Morbidity rate weighs down Telangana

Morbidity rate weighs down Telangana
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Telangana government is facing the challenge of overcoming high morbidity rate in rural areas which is higher than the national average, according to Telangana State Development Report (SDR).

Morbidity rate in rural areas is 9.8 per cent as against the national average of 8.9 per cent

Hyderabad: Telangana government is facing the challenge of overcoming high morbidity rate in rural areas which is higher than the national average, according to Telangana State Development Report (SDR).

The report, which was released here on Friday, said that the morbidity rate in Telangana rural areas was 9.8 per cent as against the national average of 8.9 per cent.

It is reported that the higher rural morbidity in Telangana state is contrary to the general tendency of morbidity being reported more in urban areas. The morbidity rate in urban areas of Telangana has been reported at 9.5 per cent as against the national average of 11.8 per cent.

Among morbid persons, a majority ( 56.3 per cent) were suffering from chronic ailment. The SDR prepared by the Southern Regional Centre of the Council for Social Development (CSD) in cooperation with the Telangana State Planning department said that only 29 per cent of those who were hospitalised went to government hospitals as compared to 41.9 per cent who had undergone treatment in the government hospitals in the country.

In the case of urban areas, 78 per cent of the patients got admitted in private hospitals. The reason for approaching private hospitals is the access to private institutions is comparatively higher in Telangana than the national level.

As far as medical expenditure is concerned, it was higher in rural Telangana (Rs 21,683) per person than rural India (Rs 16,956) per person. But the health expenditure is comparatively lower in urban Telangana (Rs 22,584) than urban India (Rs 26,455).

The report said that the higher incidence and prevalence of acute diseases among the rural poor and socially disadvantaged implies the need for more curative care facilities within the reach of the people.

It pointed out that the quality aspects of private health care, the reasons for relying on private health care, the extent and reach of the government health care facilities, the nature and the availability of preventive health care are the important areas that needs to be empirically examined further in the state of Telangana.

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