Alarming gap between NCRB and Lancet suicide data

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Data from recent Lancet report suggests that suicide deaths are under-reported in India. India mostly relies on NCRB data for suicides which comes from FIR's. The Lancet paper claims that nearly 2.57 lakh Indians committed suicide in 2016 while the 2015 NCRB report showed 1.33 lakh suicides.This figure is close to half the Lancet Public Health figure. The data shows that the number of suicide deaths in India were higher than deaths related to AIDS or maternal mortality.

CAG report highlights the sorry state of India's public health care

Latest Comptroller and Auditor General report shows inconsistencies in distribution of medicines, lack of equipments, shortage of doctors and inaccessibility to healthcare centres. There is a 24-38% shortfall in the availability of medical personnel at primary health centres, sub centres, and community health centres across India, according to the latest audit. The survey also found that 77 -87 percent community health centres were functioning without specialist doctors. 

 
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Is air pollution is adding to India’s diabetes burden?

Is air pollution is adding to India’s diabetes burden?

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India accounts for nearly half of the world’s diabetes burden with 72 million afflicted people in 2017. The number is projected to double by 2025. 

Heart disease, stroke among top killers in India

Heart disease, stroke among top killers in India

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India has witnessed an alarming rise in the occurrence of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers in the past 25 years, The Lancet and its associated journals have revealed. 

Can technology help India fight tuberculosis

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Scientists decipher how J.E virus enters brain cells

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India falters on breastfeeding

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Data has the power to to facilitate better patient outcomes as data will prevent doctors from making mistakes, asserts Dr. Devi Shetty.

Scientists help the way for a vaccine against TB

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Vitamin D deficiency and pre-diabetic women

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Dearth of mental health experts in India

Mental health carries a lot of stigma with it. Given the situation in India, dearth of mental healthcare professionals adds more to the problem. According to the Union ministry of health and family welfare, the country needs 13500 psychiatrists total but it has as few as 3800 psychiatrists only. Due to this shortage and huge gap between demand and supply, the treatment cost is also soaring in India.

India's grim doctor, patient ratio

The WHO prescribes a doctor population ratio of 1:1000 but India has less than one doctor for every 1,000 population which is less than the World Health Organization standard. This figure is even less than India's neighboring countries Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  According data provided by the Medical Council of India, there were 10,22,859 allopathic doctors registered with the state medical councils as on March 31, 2017.

Will India be able to eliminate Kala-Azar?

Kala-Azar has been endemic to Bihar since years. But recent data shows huge improvements and a steady decline of 36% in Bihar. But this year Jharkhand records 7 per cent increase in Kala-Azar cases highlighting that the elimination of disease is becoming a difficult task for India. 45 % of world’s Kala-Azar cases were reported from India and India has already missed the Kala Azar elimination deadline.  

Cholera hotspots in India

Cholera was much wiped out at a high rate in India but it is raising its head again. The major reason remains contaminated water and poor sanitation. Since, only 28% of households use piped water, there are all the more reasons for cholera to stretch across the length and breadth of India. Five Indian states including national capital carry 75% burden of the disease in India.

 

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