Anuradha Mascarenhas is a senior editor with The Indian Express, Pune. She writes on health, environment, science and related issues.
MPCB says it’s due to SC ban on sale of firecrackers in NCR
The Lancet study concluded that pollution is now the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today — three times more those from HIV-AIDS, TB and malaria put together.
According to the Air Quality Index, PM 10 and PM 2.5 levels highest on October 19 and 20
Dr Satish Pawar, Director of Health, Maharashtra, admitted that at least 1,200 posts of medical officers are vacant from among 7,270 sanctioned ones
Health department to now introduce National Iron Plus Initiative, providing supervised biweekly iron folic acid supplementation to all under-5 children and weekly tablets for adolescents
After losing Vinod, a pathologist, Priti, a paediatrician, eventually got back to work, at first mechanically. But a challenging case involving a five-day-old baby of farmers, which doctors had termed “hopeless” and too expensive, gave her fresh purpose.
The SNCU at Nashik civil hospital had attracted national attention after it reported the death of 55 newborn babies in August. The deaths, according to officials, were largely due to the high number of sick infants being admitted.
Our efforts at preventing vision loss are being eroded, says alliance of eyecare organisations
The Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief is the result of a three-year project involving 61 co-authors from 25 countries.
“Maharashtra’s condition is not as bad as that of Delhi. We have no plan to ban firecrackers in the state. We will make attempts to create awareness to celebrate an environment-friendly Diwali,” Kadam said.
At NIV, the facility was set up to investigate macromolecular imaging and exploring novel areas of virus-host interactions in three dimensions that would enable researchers to explore and exploit weakness in the pathogen armour.
The highest section load was observed on the Dadar-Elphinstone Road (1,43,690 passengers) section for Up direction, while the highest section load for Down direction was observed on the Dadar-Matunga section (1,60,633 passengers).
Scientists part of international collaboration on Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory project, which gets Nobel in physics, say it’s a first huge step
The baby, as per the paediatrician’s advice, was placed in the warmer at the four-bed Vatsalaya hospital. However, according to the police, the warmer caught fire due to a suspected short circuit.
To be launched in Nov; Centre orders 3.8 million doses for use in Universal Immunisation Programme
But the study found that the mental preparedness of the adolescents was “very poor”, as they were “very scared and anxious” when they learnt that they were going to get married. “There was a distinct lack of knowledge and awareness among girls regarding certain sexual and reproductive health issues that fuelled their fear and anxiety,” said researchers.
However, even in Pune, there are a large number of vacancies in the health department. According to Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, deputy director of health services, 58 posts are currently vacant in Pune Circle, which include Satara and Solapur. Of these, 20 are in Pune district, 12 in Solapur and 26 in Satara.
WHO recommends that adults aged 18-64 do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity through the week, as well as muscle strengthening exercises at least twice a week.
The new ‘Microbial Science Outreach Initiative’, launched on Tuesday, is aiming to answer about the concepts and misconceptions about micro-organisms in laymen terms.
Maharashtra has about eight lakh registered NGOs and charity organisations and the Charity Commissioner’s office says that nearly three lakh of these are either non-functional, have wound up operations or have remained dormant.
Some time ago, the health department of Maharashtra government had carried out a similar state-wide survey of medical establishments and it had identified 95 nursing homes in Solapur registered to carry out MTPs.
“We have already advertised for 11 key posts and have received 22 applications online. The advertisements were for the posts of Medical Officer of Health, Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Assistant Medical officer of health, cardiologist, forensic medicine expert, plastic surgeon and a few more,” said Kumar.
There are approximately 3,000 properties in the area, of which a majority of the unsafe structures are in wards 1, 2 & 3
Studies in the 1990s conducted at the Primary Health Care facilities in Andaman and Nicobar islands showed an incidence as high as 747 cases/100,000 population and case fatality ratio of 2.8% with disability adjusted life years (DALY) of 853.66/100,000.
The state has revised the criteria for those who can avail the scheme and increased the maximum financial assistance to Rs 10 lakh in cases where victims were mentally challenged or then suffered traumatic injuries after gangrape.
Symptoms include high fever with headache, followed by haemorrhagic symptoms such as bleeding from the nose, throat and gums as well as gastrointestinal bleeding, besides muscle stiffness, tremors, absent reflexes and mental disturbances.
At the Centre of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (COESME) researchers engage in developing low cost interactive hands-on toys that can be used by teachers in their classroom practice.
Across Maharashtra, the state’s 36 SNCUs have registered deaths of 1,756 infants between April and August this year, state health department officials said.
India is the main supplier of medicines to Nepal. Between 2011 and mid-2016, generally over 95 per cent of Nepal’s imports of all retail dosage medicines (both prophylactic and therapeutic) were from India.
While the armed forces strategy to tame this tiger mosquito has helped bring down the number of dengue cases, at AFMC, researchers tried to test botanical methods of controlling this vector-borne disease.
FDA officials pointed out this barfi is being sold at Rs 120 per kg. However, the cost of khoya approximates to Rs 200 and to make a fast buck, the vendors often use low quality ingredients, Joint Commissioner (Food), explains.
The first round was conducted in January, during which authorities had unveiled 2,650 “hidden” cases of TB from 55 districts across 18 states.
"We have already registered applications from consumers who require 200 MW of power and electricity connections are being processed,” M G Shinde, Chief Engineer, MSEDCL, Pune zone.
More than 1,100 nursing homes and clinics in Pune, Satara and Solapur are among those that have been issued notices.
Many of them have been ordered to shut down after they were found to be operating without registering themselves under the Bombay Nursing Home Registration Act.
“Thank you, Supreme Court,” was the reaction of the members, who added that the SC judgment would have a far-reaching impact on their rights.