Sunday, November 20, 2011

India to spend 2.5 per cent of GDP on health

India has an important place in the global prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like Cancer, Diabetes,Chronic Respiratory Diseases,  Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVDs) and Stroke because of its large population and increasing  incidence of NCDs in the country.The success of NCDs prevention in India will have a major bearing on the overall outcome on global efforts. 
The NCDs challenge in India is critical because the public healthcare systems in the country, which mainly caters to the majority of urban and rural poor and the middle classes of country's population, is not upto acceptable standards in terms of infrastructure, facilities, governance and delivery,and markedly differs across different states.
Incidences of inadequate and inappropriate utilization of healthcare funds, sanctioned by the central government to states to run public healthcare, by the state functionaries, and corruption cases in public institutions coming to light leave doubts about effective delivery of healthcare programmes in general and NCD prevention and control in particular.
However, the government's seriousness to give health greater importance is reflected in increased budgetary expenditure for health in terms of GDP percentage. Syeda Hamid, Member of Planning Commission, during International Vaccination Symposium at Surajkund near Delhi said that the country will spend 2.5% of GDP instead of 1.8% of GDP on health sector during the next five year plan period.

Syeda Hamid has said that  this is a very big jump, and the  Planning Commission expects  commensurate results.

Health Pavilion Focus on NCDs
Ghulam Nabi Azad, India’s Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, inaugurated the health pavilion at India International Trade Fair - 2011, recently. The theme of health pavilion organized during the event (14-27 November, 2011) is on ‘Non Communicable Diseases’ focusing on  Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases, Cancer, Stroke, Mental Health and geriatric programmes, in addition to free health screenings.
Series of lectures on diabetes, stroke, stress, life style, etc. are being delivered by eminent doctors from leading hospitals.

Free diabetes screening is being held for all the visitors during the period from 14 to 27 November 2011. Azad was the first visitor to undertake the diabetes testing at the health pavilion.
During the years ahead India will need extensive programmes for spreading widespread awareness of NCDs among the masses focusing on prevention and control of NCDs.

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