All Engineers and No Doctors……..
What will that make India? The scenario is far worse than being dull, it’s dreadful but holds true for many parts of India.
The 1st of July marks Doctor’s Day in India on the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna recipient, Dr. Bidhan Roy, a Doctor by Profession and a Freedom Fighter by Obligation to serve his country. He believed Swaraj can only come true when the people are healthy and strong both mentally and physically. India may have gotten Swaraj but are Indians free from sufferings?
With a lack of 5,00,000 doctors, there is only 1 doctor for 1674 patients. The ratio is worse than Vietnam and Pakistan.
The current condition tells that India lags far behind in health care. We are experiencing a major crisis with the shortage in the number of doctors. This is evident from the heartbreaking case where a man in Odisha ( a state in India) had to carry the corpse of his wife who died from Tuberculosis for 10 km because there was no ambulance. In Delhi itself, low earning patients from villages make their lodging under the flyovers near AIIMS waiting for months to have their surgeries done. With a lack of 5,00,000 doctors, there is only 1 doctor for 1674 patients. The ratio is worse than Vietnam and Pakistan. It is even more alarming that over half of the people who claim to be doctors do not have any medical qualification.
With this rate and considering growing population, even after 10 years, the ratio won’t go below 1000.
This year Indian Government claims to have added about 5000 seats by setting up 2 new AIIMS however, this number is not going to help the issue. Every year about 80000 Medical students graduate (MBBS + PG) and for the population of 1.28 billion, we have about 7,40,000 doctors. With this rate and considering growing population, even after 10 years, the ratio won’t go below 1000. India needs more than double the medical colleges it has currently. The education budget is only 9.9% of which the focus for higher education is more on the addition of engineering and management colleges. The budget has not been able to do justice to the medical sector as 5000 seats cannot compensate for 100 times more demand than this number.
The public funding in health sector remains at 1.2% of total GDP planned to be increased by only 2.5% in future.
The health budget is the proof that India is not prepared for the future health scenario. The public funding in health sector remains at 1.2% of total GDP planned to be increased by only 2.5% in future. There are no National Health Insurance plans available. Moreover, the state allocated funds under National Rural Health Mission are not drawn or properly used that causes high Out of Pocket Expense incurred by the civilians. India with 2nd highest population is also 2nd most populous when it comes to working age (15-64). However, this population, including us all, is ageing which will grow from 100 million to 300 million. Old age is the period where the body suffers the most from grievous maladies that most of the time end with one’s death. India ranks among the lowest for publicly funded elderly care. If the coming generations inspired from western cultures stop keeping their parents in the homes and with the limited pension coverage, over 60% of the elderly population will be without any income security and along with that, almost negligible health benefits.
There is 26% probability to die from major 4 Non-Communicable diseases in India which surpasses many African and Asian countries.
India has a long way to go to ensure the healthy lifestyle of its citizens. An increase in life expectancy does not mean increased quality of life. There is 26% probability to die from major 4 Non-Communicable diseases i.e. Heart diseases, Cancer, Respiratory Problems and Diabetes in India which is among the highest, even surpassing many African and Asian Countries. With the growing population and pollution, the health problems may rise and with the lack of proper care, there won’t be any end to the miseries of the majority of the population. Technologies may be important to make life easy, but one first needs a healthy body free from any ailment to live that life. 330 Million Gods and we don’t even have 1 million of a kind that actually saves people.