Cancer, malaria major health problems in North East, India: Report

A consultative Committee of Parliament headed by A Ramdoss, has identified Cancer, Malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS as the major health problems in Northeastern region of India. The Committee has urged the State governments to ensure effective implementation of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) so as to improve both health infrastructure and delivery services.

The Committee has expressed serious concern over the rising incidents of death due to malaria, TB and cancer in the North-East. According to a 2006 health report, over 54 percent malaria deaths in the country were reported from the northeast region. The region’s Maternal (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rates (IMR) were also higher than the national average rate. The committee also noted the dismal health infrastructure, including poor maintenance and management of the existing ones in the region, which requires immediate overhaul. There exists poor programme management, monitoring and uation and financial absorption capacity. The committee is hopeful that with the launching of the NRHM and the opening of the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), a touted super-specialty hospital and medical institute, the health situation would improve in the years to come.

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