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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 172-176
Doctors for tribal areas: Issues and solutions

Director, Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Dr. Dileep Mavalankar
Indian Institute of Public Health - Gandhinagar, Drive in Road, Thaltej, Ahmedabad - 380 054, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.183587

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Health parameters of tribal population had always been a concern for India's march towards Millennium development Goals (MDG's). Tribal population contributes 8.6% of total population, in spite of efforts and commitment of Government of India towards MGD, India lagged far behind from achieving and optimal health of tribal population will be a concern for achieving Sustainable development Goals SDG's also. Some of the common health problems of the tribal population face are deficiency of essential components in diet like energy malnutrition, protein calorie malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. Goiter, Gastrointestinal disorders, particularly dysentery and parasitic infections are very common. High prevalence of genetic disorders like sickle cell anemia and others are endemic in few tribes of India. Tribal Health is further compounded issues by social issues like excessive consumption of alcohol, poor access to contraceptive, substance abuse and gender based violence. Besides other reasons, like poor budget allocation, difficult to reach, poor access to health care facility, severe shortage of qualified health workers and workforce led to poor governance of health sector in tribal areas. Present view point reflects on the issues of inadequacy of doctors in tribal area and suggests possible solutions.

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