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#HealthForPolls, Interview with Dr Sanjiv Kumar: The BJP fulfilled Congress’s Health manifesto

Ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elections five years ago, both the Congress and the BJP, promised the people of India that they were entitled to the ‘Right to Health’. The Constitution of India guarantees this. Elaborate manifesto promises were made to improve the accessibility and quality of healthcare. Now, as this year’s polls approach, it […]

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World’s heaviest teen’s fight with obesity: Symptom of a national crisis?

Obesity is one of India’s most significant public health crises. Nationwide thirty million Indians struggle with their weight. Shockingly, this figure includes 14.4 million children who are considered obese. One of these children embarked on a battle to save his life. This fight saw him become the world’s heaviest teen to undergo gastric bypass surgery.

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The health crisis in India’s shipyards

India’s vast shipyards rake in nearly a billion dollars a year for the country. Here, decommissioned ships are sent from across the globe to be broken down for parts or scrapped. However, is this industry built at the expense of the health and lives of its workers? Alang-Sosiya in Gujarat is the largest of these

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India not taking advantage of its own vaccines?

India is a leading producer of vaccines. It has enjoyed numerous vaccination campaign successes in the past. Despite this, around 60,000 Indian children under five die of vaccine-preventable diseases every year. India has demonstrated its capacity for successful vaccination campaigns in the past. On March 27, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared India polio-free.

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75 percent of pollution deaths happen in rural India. Why is it thought of as an urban problem?

Pollution kills millions worldwide every year. In 2015, India witnessed 1.1 million pollution-related deaths. The vast majority of these deaths were borne by the country’s rural population, a new study suggests. “A pan-Indian problem” 75 percent of the 1.1 million pollution-related deaths which took place in India in 2015 took place in rural areas. Exposure

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Tobacco control rule back in force after Supreme Court stays KHC repeal

A controversial tobacco ruling has been stayed by India’s Supreme Court, leading public health advocates to rejoice – and the tobacco industry to fume. Last year, the Karnataka High Court (KHC) ruled against a Union health ministry directive which said pictorial health warnings had to cover 85 percent of the display area on tobacco product

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Controversy continues over HPV vaccine and cervical cancer

Controversy continues over the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine used to prevent cervical cancer in women. Reports suggest India’s health ministry will not include it under the country’s universal immunisation programme (UIP). Estimates suggest 1 in 53 women in India will develop cervical cancer in their lifetime. It is believed 423.2 million women aged fifteen and

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Mental healthcare only reaches ten percent of those who need it

Up to ninety percent of Indians suffering with mental health issues do not receive any kind of healthcare for the condition, says President Ram Nath Kovind. Without any kind of intervention for this, he believes India will be subject to a mental health epidemic in years to come. This comment comes amidst growing numbers of

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Credit card-sized ECG: An Indian innovation

In a remarkable feat of Indian innovation, electrocardiograms (ECGs) may now become more readily available to those in rural environments. This has the potential diagnose many people who would otherwise unknowingly suffer from heart conditions, without the need to travel to specialist hospitals. Scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center — a group of individuals

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India defies RCEP opposition to generics

India takes a defiant stance against patent laws proposed by the Regional Cooperation on Economic Partnership (RCEP) that could see it lose its trading advantage as the “pharmacy of the developing world”. Hundreds of Indian officials have taken part in RCEP negotiations in South Korea in late October. The negotiations covered a potential free trade

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