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Table 2 Size and composition of HRH in India as of 2018

From: Size, composition and distribution of health workforce in India: why, and where to invest?

HWF NHWA (millions) NSSO (millions) NSSO estimate as % of NHWA
   Total reported Adequately qualified Total reported Adequately qualified
Allopathic doctor 1.16 0.80 0.66 72.7 60.0
Nurse/midwives 2.34 1.40 0.79 60.9 34.3
Pharmacist 1.19 0.25 0.21 21.0 17.6
Dentist 0.27 0.18 0.17 66.7 63.0
Traditional medicine professional/AYUSH 0.79 0.49 0.25 62.0 31.6
Health Associates/allied* N.A 0.75 0.40 N.A N.A
Overall 5.76 3.87 2.48 67.2 43.1
  1. Sources: NHWA 2018; NSSO 2017–2018 and Census of India 2019
  2. *Includes health assistants, sanitarians, dieticians and nutritionists, optometrists and opticians, dental assistants, physiotherapy associates, pharmacist assistants, occupational therapist chiropodist, masseur, etc.