Weekly Current Affairs

Notice

  1.  In 2015, India, like other developed countries, had more number of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases.
  2.  In the case of males, deaths due to non-communicable diseases (3.6 million) were more than double that were caused by communicable diseases (1.5 million), while it was nearly double in females (2.7 million due to non-communicable diseases and nearly 1.4 million deaths due to communicable diseases).
  3.  Cardiovascular diseases were the leading cause of death in both sexes in India — 1.6 million in males and 1.1 million in females. The next biggest cause of deaths was chronic respiratory diseases — 0.68 million in males and 0.5 million in females.
  4. These are some of the results published in seven papers on the Global Burden of Diseases.
  5.  India had the highest number of suicide deaths in the world last year, with nearly 132,000 deaths in men and over 76,000 deaths in women.
  6.  At 0.36 and 0.31 million, neonatal disorders killed nearly equal number of males and females.
  7.   The other leading causes of deaths last year in both sexes were ischemic stroke, haemorrhagic stroke, TB, lower respiratory infections and diarrhoea.
  8.  Along with Nepal and Bhutan, India has registered a slower reduction in Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR).
  9. MMR was reduced by a little over 50 per cent in 25 years (1990 to 2015), from over 130,000 deaths in 1990 to nearly 64,000 deaths in 2015.
  10.  In 2015 alone, the number of under-5 deaths in India was 1.26 million. The number of stillbirths alone was 0.53 million.
  11.  For both sexes, the leading risk factors are high systolic blood pressure, fasting plasma glucose, ambient particulate matter, household air pollution, and unsafe water.
  12. Smoking is a bigger risk factor for Indians than even cholesterol and iron deficiency