A bill has been proposed to the Lok Sabha that could allow for practitioners of alternative forms of medicine - ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy (AYUSH) - to practise as qualified doctors. The proposal has been attacked by doctors. They cite the fact that the proposed “bridge course” does not give the same level … [Read more...] about AYUSH practitioners may become qualified doctors, a potential new generation of quacks
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President Ram Nath Kovind warns of a potential “mental health epidemic” in India, spotlighting an issue of great concern to public health. Mental health issues are often stigmatised in India, leading to many not seeking help. President Kovind stressed the need to increase access to mental health treatment facilities during a speech at the … [Read more...] about President warns of mental health epidemic
Support for traditional therapies is growing in India - potentially at the expense of public health. Many now express enthusiasm for homoeopathic remedies over allopathic treatments, believing Western medicine to be only a short term relief. This sentiment is perhaps best summarised by Paryda Krishnamurthy, chairman of the Telengana Medical … [Read more...] about Traditional medicine gaining popularity in India
A portable “lab in a box” in development could bring clinical testing services -- otherwise performed within laboratories -- to remote rural locations across India. The portable laboratory is being developed by Hemex Health with the intention of being able to diagnose potentially fatal diseases such as malaria and sickle cell disease, both … [Read more...] about Hemex Health raises funds for “lab in a box”
The government has announced plans for a central ID system for children that will track their progress through the education system and record health data. Government officials claim the programme will encompass a number of government ministries. The ministries that would be involved include human resources development, women and child … [Read more...] about Government to monitor child health and education through ID numbers
Every year, 2.6 million newborns in the world die within a month of their birth. Twenty-four percent of these deaths happen in India. India has a neonatal mortality rate (NMR) of 25.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to a new UNICEF report on neonatal mortality. This translates to 600,000 newborn deaths in the country every year, more … [Read more...] about Why does India have the most newborn deaths in the world?
West Bengal will not participate in Modicare, says Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) has polarised opinion since it was announced in the Budget earlier this year. Its financing has been an area of particular scrutiny, with controversy over the Centre’s plans for states to bear part of the cost. A … [Read more...] about West Bengal will not participate in Modicare, says CM Banerjee
India’s health sector and medical industry may see negative effects in the future stemming from an over reliance on imports of medicine and raw materials from China, claims the Indian Pharmaceutical Congress Association (IPCA), the apex organisation for Indian pharmacists. However, these Chinese raw materials are used in medicines destined for … [Read more...] about Indian pharma saves high-quality APIs for the first world. Indians get cheap Chinese imports.
Deadlines to eliminate kala-azar by the end of 2017, set out in the National Health Policy 2017, have not been accomplished. Surveys across the four states in which kala-azar is endemic have found the continued existence of sporadic outbreaks. This is according to senior officials of the National Vector Borne Disease Control … [Read more...] about India misses kala-azar elimination deadline
A potential one in ten medications circulating in India could be fake, claims a recent news release by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report states that, in low and low to middle income countries (L-LMICs), there is an abundance of medications that are either deemed to be substandard -- containing far less of the active ingredients … [Read more...] about One in ten medications could be fake claims WHO