Immunisation drive aims to cover 90% children by December 2018

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Mission Indradhanush aims to increase full immunisation coverage in India to atleast 90% children by December 2018.  Strengthening routine immunization is a step to decrease the incidence of deaths due vaccine preventable diseases and this programme (Mission Indradhanush) is targeting coverage for the seven vaccine preventable diseases.  Currently,  funds allocated for routine immunization are being utilised by the states to carryout activities under Mission Indradhanush.

CAG report highlights the sorry state of India's public health care

Latest Comptroller and Auditor General report shows inconsistencies in distribution of medicines, lack of equipments, shortage of doctors and inaccessibility to healthcare centres. There is a 24-38% shortfall in the availability of medical personnel at primary health centres, sub centres, and community health centres across India, according to the latest audit. The survey also found that 77 -87 percent community health centres were functioning without specialist doctors. 

 
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Is air pollution is adding to India’s diabetes burden?

Is air pollution is adding to India’s diabetes burden?

By : Raghu Murtugudde

India accounts for nearly half of the world’s diabetes burden with 72 million afflicted people in 2017. The number is projected to double by 2025. 

Heart disease, stroke among top killers in India

Heart disease, stroke among top killers in India

By : Dinesh C Sharma

India has witnessed an alarming rise in the occurrence of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers in the past 25 years, The Lancet and its associated journals have revealed. 

Can technology help India fight tuberculosis

Can technology help India fight tuberculosis

By : Keyuri Bhanushali

India needs technology interventions to spread awareness about tuberculosis. Mobile technology can be a game-changer in spreading awareness about the disease. 

Scientists decipher how J.E virus enters brain cells

Scientists decipher how J.E virus enters brain cells

By : Yogesh Sharma

Japanese Encephalitis, a leading form of viral encephalitis is a major problem in India. It is caused by mosquito-borne JE virus .....

India falters on breastfeeding

India falters on breastfeeding

By : Jyoti Singh

About 15 million babies out of 26 million born every year in India are not able to get the benefit of mother’s milk within one hour of their birth .....

Exclusive: Can data save lives?

Exclusive: Can data save lives?

By : Jisha Krishnan

Data has the power to to facilitate better patient outcomes as data will prevent doctors from making mistakes, asserts Dr. Devi Shetty.

Scientists help the way for a vaccine against TB

Scientists help the way for a vaccine against TB

By : Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

The scope for developing a new vaccine against the dreaded disease of Tuberculosis through the biological route has become brighter....

Vitamin D deficiency and pre-diabetic women

Vitamin D deficiency and pre-diabetic women

By : Dr PK Mukherjee

Lower vitamin D levels may be linked to higher blood glucose levels in Indian women with pre-diabetes condition, according to a new study.

What is ICD and why is it important?

What is ICD and why is it important?

By : Rohan Gupta

Despite International Classification of Diseases being introduced in 1993, a majority of hospitals in India are not ICD compliant. 

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Dearth of mental health experts in India

Mental health carries a lot of stigma with it. Given the situation in India, dearth of mental healthcare professionals adds more to the problem. According to the Union ministry of health and family welfare, the country needs 13500 psychiatrists total but it has as few as 3800 psychiatrists only. Due to this shortage and huge gap between demand and supply, the treatment cost is also soaring in India.

Leprosy on the rise in India

Leprosy was officially eliminated from India at a national level in 2005. However, the country is still home to 60 per cent of the world's leprosy patients. Worst sufferers remain Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra where more than thousand cases are detected annually. Awareness about the disease is much needed at grassroot level because if detected at an early stage, it can be treated.

Half of India's AIDS deaths in 3 states

An estimated 49000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2016 and more than 31000 till October 2017. Three big states are responsible for maximum number of deaths in India. Approximately, half of AIDS related deaths are confined to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.  Although, a steady decline has been witnessed over the past four years but new pockets of infections have emerged in Gujarat, Bihar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

In HP, 46% TB patients lack treatment

Tuberculosis (TB) is curable and preventable. Yet about 4,80,000 people die every year in India due to TB. Himachal Pradesh government has set the target for 2023 so that it becomes the first TB free state in the country. However, almost half of TB patients in the state still don’t receive treatment. In 2017, 15,715 TB patients were notified from public sector out of which only 8,487 patients received the treatment, as per Union Health Ministry data.

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