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Discuss the infrastructural gaps in the Health sector of the country and examine the role of Digital solutions to address them.

Topic : GS-2: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

GS-3: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

5. Discuss the infrastructural gaps in the Health sector of the country and examine the role of Digital solutions to address them. (250 words)

Reference: Economic Times

Why the question:

The Union Health Ministry’s eSanjeevani OPD platform has completed five lakh tele-consultations within six-months since its launch. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

One has to bring out the infrastructural gaps in the Health sector of the country and examine the role of Digital solutions to address them.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Present the case of India’s Health infrastructure in general.

Body:

Start by giving some relevant statistics to tell the dire situation of India’s health sector.

Discuss the infrastructural problems such as poor doctor to patient ratio, less number of hospitals

and beds per one lakh population etc.

Mention the way forward for addressing the above mentioned issues.

Highlight the importance of digital services in the way forward by giving examples.

Conclusion:

Conclude on a positive note stating that Digital solutions are a welcome step to the Health sector.