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
Actor Pierce Brosnan of James Bond fame has found himself at the centre of tobacco-related controversy in India. Health officials in Delhi have sent the actor a show cause notice over the actor’s appearances in advertisements for a brand of pan masala sold by Pan Bahar. Pan masala Pan masala is a popular chewing mixture in India. It sometimes … [Read more...] about How Pierce Brosnan wound up in a tobacco firestorm in India
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.
India’s community health centres, where primary healthcare is delivered at the grassroots level, suffer from an 81 percent shortage of specialist staff, including surgeons, general physicians and paediatricians. These shortages of staff are particularly prevalent in rural environments and may be leading to otherwise preventable deaths. The … [Read more...] about Shortages of specialist doctors
Last year, Google honoured the 153rd birthday of Dr Rakhmabai Bhikaji. Dr Bhikaji holds the accolade of being the first woman in India to formally practice medicine, a remarkable achievement in a time when modern medicine was in its infancy. In addition to this, Dr Bhikaji made pioneering steps for women at a time when it was traditional, … [Read more...] about Dr Rakhmabai Bhikaji: One of India’s first female doctors
The 2018 Budget contains the Modi government’s biggest commitment to healthcare to date with the announcement of the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS). The NHPS - dubbed ‘NaMoCare’ or ‘Modicare’ by the press - is a wholesale effort to extend health coverage to 10 crore (100 million) economically vulnerable households. It is being called … [Read more...] about Modicare: A healthcare revolution or an empty promise?
Indian patients get just two minutes with their doctor on average. India falls far short of the majority of nations when it comes to the length of time a patient can expect to spend with a doctor. An appointment with a doctor at the primary care level was found to average out at around 2 minutes finds a study published in the British Medical … [Read more...] about Average doctor appointment just two minutes long
More births took place in India on New Year’s Day, more than any other country. UNICEF estimates 386,000 children were born on January 1, 2018 with more than 90 percent of them born in low and middle income countries (LMICs). India tops the list with 69,070 births, followed by China with 44,760 births and Nigeria with 20,210. 'Some will not … [Read more...] about India had most births on New Year’s Day