This is the first report of any parliamentary committee in relation to dealing with the Kovid-19 epidemic by the government. file photo
According to the report, the committee felt that the number of beds in government hospitals of the country was not sufficient in terms of increasing number of Covid-19 and non-Kovid patients.
- Last Updated:November 21, 2020 10:02 PM IS
Ram Gopal Yadav, Chairman of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Health, submitted a report of ‘Venusiah Naidu), the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, M. Venkaiah Naidu,‘ Outbreak and its management ’. This is the first report of any parliamentary committee in relation to dealing with the Kovid-19 epidemic by the government. The committee said that spending on health in a country with a population of 1.3 billion is “extremely low” and the fragility of the Indian health system was a major obstacle to effectively combat the epidemic.
The report said that therefore the committee recommends the government to increase its investment in the public health system. The committee asked the government to make sustained efforts to achieve the national health policy targets of spending up to 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) within two years, as the scheduled time of 2025 is still far away and the public by that time Health cannot be put at risk.
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The committee said that it was felt that the number of beds in the government hospitals of the country was not sufficient for the increasing number of Kovid and non-Kovid patients. The report said that due to lack of specific guidelines for the treatment of Kovid in private hospitals, patients had to pay exorbitant fees.
The committee emphasized that there is a need for better partnership between government and private hospitals in view of lack of government health facilities and epidemic. The committee said that the doctors who laid down their lives in the fight against the epidemic should be recognized as martyrs and their families should be given adequate compensation.