‘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
Gujarat is expanding a number of prevention policies with the aim of making the state thalassemia free. Foremost among the proposed policies is the intention to make thalassemia testing mandatory for everyone, with a focus on testing women before they give birth. India is considered to be the world’s capital for thalassemia cases, with 10,000 … [Read more...] about Gujarat: Leading the fight against thalassemia
South Indian states are experiencing a considerable spike in cases of dengue fever compared to figures from last year. The Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) recorded 28,702 cases of dengue fever in India from the start of the year until July 30. The total dengue cases for the same period in 2016 numbered … [Read more...] about Dengue fever spikes in south India
Hospitals are home to some of the most vulnerable in society: the sick and the elderly. What if these hospitals are putting these vulnerable people at risk of potentially more deadly conditions than they arrived with? This is currently the case in many hospitals in Lucknow, where the hospitals themselves have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes … [Read more...] about Hospitals breeding mosquito-borne disease
Medical marijuana is now a real possibility in India. The country’s first ever research and development (R&D) licence to cultivate cannabis and study its medicinal properties has been granted to the Council of Science and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO). The two organisations will collaborate on a project … [Read more...] about Marijuana for medical use: a possibility in India?
In the fight against malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases, could drones be the answer? Shankar Chaudhary, the Health Minister for Gujarat, seems to think so. At an event in May to launch an anti-malaria campaign in the state, he said “the mosquito is a terrorist...a silent killer.” To this end, the minister suggested, “we should get … [Read more...] about Drones vs. mosquitoes: Gujarat Chief Minister’s solution
Infected blood is responsible for a colossal hepatitis epidemic in Jammu and Kashmir. This is according to an association representing many of the state’s doctors. According to Dr Nisar ul Hassan of the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), the problem is down to outmoded and inaccurate testing technology used by blood banks in J&K All 31 blood … [Read more...] about Jammu and Kashmir: Poor practices in blood banks a threat to public safety
Solar power could be the answer to the energy woes of India’s health centres. A new scheme being piloted in the states of Haryana, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu is exploring solar power as the primary means of powering India’s health centres. It will be a joint effort between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Council on … [Read more...] about Here comes the sun: Solar energy to power up India’s health centres?
Will India be witnessing famine on a massive scale by 2050? A lack of groundwater could mean yes. However, switching to a vegetarian diet could stave this off, claims a recent study published in The Lancet. Groundwater sources are being depleting faster than they can replenish. This can be partially attributed to irrigation and sewage systems. … [Read more...] about Groundwater, the key to feeding a nation
Two lives have been lost due to the current heatwave sweeping from north to central India. Since late March, temperatures have soared in the region to over 40 degrees celsius on a number of days. These conditions have caused death due to heatstroke, as well as non fatal instances of heat related illness. Worryingly high temperatures of 44°C were … [Read more...] about Heatwaves in India continue to claim lives