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Intensified immunisation drive in Maharashtra to benefit almost 80,000 kids

Almost 80,000 children and more than 13,000 pregnant women will benefit from an intensified immunisation drive in Maharashtra. The news comes from the state on the heels of an announcement earlier this year that the Government of India was stepping up its immunisation efforts through Indradhanush 2: an enhanced version of the Government’s vaccination drive […]

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Gorakhphur doctor cleared, two years on

Gorakhpur doctor Dr Kafeel Khan, the physician at the heart of the tragedy at the BRD Medical College, has been cleared of all wrongdoing in the incident more than two years after the event.  In August 2017, the Baba Raghav Des (BRD) Medical College in the Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh witnessed more than 300

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State of nutrition: A reality check for India’s worst-performing states

As India observes Poshan Maah – National Nutrition Month – Health Issues India focuses on two Indian states with the worst state of nutrition deficiency in the country. Recently, a journalist was booked by the Uttar Pradesh government for “maligning the image of the state government” after he uncovering uncovered the state government’s ostensible apathy

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Assam flooding spreads as the region is lashed with rains

Assam has faced heavy flooding for several days, with the situation only deteriorating at the week’s end. As of Thursday, 4.2 lakh people across seventeen districts have been affected by the floodwaters. Many have been displaced, with 1,843 people taking refuge in relief camps as the waters submerge 749 villages.  The flooding has gotten worse

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Encephalitis is not just an issue in Bihar

When it comes to encephalitis, the eyes of India have largely focused on Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district where more than 140 children are believed to have lost their lives to the condition. However, over the course of recent weeks, reports of potential outbreaks have poured in from other parts of Bihar – and from other states. 

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For Muzaffarpur, a boon from the Centre after child death tragedy

After facing criticism for dismal health infrastructure in the state of Bihar the central government has informed the Supreme Court that it intends to fund a paediatric intensive care unit (ICU) in Muzaffarpur, the district at the centre of the state’s child death tragedy. More than 150 children have died in the state following an

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Public health is in crisis in Bihar. Why isn’t it spending health funds?

The Centre issued Rs 88.5 crore to the Bihar state government in the last fiscal year to strengthen its public health system. Astonishingly, the state government spent less than one-third of it. The news comes at a time when the public health infrastructure in the state is being heavily scrutinised and castigated in many quarters

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India’s shortage of specialist doctors is still staggering

July 1st marked Doctors’ Day – and while the occasion was an opportunity to thank the medical professionals who work to ensure good health, it also was a bitter reminder of the public health crisis India is facing. The government has put a figure to the mammoth medical staff shortage India is battling.  The new

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Uttar Pradesh and Bihar rank low on the Health Index while Kerala is at the top

Kerala is yet again the undisputed king of healthcare management according to a recent report titled “Healthy States, Progressive India” compiled by Niti Aayog, on the state of India’s health. For the year 2017-18, Kerala topped the ranking of states and union territories with an overall score of 74.01, while Uttar Pradesh was the worst-performing

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Malnutrition in Muzaffarpur – hotspot of Bihar’s encephalitis deaths

The outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district has raised eyebrows about the efficacy of healthcare infrastructure in the state. Now, one initiative aimed at combating malnutrition – implicated as a cause behind the crisis of encephalitis deaths among the district’s children – has come under scrutiny.  The district ranked eighteenth out

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