Health sector priorities will have to be changed

The impact of the COVID-19 epidemic does not appear to be diminishing. For the last few days, around sixty thousand corona patients are coming across the country every day. It is a tribute to those doctors who are engaged in fighting this disease which has taken the form of an epidemic. For coronavirus, no exact medicine available, the problem is increasing. Since the immunity of people is proving to be effective against this epidemic, therefore measures should be emphasized to increase it.

It is better to treat disease and especially of communicable diseases after spreading, rather than allow the disease to spread. This will be possible when the immunity of the public is improved. For this, it is necessary to pay attention to the disparity in health expenditure. The year according to a data released by the Union Ministry of Health In 2015-16, Rs 9,134 crore was spent on the treatment of government personnel, benefiting 31 lakh workers. Even if his family is counted, 1.5 crore people were benefited. The government spent Rs 61,007 per person on these. 38,794 crore was spent by the government on the general public in its comparison.

Accordingly, only Rs 296 was spent per person. Government spending is being spent more on government personnel than the common man in the health expenditure incurred by the government. The question to be considered is why more expenditure on the servant and less on the service? In the budget for the year 2020-21, Rs 63,000 crore was allocated by the central government for allopathy, while only Rs 2,100 crore was given for Ayush systems like Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, etc. These methods focus less on treatment and more on overall health while allopathy focuses on treatment. More money is being spent on high-tech treatments such as stunts in the heart.

According to a letter published by M Govind Rao of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, the government spends 23 percent on high-tech treatment, while according to the National Health Policy published by the government, it was only ten percent. Behind these two anomalies, allopathy and high-tech treatment, there is such a district that the selfishness of multinational companies is nurtured by these expenses. There is a belief that allopathy to serve the interests of multinational companies, and in that too much money is being spent on high-tech treatments. However, it is a problem that a large part of the budget is spent on the salaries of government employees.

According to Govind Rao, 83 percent of the budget in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha is spent in the salary of the workers, while the health workers do not have medicines and the health system seems ineffective. To solve these problems, the government should do three things. According to NITI Aayog's advisor Rakesh Sarwal, the Central Government Health Service being run for central government personnel should be converted into universal healthcare, so that the health care of central government personnel is available to the general public. The second thing to be done is that the expenditure on general treatment should be increased by cutting the allocation of allopathy and high-tech treatment. The third task should be to set a ratio between the salary of the government personnel and the expenditure on medicine.

Vaccination is the first topic in facing COVID-19 as well as other diseases. The problem is that the coronavirus is changing its appearance soon. Even if we have prepared a vaccine to prevent it, tomorrow it will be useful, it is not guaranteed. There is also a problem that our health system is poor in vaccination. According to Govind Rao, only 7 percent of children are deprived of the smallpox vaccine in South America, while in India about 30 percent are deprived. So because of vaccination, we get infectious. There is doubt about whether we will be able to prevent diseases. Resistance is related to people's lifestyles. Things can change if people eat foods that increase their immunity and also meditate, yoga, and exercise.

The government has launched successful campaigns to breastfeed iodized salt and mothers by newborns. Similarly, a campaign to adopt a better lifestyle should be carried out. The third subject Is social. On the website of the Uttar Pradesh government, Vaidya Vachaspati Tripathi has been quoted as saying that bathing all the devotees in the river, bacteria, and viruses of various diseases in their body are spread in microscopic amounts in the river water. When other healthy persons bathe in the same water, these bacteria and viruses enter their bodies and increase their immunity to diseases. As the threat of community spread of the coronavirus is increasing, attention should be paid to measures to increase immunity. With the consent of the Ministry of AYUSH, the government can arrange measures that will help in strengthening immunity.

As mentioned above, in 2015-16, the central government spent Rs 38,794 crore on the general public. Only Rs 12 thousand crores were spent in vaccination, screening, etc. This means that about 30 percent is being spent on measures to increase immunity. It should be increased to 50 percent. By doing this, the public's capacity to fight against all diseases will be expanded. The problem with implementing this suggestion is the selfishness of multinationals.

The government will have to think about whether it will increase GDP by selling medical products of multinational companies or by making the people disease-free? He should set his priority because health is directly related to economic development.