Prevalence of HIV/AIDS in India is nearly one-fourth the global rate; for TB and malaria, rates of new infections are decreasing but levels remain higher than the global average; India is one of three countries that accounted for
half of all malaria deaths last year.
The slew of proposals to boost the health care sector presented by the Union Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley, as part of the 2014-15 India budget augurs well for tackling pre-mature deaths and disability caused by non-communicable diseases in the country.
Recent studies that point to differences between the men and women in cardiovascular disease and diabetes are a wake-up call for Indian researchers who must undertake more gender specific research on the consequences of diabetes.
The unfortunate and untimely death of the Union Rural Development Minister, Mr Gopinath Munde, in a road crash in the national Capital in the early hours of Tuesday morning has once again brought the issue of wearing seat belts into sharp focus.