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In a structured three-tier public healthcare system, the district hospital is an integral and vital part of the healthcare delivery system. A total of 810 district hospitals across India are providing essential services to the people.

When patients arrive at a given district hospital, they expect a doctor in the required medical specialty to be available at the outpatient department to diagnose and treat health conditions and prescribe tests and medications, who can then be obtained from the hospital pharmacy.

If the doctor orders diagnostic tests, the patient can have them performed in a laboratory by a technician at that particular point of service. If the doctor recommends admission, the patient can get a bed in the hospital. If a higher level medical intervention, such as surgery, is suggested, the patient can be operated on within a reasonable time. During his stay in the hospital, the patient is cared for by on-call nurses. After the surgery, the patient should recover without any infection.

The hospital ecosystem is expected to maintain acceptable levels of hygiene and cleanliness. These are the standard expectations of any patient visiting a district hospital anywhere in the world. All of these essential elements form links in a delicate chain of care that determines the patient’s experience. Inefficiencies and shortcomings in any of the services can frustrate the patient and negatively impact health outcomes and the overall reputation of the hospital.

Based on Indian public health standards, NITI Aayog has prepared a ranking of district hospitals. Alongside are the top scorers – and Uttar Pradesh’s score as the polls go.

Source: Niti Ayog

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