India, where just 1.5 per cent of the GDP goes to healthcare, took some promising steps to uplift patient care in 2016 — a year that also saw it becoming the world’s first country free from yaws, an infection common in children, and neonatal tetanus, a lethal consequence of unhygienic deliveries. The development won India praise from global health groups after the World Health Organisation (WHO) certified that the country had eradicated the two infections. With this, India became the first country under the WHO 2012 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) road map to eliminate the infections.

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