Free and healthy India was the dream of our freedom fighters. But, even after sixty seven years of independence, India is still lacking behind in terms of health. Though many health related schemes have been launched by several governments over the past six decades, but their impact is nowhere to be seen.
According to a study done by Harvard School of Public Health, the economic burden due to non-communicable diseases will be about $6.2 trillion for India, from 2012-2030. This amount is almost nine times higher than the total health expenditure for the past 19 years.
Household air pollution (HAP) which is a major contributor to lower respiratory tract infections in children and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults, remains a neglected issue, WHO said Thursday.