‘India should increase budget allocation for health sector’

February 3rd, 2009 - 10:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Anbumani RamadossNew Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) Hailing India’s improvement in the health sector, Jeffrey Sachs, chairperson of the international advisory panel of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Tuesday said there should be more investment in the sector.”India should step up the budgetary allocation in health sector to four to five percent of the GDP,” Sachs told reporters after a meeting with Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss.

A greater investment in the health sector, he added, will give great social returns.

Praising India’s dramatic improvement in the health sector, Sachs, who is also the advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, said that the increase in institutional delivery and drop in mortality is especially impressive.

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.

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