The most common cause of diarrhea is rotavirus, which claims the lives of more than 200,000 children each year and is responsible for nearly 40 percent of all diarrhea hospitalisations.
Even when treatment is available, the high out-of-pocket expenses substantially burden the poorest of households.
Although the saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ may seem clichéd, with infectious diseases, the preventive methods are already there, and it is imperative that we adopt them.
However, even with the world’s highest child deaths, India’s public spending in healthcare stands at 1.4% of GDP in 2014, amongst the lowest in the world, as compared to 3% in China and 7.6% in the UK.
As a result of skewed government priorities, thousands of children succumb to illness each day.