India has a population of 1.2 billion. According to WHO, India has 800,000 doctors and 1.6 million nurses. This is like, two health professionals per 1000 people. This is below WHO recommended threshold of 2.5.
At state level, Andhra Pradesh and Panjab have 4 health professsionals per 1000 people, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala has 5 per 1000 people, Bihar and UP has less than 1 per 1000 people.
As India hopes to achieve universal healthcare for all, the shortage and inequitable distribution of healthcare workforce must be considered to reach the goal.