India short of 6 lakh doctors, 20 lakh nurses, claims study

India short of 6 lakh doctors, 20 lakh nurses, claims study

India short of 6 lakh doctors, 20 lakh nurses, claims study

By / USA News / Monday, 15 April 2019 06:25

India has shortage of an estimated 6 lakh doctors and 20 lakh nurses, say scientists who found that lack of staff properly trained in administering antibiotics is preventing patients from accessing life-saving drugs.

Even when antibiotics are available, patients are often unable to afford them. High out-of-pocket medical costs to the patient are compounded by limited government spending for health services, according to the report by the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy  in the US. In

India, 65 per cent of health expenditure is out-of-pocket, and such expenditures push some 5.7 crore people into poverty each year.The majority of the world’s annual 57 lakh antibiotic-treatable deaths occur in low and middle-income countries where the mortality burden from treatable bacterial infections far exceeds the estimated annual 7 lakh deaths from antibiotic-resistant infections. Researchers at CDDEP in the US conducted stakeholder interviews in Uganda, India and Germany, and literature reviews to identify key access barriers to antibiotics in low, middle and high-income countries.Health facilities in many low and middle-income countries are substandard and lack staff who are properly trained in administering antibiotics.

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