One of the major concerns for rural has always been health. The government has taken several initiatives to introduced health-care concern camps and facilities. Starting from the frequent health camps to telemedicine treatments, rural health should not be a neglected section for the government.
Among many states, Maharashtra was chosen as one of the 12 states that were identified under Model Rural Health Research Units (MRHRUs) to promote rural health research in 2013, only 63 per cent of the fund allocated has been used in the state.
To bridge the technological crunch and manpower shortfalls, department of health research (DHR) had announced the scheme for the 12th Plan period on June 21, 2013 in 12 states, under the initiative of infrastructure development for health research. In Maharashtra, a sub-district hospital was selected at Dahanu, Thane. National Institute For Research In Reproductive Health (NIRRH) monitors the unit, an ICMR institute, to meet any local needs in research.
To help in establishing it, Rs 200 lakh was given between 2013 and 2015. But surprisingly, only Rs 126.40 lakh have been utilised in developing the unit that not only suffers from lack of researchers but also in terms of technology. “Several posts for technicians are lying vacant in the unit. Despite posting ads for the post by NIRRH, no one has applied for them. In fact, no proper research work is done in the area due to lack of modern technologies,” said a doctor from Dahanu primary health centre.
The unit composes of an area around 620 sq feet. According to an official, all the units across the country have been selected on the basis of disease burden of the areas. “Dahanu is a rural area where medical facilities are limited. The area was selected to help in doing regular health analysis of the area in association with the nearby primary health centre. But nothing much has been done even though the government has granted money,” added the doctor.