Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:46

Around 2.4 Million Indians Die Every Year of Treatable Diseases

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Around 2.4 million Indians die every year of treatable diseases, the worst situation among the 136 nations studied by a report recently published in the specialized journal The Lancet.


New Delhi.- The poor quality of care leads to more deaths than insufficient access to medical care: 1.6 million Indians died due to this cause, almost the double that of those killed due to the non-utilization of health services (838,000 people), reflected the IndiaSpent internet portal. As the Indian government prepares to implement its ambitious national health protection plan, the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, at the end of September 2018, the study's findings are crucial, the source reported.

"We need to better measure the quality of our health system as a composite entity rather than simply be satisfied with certifying hospitals and laboratories," said Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India, about the lack of mechanisms to monitor the quality of the sector in the country.

Nearly 122 Indians per 100,000 die due to the poor quality of care each year, according to the study.

Having access to medical care is not enough, because good quality care is needed to obtain better results, said the report, citing the example of the maternal security program Janani Suraksha Yojana.

The program, which started in 2005, offers cash incentives to encourage women to give birth in health centers. "Service provision increased but maternal or neonatal mortality was not measurably reduced," the report said. (PL)

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