Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan released National Health Profile 2013

Jul 19, 2014 13:00 IST

Dr. Harsh VardhanUnion Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 17 July 2014 released the National Health Profile 2013.

The National Health Profile 2013 called for creating comprehensive database for all sectors in healthcare for sound planning and effective implementation

Besides, releasing the National Health Profile 2013, Harshvardhan announced the agreement between The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and CDC Atlanta for close cooperation and collaboration, and exchange of information aimed at strengthening each other.

As per the agreement CDC would designate a doctor who would work for better coordination of the India projects by acting as a communication bridge between the Director, CDC and India’s Health Minister.

Main Highlights

In 2013, India's doctor-to-population ratio worsened as compared to 2012. It was 1: 1217.84 as compared to 1:740.49 in 2012. That is, for a population of more than 1200 people only one doctor is available.

The average population served per government hospital bed is 1946, while every hospital serves an average population of 61744 which was much more than the 50689 people in 2012.

The per capita private expenditure is three to four times more than the per capita public expenditure except for a few union territories, and the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Acute respiratory infections accounted for the maximum number of cases among various communicable diseases reported by the states.

Non-communicable diseases like diabetes and coronary heart disease have been rising in the country since 2000.

More than 60 million Indians will suffer from coronary heart disease by 2015, and more than 40 million will suffer from diabetes by 2015.

Only 33 per cent of Government doctors are available in the rural areas, that is, only 29562 of India's 106613 government doctors work in villages.

There is wide difference in health facilities available to people. For instance, infant mortality rate, a key human development index, in Kerala was only 66 per 1 lakh live births while it was 328 in Assam in 2010-12.

Infant mortality rate in the country declined from 47 in 2010 to 42 in 2012 and the total fertility rate fell to 2.4 in 2012About National Health Profile 2013

About National Health Profile

The annual document is prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI). It covers demographic, socio-economic, health status and health finance indicators, along with comprehensive information on health infrastructure and human resources in health. CBHI has been publishing NHP every year since 2005. This is the 9th edition.

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Who: National Health Profile 2013

What: Released

When: 17 July 2014

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