Two Key Health Datasets Differ, Reveal Incorrect Reporting By States

New Delhi: India’s progress on public healthcare has failed to keep up with its economic growth over the past decades, putting a binding constraint on the economy, Niti Aayog’s 2018 report, ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’, said. Ranking states and union territories (UTs) on a Health Index, the report noted that compared with India’s economic progress and achievements, its rates of improvement in health outcomes have remained lower than those recorded in developing countries with comparable levels of spending on health. This, along with the middle-income trap that a member of the Prime Minister’s…

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Now reporting dengue, malaria cases mandatory

For the first time, the Gujarat government has declared dengue and malaria as notifiable diseases. Now both public and private hospitals will have to report any case of dengue or malaria, and related deaths registered by them. The government said that the step taken on Wednesday was in accordance with the Union government’s advisory to eradicate vector-borne diseases. “As of now, only public hospitals maintained the data of dengue and malaria cases and deaths due to them,” said health minister Nitin Patel. “But with the state government declaring the vector-borne…

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