Why the health of Indians is declining
Posted On July 13, 2021
Health officials say India’s health care system is in a state of disrepair and the country is sliding towards a new normal of chronic illness.
In a report on Wednesday, the International Crisis Group said India’s annual growth rate has fallen to 0.3% from 1.5% a year ago.
India’s health system was set up in 1948 to serve the country’s poor, the report said.
Its main hospitals have been forced to close and hospitals have become more crowded.
Its public hospitals are also overcrowded, and its hospitals have turned into makeshift hospitals, it said.
The ICH report said India has the lowest rate of immunisation in the world, at 0.4%, compared to 1.9% for the United States and 5.1% for Japan.