India witnesses a steep rise in non-communicable diseases, suggests National Health Profile

The union health ministry had released India’s National Health Profile (NHP) 2019 on Thursday, October 31 in New Delhi. It suggests that non-communicable disease (NCD’s) still contribute significantly to disease burden in the country. It is also alarming that the suicide rates have increased among people in the age group of 35-40

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Globally, non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) are the leading cause of death. And the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) in India has also witnessed a steep rise over the last few years.

According to the data provided by the union health ministry, chronic non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) like hypertension, diabetes and cancer are increasing in India.

Out of 6.40 crore people who were screened at the NCD clinics:

  • 40 lakh people are suffering from hypertension
  • Reported diabetes cases in the year 2018 were 31 lakh
  • And 1.68 lakh cancer cases were also reported in 2018

Besides this, suicide rates are increasing significantly among young adults. And, the maximum number of suicide cases (44,593) is reported between the age group 30-45 years.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan released the 14th National Health Profile, on Thursday, October 31 in New Delhi.

“Decline in morbidity and mortality from communicable diseases have been accompanied by a gradual shift to and accelerated rise in the prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancers, mental health disorders and injuries,” the National Health Profile report stated.

The union health minister in his message, informed, “Data is an indispensable part of governance and such incorporation of updated information from this publication would certainly help in policy planning and decision making and contribute to the improvement of health services in the country.”

According to the NHP report, out of 6.51 crore patients attended NCD clinics, 4.75% of people are diagnosed with diabetes, 6.19% are diagnosed with hypertension, 0.30% are diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases, 0.10% are diagnosed with stroke and 0.26% are diagnosed with common cancers.