India’s top medical experts warn that the nation’s hospitals are failing to meet the country’s health needs.
In a new report published on Thursday, a group of Indian medical experts warned that hospitals have not been adequately equipped to deal with the unprecedented number of emergency cases that have been popping up around the country in recent weeks.
The new report from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) comes amid a global debate about health care access in India.
The report was released as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Indian capital to launch the countrys largest healthcare initiative, the Bharat Mission for India.
The Mission aims to create 5 million new health workers in five years, a goal that the Indian government hopes will boost India’s economy.
The country has an aging population and many people have not benefited from the introduction of modern medical technology.
India has one of the highest mortality rates in the world, according to the World Health Organization.
The ICRMR report said that in 2014, the country saw nearly 1.2 million emergency hospital admissions, a number that rose to more than 1.6 million in 2015.
This increased to 2.5 million in 2016.
“The problem is not just a shortage of doctors, but also an inability to get competent doctors to come to India,” Dr. Prabhu Gupta, chairman of the ICRRMR, told CNN.
“A large number of Indian hospitals have been unable to provide competent health care for patients, and therefore have not managed to address the problem effectively,” he added.
The ICMR report also noted that while the number of hospital beds is on the rise in India, it is still a very small percentage of the country.
“India’s hospitals face challenges in terms of facilities,” Dr Gupta added.
The report also found that in 2015, the number a person needed to see a doctor for an emergency was about 10,000.
This is roughly the same as the number that needs to see for a CT scan.