India 4th in Asia and the only SAARC country to have a quit-line number for Tobacco
On September 25, 2018, India became the only SAARC country to have a quit-line number on tobacco products.
i. The Quit call number is: ‘1800-11-2356’.
ii. Union Health Ministry along with the 85% pictorial warning has involved the number in the packaging of tobacco products from September 1, 2018.
iii. India is the 4th such country in Asia after Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia to have a helpline number dedicated for helping people quit tobacco products.
iv. Around 46 countries globally have quit line numbers as part of health warning.
♦ Secretary-General of SAARC: Amjad Hussain B. Sial .
♦ SAARC Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
♦ SAARC Headquarters: Kathmandu, Nepal.
India ranked 158th among 195 countries for investment in health care and education: The Lancet
On September 25, 2018, according to a study by Seattle-based Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation published in The Lancet, India ranks 158th in the world for its investments in education and healthcare.
i. Survey was done of 195 countries.
ii. According to the survey, Finland tops the list in the two key sectors.
iii. India ranked 158th in the world, below countries like Sudan (157th), Azerbaijan, China and Bosnia Herzegovina.
iv. Earlier in 1990 India ranked 162nd.
v. It is followed by Namibia at 159th.
vi. The United States ranked 27th, while China placed at 44th and Pakistan 164th.
About the parameters:
i. Human capital is a measure of the education and health levels in a population, expressed as the number of expected years lived between the age of 20 and 64.
ii. It also accounts for life expectancy, functional health, years of schooling and education quality.