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
Kerala is to introduce a new policy that would require all children starting school to show that they have been vaccinated Health Minister K K Shailaja claimed the move would fortify the health sector and make progress towards higher immunisation rates within the state. The state’s cabinet approved a draft of the new medical policy on Tuesday, … [Read more...] about Kerala to make vaccination mandatory for school admission
‘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
Paid menstrual leave is gaining popularity among companies in India. However, debate continues over whether it is a progressive or regressive policy. A number of Indian companies now allow women to take paid leave for dysmenorrhea, or period pain. Culture Machine, Magzter and Mathrumbi are among the firms to have taken this step in recent … [Read more...] about Paid menstrual leave in India: Progress?
The BJP faces accusations of institutionalised corruption in yet another scandal involving medical colleges. As controversy over the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh continues, a similar issue has arisen in Kerala. Allegations this time say approval for medical colleges by the Medical Council of India (MCI) is being obtained through bribes. This is … [Read more...] about Cash for colleges: BJP bribery scandal in Kerala
Caesarean sections are on the rise in India, provoking concerns that doctors are performing the procedure excessively. The rate of caesarean sections in India has risen sixfold in the past twenty years and doubled in the last decade, reports The Wire. “In some states like Telangana, Tripura, West Bengal, Kerala, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil … [Read more...] about C-sections on the rise in India: Profiteering to blame?
The State government has launched efforts to formulate an antibiotic policy for Kerala and to introduce an antibiogram for public and private health facilities in the State to promote the rational use... … [Read more...] about State launches steps to chalk out antibiotic policy
Pseudoscientific claims are gaining popularity as support for scientific system is falling. … [Read more...] about It’s science vs pseudoscience
Over a dozen Malappuram children are now under observation for suspected diphtheria. … [Read more...] about Orthodoxy defeats immunisation
The Kumbalanghi government hospital, where an indefinite stir by locals demanding a fully functional staff pattern and facilities has crossed 100 days, is likely to get a specialist hospital packag... … [Read more...] about Kumbalanghi hospital may get specialist package