Delhi government’s puny measures for a monstrous calamity

With the continuing deterioration in the air quality, the Delhi government went into a flurry of activities and announced some half-baked interim measures. After the heightened alarm raised by the environment lobby and Delhi citizens on Sunday, November 6, 2016, claiming that the city has turned into a gas chamber, the Delhi government is putting out meager measures to help alleviate the situation (see alarming PM 2.5 situation in table 1). Table 1: PM 2.5 values of Delhi between 2 to 7 November,...


The Smog Thickens

The way things are going probably in a few days we will find ourselves fighting to breathe.


Avian Flu (Update)

Although, a bird suffering from avian influenza will show no sign of illness, it can result in large-scale outbreaks where mass culling of fowl raised for human consumption could be required in order to contain the infection. The national zoo and deer park in New Delhi is indefinitely closed in current scenario. The death of almost a dozen of water birds in the city, due to bird flu, has raised the collective alarm about how to contain the spread and whether humans are at stake. India intermittently suffers the infection, with annual regularity. The essay examines the issue and speaks to experts about whether there is any cause of panic.

Coverage # Health

Petition’s Power – Coronary stent prices to come down

One-fifth of the deaths in India are caused by coronary heart disease and it is predicted that by 2020 it will account for one-third of all deaths. The disease is affecting both rural and urban Indians and the numbers are shockingly on the rise in young Indians. The exorbitant cost of coronary stent -a tube-shaped device placed in the coronary arteries to supply blood to the heart and used extensively to prevent heart-attacks - is a major deterrent in treatment of the disease, especially when it comes...

Development # Health # inbriefpopulation

Indian Government Policies To Promote Child Development

As per the ‘State of the World‘s Children 2015’ report published by United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the level of children who are underweight, stunted and wasted are 44, 48 and 20 per cent respectively. However, this Report is based on 2005-06 data of National Family Health Survey-III conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Further, in the Rapid Survey of Children (RSoC) conducted by Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) in association...

Health # inbriefpopulation

Punjab and drugs – the deep connect

New Delhi, June 21 (G’nY News Service): ‘Udta Punjab’ by Anurag Kashyap has brought the crisis of drug abuse that has gripped the State into mainstream discourse. The movie provides rare glimpses of the extent of the menace that affects all, without the bias of gender or class. The following section provides succinct previews about the worsening condition of Punjab. At the outset, the intensity of the problem can well be gauged from the fact that about 60 per cent of the drugs confiscated...

Health # Magazine Articles | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Water Quality and Fluorosis in India

India is one of the 25 fluorosis endemic countries worldwide. Consumption of water rich in fluoride, especially groundwater, and food with high fluoride content needs to be checked to curb fluorosis.

Health | VOL. 16, ISSUE 95, March-April 2016

Government Initiatives for Cancer Treatment in India

The central and state governments have been running several programmes to help cancer patients. Subsidised treatment and palliative care for cancer are already in place. The AMRIT venture is a step in the right direction to make expensive medicines affordable for patients nationwide.

Health | VOL. 16, ISSUE 95, March-April 2016

Tuberculosis Cases: WHO Reports a Decline

Despite advances in prevention, diagnosis and treatment tuberculosis remains one of the world's biggest threats with 105 million tuberculosis deaths in 2014. In India it has declined from 216 per lakh population per year in 1990 to 167 in 2014.

Health | VOL. 16, ISSUE 95, March-April 2016

Initiatives to Reduce IMR and MMR

Various health care schemes of the Indian government are aimed at reducing the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and intact mortality rate (IMR) in the country. Special focus is being given to states with poor public health indicators and high numbers of people living below the poverty line.