Omicron: 136 crore population, 1.04 crore health workers, 1 doctor per 845 people, how will the situation get worse? – coronavirus omicron in india third wave health infrastructure doctors healthcare workers ntc

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  • There are 12.89 lakh doctors in the country
  • highest number of doctors in maharashtra
  • There are only 89 thousand doctors in UP

Coronavirus Omicron in India: Due to Omicron, the speed of corona in the country has accelerated once again. The number of new cases coming in the country every day has crossed one lakh. The infection rate is increasing continuously. There is also a scary thing about Omicron that the vaccine is not having any effect on it. People who have taken both the doses of the vaccine are also getting infected by it. One thing also scares that doctors and healthcare workers fighting a direct battle with Corona are also getting infected.

Experts estimate that the trend that is being seen in America, if the same is visible in India, then on an average 20 lakh new cases will come in our country every day. If this happens, then the situation can be even more dire than the second wave. Because the figures of the government itself show that there are 12.89 lakh allopathic doctors in the country. Apart from these, there are 5.65 lakh AYUSH doctors. In this sense, there is one doctor for every 845 people.

According to the National Health Profile, the number of doctors in the country in 2019 was 12.34 lakh. At the same time, in March this year, in response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the government had said that the number of allopathic doctors was 12.89 lakh as of December 31, 2020. Maharashtra has the highest number of 1.88 lakh doctors. After this 1.48 lakh doctors are in Tamil Nadu. Then comes the numbers of Karnataka (1.31 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (1.05 lakh) and Uttar Pradesh (89 thousand).

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136 crore population, 1.04 crore healthcare workers

According to the estimates of UIDAI, the issuing body of Aadhaar, the population of the country is 136.09 crores. At the same time, as of 14 December 2021, 1.04 crore healthcare workers were registered on the CoWin portal. Healthcare workers include doctors, nursing staff, paramedical staff.

Uttar Pradesh is the largest state in terms of population. It has a population of more than 23.09 crore, but there are 9.83 lakh healthcare workers. After that there is Maharashtra with a population of 12.44 crores. There are maximum 13.17 lakh healthcare workers here.

In the era of Corona, the whole responsibility is on the healthcare workers. But even in this era of Kovid, there are 14 states in our country where there are less than 50 thousand healthcare workers. These include most of the North Eastern states and Union Territories.

20 lakh cases are expected to come every day. If this happens then the situation can get very bad. Because this will increase the active cases. So far, the most active cases in the country were on May 10 last year. Then 37.45 lakh patients were being treated. In the second wave, the peak of new cases of corona did not go above 4.5 lakhs. If the peak reaches even 20 lakhs in the third wave, then the active cases can be 5 times more than in the second wave.

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Only 1.8% of GDP is spent on our health

In June 2019, Dr. VK Paul, a member of NITI Aayog, expressed concern about the expenditure on health in the country. He had said that the central government should spend 2.5% of GDP on health. He said that 7-8% of GDP is spent in European countries, but in India it is 1.5%.

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However, even after that there has not been much improvement. In the budget document 2020-21, the government spent 1.8% of GDP on health. Earlier in 2019-20, 1.5% was spent.

In May 2018, India’s rank was 145 out of 195 countries in the ‘Healthcare Access and Quality Index’ of the science journal Lancet. In this case, India was also behind China, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.

In 2021-22, the government has estimated Rs 2.23 lakh crore to be spent on health. Out of this, a fund of Rs 35 thousand crore is for corona vaccine. Out of this, about Rs 74 thousand crore is for the Ministry of Health. In 2020-21, the government had earlier earmarked Rs 67,112 crore for the Ministry of Health. However, later Corona came, due to which the budget of the Ministry of Health was revised to Rs 82,928 crore. According to the National Health Profile 2020, in 2017-18, the government expenditure on the health of every person in the country in a year was only Rs 1,657.

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