Reports & Indices Current Affairs - 2019

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National Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy Survey, 2019

On October 10, 2019, at the Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare, Union Minister Harsha Vardhan released National Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy survey, 2019. The survey was conducted between 2015 and 2019. Diabetes and Diabetic retinopathy have been emerging as significant non – communicable diseases that lead to ocular morbidity.

The survey was conducted by Rajendra Prasad Center for Ophthalmic sciences and AIIMS, New Delhi

Key findings of the survey – Diabetes

  • One in 46 diabetic patients in India become visually impaired due to diabetes. And one in 7 diabetic patients have vision impairment
  • The prevalence of Diabetes has remined at 11.8% in the last four years. Prevalence of known diabetes cases were 8% and new cases were 3.8%
  • Males showed prevalence of 12% and females 11.7%
  • The highest prevalence was observed in the age group of 70 – 79 years
  • Around 5.3% of the patients were diagnosed in past one year. While, 5.3% of cases were known diabetic cases

Key findings of the survey – Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)

  • DR was prevalent in diabetic population aged up to 50 years. Around 16.9% of the population suffered from DR
  • Among males DR was prevalent among 17% of males and 16.7% of females
  • DR among different age groups were observed as follows
    • 60 – 69 years – 18.6%
    • 70 – 79 years – 18.3%
    • Above 80 years – 18.4%
  • Prevalence of blindness among diabetic patients was 2.1% and visual impairment was 13.7%

The report says that lack of data on DR is a major concern in India. This is the first survey to include DR along with diabetes.

Diabetic Retinopathy

It is a diabetic eye disease. It affects 80% of those who have diabetes. DR is a condition in which damage occurs in retina due to diabetes mellitus. The longer a person suffers from diabetes higher are his chances to develop DR.

WHO on Diabetes

The WHO estimated that in 2014 around 8.4% were diabetic globally. In India around 72.96 million diabetes cases were identified. It was between 10% and 14% in urban areas and between 3% and 7% in rural areas.

Reasons

  • Poor Awareness is the major cause of diabetes in India. Around 60% of Indians have poor control over their sugar level according to the survey
  • Majority of the diabetic patients never sought an eye check up
  • 90% of diabetic patients never gone for fundamental evaluation for diabetic retinopathy
  • The main reason for diabetes leading to vision impairment or blindness is mainly due to poor blood sugar control. Around 85.7% of surveyed patients were on oral tablets while only 39.5% had controlled blood glucose level.

Global Competitiveness Index, 2019

India ranked 68th in the annual Global Competitiveness Index. It is the worst performing among the BRICS nations along with Brazil that is ranked at 71. The Global Competitive Index is compiled by World Economic Forum. The Forum has mapped 141 countries using 103 indicators.

India had dropped 10 places. A number of similar economies like South Africa, Turkey and Colombia have improved over the past year and have overtaken India.

This year Singapore has replaced US as the world’s most competitive country. The US was positioned at 2nd place and was followed by Hong Kong at third place and Netherlands and Switzerland at 4th and 5th places respectively. China was ranked at 28th position and was the highest ranked among BRICS nations. Vietnam showed higher improvements in the region and was ranked at 67

The report also said that Asia Pacific was the most competitive region globally. It was followed by Europe and North America.

Key findings of the report on India

  • India ranked high in terms of macroeconomic stability and market size.
  • India also ranked high in terms of corporate Governance. India was at 15th place in the category.
  • In terms of market India ranked third.
  • India had positive remarks in terms of renewable regulation.
  • In terms of innovation, India has punched above its development status. It was well ahead of most of the emerging economies that are on par with the advanced economies.
  • Poor health conditions and low Life Expectancy were the shortcomings in the country according to the report. In terms of life expectancy India ranked 109 out of 141 countries. This is one of the shortest as compared to South Asian average.
  • According to the report, India also needs to grow its skill base, market efficiency. Trade openness and worker protection rights according to the report are insufficiently developed.
  • The ratio of female workers to male workers in India was 0.26. It ranked 128th place and was very low as compared certain other developing countries.
  • India ranked 118 in incentivization and 107th place for skills

The US Economy

  • Though US performance as compared to 2018 slowed own, it scored in sub categories like employee skills, venture capital availability and business dynamism pillar
  • The decline of life expectancy in the US was huge. It was lower than China. Singapore ranked first in terms of life expectancy.

Concerns

  • The education system of the world’s largest and most innovative economies failed to keep up the pace of innovation. IT included India, China, Brazil, France and South Korea.
  • Economic stagnation was widespread. This has happened in spite of the central banks injecting more than 10 trillion dollars last year
  • Many of governments and central banks failed to use correct monetary policies to stimulate economic growth