Non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases rise in In­dia


New Delhi: In­dia’s worst fears on the health of its cit­i­zens has been con­firmed. A com­pre­hen­sive study, the first of its kind, re­veals that a health cri­sis is span­ning the en­tire spec­trum of ail­ments, from life­style-re­lated dis­eases to the per­sis­tent scourge of mal­nu­tri­tion.

While life ex­pectancy rose, data re­vealed that six out of 10 In­di­ans (in 1990 it was less than one in three) now suc­cumb to non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCDS) like heart dis­eases, child and ma­ter­nal mal­nu­tri­tion is the lead­ing cause of pre­ma­ture death and poor health and the bur­den of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis is the high­est in the world.

Worse, this dis­ease bur­den varies, in­di­cat­ing a widen­ing health gap be­tween the na­tion’s wealthy and poorer states. The In­dia State-level Dis­ease Bur­den Ini­tia­tive, was a joint study con­ducted by the In­dian Coun­cil of Med­i­cal Re­search, Pub­lic Health Foun­da­tion of In­dia (PHFI), and In­sti­tute for Health Met­rics and Eval­u­a­tion. PAGE 22

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