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Spatial Inequality in Health Care Infrastructure in Sundarban, West Bengal, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Contractual Whole Time Teacher in Geography, Swami Niswambalananda Girls' College, Hugli, West Bengal, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (12), Pages 15-22, December,14 (2014)


Health is a fundamental human right and central to the concept of quality of life. Due to various socio-economic and political factors, there exists a widespread inequality in the distribution of health care facilities in India. The present study attempts to highlight on the existing health care infrastructure and also tries to analyse the inter-block disparities regarding health care facilities in Sundarban which is known as one of the backward region of West Bengal. To identify the regional pattern of health care infrastructure three broad categorie have identified i.e. availability of health care infrastructure, performances of public health care centres and accessibility to health care infrastructure. There is a huge shortfall in the existing number of primary health centres and manpower under the public health system in Sundarban. Nearly 70% areas of Sundarban have suffered from very poor health care infrastructure. Only six blocks viz. Canning-I, Kakdwip, Jaynagar-I, Patharpratima, Mathurapur-I and Mathurpur-II have relatively better health care facilities than rest of Sundarban. The state Government needs to adopt viable policies and programmes and take some immediate actions to improve the health care infrastructure in Sundarban.


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