India ranks 143 among 188 countries on health index; Iceland tops list
A new study on a range of health indicators has ranked India 143rd in a list of 188 countries, clearly indicating that the country continues to lag behind other countries in healthcare.
India, which was placed just ahead of Pakistan and Bangladesh which were ranked 149th and 151st respectively, was ranked lower than countries like Bhutan, Botswana, Syria and Sri Lanka owing to poor performance on hygiene, air pollution mortality. “Despite rapid economic growth, India was ranked 143rd, below Comoros and Ghana,” the first annual assessment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) health performance published in the Lancet and launched at a special event at the UN General Assembly in New York said. For malaria, which was one of the health indicators assessed, India merely scored 10 points and remained in the red. Similarly for hygiene, the study gave India just eight points while for PM2.5, it scored just 18 points.For under-five mortality India scored 39 points while for Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) it scored 28 points. India, however, scored above 80 points for performing well in areas like Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) which are a diverse group of communicable diseases, overweight and harmful alcohol consumption.