ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Role of Community Health Providers

Addressing Primary Healthcare Deficiencies

The National Medical Commission Bill 2019 has delineated the role of community health workers in primary healthcare. However, the bill has neither given an unambiguous definition of these workers nor spelt out as to how they could be effectively utilised to expand the reach of primary healthcare in rural settings, where there is an acute shortage of doctors. Training and skilling of these workers are short-term arrangements to address deficiencies in primary healthcare. What is required in the long term is regular monitoring of primary healthcare services and incentivisation of rural health service.



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Updated On : 10th Feb, 2020

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