Health Sector – UHC, National Health Policy, Family Planning, Health Insurance, etc.

[op-ed snap] Horror in Kota


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Not much

Mains level: Paper 2-Issues relating to development and management of Social sector/services relating to health,education, Human resources.


Death of 100 children in the month of December at a Government Hospital in Kota highlights the state of the public health system in India.

Public health as a political agenda

  • After the incident of a large number of children in such a short span, Rajasthan CM appealed not to politicise the issue.
  • But it is high time the issue is in fact politicised.
  • The issue of public health needs to be pushed at the top of the political agenda.
  • Citizens must hold political parties accountable for the state of healthcare in the country.

Poor infrastructure

  • Until the number of deaths crosses a certain threshold the poor state of infrastructure fails to attract the attention of the authorities.
  • This hospital came to light like Gorakhpur Medical college where scores of children had died only after media reports of 963 child deaths.


Every single death in a hospital ought to be seen as a failure that needs to be addressed urgently. For that, the government needs to make public health a priority.

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