A glaring piece of statistics might disturb you that India faces a shortfall of around 82% in specialists like surgeons, gynecologists, physicians and pediatricians. Not just that, there is a significant gap in the number of lab technicians, nurses and pharmacists needed at Community Health Centers (CHCs) and Primary Health Centers (PHCs). CHCs and PHCs are critical in the early diagnosis and referral.
While government has approved funds for investment in strengthening CHCs and PHCs, what the sector urgently needs is the skilled workforce. States should manage the supply side by fill up the vacancies with the skilled manpower and bridge the gap.