Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
5) The recent incident of wrong medicines post vaccination at the Primary health Centre of Hyderabad point to a looming public health emergency that necessitates a renewed focus on mitigating the hazards of poor health infrastructure . Discuss and critically analyze government policies for dealing with the crisis? (250 words)
Why this question:
Recently one infant died and 22 others were in a critical condition after the staff of an urban primary health centre in Hyderabad allegedly administered them the wrong medicine – tramadol instead of paracetamol – after vaccination. The alleged mistake took place because of the similar packaging on the two drugs available at the health centre.
Key demand of the question:
The question is in the backdrop of the complacent and irresponsible behavior of the primary health care Centre in Hyderabad that lead to innocent loss of life. In this answer you must bring out the issues associated with the Healthcare industry and what needs to be done to address these issues.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer:
Begin with the importance of the primary healthcare centers in the Indian model of health infrastructure.
The answer should mainly focus upon:
- the challenges, issues and concerns associated with such incidents in the health industry.
- What needs to be done ?
Conclude with how the Industry needs to gear up , strict action needs to be taken against the irresponsible and wrong doers, stringent policies should be put in place to keep a check on such issues.