Cancer kills five lakh people every year in India


Out of more than 300 cancer centres in India, 40 percent are not adequately equipped with advanced cancer care equipment, according to the health ministry data. Based on the cancer registry data it is estimated that there are about 800,000 new cancers cases in India every year and. As per official data the disease kills five lakh people every year. However there is is no age-wise data of cancer patients available in India.

India-China account for half of global deaths

In 2015, exposure to PM2.5 levels contributed to 4.2 million deaths and a loss of 103 million years of healthy life according to state of global air 2017 report. China and India together accounted for 52% of the total global deaths attributable to air pollution. The report also highlights that over 90% of the world’s population lived in areas with unhealthy air in 2015.

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Health care in India: Going public, and private

Health care in India: Going public, and private

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

The first private hospital was established in India in 1984.  By 2004 the private sector accounted for three quarters of outpatient treatment, 60% of in patients and three quarters of the specialists and technology. This evolution of hospitals and private health clinics has helped improve access to healthcare in India. 

CWG legacy project spreading to more cities

CWG legacy project spreading to more cities

By : Dinesh C Sharma

The system synthesises data on sources of air pollution, its transport over neighbouring states, modelling processes, impact on public health, food and regional climate to arrive on information products useful to government agencies as well as common people. The information to people is available through a mobile application & from project website.

What is wrong with India's healthcare system?

What is wrong with India's healthcare system?

By : Shazia Salam

How good is India’s health system? What are its biggest weaknesses, challenges and how Indian healthcare system can be rebuilt? Former health secretary K Sujatha Rao’s book, Do We Care provides an incisive look into the structural problems of Indian healthcare system. This is possibly the most important recent book on India's healthcare system.


Alarming suicide rates in India

The fast moving metro cities are considered to be a hub of suicides because of the stress, depression and ever-changing environment. We looked at the data from NCRB & found that the prosperous states which have the best of health indicators, have the highest rates of suicides in the country including Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. On the contrary, Uttar Pradesh, most populous state has reported a lower percentage of suicidal deaths as per NCRB data. 

Why are Indian children stunted?

India has the highest number of children suffering from stunted growth in the world. Stunting and wasting is a major threat for child survival because severe wasting compromises the ability of children to grow. Major cause behind stunting is undernutrition, lack of safe water and hygiene. These four states have highest rates of stunting among children than the national average of 39. Poverty, high population density and prevalance of hunger is one common thread among the states which makes the problem worst. 

Maharashtra tops doctor registration

All doctors have to register with the Medical Council in order to practise. We looked at the numbers of state medical councils released by Ministry of Health  and found that Maharashtra has the highest number of doctor registration with the state medical council as per latest data. Some 15% registered doctors come from this state as compared to Nagaland (0. 07%), Sikkim (0.08%), Himachal Pradesh (0.28%), Goa (0.32%) and Jharkhand (0.47%). 

20 lakh children not vaccinated in UP

Immunisation is the most effective method to prevent and avoid sickness and an effective immunisation can help reduce the disease burden. But one in two children in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh is not fully immunised and has one of the lowest rate of immunisation. Uttar Pradesh also has the country's worst infant and under-five mortality rates. Children from rural areas are least likely to have complete immunisation.

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