Government doctors have gone on strike in Kerala, protesting changes to outpatient services at family health centres. The strike began on Friday, April 13th and will continue indefinitely. Doctors are protesting state government plans to extend the duration of outpatient services in the state. The original schedule was 9am to … [Read more...] about Government doctors strike in Kerala
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
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?
Controversy continues over the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine used to prevent cervical cancer in women. Reports suggest India’s health ministry will not include it under the country’s universal immunisation programme (UIP). Estimates suggest 1 in 53 women in India will develop cervical cancer in their lifetime. It is believed 423.2 million … [Read more...] about Controversy continues over HPV vaccine and cervical cancer
Rollout of the Jiyo Parsi (Live Parsi) programme continues in India - and continues to attract controversy. The programme aims to revitalise the falling Parsi population in India. Parsis are a religious minority in India, descended from Zoroastrians who originally settled in India between the eighth and tenth centuries to escape persecution in … [Read more...] about Jiyo Parsi: Regenerative or regressive?
‘Nations Within a Nation’ A groundbreaking new study published today in The Lancet spotlights a major concern about healthcare in India: the vast disparities between its states. ‘Nations Within a Nation’, touted as ‘the first comprehensive analysis of health in India’, shows that the ‘substantial gains in healthcare’ made by India in recent … [Read more...] about Inequality between states harms health in India
On November 8, 2014, 140 women underwent surgery in two state-run sterilisation camps in Chhattisgarh. Five days later, thirteen of them had died. The tragedy grabbed global headlines. Three years later, it remains an open wound in India. At the time, it seemed as if there was one, easy-to-identify cause that could be addressed through changed … [Read more...] about Chhattisgarh sterilisation camp deaths: Three years on
In the wake of the Gorakpur tragedy, it has been revealed that medical oxygen has seen a tax increase. Medical oxygen has seen its tax rate rise to 18 percent under the recently updated Goods and Services Tax (GST) which fixed the cost of most life saving medicines at a lower rate of five percent tax. This is being described as anomalous, as … [Read more...] about Medical oxygen sees tax increase