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An ordinary person enlightenment a revolution for the public health system in India

Vivek Umrao Glendenning
The Founder and the Editor, Ground Report India
The Vice-Chancellor & Co-Founder, The Gokul Social University

This story starts some years back with a promise with the public by Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, for building an All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS in Varanasi on demand of people of Varanasi and neighbour districts of Uttar Pradesh. AIIMS is a chain of central government funded medical institute and hospitals with the facilities also for Cancer, Kidney transplant, Liver transplant, Heart transplant and many other severe, life-threatening diseases. An irony of Indian society that private hospitals are very costly also non-reliable even a middle-class person cannot afford them, but the government hospitals are not adequately managed. This is why an AIIMS for the region could help a lot to the common people.

Dr Om Shankar (December 2016) 

Varanasi people trusted Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, also an elected member to the parliament from the Varanasi constituency. While people of Varanasi were waiting for an AIIMS, a heart specialist doctor who is loved by the local people for his social concerns, commitments and activities; kept pursuing the actions to fulfil the promise done by the prime minister. He continued writing letters for reminding the prime minister his promise for AIIMS in Varanasi.

Dr Om Shankar has been having frequent and open public dialogues on health and AIIMS issues since the time the prime minister promised. While making continuous efforts of protests and reminders for getting AIIMS in Varanasi; one day Dr Om Shankar realised why should not be efforts for a more significant cause, like efforts for a better public health system in India for all people of India.

One or two AIIMS could not be enough for densely populated states, AIIMS should be based on population, on each 60 million people there should be minimum one AIIMS. People have rights to get good health services by primary, secondary and tertiary government hospitals.

Dr Om Shankar started to works for these issues by initiating public dialogues —

  • National policy for the Right to Health.
  • Central and state each level, minimum 10% of the budget should be for public health; 3.5% for primary health, 1.5% for secondary health and 5% for tertiary health services.
  • National policy for developing each government medical college and hospital like AIIMS.
  • Minimum one AIIMS on per 60 million people.

Dr Om Shankar with a banner "One AIIMS for each 60 million people"

Now since 20th January 2019, he is on fast-protest for these demands. Please join the hands for this greater social cause to build a good public health system.

Demand "Health is one of the Fundamental Rights"

Vivek Umrao Glendenning 'SAMAJIK YAYAVAR'

He is an Indian citizen & permanent resident of Australia and a scholar, an author, a social-policy critic, a frequent traveller, a social wayfarer, a social entrepreneur and a journalist.

He has been exploring, understanding and implementing the ideas of social-economy, participatory local governance, education, citizen-media, ground-journalism, rural-journalism, freedom of expression, bureaucratic accountability, indigenous community development, village development, reliefs & rehabilitation, village revival and other.

For Ground Report India editions, Vivek organised many national and state levels tours for exploring ground realities covering 5000 to 15000 kilometres in one or two months to establish Ground Report India, a constructive ground journalism platform with social accountability.

He has written a book “मानसिक, सामाजिक, आर्थिक स्वराज्य की ओर” on various social issues, development community practices, water, agriculture, his ground works & efforts and conditioning of thoughts & mind. Reviewers say it is a practical book which answers “What” “Why” “How” practically for the development and social solution in India. 

Nowadays, He is writing a book on the theme of the Constructive Conflict Resolution in the Maoists affected region Bastar Chhattisgarh.

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