- The Madhya Pradesh government will table the draft law Right to Health Act during the winter session of the assembly
- Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath stated this during the two-day health conclave in Bhopal
- The law will ensure delivery of basic healthcare services to all within 3 kilometres
Soon, all the citizens of Madhya Pradesh will get the basic right of Right to Health. The state government of Madhya Pradesh is set to bring the legislation during the winter session of the assembly. With this move, Madhya Pradesh has become the very first state in India to have a #RightToHealth law.
While speaking at the event Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, said, “We are the first state which is considering the legislation. And in this, we need the guidance of all those who are working in the health sector. The right to health is one of the basics of human rights.”
According to the sources, under the #RightToHealth law, basic healthcare services will be provided within 3 kilometres and specialist services will be provided at 150 km.
While addressing the health experts attending the event, CM Kamal Nath stated, “The question is how to take up this challenge. This event will be a milestone. Infrastructure and resources is the one pillar, and human resources is the other pillar of the healthcare system.”
The fundamental objective of the law is that everyone should have access to healthcare services when and where they need without discrimination and financial hardship. And, the aim of the health conclave is to enact a comprehensive, implementable, attainable and sustainable framework of the law.
Delivery in the health system plays a pivotal role in disease management. Stressing the importance of delivery mechanism, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath stated, “Healthcare delivery is very important. We must ensure the delivery mechanism as well. Good schemes fail due to the non-availability of good delivery mechanisms. The health sector is changing rapidly. How we can fit these changes into our scheme? We need guidance on this.”
In India, healthcare services are still out of reach to the poor and needy. Tribal people can’t avail of healthcare services as they are expensive and far away from their villages. As a result, thousands of poor people are left behind without the basic right of healthcare services.