Feb 9, 2009

India needs IT based health delivery system

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The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) International Advisory Panel Chairperson Jeffrey Sachs has called upon India to implement IT based health delivery system in the country.
The Columbia University Professor, while praising India's effort for closing gap on the health mission under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) with the other countries, however, said that the country needs to make more investment in the sector. "India should step up the budgetary allocation in health sector to four to five per cent of the GDP," Sachs said adding that a higher investment in the health sector will give great social returns.

Arguing for an IT-based health delivery system, Sachs added that India can serve as a role model for other countries in the health sector.Having travelled to a few Indian states, he also said that there is, however, a need for more human resources and logistical support.

The advisory panel meeting was attended  by
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss and the Health Ministers of three African countries— Kenyan Minister for Medical Services Peter Anyag รข€˜Nyong' O, Malawi Minister of Health Khumbo Kachali, and Rawanda's Minister of Health Rechard Sezibera.

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