Apart from allopathic doctors, another 5.65 lakh AYUSH doctors also provide useful service, often in remote areas with limited medical facilities.
It has better seen India in the WHO mandated doctor-population ratio of 1:1000, and achieved a commendable 1:834.
Nurses and paramedics also play an important role in the healthcare sector.
The story of growth is much the same for them too – their numbers have grown from just 16,000 in 1951 to about 3.5 million now.
There are now about 2 nurses available per 1000 population in India.