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There has been a setback in tuberculosis treatment, non-communicable diseases,etc in India.

World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said that India becoming the pharmacy of the world is one of its biggest achievements in the past 75 years while listing out the country's achievements in healthcare.

Dr Swaminathan listed the country's few biggest achievements in the healthcare sector, she mentioned upon India successfully eliminating polio from the country, and few other vaccine-preventable diseases, reduced maternal and child mortality, universal health coverage and lastly it becoming the pharmacy of the world. India has made honourable achievements in the healthcare sector in the past few decades.


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The scientist put a spotlight on the fact that no country's health service has gone unscathed from the Covid-19 pandemic including India. The pandemic brought the health services under a state of an emergency impacting the delivery of essential healthcare. Dr Swamination states that there has been a setback in tuberculosis treatment, non-communicable diseases, in the delivery of ante-natal and child health services in India.

"There needs to be a good stocktake of where exactly more attention will need to be paid in the coming months, and not only to catch up, but also ensure that we create resilience within the system to ensure, that if there are future health shocks, and there are bound to be health shocks in the future, that we can deal with those without having to compromise on other essential health services," said Dr Swaminathan.

According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) data, malnutrition is one of the major contributors to disease burden to India and a predominant risk factor for death among children younger than the age of 5 years. The Covid-19 pandemic has escalated the situation from bad to worse. The scientist has cautioned experts to look at the data carefully as the virus has upended families and pushed numerous groups of people into poverty.

poor man talking to the officer The Covid pandemic has increased the rates of poverty and is likely to increase undernutrition in the community.Wikipedia

She added, "The Covid pandemic has also increased the rates of poverty and is likely to increase undernutrition in the community. So we need to look at the data carefully increasing rates of poverty and undernutrition could drive up the incidence of diseases like tuberculosis, but also other diseases that are related to poverty. So this is something that we will need to watch closely and take preemptive action on."

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On the brighter side cases of Covid infections in India have been decreasing and have stayed below 30,000 daily in the past week. The country reported 22,842 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, a slight decrease of six per cent from yesterday. But at least 244 deaths were also recorded in the country due to the coronavirus, taking the death count to 4,48,817. The national Covid recovery rate was recorded at 97.87 per cent, the highest since March 2020.

Keywords: Covid-19, pandemic, poverty, WHO, healthcare.


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