Merely 34% of the total rural population in India have access to diagnostic centres for chronic ailments like diabetes, heart and kidney diseases, says a study carried out by the Chronic Care Foundation (CCF). The study revealed that 86% districts with high rural population did not have enough basic diagnostic centres and 80.9% of PSUs in rural areas did not have treatment facility for any of the chronic ailments.
Further, the findings revealed that only 45% of the total respondents found easy access to medicines. There is high dependence on private facilities due to inadequate services at government-managed units. Boiling is the most common treatment method used in rural areas. Primary health care units lack infrastructur