If India has to progress and claim its superiority among the nations, it is necessary to control population growth, increase literacy rates, enhance employment opportunities and ensure better health for all its citizens.
APRIL 7 is observed as World Health Day. India has had a series of health problems that had struck our nation and economy but the battle for better health continues with a sense of urgency. After the successful eradication of small pox and the elimination of leprosy from the country, we are left with HIV-AIDS and TB as major health problems. .......................
....................... The theme for World Health Day 2009 is "Save lives, make hospitals safe in emergency". It focuses on the resilience and safety of health facilities and the health workers who treat those affected by emergencies.
Health should be made a felt-need, then only the maxim "Health is Wealth" will be more effective. Elections in India are round the corner; better health for the citizens of the country is one of the issues for the voters. Let?s see who keeps the promise!
-DR NARAYAN B IYER, The writer is the National Co-ordinator of the Indian Development Foundation (IDF) and a resident of Mumbai
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