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Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma & Anesthesia Care in India

Government-appointed committees and relevant national policies have guided health planning in India for the past eight decades. We aimed to assess the national policy prioritisation of surgical care in India.

India has 81,150 surgical specialists to cater to a population of 1.3 billion, denoting a massive shortage. We conducted a retrospective secondary data analysis of PG and SS surgical specialty spots across 29 states and seven union territories. 

According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, India had a Cataract burden of 30.34 million in 2017-18. As per the National Health Profile, the number of cataract surgeries achieved during that time was only 6.66 million. Is Universal Cataract Coverage an achievable dream for a developing country like India? 

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery (LCoGS) and subsequent research have highlighted gaps in blood banking and its impact on surgical care in several LMICs, including India. We aimed to conduct a systematic assessment of blood banking in India.

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