The participation of women

Sectors of health will be formulated with the participation of women for implementation. Participation of women usually focused in the lower levels of health system. The women participation includes, Anganvadi workers, ASHA workers and ST promoters. In order to formulate women participation in sectors of health, the higher positions must be given to women rather than the lower steps of the administrative ladder.



Special Health Insurance Scheme

Special Health Insurance Scheme will be implemented for the police force and their families. Health Insurance Schemes by the private companies are prevalent in Kerala including National insurance, Bajaj alliance, Tata AIG, PNP Metlife, SBI life etc. The special schemes should be focused more on the public sector and state undertaken.

Branding Kerala and promotion of tourism

A white paper on Health will be brought out within 60 days of assuming power. A white paper will focus more LSG participation in the health sector. The other proposed concept in the Manifesto is to brand Kerala internationally as a congenial destination for tourism and investment, Brand Ambassadors will be appointed in order to promote Health sector. NRI doctors/nurses will be appointed as Brand Ambassadors. Branding Kerala is appreciable in order to promote tourism and investment of foreign capital. However, this program is not necessary and more of a euphoric concept when considering the existing vacancies of doctors and nurses in the hospitals and lack of basic facilities.

Conclusion

The focus of the Congress party is not based on the Social welfare of the state but of economic development. The manifesto is utterly rhetoric and grandiloquence. For 2011 election, the Congress party is not even stating about a policy that will support NRHM program and increase in the public expenditure of on health.

The manifestos of the Congress have 44 pages and only in 12 places, the word health comes. 
The existing conditions of Primary, Taluk and District Governmental hospitals in Kerala are poor compared to the private hospitals. These hospitals do not have adequate number of beds, staffs, and doctors. The statistics about the Health Infrastructure in Kerala shows the number of beds in the teaching hospitals in Kerala. The total number of beds in the teaching hospitals is 10674 (Health policy Kerala. 2013). The lack of water resources and sanitary levels are also not addressed in the manifesto.
The manifesto completely ignores the existing conditions of primary, secondary, and tertiary level of health care and no there is a complete absence of discussion about the mental health aspects and institutions. This means that the Health development model, which Congress party proposes, is mainly focused more on economic development rather than public centered.



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