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Public Health

In spite of substantial reductions in mortality rates over the years, health care in Bombay remains far below the expected level.

Management and disposal of waste

More than 5000 metric tons of solid waste is generated every day in Mumbai. The municipal corporation is in charge of the disposal of this waste, and evidently cannot cope with the task.


Mumbai has about 22,000 hospital beds distributed in about 1000 health care centres. Of these about 17 are municipal hospitals which can be afforded by the urban poor who make up 50% of the population.

Major health problems

Among Mumbai's major health problems one must surely count AIDS and Tuberculosis. Chronic respiratory problems due to air pollution are endemic among a large fraction of the population. Malaria and polio make occassional appearances.

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