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Life expectancy in India increased by 5 years in a decade

New Delhi: The World Health Organization defines life expectancy as “the average number of years a person is expected to live on the basis of the current mortality rates and prevalence distribution of health states
India TV News Desk January 29, 2014 9:53 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: The World Health Organization defines life expectancy as “the average number of years a person is expected to live on the basis of the current mortality rates and prevalence distribution of health states in a population”.

A data released by the UPA government shows that the health indicators across the country have shown significant improvements in the last 10 years.

Statistics released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare show that life expectancy in India has gone up by five years, from 62.3 years for males and 63.9 years for females in 2001-2005 to 67.3 years and 69.6 years respectively in 2011-2015.

The report also claims that there has been a reduction in new HIV cases by as much as 57 per cent. On the January 13, 2014, India completed three years without a single case of wild polio thereafter which the country was declared a Polio Free Nation.