From infectious diseases to the diseases of affluence – changing habits and lifestyles are bringing a change in disease patterns. But India’s healthcare system is not changing fast enough to keep up. Lalita Panicker considers what this means for cancer patients.
India faces the challenge of a range of infectious diseases.
Inadequate Safe Drinking Water
Access to potable water in India has increased strongly over the past decade but a 2007 study from the Asian Development Bank reported that no major Indian city distributes clean water for more than a few hours a day.