Health Status in SC Dominated Areas

National Rural Health Mission

The health status of Scheduled Caste dominated areas of India is not specified in Social, Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011. However, as per the information received from Department of Rural Development, as in SECC 2011 data the total number of disabilities on eight parameters is 1,63,60,463 for all India and 28,78,847 for Scheduled Castes including Barabanki District of Uttar Pradesh.

Public Health being a State subject, the primary responsibility to provide health care services to the people including Scheduled Castes lies with State/UT Government. Under the National Health Mission (NHM), the Central Government provides support to States/ UTs for strengthening of their healthcare systems for provision of equitable, accessible and affordable healthcare to all those who access public health facilities particularly the poor and vulnerable population including SC populations.

Under Rastriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) cashless hospital care up to Rs 30,000 is provided to poor and vulnerable families.

Under NHM, high focus States that are economically and socially backward and have poor health indices are provided with higher per capita allocation as compared to rest of the States. Further, within the States, to ensure equitable healthcare and to bring about sharper improvements in health outcomes, at least 25% of all districts in each State have been identified as “High Priority Districts” based on a composite health index. Barabanki has also been included as high priority district. These HPDs receive higher per capita funding, enhanced monitoring and focussed supportive supervision and encouraged to adopt innovative approaches to address their peculiar health challenges.

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