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|India Health Report - Release|
|Friday, 03 September 2010 04:10|
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) & Indicus Analytics has released India Health Report 2010 today.
This report provides a broad direction for India's Health sector in the coming years & discusses whole range of issues pertaining to health sector.
Prepared by a leading think tank Indicus Analytics, The India Health Report 2010 was released by the Minister of State for Health, Mr. Dinesh Trivedi at a CII function. Releasing the Report, Minister stated that right to life is very basic & so is the right to health. He addressed that " Equal opportunity for all to health". The minister stated that the release of the report is a great beginning; however the next step would be to create a team of specialists and experts that will work to find solutions from the report.
CII Chairman of National Committee on health, Dr Trehan said that this report is a reminder of where we are and also provides a kind of checklist of the gaps that needs to be addressed. Mr Ninan, Business Standard, reinforced on skewedness of Public Private expenditure in India. 80% of the healthcare spending is on 20% population and vice versa.
The India Health Report has consolidating various facets of health sector in India such as access to healthcare, major inputs such as infrastructure availability, human resources, water & sanitation, nutrition, the role of government, issues relating to ethics and reforms in health sector.
Indians have inadequate access to quality healthcare, and this is particularly true for the poor, those residing in rural areas, STs and women. According to the Report, about 7–8 per cent of households are pushed below the poverty line because of expenses incurred on healthcare. There are critical gaps in infrastructure especially with respect to the presence of healthcare centres and well-trained staff.
The India health Report also states that the contribution of the private sector in terms of the availability of hospital beds has gradually increased from about 28 per cent in 1973 to about 61 per cent in 1996. Indicus estimates this to have reached about 78 per cent in 2009.
The Report states that in terms of under nutrition, India's performance is no better than the countries in Africa and some of its neighbours such as Bangladesh and Pakistan and it is substantially below that of countries in Latin America, and China and the Philippines. India remains home to one-third of the world's undernourished children. Policy makers will need to incorporate the impact of their decisions on the nutrition profile of Indian households. The focus needs to increasingly shift away from merely foodgrains and towards the intake of a variety of foods in the correct proportions.
Relating to disease management in India, the India Health Report states that health education and regular screening are crucial if the country is to tackle the spread of the diseases on an up trend. The government also has to step up initiatives to create an environment where mental and physical disorders and disabilities are included in the mainstream discussion on health management. The Report recommends that India needs to move away from disease-specific measures and towards the development of a holistic public health and healthcare regime.
The Report states that focus is required to adequately empower the institutions that govern India's healthcare sector and making them answerable for health outcomes. It has recommended that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare needs to be strengthened in terms of both scale and scope and it also needs to be made more answerable for India's poor health outcomes.
2nd September 2010
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