National Health Profile India (NHP) 2018

2,84,471 Homoeopathy doctors, 4,28,884 Ayurveda doctors ,10.5 Lakh Allopathic doctors , 7.75 Lakh AYUSH, 2.5 lakh Dentists in India 

The figures were revealed in the National Health Profile (NHP), 2018, released by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence, the health intelligence wing of the Directorate General of Health Services under the Health Ministry. The NHP 2018 is a comprehensive annual compilation of data on disease incidence, health infrastructure and health finance. NHP are the basis of health policies including the recent Ayushman Bharat, and also a reliable indicator of how the programme was functioning.

Revealing the sorry state of public healthcare expenditure in the country, the recent data released by the Union Health Minister J P Nadda, showed  one allopathic government doctor on an average serves over 11,082 people in our country. The distribution is further skewed with states like Bihar having Worst Ratios. As per totals, the data revealed that there are 10,41,395 Doctors registered with the Medical Council Of India upto 2017 and 2,51,207 registered dentists. Similar figures for AYUSH stood at 7,73,668 where more than 50% are ayurveda practitioners.

According to the authorities, the good statistics in Delhi are due to an advanced focus on private hospitals whereas, in northeastern states, the better figures are due to lower population density and not better infrastructure.

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Number of registered allopathic doctors possessing recognized medical qualifications (under MCI Act) and registered with state medical council for the years 2016 and 2017 were 25,282 and 17,982 respectively. At present, average population served per government allopathic doctor is 11,039.

There has been a marked improvement in the Dentist to population Ratio. Number of Dental Surgeon registered with Central/State Dental Councils of India up to 31.12.2017 were 2,51,207.

India, with its kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage, is proud of some unique medicinal forms that look at health, disease and causes of disease in completely different ways. Best known as the AYUSH, its main focus is on holistic health and well-being of humans. Over the years with gaining popularity, there is a steady rise in total number of registered AYUSH Doctors in India from 7, 71,468 in 2016 to 7,73,668 in 2017.

AYUSH has maximum number of registered Ayurvedic doctors (55.44%), followed by registered Homeopathy Doctors (36.77%) in India. (Figure 5.4)

Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) plays very crucial role in providing healthcare services pertaining to maternal and child health. They are having wider linkages with ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers of ICDS and other development sectors like education, water supply and sanitaion. There are total of 8,41,279 ANMs serving in the country as on 31.12.2016. There are 19,80,536 Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives (RN & RM) and 56,367 Lady Heath Visitors serving in the country as on 31.12.2016

According to the report, the NHP has this year used data from perhaps the largest screening exercise for non-communicable diseases. Under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke, 35 crore people were screened.

Defect in Ayush data
This report is based on the data provided by Ministry of Ayush – that seems to be defective .

As per the reports more registered Homoeopathy Practitioners in Maharashtra (64538), Less in Chandigarh (153). But no Homoeopathy doctors in Manipur,Mizoram, Sikkim,Andaman Nicobar,D & N Haveli,Dan Diu, Lakshadweep, Puducherry etc. We reliably know that around 15 doctors still practicing in Lakshadweep 

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