Jharkhand short of doctors, even though the state annually produces about 300 doctors. The state will take at least 87 years to meet the doctor- patient ratio of 1:1000 set by World Health Organisation(WHO), says a Medical Council of India (MCI) study. At the moment, there are about 10,000 doctors in the state which has around 3.25 crore people. The estimated shortfall of doctors in Jharkhand is more than 22,500.
Many doctors and medical students said a lack of planning and low budgetary allocations have led to such a poor state of healthcare. “There are about 1,500 doctors engaged in state health services, which is far below the required strength. The problem becomes even bigger when more than 200 doctors are deputed for administrative positions. This creates a shortage of doctors,” state IMA secretary Dr Pradeep Singh, said.
Rims director D K Singh said, “The lack of seats in postgraduate courses is another reason for Jharkhand short of doctors. Candidates from other states who study at Rims, the only college to offer postgraduate courses, prefer to go back to their home states where the facilities are better than here.”
Akanksha Jha, a final year MBBS student in Rims, said, “Owing to lack of better hospitals and facilities both at the government and private levels, fresh medical graduates are forced to move out for a better future.”