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Bangladesh above India, Pakistan in global healthcare index

Update : 21 May 2017, 07:18 PM

A recent report has placed Bangladesh above India, Pakistan and other South Asian countries in terms of healthcare, reports The Times of India.

Bangladesh has scored 52 points in the Healthcare Access and Quality index published in The Lancet report whereas India has 44.8 points.

“Highly standardised cause of death and risk factor estimates generated through the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) to improve and expand the quantification of personal health-care access and quality for 195 countries and territories from 1990 to 2015” had been analysed to conclude the research.

In particular, mortality rates from 32 diseases which should not be fatal in presence of effective medical care had been looked at.

In South Asia, Sri Lanka has an impressive score of 72.8 points. Bhutan has 52.7 and Pakistan is below India with 43.1 points.

The study points that despite the country's socio-economic development, India has failed to achieve in healthcare goals and the gap between the score and predicted score has widened in the last 25 years.

Zee News quoted Christopher Murray, part of the team that contributed to the report, as saying, "Despite improvements in healthcare quality and access over 25 years, inequality between the best and worst performing countries has grown.”

The diseases for which rate of death were tracked included tuberculosis, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and measles, treatable cancer and heart disease, and maternal or neonatal disorders.

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