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India's child diarrhoeal mortality rate is still substantially higher than Bangladesh and China.
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It is estimated that 31 million adult people died prematurely (death below 70 years of age) in India during 2010-2015; accounting for 21% of the total global premature deaths, the highest in the world. An important trend observed by health organizations is the shift of the premature mortality burden from the child (0-5 years) to the adult (15-60 years) level.
The fear of the grim effects of communicable diseases and the criticality of looking into maternal and child health is understandable. This, however, does not justify the casual approach to the growing incidence of non-communicable diseases that has long eluded public consciousness.