Health: Infectious Diseases
The health status of Rajasthan is gradually improving. In a recent ranking exercise on health indicators by NITI Aayog, it was kept in second-to-last place among the 21 larger states for its performance in 2015-2016, to eight place from ninth – but its overall score raised slightly.
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.