The fourth National Health and Family Survey found that 56% of urban India chooses private healthcare and 49% of rural India makes the same choice.
Should the focus be on improving public health systems or should we instead strengthen and support the development of the private health systems?
Over a span of one week in August, over 63 children died at the same hospital due to disruption in oxygen supply.
While the initial report by the district magistrate has blamed oxygen shortage, the hospital authorities are putting the onus on issues ranging from children being born prematurely to mothers not being aware of health issues.
Khan was removed from his post in the state-run BRD Medical College after 30 children died there on August 10 and 11.
About 10,000 infants have died in the hospital since it began operating in 1972.
The principal, giving a break up of the numbers, said 213 of the 290 children had died in the neo-natal ward of the ICU and 77 in the encephalitis ward.
While a probe into the deaths has not found negligence on part of the government-run facility, medical staff has alleged serious lapses in infant care.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
Unless the chronic deficiencies in the country’s public health system are rectified, tragedies like Gorakhpur will keep happening.