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Child healthcare needs a boost

Recent figures reveal a huge gap in child healthcare in India, at a time when experts warn of the vulnerabilities of young people to COVID-19 in a looming third wave. Experts expressed misgivings about a severe deficit in child healthcare at primary health centres and community health centres. Per data shared by a parliamentary standing […]

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Transplant waiting list only gets longer

For many, life continues to be hard as they wait on the organ donation transplant waiting list. Not being able to access a life-saving organ transplant is not the case the entirety of the time. The family of a brain-dead man in Maharashtra gave doctors the go-ahead to donate his organs, offering hope to patients

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Exclusive interview: Dr B. K. Murali of Hope Hospital on their vision, COVID-19, and related issues

In our latest exclusive interview, Health Issues India discussed with Hope Hospital founder and managing director Dr B. K. Murali. We discussed their vision, how they adapted and continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, their work in addressing the outbreak, and more. The interview can be found below. It has been edited for length and

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World Health Day in a time of global crisis – again

On April 5th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Two days later marked World Health Day.  In 2021, World Health Day occurs once more against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time Health Issues India covered World Health Day last year, I wrote “India [had] reported thousands

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Cancer in India: A snapshot of the threat

India observes World Cancer Day 2021 in far from normal circumstances. The raging COVID-19 pandemic has threatened to obscure the plethora of other diseases India and the world at large grapples with. Awareness events such as World Cancer Day serve to shine a light on the far-reaching impact of cancer in India, which has emerged

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How medtech looks going forward: An interview with Pavan Choudary

Medtech is a staple of healthcare systems the world over, vital in the management of a plethora of health issues. Last year, to explore this subject, Health Issues India interviewed Medical Technology Association of India chairperson, Vygon Indian managing director, and writer Pavan Choudary. At that time, Choudary and I discussed the importance of medical

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Cardiology assessments dropped dramatically during COVID

The pandemic witnessed a steep drop in the number of cardiology assessments, according to the recently-published results of a survey.  Of particular concern throughout the COVID-19 has been the disruption to routine health services, ranging from routine immunisation to screening for and treatment of other diseases. In the case of cardiology, the International Atomic Energy

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Dr V. Shanta, renowned oncologist, dies at 93

Dr V. Shanta, a renowned oncologist and chairperson of the Chennai-based Adyar Cancer Institute, has passed away at the age of 93.  The Hindu reported that Shanta was admitted to hospital following complaints of chest pains. “Sources at the Cancer Institute said she had a complex block that could not be rectified,” the report said.

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Cancer care: Experts urge patients to access treatment

Experts from multiple Asian countries including India have called for those in need to ensure they access cancer care, highlighting the risks of delaying treatment.  The experts joined the AstraZeneca campaign “New normal, same cancer”, which aims to mitigate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global response to cancer. “COVID-19 threatens to erase

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