India’s poorest states are not spending enough on healthcare

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Nine of India’s poorest states which houses 48% of total India's population spent less money than what they had set aside in healthcare budgets. The nine poorest large states known as “high-focus” states spent an average of 4.7% of their social-sector expenditure on public healthcare. These states have a pattern of showing poor health indicators. Lack of infrastructure and healthcare staff is majorly responsible for such a situation. 

Union Health Ministry bans over-the-counter sale of 14 products

In the wake of preventing the indiscriminate sale of preparations containing steroids and antibiotics without prescription, the Health Ministry has banned over-the-counter(OTC) sale of around 14 steroid based creams. Currently, revenue from OTC medicines in India makes up 21% of the total market revenue. The Indian OTC market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9 per cent to cross the $6.5 billion mark by 2026. Reports reveal an increasing trend of drug resistance in common diseases due to medication abuse in India.

 
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Severe malaria infections posing new challenges

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Delhi to start monitoring pollen pollution

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India’s neglected tropical diseases

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The high-disease-burden Neglected Tropical Diseases in India are not evenly distributed, but instead focussed in areas of urban and rural poverty.

NGO under scrutiny for Swiss bank accounts

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By : Anand Chandrasekhar

Swiss authorities have received requests for information concerning potential secret Swiss bank accounts linked to a Delhi-based microfinance NGO.

Bael extracts can neutralise cobra venom

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In India, 50,000 die of snake bites every year. Over 350 plant species have been identified as antidotes but there are very few studies to validate traditional medicines.

CSIR scientists working on new vaccine for malaria

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By : Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

Despite efforts over the decades by scientists across the world, malaria continues to be a major vector borne disease particularly in Asia, Africa and South America.  

Why India should price cap medical devices?

Why India should price cap medical devices?

By : Jisha Krishnan

India’s medical devices market is dominated by imported products, which constitute almost 80% of total sales. Yet, the medical device sector in India remains largely unregulated. 

Will India be able to curb TB by 2025?

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By : Nabeela Khan Inayati

India bears a disproportionately large burden of the world's tuberculosis rates. Acc to WHO, India will need to invest at least US$ 3.4 bn in TB control over the next five years to have substantial impact. 

Database on Indian herbs may ease drug discovery

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By : Manu Moudgil

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1/4th milk samples found adulterated

Milk and milk products are considered to be the main source of nutrition but data from the FSSAI reveals that one fourth of India’s milk samples are adulterated. Maximum samples found adulterated are from Punjab and Maharashtra according to 2018 statistics. This raises concerns and more reasons to know if at all one should consume it. Action has been taken and 414 cases have been registered, yet milk adulteration is rampant in India.

Cost of healthcare in India

Out of pocket (OOP) medical expenses make up about 67% of all healthcare costs in India according to NHA estimates and off course forms a major chunk in overall healthcare expenditure while public spending remains low. High OOP for health brings a financial burden on families and discourages people from seeking timely care. Therefore, government needs to pump in more funds to address healthcare needs of people.

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.

UP houses only 3% of India's total nurses

Nurses are the backbone of health system and hospitals. But in India, nursing is a dying profession.  Currently, India has more than 1.7 million nurses but needs two million nurses to cater to the growing healthcare demands. Uttar Pradesh has over 88,863 nurses which is only 3 per cent of the total nurses in India despite UP being the most populous state. The demand for healthcare staff outstrips supply.

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