3% of health expenditure allocated to health research

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India's per capita expenditure on health research is less than $1 and, only 3% of this is spent on public health research.But India must invest more on research if the country wants to focus on solving health related issues and cut its dependence on imported drugs and technology. Finances are needed and are crucial in order to conduct world-class but lack of research in turn affects public health. 

Infant mortality rate plunges to half since 1992

According to the latest figures released by NHFS-4, the infant mortality has halved since 1992. The figures above reflects the number of deaths per thousand live births as per NFHS-1,2,3 and 4. India has cut the rate of child deaths almost by one half. Better immunisation rates and public health campaigns contributed to overall improvement and decline in numbers but India is still way off the mark in achieving MDG target of 27. 

 
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Important take-aways from India’s new health policy

Important take-aways from India’s new health policy

By : Jisha Krishnan

Health Minister J.P. Nadda called the new National Health Policy a huge milestone in India’s history of health sector. The new policy has touched upon varied pertinent issues – from ‘Make in India’ for drugs and medical devices to making health, yoga and hygiene a part of the school curriculum; from raising the public health budget to establishment of National Digital Health Authority.

How good is mental health of India’s millennials?

How good is mental health of India’s millennials?

By : Sidrah Naiyer

Millions of youth today are mentally weak, more fearful, less resilient and more overwhelmed than their parents were when they were growing up. Anxiety and depression among youth is on the rise. In a study conducted in Chennai, it was found that 88% of people who committed suicide had diagnosable mental disorders but only 10% had seen a mental health professional.

Publication should not be the endgame of medical research

Publication should not be the endgame of medical research

By : Abraar Karan

Research is a fundamental part of medical education and it absolutely should be—the benefits of research in medical care couldn’t be overstated. However, while medical students are constantly encouraged to publish academic work, they are rarely instilled with the value of what the potential impact of that work could be.

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Will creation of PG seats help rural India

Human resources in rural areas is a major issue across India. Primary Health Centre (PHCs) are state-owned rural health care facilities in India. They are essentially single-physician clinics. Of 1482 sanctioned posts in PHC's, 9,389 remain vacant. Govt has announced creation of 5000 additional seats every year to fill in the doc patient ratio in India. But will it help filling a huge dearth of doctors in rural areas as well? Most reports and evaluation studies point to lack of equipment,improper functioning and or lack of facilities in India's hinterland. So not just producing more doctors but strengthening infrastructure can help attract, retain and ensure regular presence of medical professionals in rural areas. 

Vector borne diseases can be fatal

Vector borne diseases are spread through insects like mosquitoes. A key focus of the healthcare agenda for 2017 should focus on vector borne diseases. More than a million people are affected by Malaria as per latest records. Data reveals that dengue cases more than doubled between 2014 and 2015 and are continously increasing. Total 40,571 cases were reported in 2014 that increased to 99,913 in 2015. While 137 people died in 2014, 220 died in 2015 and 227 in 2016. Chikungunya and Japanese encephalitis are other deadly diseases which are spread through mosquito bites. Today, vector-borne diseases are one of the biggest threats to India's public health. 

 

Burden of anaemia in India

Though, India tops the list with maximum number of anaemic women and children in the world. Nine states are the worst sufferers. The nine states in India houses 50% of anaemic women. Half of the women in AP, Bihar, West Bengal, Haryana, MP besides others are suffering from iron deficiency leading to anaemia. It is rampant among children below the age of three and pregnant women. Poverty and malnutrition remains a major challenge in tackling anaemia besides poor sanitation and unhygienic living conditions. 

How Maharashtra is dealing with H1N1?

Maharashtra has seen the highest number of swine flu cases in the year 2015 but the number declined to 80 in 2016. As few as 80 cases of swine flu and 25 deaths were reported till October 2016. As per officials more than a lakh doses of vaccine against H1N1 virus was procured in 2015 but the procuremnet decreased in 2016 as there were few cases. But more than 50 cases and 13 deaths have been reported in early 2017 pointing to a surge in number of cases as compared to 2016.

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