A hole in the whole: On health sector
woes (The Hindu)
Mains Paper 2: Health
Prelims level: Not much
Mains level: Highlighted the health sector woes
The lockdown, as it was conceived originally, was meant to be, at best,
a stopgap arrangement that would help nations tide over the crisis caused by
the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But as the days rolled on, and the lockdown moved on
from phase to phase, it has caused a paralysis in general health care.
As sparse health care resources in most parts of the country have been
channelled towards the COVID-19 effort, the numbers have risen, but normal
health care services have been in suspended animation for just under two
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But the time has now come for the country to balance the different
requirements of health care, along with efforts to continue to fight
COVID-19. While health-care services themselves have been on the backfoot
for non-COVID-19 conditions, except in emergencies, access too, for the bulk
of the population, has been hampered by the non-availability of public
Recent data from the National Health Mission pointed to less than normal
coverage in key areas such as immunisation, institutional deliveries.
Further, delay or failure, in delivering life-saving drugs to persons with
HIV, tuberculosis, or inability to offer support for other chronic
conditions have been documented.
The usually robust private health system, which caters to various
segments of the population, also took a back seat, or played a supportive
While the Finance Minister’s announcement on increase in health
allocations as part of the ₹20-lakh crore relief package is welcome, more
than money is required to set this right.
If life after COVID-19 is not to be worse than life before the pandemic,
the governments need to ensure that the country’s multi-layered health
system is not sacrificed at the altar of one virus; they need to give it
their whole attention, now.
Health care services cannot be allowed to be overwhelmed by the
Q1. With reference to the scheme of Interest Subvention on Working
Capital Loans for Dairy sector, consider the following statements: 1. Union Government has introduced a new scheme of Interest Subvention on
Working Capital Loans for Dairy sector for supporting Dairy Cooperatives and
Farmer Producer Organizations engaged in dairy activities for implementation
2. The scheme has made provisions for providing interest subvention of 6% per
annum, with an additional incentive of 3% per annum interest subvention.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct? (a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2