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‘Of 3,496 PHCs in state, women doctors only at 43’

Explain steps to increase women doctors: HC to govt

Written by Prashant Pandey | Allahabad |
July 12, 2015 12:17:46 am

 

doctor, phc, female doctor, women doctor, allahabad, allahabad doctors, allahabad female doctors, allahabad women doctors, women doctor, allahabad news, india news The court has asked whether absence of women doctors at PHCs and the CHCs was creating a barrier in certain sections of society.

The Allahabad High Court, while hearing a petition regarding the paucity of women doctors in the state’s Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs), asked the state government to explain the steps being taken to increase the strength of women physicians in UP.

A division bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Yashwant Varma passed the order on Wednesday.

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The PIL, filed by Kapilvastu Welfare Society through their counsel Agnihotri Kumar Tripathi, pointed out that there was a dearth of women doctors in the state’s PHCs and CHCs, which was creating problems for the women folk in seeking health care.

In their affidavit before the high court, the state government represented by Joint Director (Medical and Health Services) and the Director General (Medical Health) said only 43 women doctors were deployed in a total of 3,496 PHCs in UP, while only 534 of total 773 CHCs across the state deployed women doctors.

The court, while agreeing with the state’s stance that male doctors were capable of treating women also, has asked whether absence of women doctors at PHCs and the CHCs was creating a barrier in certain sections of society from freely accessing medical and health services.

The court has sought an affidavit in this regard explaining the steps being taken to increase the number of women doctors in the PHCs and the CHCs.

The bench said: “There can be no dispute about this position (that male doctors can treat women, as submitted in the affidavit).In particular, one aspect which would merit consideration is whether the absence of women doctors creates a barrier to certain segments of society from freely accessing medical and health-related services. In this regard, the state must apprise the court of whether any steps have been taken to increase the strength of women doctors and, if so, what steps have been taken.”

The court directed that a responsible officer should file the affidavit, as the petition raised an important matter of policy. The matter has been listed for further hearing on August 10.

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