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.
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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Researchers have identified exposure to cadmium as a reason for Salmonella becoming resistant to antibiotics and have deciphered how cadmium affects the bacteria
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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.
By : Dinesh C Sharma
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.
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India needs technology interventions to spread awareness about tuberculosis. Mobile technology can be a game-changer in ...
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Japanese Encephalitis, a leading form of viral encephalitis is a major problem in India. It is caused by mosquito-borne JE virus .....
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About 15 million babies out of 26 million born every year in India are not able to get the benefit of mother’s milk within one hour of their birth .....
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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.
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The scope for developing a new vaccine against the dreaded disease of Tuberculosis through the biological route has become brighter....
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Lower vitamin D levels may be linked to higher blood glucose levels in Indian women with pre-diabetes condition, according to a new study.
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.
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.
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 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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Telling the Ebola story with data is a challenging task, how to paint a picture of numbers that inform about the seriousness while neither underplaying [and] nor being alarmist? There has been problematic data reporting…but there’s been solid data journalism too.Sharron Lovell is a multimedia storyteller and educator. She is based in Beijing and lectures on multimedia journalism.
The essential drug list becomes more relevant when the drug market is flooded with many nonessential, irrational drugs for which safer, equally effective & cheaper essential alternatives exist.Dr Mira Shiva, MD, is one of the leading voices of public health in India and coordinator at the Initiative for Health & Equity in Society.
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"India provides low cost drugs not only to its citizens but also to most developing countries. Hence, the measures to control prices of drugs must be matched with those to safeguard our sovereignty in drug manufacturing, whether by public or private companies. It is this that will finally result in availability of drugs at affordable prices and will ensure that we move forward towards Universal Health Assurance."Mirai Chatterjee, Director, Social Security Team, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).
It’s commendable that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is making efforts to be more data-driven by providing district-level estimates for the first time with NFHS-4, there are still loopholes that need to be plugged.Jisha Krishnan, Journalist