Government of India’s Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has formally released the “Health in India” report 2020. The main objective of the Health report was to gather quantitative data on India’s health sector. The Health in India report have highlighted on the health of religious communities nationwide.


Health in India report has been prepared on the basis of information provided by the National Sample Survey Schedule 25.0 (Household Consumption: Health). The National Sample Survey report data was collected through a sample survey of around 1.13 households that include 5.55 lakh people.

Key Findings of the Health Report

  • Health in India report highlights that around 7.5 per cent of Indians suffered from ailments (A disease is a particular abnormal condition that negatively affects the structure an organism).
  •  6.8 per cent suffered from ailments in the rural area while in Urban area, the numbers were high at 9.1 per cent.
  • National Sample Survey’s Report says, the Zoroastrians (world’s oldest continuously practiced religions) were the most susceptible to ailments. Around 31.1 per cent of Zoroastrians (or Mazdayasna) were suffered from ailments as of July 2020 according to the report.
  • The percentage of sick people other communities are
    1. Jains: 11.2%
    2. Sikhs: 11%
    3. Christians: 10.5%
    4. Muslims: 8.1%
    5. Buddhists: 8%
    6. Hindus: 7.2%
  • National Sample Survey’s Report states that, women were more susceptible to suffering than men.
  • Around 6.1 per cent of males were suffering from ailments in rural area while percentage of women in rural area was 7.6 per cent. On the flip side,  In urban areas, 8.2 per cent of males and 10 per cent of females were sick of ailments.
  • Thus, number of females suffered from ailments were high as compared to male in both the urban and rural area in india.
  • The Health survey defines ailment as a deviation faced by the person in his or her physical well being.

Relation between Health & Religion

The relation between health & religion is highly important in the manner that many religious practices helps to reduce the impacts of some of the diseases. The religious practices works as a guard against blood pressure. These practices also helps to strengthen the immune system. Govt releases Health in India Report Govt releases Health in India Report