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May 19, 2020
Better Infrastructure Needed for Delivering Healthcare to Rural India
India has just one doctor for every 1,700 people. The country manages to train 45,000 doctors annually while there is need for 60,000 to even meet the ideal ratio of one doctor for every 1,000 people. India lags far behind other rising economies like Brazil where the ratio is 1:844 and China has one doctor for every 1,063 people. While 70 percent of the Indian population lives in rural and semi-rural areas, only 33 percent of doctors are there to serve them. Despite various efforts made by the government, doctors are not willing to work in rural areas. Dr. Mahesh Gupta of Kailash Hospital, which is situated in the National Capital Region (NCR), believes a lack of a proper infrastructure as the prime reason behind this situation.