Innovative solutions needed to tackle healthcare challenges: Shalini Rajneesh

Shalini Rajneesh

In light of Indian healthcare sector facing challenges on many fronts including doctor-patient ratio across country, innovations are need of the hour, said Shalini Rajneesh, Principal Secretary for Planning, Programme Monitoring & Statistics Department, Government of Karnataka while delivering a speech at 3rd healthcare innovation summit, held recently in Bengaluru.


“All countries have to achieve Sustainable Developmental Goal (STD) by 2030. India is lagging behind on front of malnutrition, which leads to high maternal mortality and child mortality ratio. This paves path to low immunity, more communicable diseases, more patients in hospitals, and more doctors to patient ratio and many other health issues. Therefore, we need to look at innovative solutions,” Rajneesh said.

Talking about innovative practices leveraged by the Karnataka Government, she said, “We brought in integrated solutions in Karnataka where we said that it’s not just allopathy but all streams of sciences, Ayurvedia , Ayush, as well as other preventive mechanism, health education and community medicine , has to be part and parcel of the public health policy.”


While underscoring the importance of preventive measures in healthcare, she said, “Prevention is better than cure. Everybody needs to be aware about the fact that health is wealth. Once should not only preach it but practice it in daily routine. Technology, social media really need to play a big role.”

She said light on many aspects of nutrition, playing a key role to stay healthy and happy life.

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“Many of us think that we are having very nutritive food but the way we take the food holds is importance. And Ayurveda principle comes very handy in it. For an example, as Health secretary I found that many of the children in the school are anemic despite the fact that every week I was giving them iron folic acid tablets under the Government of India programme but it was not proving to be beneficial to children.

It was found the tablets were being given immediately after the mid-day meal. As per doctors, tablets work better if taken an hour after food intake. It increases absorption rate. If tablet is given with vitamin C like lemon, absorption is much better. Although they were taking the medicine, it was not helping them out.”

By educating people about the way medicine or food should be taken so that in day to day life you become your own doctor. It also helps you to stay healthy and helps other also to lead a happy and healthy life. Happiness index would be measured to a great extent by health index of any person of any society, she said at the conclave, a congregation of experts, deliberating different facets of patient care.

Shedding light on the fact that poverty is directly linked with maternal health.

“One of the goals of UN is to end poverty which majorly depends on maternal health of women during reproductive age and child birth. It leads to impoverishment within family as they end up lots of money. As per WHO, families spend one third of family income on health issues,” she said.

We look at innovative solutions in our day to day practices. It must be leveraged, ensuring people of all strata accessible and affordable healthcare, Rajneesh said.

“Everybody should have good health as others can affect your health too. For an example, chicken pox has been largely eliminated but it can inflict you if single carrier remains. Similarly sanitation must be focus point of all. We all have responsibility to contribute to make others healthy,” she signed off.

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