure to its citizens, thereby denying universal accessibility of health facilities.
Besides, there was only one doctor available in the CHC during the period 2014-19.
Representative image.
Image: Representative image.
During the exit conference in July last year, the Commissioner & Secretary assured that shortfall will be looked into and necessary steps to increase the number of health centres, wherever required, proportionate to the population and geographical region would be taken.
The fact, however, remains that one of the important factors for the shortage of DHs, CHCs, PHCs, and SCs in the state is an insufficient capital expenditure (9.2 per cent) by the Health & Family Welfare Department, the CAG pointed.
It further stated that the shortage of DHs, CHCs, PHCs and SCs was also one of the factors responsible for the shortfall in achievement of targets such as antenatal care, institutional deliveries, etc.



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