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India ranks below Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, in healthcare index: Report

India's health care index has gone up in last 25 years from 30.7 to 44.8 but numbers are much lesser than Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 19, 2017 9:21 am
The results have revealed that India, in spite of socio-economic growth in the given time-period, has not managed to achieve its goals in health care department. (Representational image)

A report published on Thursday by Global Burden of Disease in The Lancet has revealed that India has recorded a poor health care index than several neighbouring Asian nations, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and China in last 25 years. The data, in the report, takes a look at 195 countries, between the years 1990-2015, and assesses the measuring mortality rates from 32 diseases which should not be fatal in presence of effective medical care. The results have revealed that India, in spite of socio-economic growth in the given time-period, has not managed to achieve its goals in health care department.

As per the report, India’s health care index has seen an increase of 14.1 in last 25 years, going up from 30.7 in 1990 to 44.8 in 2015, but the numbers are much lesser than Sri Lanka (72.8), Bangladesh (51.7), Bhutan (52.7) and Nepal (50.8). The report shows that India has performed the worst in preventing deaths by Neonatal disorders, with an index rate of 14.

In dealing with rheumatic heart diseases, India has scored an index of 25; in tuberculosis, an index of 26, and in chronic kidney diseases, an index of 20. Diabetes (38), Appendicitis (38) and Peptic ulcer disease (39) are other major area of concerns for India’s health department. Pakistan and Afghanistan remain the only SAARC nations to have a lower ranking than India, with a healthcare index of 43.1 and 32.5  respectively, as per the report.

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    Soumen Das
    May 20, 2017 at 8:51 am
    It is important to know how the data has been collected. Countries like Bangladesh & Nepal do not have the infrastructure to diagnose their full burden of disease so it is natural for their data to show a better picture.
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      Ichiban Namakemono
      May 20, 2017 at 7:29 pm
      No, actually they do have infrastructures to diagnose the full burden of disease in the collected parameters(common diseases). The problem with India is not the level of healthcare but accessibility . Some places in India have very advanced health care and a lot of places don't have. And epidemic and endemic disease is far less in Nepal because of better health coverage as it has to deal with smaller number of cons uencies and population as and more number of people adapting Modern Medicine rather than traditional one. To be surreal, about other diseases you don't often diagnose Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke like episodes more often in India , Do you?
    2. B
      May 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm
      Indian politician's focus is on earning money and making profits, rather than providing services to people.
      1. M
        May 19, 2017 at 12:34 pm
        Bhutan ,Bangladesh Nepal and Srilanka have better breathing fresh air availability as compared to India on the w .can we say that air is the caring agent for the health of these countries nationals or the medicinal care available in the ibid countries is cause for better health care index.Let the medicos and researchers find and arrive at scientific conclusion.Noone can become a gymnast by taking medicine only
        1. Urmila Duhan
          May 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm
          i won't be surprised if the only remedy the government takes is to blame 'Global Burden of Diseases' and the Journal Lancet for publishing the report which the government sees as a 'conspiracy' hatched by anti modi people.
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            Kamal Pasha
            May 19, 2017 at 11:56 am
            Under Modi's govetnment, India has became a sinking ship. Feku can not deliver anything good except very big Bahashans. What a shame, India behind Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh. India should file case against Global Burden in ICJ.
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