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COVID-19 lockdown ensures clean air in India

The coronavirus pandemic has been an unexpected boon for global air pollution levels. As most countries and major metropolitan areas are under lockdown to contain the spread of Covid 19, the halt has resulted in a considerable drop in pollution indexes in Paris, London, Milan and most importantly Delhi. This has exposed the scale of pollution caused by human activities alone.

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Global leader or astute negotiator: China helps tackle Covid-19

The city of Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Hubei province in Central China, is now infamous as the epicentre of the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus disease--Covid-19. What was reported in the initial days of December 2019, as an ‘outbreak of pneumonia of unknown cause’, restricted to the city of Wuhan, soon turned out to be a horrifying global calamity, spiralling out of control and spreading all across the globe. As China emerges successful in reducing the number of Covid-19 cases in their country, this article attempts to analyse whether there is a possibility that China could lead the way in the global efforts to contain the deadly Covid-19. This article also attempts to analyse whether other nations could benefit from cooperating with China or would it pave the way for China’s global supremacy.

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कोविड-19 का परीक्षण व टीका विकास

सार्स-सीओवी-2 (SARS-CoV-2) वायरस से फैली कोविड-19 (COVID-19) बीमारी की चपेट में अमूमन विश्व का अधिकांश देश आ गया है। विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन डैशबोर्ड के अनुसार 23 मार्च, 2020 तक विश्व के 186 देशों में 2,94,110 लोगों में इस वायरस...

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Covid-19: Test, Test and Test

There is a large difference between the number of casualties in Italy and South Korea caused by Covid-19. The testing programme of these countries seems to be the key to this contrast. India is still at Stage 2 of this pandemic and should implement proven strategies of both social distancing and testing to contain the disease before it escalates to the next stage.

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The COVID-19 Fatalities: Is there a geographic pattern?

COVID-19 has spread to over 50 countries across the world. The virulence and lethality of the virus seems to be higher in regions with colder, dryer, temperate climate. However, India needs to be vigilant and cautious to prevent an outbreak.

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India’s AI Applications in Healthcare

AI comes with a promise of overcoming a majority of healthcare barriers that beleaguer India. This feature explores few AI applications that are currently in use in India and outlines challenges that need to be overcome in the coming decade.

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Mental Health in India

Mental health issues remain unreported over most of India. According to the 2017 World Health Organisation (WHO) Report, major or minor mental illnesses requiring expert intervention is 7.5 per cent of India’s population. Also, estimates show that of roughly 60 million people with mental illnesses, about 90 per cent are currently not receiving treatment in India.

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Euthanasia

In March 2018, the Supreme Court of India in a landmark judgement passed an order legitimising passive euthanasia in India. However, if passive euthanasia through a ‘living will’ is legalised, the courts must engage medical practitioners to also look at providing terminal patients a painless way of passing on.

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The Health Risks of Air Pollution

Rising levels of air pollution are posing a health hazard to people worldwide. In 2016, exposure to ambient PM2.5 caused 1.025 million deaths in India. While a number of policies to combat air pollution exists, improper implementation leaves us gasping for the most basic of human needs—air.

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Where are our Doctors

The Indian Health sector currently suffers from a skewed doctor to patient ratio. India must look beyond recruitment, focus on retention of public sector doctors and use methods of social science and management for enhanced delivery of public health services.