News: India faces shortage of 600,000 doctors: Study


India faces shortage of 600,000 doctors: Study

As per a latest report by the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), in India, there is one government doctor for every 10,189 people.
India faces shortage of 600,000 doctors: Study

The report highlights how 65 percent of health expenditure is out-of-pocket, and how such expenditures lead some 57 Mn people into poverty each year.

The scientists of CDDEP found that a lack of staff trained in administering antibiotics is what is preventing patients from accessing life-saving drugs.

As per the study, India currently has a shortage of an estimated 600,000 doctors and 2 Mn nurses.

In 2017, a study had suggested that to achieve a modest doctor-to-population ratio of 1:1,000, India will need 2.07 Mn more doctors by 2030.

While the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a ratio of 1:1,000, currently in India there is one government doctor for every 10,189 people.

The shortage of doctors and nurses contributes to the ailing healthcare sector and adds on to its challenges. However, the shortage of doctors and nurses is not the only factor impacting the sector, lack of skill in the current available talent has also been instrumental in creating problems in the sector.

Health facilities in many low- and middle-income countries are substandard and lack staff who are properly trained in administering antibiotics.

The ailing primary healthcare setup in India has been failing to keep pace with the latest developments and disruptions impacting the sector. There is a dire need to train current doctors and nurses.

Otherwise, the irrational use of antibiotics and poor antimicrobial stewardship leads to treatment failure and propagate the spread of drug resistance which, in turn, further narrows the available array of effective antibiotics. 

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