India’s Independence Day

On August 15th LiveMD extends a heartfelt “Happy Independence Day” to India and all of its people.

On August 15th, India will commemorate 70 years of independence. It was on this day, in 1947 that they became an independent nation after many years of British rule. Throughout the country many festivities will be held on this day.

India’s Health Statistics

India is a large country with a population of 1.3 billion people. Of these people it is estimated that close to 24% live below the poverty line and exist on only $1.25 or less per day. The majority of healthcare in this country is provided by the private sector, meaning that people must pay for the care that they receive. For the poor, receiving good healthcare remains a large challenge due to this reason. Another factor contributing to the lack of available care is over half of India’s population lives in rural areas while only 2% of doctors work in these areas. In an attempt to rectify this situation, the Indian government has implemented a rural health program,  sending over a million healthcare staff, made up of both volunteers and paid members, to service these areas.

The level of care provided at urban, private hospitals is exceptional, meaning that those who can afford to receive care, are getting some of the best treatment available in the world. These private facilities house some of the most experienced and best trained doctors in the world.

Predominant Health Issues Affecting India

Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a very big problem in India, affecting a huge percent of the population. Recent estimates show that 1 out of every 3 malnourished children in the world live in India and over 60% of Indian children under the age of 3 suffer from malnutrition. 50% of children are considered underweight and this lack of nutritious food and low body weight can eventually lead to other health issues such as stunted growth and development, anemia and a weakened immune system.

High Infant Mortality

Each year in India, it is estimated that nearly 1.7 million children will die before reaching their first birthday. This high rate of infant mortality is due to such factors as insufficient pre and post-natal care and low vaccination rates.

Poor Sanitation

Many households in India do not have toilets and it is estimated that over 30% of people do not have any access to bathroom facilities. This fact results in nearly 50% of the entire population in India defecating in open areas. Feces that is not disposed of properly will attract bacteria and parasites and can lead to the spread of disease.

Throughout recent years, India has made many changes in an attempt to better the lives of their people. Due to the very high population of this country, growth and advancement is slow but steps are being made to move in the right direction and positive changes can be seen.

On this day, we would like to wish all of the people of India a very happy Independence Day!

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August 15th, 2016 by