Deadly bacteria, surge in non-communicable diseases key challenges for India

New Delhi: As India moves into the new year, health experts predict a rise in diseases due to multi-drug resistant bacteria and in non-communicable diseases in the country in the years to come.

Experts said that India is progressing rapidly and along with this progress comes affluence, and the concerns and problems associated with it.

“We are going to see an increase in large numbers in the diseases which come with inactivity and obesity, like high blood pressure, heart disease, which is heart attacks and ischemic heart disease,” said Dr Preeti Chhabria, consultant and director of internal medicine at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai.

India will continue to lead the way in terms of diabetes because of the high carbohydrate intake in the diet of Indians.

“By 2030, we’re also going to see a large percentage of the population having concerns with obesity and being overweight. Apart from this, what is an extremely worrisome prediction for 2030 is that diseases with multi-drug resistant bacteria will rise,” Dr Chhabria told IANS.

Unless pharmaceutical companies come out with a large number of antibiotics, what we are going to face in India is multiple infections with very, very drug resistant bacteria. Part of the problem is that there is an indiscriminate use of antibiotics today.

Health experts said that unless people curtail that use, infections with drug resistant bacteria are only going to be a growing problem.

“What I do predict is that, diseases like tuberculosis and HIV will be under better control and in lesser numbers and have less of an impact on healthcare spending. I think those are being better controlled and a greater watch is being kept on them. So those are going to be less of a concern,” said Dr Chhabria.

According to Dr Dipu TS, Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Amrita Hospital, Kochi, India’s healthcare future in 2030 presents a dual challenge — a surge in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer fuelled by aging, lifestyle shifts, and urbanisation. NCDs will likely take centre-stage, with figures like diabetes skyrocketing from 62 million to 79 million by 2030.

“The threat of infectious diseases will persist as evidenced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Emerging infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance, and social inequalities keep them relevant,” Dr Dipu told IANS.

To navigate this, India needs a two-pronged approach: Bolstering healthcare infrastructure, promoting healthy lifestyles, and ensuring equitable access to care for both NCDs and infectious diseases.

DS Negi, CEO, at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital & Research Centre in Delhi-NCR, said that early 2023 marked a milestone in India’s fight against cervical cancer with the launch of its own highly effective, domestically-developed vaccine.

“Beyond vaccines, innovative treatment approaches like targeted therapies and immunotherapies gained traction in India. These personalised and immune-boosting strategies are expected to see even wider adoption in 2024 and beyond, offering new hope for patients,” Dr Negi said.

The other exciting trend reshaping healthcare in 2023 was the growing integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly in radiology and imaging.

“AI’s ability to analyse vast datasets empowers radiologists by identifying subtle patterns and anomalies in scans, leading to faster, more precise diagnoses. This not only expedites the diagnostic process but also minimises the possibility of missed details, ultimately improving patient outcomes,” he emphasised.


Delhi doctors report rise in stomach flu cases

New Delhi: Doctors on Monday reported a significant rise in stomach flu cases in the national capital. Stomach flu, also known as viral gastroenteritis, is a common illness caused by...

3 doctors, nursing officer put on APO in wrong blood transfusion case in Jaipur

Jaipur: Three doctors and a nursing officer have been put on Awaiting Posting Order (APO) in wrong blood transfusion case in Jaipur, officials said on Saturday. The accused medical staff...

Studies show no safe air quality threshold exists for heart & lung health

New York: Short and long term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution is linked to an increased risk of hospital admission for major heart and lung diseases, find...

Chikungunya to raise death risk from heart, kidney disease: Lancet

London: People infected with the chikungunya virus (CHIKV) still have an increased risk of death from complications of heart and kidney for up to three months post-infection, according to new...

A simple blood test to predict risk of heart attack within six months

London: A simple blood test can help detect several important biological processes that are active during the months before a heart attack, suggests a study. Heart attacks are the most...

In UP, 53% cancer in men is linked to tobacco

Lucknow: Data from the Indian Council of Medical Research's (ICMR) national cancer registry suggests that the lone cause of cancer in every second male patient in Uttar Pradesh, is tobacco....

How heart attack symptoms differ in men & women

New York: Sweating, nausea, dizziness and unusual fatigue may not sound like typical heart attack symptoms, but are common in women, and may occur more often when resting or asleep,...

Even mild Covid can affect sleep quality: Study

New Delhi: Scientists have found that even mild Covid-19 infections may cause insomnia, especially in people with anxiety or depression. It is already known that insomnia was common in patients...

80% of glaucoma cases go undetected in India: Experts

New Delhi: A whopping 80 per cent cases of glaucoma -- the third most common cause of blindness -- goes undetected in India, said experts here on Wednesday. Glaucoma is...

Ancient zombie viruses frozen in Siberia may trigger new pandemic: Study

London: A warming Earth and increase in human activity like shipping, mining may soon release ancient zombie viruses trapped in permafrost in Siberia, triggering a new pandemic, warns a study....

AIIMS rolls back decision, patient services to remain open on Monday

New Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here has clarified that all clinical services will remain open on Monday (January 22) to provide seamless and uninterrupted patient...

SARS-Cov-2 vax may offer moderate protection against long Covid in kids

New York: Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, provides moderate protection against long Covid, which can cause long-term serious acute illness, in children and adolescents, according to a...

Read Previous

In latest threat, Pannun says will target BSE from March 12

Read Next

Japan earthquake: Indian Embassy issues emergency numbers for citizens amid tsunami warnings

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By :