New Delhi: Despite a poor health scenario in India, the negligence of the Central government towards the healthcare sector seems to be never ending.

As per new estimates by the Planning Commission, despite a major fund being spent on the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the government is spending only 1.3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In its Human Development Report-2011, the Planning Commission has attracted the attention towards the negligence towards healthcare sector.

According to the report, where 80 infant deaths per 1000 were reported in 1990, in 2009 the number has declined only to 50.

The target for Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) pegged at 26.7 by 2015 seems quite challenging as only 30 points dropped since 20 years.

Similarly, Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) saw decline of only 89 points from 2003 to 2009. This means where 301 mothers per one lakh were reported dead, now the figure has reached to 212 which makes the target of 100 to achieve quite difficult.

The report further states that due to the NRHM and Janani Suraksha Yojana, there was an increase in institutional deliveries.

In 2006, only 39 mothers delivered under doctor’s supervision, now the number has risen to 78 in 2009. However, the target for 100 percent deliveries under doctor’s supervision is yet to be achieved.

To date, India has nine beds per 10, 000 population whereas in China the ratio is 30.

Likewise, only six doctors are available per 10, 000 population in India, however, the ratio stands at 14 in China.

JPN/Bureau