Verbal autopsies show India has avoided 1 million child deaths

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Million Death Study, one of the largest studies of premature deaths in the world performed in India reveals that India avoided a million deaths since 2005. Surveyors did structured verbal autopsies for deaths and found an annual decline of 3·3% for neonates. Mortality rates from vaccine-preventable diseases such as tetanus and measles fell by about 90 per cent since 2005 marking a huge achievement for India. 

Indian medical colleges lack in research

A report released by Lancet pointed out that Indian medical colleges have a poor record of publishing research. According to a study, over 332 of 579 (57%) medical colleges didn't publish a single research paper between 2005 and 2014. Almost 40 per cent of medical research came from 4 per cent as few as 25 medical schools only. This dearth calls for creation of a systematic plan to integrate research initiatives. 

 
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Better data and health worker training may cut stillbirths: study

Better data and health worker training may cut stillbirths: study

By : Bhavya Khullar

Around 26 lakh stillbirths occurr globally every year, India accounts for the largest proportion with 5.9 lakh cases.A major stumbling block is lack of data on stillbirth in India. A new study by PHFI aims to bridge the gap with a focus on getting insights into possible risk factors and ground level changes required to design and implement intervention policies.

Price Controls and Make in India needs convergence

Price Controls and Make in India needs convergence

By : Dr. Karan Thakur

Providing access to affordable and quality healthcare is government's responsibility. Some 1 billion people across the world lack access to basic healthcare, the main reason remains inability to afford healthcare. Indian government's move to control prices of medical devices is a commendable step and work in progress to tackle healthcare challenges. 

TB’s stronghold in India: Grave concern for the rest of the world

TB’s stronghold in India: Grave concern for the rest of the world

By : Jay Desai

A study by Lancet estimated that the percentage of multidrug-resistant TB among all cases in India is set to increase to more than 12% in India by 2040. However, India can put an end to its TB ordeal. Sustained intervention, substantial allocation of funds and better implementation of guidelines by the government are needed. 

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5 Indian states hit hardest by cancer

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)  India is likely to have over 17.3 lakh new cases of cancer by 2020. According to the recent govt figures, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, WB and Rajasthan suffer the most from the deadly disease. Shortage of specialists and lack of infrastructre specially in most populous states make the situation worst. 

How safe is bottled water in India?

A total of 767 samples of bottled water were collected in 2016, out of these 345 were found adulterated implying that 44 per cent of the tested packaged water is not fit for consumption as revealed by Ministry of Health. This is not the first time that bottled water has been found unsafe.In 2015, almost 31% of samples tested by the Indian government were found to be adulterated or misbranded.

15% Indian docs are from Maharashtra

India has only 938,861 registered allopathic doctors or just seven doctors per 1,000 people. Every year India produces almost 50, 000 doctors and maximum are from Maharashtra. Maharashtra has the most colleges and is one of the state with maximum number of doctors registered. But uneven distribution of doctors between states leave bigger states with few doctors to share between them.

Why India tops in snake bite deaths?

India has the highest rate of snake bite deaths and most of the victims die either because the victim is unable to reach hospital on time or due to shortage of anti snake venom medicine. Both are preventable causes, yet India saw 1064 deaths in 2016 according to the latest data published in 2017. Highest number of deaths due to snake bites were recorded from three states - Odisha, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh in 2015. 

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