Maharashtra: Only one bed per 4264 patients in rural areas, says NGO study

Health and medical facilities in the remote and the rural areas of Maharashtra have always been a matter of concern for the government and the health workers. But, one data suggests that in Maharashtra's government hospitals there is only one bed per 4264 patients.

People living in the remote and the rural areas of the state are dependent on the government for basic medical and health facilities. Many patients queue up at the government hospital to seek affordable treatment. But, healthcare in the rural area has always been a matter of concern for both health workers and the government. A study by Samarthan study centre suggests that in Maharashtra, there is only one bed per 4264 patients in the rural areas.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, McKenzie Dabre, the coordinator of the Samarthan study centre, said, “While studying this years health budget, we came to know that beds in a rural hospital are very less in number. There is only one bed per 4264 patients in the government hospitals. We got this information through the health ministry data. We have compiled this and given it to the legislatures to discuss in the assembly.”

According to the World Health Organisation, there should be one bed for 1,000 patients. The state government has presented an action report in 2013. But, as the number of patients are increasing, there is a shortfall in the number of beds available.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sanjeev Kamble, Director, Maharashtra Health Services, said, “The state government is trying its best to provide better healthcare facilities to the poor and needy people. In remote tribal areas, at every 20 kilometers, we have a primary health centre, and in the rural area, we have a PHC at every 30 kilometers.”

As per Maharahstra Economic Survery 2017-18 

  • There are 1,21,108 beds available in all the government, trusts and hospitals which are run by the NGO’s 
  • There is only 108 beds per one lakh people
  • Government is trying to increase the number of beds to 150 under the National Health Mission scheme