VP Hamid Ansari: 40 pc of hospitalised persons sell assets to meet bills

January 6th, 2009 - 11:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Lucknow, Jan.6 (ANI): The Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari looked concern over the prevailing conditions in the health sector for general public when he stated here that over 40 per cent of hospitalised persons borrow heavily or sell assets to meet expenses.
Addressing a gathering during his convocation address at Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University at Lucknow on Tuesday, Ansari quoted from the data of the State Planning Department (SPD) to point out the sorry state of affairs in Uttar Pradesh health services.
“Over 40 per cent of hospitalised persons borrow heavily or sell assets to cover expenses. And 25 per cent Indians fall below the poverty line because of the hospital expenses while in Uttar Pradesh this figure is around 34 per cent,” said the Vice President Hamid Ansari in the State capital.
Ansari said that life expectancy at the time of birth is 56 years in Uttar Pradesh. It is 74 years at birth time in Kerala. “These figures have national relevance as UP is home to one-sixth of the population. On this count, UP continues to languish at a low level of human development,” Ansari pointed out.
Quoting data for Uttar Pradesh, from the National Family Health Survey 2005-06, Ansari said around half of the women in the age group of 15-50 years and 85 per cent children under age three suffer from anaemia.
“Around half of the children are stunted and underweight, less than a quarter of children have been completely immunized and infant mortality rate in UP is 73 per 1,000 live births as compared to all India figure of 57,” Ansari added. (ANI)

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