Health: Infectious Diseases
Andhra Pradesh is moving ahead on the Indian health ranking. In the recent NITI Aayog ͞Healthy States, Progressive India index it moved up one ranking among the 21 larger states for its performance in health in 2015-2016, to eight place from ninth.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a major global health challenge, and in 2016 India accounted for over a fifth of estimated TB mortality worldwide, the highest burden of any country (WHO, 2017).
In an upcoming research paper Nimalan Arinaminpathy, a senior lecturer in Mathematical Epidemiology at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, has explored two options that would improve the state’s response to TB. The first proposal is to increase the quality of TB care in the private sector, and in the second adding case-finding in urban slums to this approach.
Sector Expert Consultation
On 25th Oct 2017, the sector expert consultation on diseases was held at Hotel Fortune Murali Park, Vijayawada. A total of 27 experts participated in the consultation. The consultation included experts from Government agencies like Andhra Pradesh Vaidya Vidhana Parishad (APVVP); Director of Health, GoAP; MEPMA; Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan; Medical Officer, State Senior Coordinator for School Health; Indian Medical Association; Chairperson, Dean - Research and Research Officer from IIHMR University, Jaipur; Health Consultants from UNICEF; Senior faculty from Siddhartha Medical College; researchers from Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, and private sector stakeholders from hospitals including Ramesh Hospital etc.