Investment and public awareness vital to revive education sector in India: WHO representative

India has witnessed itself as one of the largest emerging markets in the world and has become a hot bun for foreign investments largely due to the population which will eventually expand the market with it’s needs. And despite gaining all the economic progress, it as of late, still has been called a developing country. But the perception seems to be changing as the country is taking up certain economic measures for the change.

Unfortunately, like every other country, India still has various loopholes to deal with. One of them being the health sector which has been the least invested on financially. It’s become a serious concern with more new cases of malnutrition being reported every day and other ailments caused by foodborne diseases according to a new W.H.O report. Cases of foodborne diseases are not new in the country. They’ve for a very long period jeopardized the health of the citizens. The lack of health inspection and hygiene awareness in many eating outlets, as well as contaminated mid-day meals, has increased the problem at an alarming rate.

Keeping all of this in mind, Henk Bekedam, the World Health Organization India representative has emphasized on creating public awareness through investment in the health and education sector along with inspection and surveillance to detect, as well as counter foodborne diseases. Moreover, it’s not just the adulteration that has been instrumental in giving impetus to food borne diseases but also because of the cities being kept unclean and not meeting the required hygiene standards which makes it all the more obvious regarding why the situation despite of other major developments still hasn’t gotten better.

Methods like advertisements on television, radio and hoarding along with some educational methods can help to mitigate the problem. Not only that framing rules and regulations for restaurants and school canteens to follow to meet the required hygiene standards can also be beneficial in resolving the issue. Most importantly, the investments have to be directed towards the food testing labs as only 1.2% of its GDP is spent in the health sector.

If the country takes all the aforementioned measures and precautions, this for sure will be a major move towards development not only in the health sector but will also help people to improve their lifestyle which eventually and undoubtedly will pave way for more opportunities in an environment which is plague-free and safe for the future generations to take solace and pride in.

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