India is a third world developing country in Asia. It has the second largest population worldwide but very little financial freedom. Their history can be traced as far back as five millennia. They are known for their land, spices, jewelry, diverse religions and ancient architecture. Like most third world country, India has a high poverty rate and problems in population. With these many people, health can become an issue, the more because of lack of education and improper hygiene. Common health concerns in India includes heart and respiratory diseases. Some would point to tobacco to be cause for most of these diseases. Particulates in the environment are contributors to this growing concern.
Smoking and tobacco use is one of the leading causes of heart disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD, two killer diseases rampant in India. Respiratory system images of those suffering from COPD show that it is not limited to just cigarette smoking. It can also be from particulate matter in the environment due to pollution. Dust, smoke not pertaining to cigarettes, salt, pollen and soot can be suspended in the air that can be a factor to these diseases. What’s more is that COPD can increase the risk of heart disease and worsen existing health conditions. Other growing health concerns include tuberculosis, gastrointestinal diseases and diabetes due to pollution, poor nutrition and hygiene. There is also a lack of education of how to prevent and fight these diseases.
India’s economy has been doing better since the start of the decade but you wouldn’t think it was from the outside looking in. Call centers and technology related positions and enterprises are popping up. It would seem that a very small sector benefits from India’s developing economy. It doesn’t reflect it at all when looking at the accessibility of healthcare for the people. So many things have to be addressed especially in the grass roots level. Massive educational campaign on proper hygiene and food preparation. Provide them with clean water and adequate sanitation. Implementing cleanliness and immunization. Accessibility to healthcare. Clean food, exercise and educating them on the need and advantages of changing what was into what could be.