Abantika Ghosh


National health sceme likely to be part of PM’s Independence Day speech
Fri, Jun 15, 2018

August 15 was one of the putative dates for the launch, but there were doubts about whether preparations would be complete by then, which is why a second date of October 2 was also on the horizon.

Centre’s IT platform hunt for NHPM ends with Telangana’s Congress-era scheme; MoU inked
Thu, Jun 14, 2018

A MoU has already been signed with the Telangana government, which means the Centre owns the Aarogyasri platform. On Tuesday, representatives of all states were given a glimpse of the system and related time-lines before the roll-out.

It is BJP’s social vs Congress’s political engineering: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Asked why the BJP has succumbed to iftaar politics, Naqvi said: “This is not a political iftaar — it is about making Muslim women feel empowered. Theirs is political engineering, ours in social engineering.” The reference was to the iftaar being hosted by Congress president Rahul Gandhi a few kilometres away at a plush hotel.

Health cover scheme: Who, how
Thu, Jun 14, 2018

With model tender papers out and a key meeting today, PM Health Protection Mission heads for an August launch. Whom does it cover? Which states are part of it, how will it work in states with their own schemes?

Pre-authorisation must for nearly half of all treatments under NHPM
Wed, Jun 13, 2018

Model tender documents for showcasing health insurance scheme released

Slow-motion effect: Study shows referees harsher on fouls after watching replays
Wed, Jun 13, 2018

A Belgian university study shows referees tend to be harsher on fouls after watching replays via VAR, the technology that will used for the first time in Russia World Cup.

India to start universal screening for tuberculosis, leprosy: Health Minister JP Nadda
Tue, Jun 12, 2018

India accounts for the largest number of TB cases in the world and 60 per cent of the global burden of leprosy. At 27.9 lakh, India’s TB incidence in 2016 was down marginally from the previous year’s 28.4 lakh. The number of TB-related deaths was 4.35 lakh, down by 15 per cent from 5.17 lakh.

Top status for Gujarat Ayurved Univ: HRD drops its objection
Sun, Jun 10, 2018

Last year, the HRD Ministry had sought strong justification for Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s plea to make the Jamnagar-based Gujarat Ayurved University (GAU) an Institute of National Importance (INI).

Interview: ‘Latest MMR figures indicate system is working, NHM a game changer,’ says UNICEF India representative
Sun, Jun 10, 2018

"NHM has been the game changer. It ensured there were adequate financial and manpower resources - none of the health workers like ASHAs were there earlier. It also gave room for local flexibility," said UNICEF India representative Dr Yasmin Ali Haque.

Ayodhya: Will Babur’s temple be built if not of Ram’s, asks Minister
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

The Ayodhya title case is currently being heard in the apex court.

RSS Nagpur event: Pranab Mukherjee has his way, speaks last
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

Despite hectic “negotiations” for the last two days, the final programme that the RSS circulated on Thursday morning still showed Mohan Bhagwat as the last speaker.

How India has reduced maternal mortality, and what challenges remain
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

Various initiatives under NRHM show results, but India still behind target

Ayushman Bharat to be rolled out in alliance with state health plans
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

The first meeting of Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission Council (AB-NHPMC) that will give policy directions and foster coordination between Centre and States will happen in Delhi on June 14.

Beyond low incidence: what global cancer report did not say about India
Wed, Jun 06, 2018

While India’s ranking by the Global Burden of Disease team in IHME may appear counter-intuitive, the truth is that incidence alone does not tell India’s full cancer story.

70 per cent breast cancer patients don’t need chemo: Study
Mon, Jun 04, 2018

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in India. At an incidence rate of 25.8 per 100,000 it is lower than in some developed countries.

Indian smokeless tobacco products among most lethal, reveals study
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

The meta-analysis looked at 37 studies and SLT products that are chewed or snuffed orally or nasally, or applied over teeth and gums, or gargled or drunk.

Pranab Mukherjee to address RSS event: Accepted invite, now tell RSS what’s wrong with its ideology, says Chidambaram
Thu, May 31, 2018

Former Union minister P Chidambaram and fellow Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Singhvi on Wednesday said now that the invite has been accepted, it is the speech that is the key.

Four years of Modi government — Health: Progress steady, but in slow lane
Wed, May 30, 2018

Poor government spend — the perennial problem of healthcare — remains, but at least there is no downward revision towards the end of the year of the budget estimate.

Disquiet in office of President Kovind over National Film Awards ceremony boycott, I&B invite
Sat, May 05, 2018

‘I&B knew President couldn’t give all awards, sent invite saying he would’

National Health Protection Mission: For claim ratio below 85%, insurer can pocket 15%, give rest to government
Sat, May 05, 2018

Claim ratio is calculated as the total value of all claims paid by the company divided by the total amount of premium collected in a financial year. A claim ratio of 75-90 is usually thought to be an indicator of a robust claim settlement system by an insurer.