In a recent report released by World Health Organization (WHO) several alarming aspects of India’s healthcare sector has come to highlight.
The report suggests that India needs a drastic reform in its healthcare sector so as to improve many challenges that it faces today.
The report reveals that India has just 20 lakh health workers out of which only 39.6% are doctors.
The report further states that out of these 20 lakh doctors, 77.2% are allopathic, 22.8% are ayurvedic, homeopathic or unani (AYUSH) doctors.
But what is most alarming is the fact that 31.4% of these allopathic doctors are educated only up to secondary school level, and 57.3% do not have medical qualification.
Further, as many as 73 districts in India do not have any nurses with a medical qualification, and majority of these districts are in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.
The report also reveals a stark gender divide in the country as only 38% of health workers are female and 62% are male.
But despite being more in number, male doctors are also largely less educated than female doctors.
Among allopathic doctors, only 37.7% male doctors are medically qualified as compared to 67.2% females doctors.