South Asia only spends 2 percent of GDP on healthcare, lagging behind any other region in the world.
Current health expenditure is inappropriate to meet the current and future challenges of health in the region.
To become more viable country in health sector, we must have state-of-the-art health education, healthcare professionals, and proper research with adequate infrastructure, said Dr. Mobashir Ahmed Bhatti, while addressing COMSTECH webinar on “South Asia’s Health Care Challenges” held online on Wednesday.
He said, shifts in leading risk factors like dietary habits, tobacco use and high blood pressure are causing these diseases. He mentioned that industrialization, westernization of lifestyles and aging are health influencing factors.
Dr. Bhatti emphasized regional specific research and individualized healthcare. He said, personalized medicine is an emerging practice of medicine that uses an individual’s genetic profile to guide decisions made in regard to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.
This webinar was open to academicians, scientists, and general public from all the member OIC states. More than one hundred people attended this webinar online.