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Punjab no longer a state of health and prosperity: Study
An investigation by Down to Earth (DTE), a fortnightly publication of NGO Centre for Science and Environment, has found that Punjab is no longer a state of health and prosperity it was believed to be.

DTE investigation said that the state has a growing health crisis- an ever-increasing number of people suffering from severe and chronic diseases but with a state public health system that has crumbled badly.

Calling the current health status of people in the state alarming, DTE said that while the state had done well in reducing maternal mortality rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Ratio (IMR), it was currently struggling with a new generation of crippling diseases like hepatitis C, learning disabilities, cancer and reproductive disorder, high prevalence of cerebral palsy, arthritis, which are widely prevalent.

The study said that arthritis is reported by young people as early as in their twenties, whereas a large proportion of elderly people are reported to be suffering from depression. The investigation noted that as many as 50-60 per cent of young people in the 16-35 years age group are addicted to drugs, according to the state health department.

According to a CSE's release, the public health care system is not able to counter the surge in diseases and there were cases where people had to sold their properties or wealth to raise money for the expensive private treatment for their family members.

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