Urban Poor and Physical Accessibility to Government Allopathic Dispensaries: A GIS Based Case Study of Bhubaneswar in Eastern India

  • Karmakar M.


The urban poor live in slums in cities and Bhubaneswar, an eastern coastal city in India, is not an exception. The provision of health facilities (especially economically accessible government primary health care facilities in the form of dispensaries) have been increased, but not in accordance with the rapid growth and spatial expansion of the city. In this regard, the GIS can prove to be very useful in analyzing the spatial pattern of accessibility, deficiencies and gap/unserved areas through its multifaceted analytical tools. So to combat with the necessity of health care services and facilities for urban poor of a fast growing city like Bhubaneswar, there should be focus on updated facility planning with integration of GIS, which can ensure proper planning to cope with growth.