Republic Day 2023: India at 74 has become world’s largest supplier of generic medications
Need to take our steps forward with the idea of sustainable healthcare (Photo credit: Pixabay)
India has improved dramatically in terms of health indicators or parameters like immunisation rates, declining death rates, life expectancy, and others.
- These developments have helped cure, treat and prevent a diverse range of diseases which were previously unknown to experts
- Today our experienced healthcare professionals are leading with the dream of a “Healthy India”.
- New and better medicines are being developed today with affordable price range.
The availability of basic healthcare services is one of the prime requirements for the right development of a nation. Since the first Republic Day of India, we have come a long way in almost every field and made our country proud. Talking particularly about the healthcare sector, we have achieved numerous milestones.
Today, India is recognised as the largest healthcare sector in the world. Hospitals, medical devices, clinical trials, outsourcing, telemedicine, medical tourism, health insurance, and medical equipment all fall under the category of healthcare. With rapid advancements in technology and improved services, both public and private entities in India are expanding continuously.
Over the years, India has improved dramatically in terms of health indicators or parameters like immunisation rates, declining death rates, life expectancy, and others. Numerous diseases, such as polio, smallpox, Leprosy, and guinea worm sickness, have been successfully eradicated. Additionally, the nation has become the world’s biggest supplier of generic medications.
Healthcare graph in India rising
We are continuously making progress in the field. In the past 5 decades, we have moved from basic silk Sutures to catguts to clips or staplers, IV Needles to scalp veins to Cannulas, and venous cut-downs to Central lines to PICC lines. Fixed OT tables to Hydraulic OT tables, from uncontrolled anaesthetic monitoring to Monitored Anaesthesia Care (MAC), from general anaesthesia to regional blocks to awake anaesthesia, from Open surgeries to Mini surgeries to laparoscopic surgeries to Laser surgeries, from basic ambulances to more advanced lifesaving ambulances and from basic vaporisers to advanced nebulisers.
These are the prime indicators of apparent growth of the healthcare sector. Talking about the same 50 years, there have been numerous significant advancements in medicine as well, some of which were unimaginable to both the public and doctors before 1950. While the time of imperialism left us in a poor state, today our experienced healthcare professionals are leading with the dream of a “Healthy India”.
Advancements and enhancements that took place throughout past years can be seen in the medical and surgical fields as well. These developments have helped cure, treat and prevent a diverse range of diseases.
India has advanced its branches and incredibly changed the world by following breakthroughs like vaccination, anaesthesia, insulin, epidemiology, germ theory and gene therapy.
The evolution and usage of antibiotics were accompanied at the top of the poll by vaccination (against infectious diseases) and advances in imaging came in second and third place, respectively, (most notably CT and MRI scanning).
The wide usage of digital technologies was evident during the COVID-19 pandemic in the healthcare industry as companies investigate cutting-edge ways to deliver care and obtain better disease management analytics. New and better medicines are being developed today with an affordable price ranges. Even though certain technologies are still being fully investigated, they have caused a significant shift in the industry.
New surgical technologies have been developed every year now to aid medical personnel in carrying out their duties in a risk-free, time-efficient manner.
We have made many surgical advancements in the past decades including robotic surgery, transplant surgeries, bariatric surgeries, implants, IVF and stem cell preservation, invasive and non-invasive cardiac sciences, spine surgeries, oncology surgeries, and plastic and reconstructive surgeries.
After all this, we really need to take our steps forward with the idea of sustainable healthcare, considering we are not even serving our own nation rather we are becoming one of the preferable choices for healthcare solutions globally.
(The author is a medical superintendent at Sanar International Hospitals)