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Health ministry releases National Health Profile-2015

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The Union minister for health and family welfare J P Nadda has released the National Health Profile (NHP)-2015 which will help the government to navigate, to decide goals and chart the government policies on health.

  • The data was prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI).
  • The e-book (digital version) of the annual document, which has been prepared for the first time, was also released.
  • CBHI has been publishing National Health Profile every year since 2005.
  • This is the 11th edition.

NHP HIGHLIGHTS SUBSTANTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION UNDER 6 INDICATORS

  • Demographic indicators: gives information about population statistics and vital statistics
  • Socio-economic indicators: gives the information on education, social indicators, economic indicators, employment, housing and amenities, drinking water and sanitation
  • Health status indicators: provides information about the incidence and prevalence of common communicable and non-communicable diseases, reproductive and child health and a short overview of National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardio-vascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS).
  • Health Finance: provides an overview of public expenditure on health, household out of pocket expenditure (Oop) on health, health coverage and insurance, external assistance to government for health sector programmes and public expenditure on health with international comparison along with explanatory notes on health data.
  • Human Resource provides an overview of availability of manpower working in the health sector.
  • Health Infrastructure provides details of medical and dental colleges, Ayush institutes, nursing courses and paramedical courses, admissions to BDS and MDS courses.

INDIA SPENDS LESS OF IT’s GDP ON HEALTH
Every government hospital serves an estimated 61,000 people in India, with one bed for every 1833 people. In undivided Andhra Pradesh, every government hospital serves over 3 lakh patients while in Bihar there is only one bed for every 8800 people.