Diabetic Retinopathy: an emerging eye disease in India

Diabetic Retinopathy: an emerging eye disease in India An awareness about diabetes management and expansion of the eye health care services at the grass roots level for reducing the burden of avoidable blindness is essential for India in the coming years. The eyes are the most beautiful organs in our body. The health of the human eye is as essential as any other body organ but concerns for the health of our eyes are often neglected. Even in frameworks for communicable and non-communicable diseases,...

Health # Population

Health Policy and the Improving Health Indices of India

Health policy of India aims at integrated approach, to provide accessible, affordable & equitable quality health care to marginalised & vulnerable sections.

Health # Population

Life-saving coronary stents have been made affordable

Breaking a nexus that exists within the health sector, the central government has finally made life saving coronary stents accessible and affordable in India. On January 14, The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)has notified a ceiling price for Drug Eluting Stents (DES) at Rs. 29,600 and for Bare Metal Stents (BMS) at Rs. 7,260 under the provisions of paragraph 19 of the Drugs Prices Control Order, 2013.. The prices were made affective from February 14. Family members of the heart...


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...

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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 | 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.