Health is the most basic right of people living in a country. While many countries still lack proper healthcare facilities, India has progressed manifold in the healthcare sector in these 75 years since independence. Many examples can be given of how India controlled many diseases like malaria, dengue, plague, cholera, measles, which once shook the world.
While polio is still prevalent in the world, not only has polio been completely eradicated from India, but many other diseases such as tuberculosis, diabetes, mosquito-borne diseases, high blood pressure, and HIV are being successfully implemented in India.
Once upon a time, births were attended at home, but now 99.99% of births take place in hospitals. Due to this it is the health workers of India who have achieved many achievements including reducing child mortality to a great extent.
Healthcare workers have contributed immensely to the rapid progress of the healthcare sector in India and its success in controlling many infections.
The number of doctors in 1951 was only 61 thousand 840. In the next 75 years, the number of doctors continued to increase and in 1961 there were 83 thousand 756 doctors, in 1971 there were 1 lakh 51 thousand doctors, in 1981 there were 2 lakh 68 thousand doctors, in 1992 there were 3 lakh 95 thousand doctors, in 2003 6 lakh 5 thousand in the year, increased to 8 lakh 83 thousand in 2012 and now there are about 13 lakh doctors in India.
The number of nurses assisting these doctors was 16 thousand in 1951, 35 thousand in 1961, 80 thousand in 1971, 1 lakh 54 thousand in 1981, 3 lakh 85 thousand in 1992, 8 lakh in 2003. Lakh 32 thousand, 21 lakh 24 thousand in 2012, currently 33 lakh 41 thousand nurses are supporting the health sector of India.
While the World Health Organization says there should be one doctor per 1,000 people, India has one doctor per 834 people and nearly two nurses. This is the greatest achievement of 75 years of independent India.
No matter how much medical infrastructure is built, the number of medical personnel has been increased along with the medical infrastructure in India as it has been realized that these structures cannot be used without medical personnel.
It is no exaggeration to say that India has reached such an advanced level in the health sector because of the dedication of these medical workers to provide medical facilities to all the people, starting from the urban areas to the villages.
A good example of this is the recent World Health Organization award to Asha workers for their outstanding work in the fight against Corona.
On this 75th Independence Day, let us express our gratitude to those who have made medical education once available to the affluent and to all walks of life, to the families who have created a medical workforce from their homes, and to the families yet to be created.
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