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Mixed reactions on decentralization

August 19, 2012 7:03 pm

The Health Ministry is still receiving mixed reactions following the decentralization of the health services years ago.

Health Minister – Dr Neil Sharma says there are controversies on this however the ministry is adamant that they have taken a right step.

“Statistics and our reports tell us that we are on the right direction, we may not be able to provide 24 hour service but you must realize that it costs the government a huge amount to keep this services running efficiently.”

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Dr Sharma says it is for the betterment of all.

“The purpose of decentralization is to take the services closer to the people, take it where it is possible, for example when somebody returns home at 5pm and finds that the child is unwell, they can take the child to the neighborhood facility and be treated.”

The statistics by the Health Ministry reveals that the decentralization is helping communities’ access local health centres without being standing in queues at major hospitals.

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