THE DISTURBING HEALTH SCENARIO IN INDIA

"Every year, roughly 5.8 million Indians die from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes. In other words, 1 in 4 Indians risks dying from an NCD before they reach the age of 70,"
Every MINUTE, 61 Indians go below the poverty-line by spending on treatment for diseases that already occurred
FOUR Indians die of a Heart Attack every MINUTE
FIVE out of 100 Indians carry a gene mutation that almost guarantees the development of Heart disease.
6.3 million Indians suffer from diabetes, making us the Diabetic Capital of the World.
For every 1000 Indians there is less than ONE hospital bed, less than ONE doctor and less than ONE nurse
100 million people in India have high blood pressure
31 percent of Urban Indians are either overweight or obese
Interestingly, most of today’s health issues are preventable just by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and EARLY DETECTION!
The current mindset is to keep ignoring our problems until it blows up in our face, and this needs to change. Avoiding your health issues will only make them worse, and dealing with them at a later stage becomes painful and expensive.
Practicing preventive health is simple, as long as you are dedicated to making a change. Build healthy habits even when it’s not convenient. Healthy food, regular exercise and plenty of sleep are crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Healthy habits are an “automatic” defence against most illnesses and can provide us a long, healthy – and thus happy – life.

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TEN STEPS TO MAKE INDIA A HEALTHY NATION

As Malvinder Singh, Executive Chairman of Fortis Healthcare, points out in his article on the World Economic Forum, these are the ten steps we can take to make India a healthy nation.

1. Government needs to take strict measures to curb unhealthy and non-compliant products, by creating disincentives and raising awareness of the costs and impact of ignoring compliance.
2. Politicians should step up and be bold in transforming businesses that lead to health issues.
3. Education system should be updated to include health as an integral part of the curriculum.
4. Organizations should highlight workplace health and well-being, conduct wellness initiatives and create a supportive environment for a wellness culture to prosper.
5. Healthcare organizations need to place emphasis on preventive are and explore new avenues of preventive healthcare solutions
6. Medical equipment manufacturers need to reduce costs by focusing on value-consciousness and concentrate on mass diagnosis and treatment.
7. Information technology should be selected only when it is appropriate, not just because it is new. Everyone needs to harness the potential of digital channels and increase the reach, improving health monitoring.
8. There should be a balance between innovation for mass use and expensive high-end innovation.
9. Food and beverage producers need to recognize and acknowledge their role in creating a healthy nation.
10. NGOs should help to bridge the gap between the government and industries, creating multi-stakeholder initiative.

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