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No more pharmacy colleges – for now

No more pharmacy colleges will be established in India for the next few years (with a few exceptions), as such institutes proliferate.  There are more than 3,000 colleges teaching more than one lakh undergraduates nationwide, according to Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) president Dr Suresh Bhojraj. “[This] is adequate to meet the country’s need and […]

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Uttarakhand makes vaccination a must for schoolchildren

Immunisation rates in Uttarakhand fell by more than thirty percentage points in two years. Now the state is using stringent measures to drive immunisation rates upwards. Immunisation rates in the state fell to just 61.32 percent of children aged nine to eleven months in 2017-18. This was down from 99.3 percent coverage in the 2015-16

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Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to face flooding?

Arunachal Pradesh and Assam could witness flooding. The river the northeastern states share with China is swelling following heavy rainfall. The Brahmaputra river flows through China, India and Bangladesh. It originates in Tibet with the Tsangpo river and enters India via the Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh with the Siang River. The Siang then

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India’s public health system is in dire straits. Yet states don’t spend health funds.

It is no secret that our public health system is in dire straits. With less than one doctor for every 11,000 people and shortages of hospitals, personnel and resources (especially in rural areas), many patients face difficulty availing care. It boggles the mind, then, that states aren’t making the most of the healthcare funds. Between

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Modicare begins on September 25th. Here’s what we know so far.

The BJP government’s large-scale health insurance initiative was rolled out in some states today, to coincide with Independence Day celebrations across the country. Though some anticipated a full-scale launch of the programme, the scheme was not launched nationwide but began a gradual rollout in select states. Full rollout of the scheme is expected on September

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HIV hotspots in the northeast: A threat to national progress?

India’s efforts to tackle HIV is bearing fruit. The numbers of new HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths and people living with HIV all fell substantially. However, the success did not come without a caveat. India may be making progress against HIV but experts have warned it is not yet on course to meet targets of reducing

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HPV vaccine drive for girls in Sikkim

A scheme is underway to vaccinate girls in the northeast state of Sikkim against the human papillomavirus (HPV). The programme is expected to reach 32,000 girls aged nine to fourteen over the next fortnight. They will be administered the first dose of the HPV vaccine in the next two weeks. The second dose will be

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Rare blood group discovered in Mangaluru: First of its kind in India

This article was originally published on The News Minute and has been republished with permission. By Nimeshika Jayachandran Doctors at Kasturba Medical College and Hospital in Mangaluru recently discovered a rare blood group, the first of its kind noted in India. The patient’s blood samples had been sent to the blood bank at the hospital

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Cancer screening reach more in Telangana, hence spike in reported cases

This article was originally published in The News Minute and has been republished with permission.  By Nimeshika Jayachandran Telangana is seeing a drastic increase in the suspected number of cancer cases recorded in the state, particularly oral, breast and cervical cancers, new data from the National Health Profile shows. Over 9,000 new suspected cases having been recorded in the

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India’s health check: It’s bad news

In August 2016, a tribal man in Odisha walked ten kilometres from the hospital where his wife died. He carried her body with him – in the presence, no less, of his twelve-year-old daughter. He was forced to do so because the state hospital could not provide an ambulance.  The incident served as a graphic

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