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Monday, May 23, 2022

Pritha Chatterjee


Pritha Chatterjee is a journalist and research assistant in the department of social and behavioural sciences, at Harvard University.

A nudge is better than a push
Tue, May 01, 2018

Kerala’s policy linking vaccination to school admissions is shortsighted.

Impact evaluation: Why flagship BPL health insurance scheme is in rather poor health
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Eight years after it was launched, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana remains hamstrung by inflexible procedures and an inadequate coverage ceiling, finds new evaluation of its impact.

Lessons from Gorakhpur
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

In UP and Bihar, epidemiological investigation has limped, preventive intervention has been inadequate, and the classic ‘control knobs’ of financing, payment, regulation and organisation have been ignored.

A prescription for the doctor
Mon, Apr 03, 2017

Medical practitioners in India must learn to communicate better with patients

My friend Sumegha Gulati
Sat, Jul 30, 2016

For her, the story came first. The lymphoma that ate away at her couldn’t take that away.

Emergency Room: Tale of two births, 15 km and worlds apart
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

In both wards where the women were taken after their delivery, the newborns were identified by their mothers. That apart, they came screaming into two entirely different worlds.

Delhi: Govt trains doctors, health dept officials in hospital management
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Health Minister Satyendar Jain added that longer training programmes may also be organised for hospital administrators after considering feedback from the first batch.

Safdarjung burns unit: Where A,B,C basics are paramount
Thu, Jun 23, 2016

Started in 1962 in the middle of a dhobi ghaat, the burns department in Safdarjung is the oldest specialised emergency unit that still receives emergency cases from as far as Badaun, Bulandshahar, Jammu and Panipat.

Red, yellow or green: GTB Hospital’s triage system helps identify critical patients in ER
Thu, Jun 16, 2016

The ‘triage system’ — implemented this year — is an attempt to streamline the provision of medical care.

Delhi kidney trade racket: How the gang managed to get around organ transplant rules
Sat, Jun 04, 2016

Apollo Hospital has an independent transplant authorisation body with five members, including two external members, that is mandated by the Transplant of Human Organs Act.

CSE’s study on toxins in bread: Time for govt to act?
Wed, May 25, 2016

So what is potassium bromate? It is recognised as a category 2B carcinogen since 1999 which means it is believed to be "possibly carcinogenic to humans" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Delhi air ambulance accident: Stroke patient on board, others unhurt in emergency landing
Wed, May 25, 2016

A resident of Patna, he had been put on the air ambulance earlier in the day from the Jagdish Memorial Hospital there to be treated for a neurological stroke.

Hardlook: Don’t ignore early signs of dehydration, say doctors
Mon, May 23, 2016

Doctors said patients reporting to emergencies and OPDs with heat exhaustion were those who spent a considerable amount of time outdoors.

Hardlook: Reeling under mercury’s May onslaught
Mon, May 23, 2016

Temperature crossing 44-45 degrees Celsius in May is not new for Delhi, but such spikes are usually seen in the second half of the month. This summer, however, the rise was seen from the first week. Here is the lowdown on the effect of such energy-sapping heat and how people are coping.

Delhi had highest incidence rates for childhood cancers in country
Sat, May 21, 2016

The report shows Delhi boys had 551 reported cancers, which was 5.4 per cent of the total reported cancers, while girls with 309 cases had 3.2 per cent of the total cancer cases.

8 yrs after construction, Rajiv Gandhi hospital opens doors to indoor patients in Delhi
Wed, May 18, 2016

The facility, which is expected to be formally inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, will provide treatment in super-specialty departments such as cardiology, cardiac surgery and critical care.

During odd-even II, most air quality stations showed spike in pollutants
Sat, May 14, 2016

The CPCB also pointed out that emission from different sources, apart from vehicular pollution, also varied, making it difficult to analyse the scientific benefits of the scheme.

Gwalior, Allahabad, Patna, Raipur among world’s most polluted cities
Fri, May 13, 2016

Gwalior, among the top five cities globally in terms of PM 2.5 levels, recorded an annual average of 176 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) and Allahabad 170.

WHO clears air: Delhi no longer most polluted, that’s Zabol in Iran
Fri, May 13, 2016

According to a new WHO report, New Delhi was the 11th most-polluted city while Gwalior (2), Allahabad (3), Patna (6) and Raipur (7) figured in the top seven.

After 14 months and two post-mortems in Saudi Arabia, AIIMS negates Saudi autopsy: Not suicide
Wed, May 11, 2016

The post-mortem at AIIMS was carried out Monday on the court’s order on May 6, six days after the body was repatriated.

To control dengue, India needs to move beyond fumigation: Australian expert
Tue, May 10, 2016

peaking to The Indian Express, Prof. Scott Ritchie from the James Cook University in Australia said fumigation does not work well, especially for the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which has a tendency to go indoors.

Journalist suicide: Cop witness to incident shifted, doctor couple booked
Wed, May 04, 2016

Friends and family members told The Indian Express that Tiwari was under severe stress due to an extortion case filed against her by the couple, who alleged that she had asked for a bribe to not publish the story.

Odd-Even II: Here’s how Delhi’s air fared
Mon, May 02, 2016

On April 24, ozone levels hit 75 parts per billion or 150 µg/m³, the first sharp rise seen during the scheme, from around 62 parts per billion or 124 µg/m³ the preceding day.

Delhi gasps for breath: 972 fire calls already this month, PM 10 levels up
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

This was the 972nd distress call the Delhi fire department received this month. In April last year, the number of such calls was 164, according Delhi Fire Services data.

Air quality in Delhi: high temperature spikes ozone, pollution higher than in April ‘15
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

If we compare the period April 15-25, the CPCB station at Punjabi Bagh recorded three "moderate days" last year and not a single moderate day this year