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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Abantika Ghosh


West Bengal puts speculation to rest, signs in for National Health Protection Mission
Sat, Jul 21, 2018

During a visit to Delhi some time ago, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had cited Swasthya Saathi, and said her state already has a scheme and it made little sense to join the NHPM.

No-trust debate today, Government holds back RTI changes Bill
Fri, Jul 20, 2018

This time, in the run-up to the 2019 general elections, both the government and the Opposition want to turn the debate into a sneak preview of their poll campaigns.

Rajya Sabha nod to anti-corruption Bill, Opposition cautions on penalty for bribe giver
Fri, Jul 20, 2018

Congress has been complaining that its nominee Mallikarjun Kharge has not been made full-fledged member of the Lokpal selection panel.

What lies behind UK Lord’s deportation?
Fri, Jul 13, 2018

India refused entry to Alexander Carlile, a member of the House of Lords, who is advising lawyers for Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia, saying he did not have an “appropriate visa”.

Govt sees Sacred Games smoke, mulls expanding anti-tobacco
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

The lack of warnings for online content has left the Union Health Ministry scouting for ways to bring them under the ambit of the anti-tobacco law.

Health Ministry faces testing times on NEET volume, online rule
Wed, Jul 11, 2018

As per the new schedule, NEET will be conducted in February and May. There will be eight different slots in each test, and students can choose to appear in any of those slots.

NHPM: Two BJP states wary, Maharashtra has no funds after loan sop
Mon, Jul 09, 2018

While the unscheduled Rs 22,000 crore farm loan waiver has left Maharashtra with no funds to join the NHPM, Rajasthan has cited logistical concerns in implementing the scheme.

When is an X-ray or MRI machine safe? How government proposes to find out
Mon, Jul 09, 2018

As the Central Drugs and Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) seeks feedback from stakeholders, a look at how such devices are governed and how that could now be set for change.

What is ailing India’s anti-population drive?
Sun, Jul 08, 2018

July 11 is World Population Day. With a recent UN report saying India is expected to overtake China’s numbers in the next six years and become the most populous in the world, what is ailing the country’s anti-population drive?

Ayushman Bharat: Hub-and-spoke model to help train health workers
Sat, Jul 07, 2018

A team from University of New Mexico travelled to India to kick off the first installment of the training. The first batch of 160 officials from four states was trained in ECHO over three days at a hotel in New Delhi.

To tackle vacancies, National Health Mission advertisements call out to ‘hero in you’
Tue, Jul 03, 2018

Rural Health Statistics 2017 shows that of the 25,650 sanctioned posts of doctors, 3,027 are vacant, of the 5,624 surgeon posts, 4,866 are vacant.

Drop in supplies: Price of key drug for kids with heart ailment hiked
Fri, Jun 29, 2018

The ceiling price will be raised to Rs 2.60 per ml against the current 29 p per ml — the price of a 30 ml bottle will go up from Rs 10 to Rs 78.

Makers of X-ray, MRI machines may have to submit papers on safety
Thu, Jun 28, 2018

The Drug Controller General of India has drawn up a proposal to include all implantable medical devices and other high-end equipment under the purview of Section 3 (b) (iv) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

How are drug prices regulated?
Thu, Jun 28, 2018

The reduction in the prices of cardiac stents and knee implants has been applauded. But while cutting the prices of lifesaving drugs, how much is too much? The regulator takes up a specific case today

Researchers devise pill to deliver insulin
Wed, Jun 27, 2018

Researchers from Harvard University have now devised a way to deliver insulin through the gut by wrapping it in a coating that resists its breakdown by gastric juices. This could be the first step in delivering insulin in ways other than an injection or via pump.

Price cap squeezes out key drug for children with heart ailment
Sat, Jun 23, 2018

Before the price cut, the spokesperson said, the company sold about 30-35 lakh units of the drug on average every month. But as the shortage continues, doctors said parents have been forced to break the adult dosage ampule of 40 mg to give the 2mg dose for babies.

National Health Profile exposes inability of agencies to stop foeticide
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Madhya Pradesh showed an interesting paradox — while the sex ratio in the 0-5 years age group went down from 960 in NFHS-3 to 927, the state has consistently recorded a relatively high number of cases.

One allopathic doctor serves more than 11,000: NHP
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

The data, released by Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Tuesday, also highlights the huge gap between states — while one doctor serves a population of 28,391 in Bihar, the ratio in Delhi is 1:2,203.

World Health Organisation classifies gaming as addiction
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

ICD-11 will be presented at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption by Member States, and will come into effect on January 1, 2022.

At 93 per cent, women bear burden of sterilisation, says NHM report
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Experts say the reluctance of Indian men to undergo sterilisation stems from history, social taboo and sheer logistical limitations.