Kolkata: Feb 18, 2011
Just as the country has guaranteed the right to education for all, there is a need for the right to universal access to public health care, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen said. In health there is not even a promise. We want to press for it,” Dr. Sen told journalists at an event to announce the setting up of the Pratichi Institute in Kolkata. He said that in India there was an over-reliance on the private sector in health care that had led to “a situation in which quite often very poor peasants are exploited.” Citing the example of universal healthcare in every country in Europe, America, Canada, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore, he said people in India should have a right to public health. “We want the same here,” he added.
New Delhi: Feb 18, 2011
The proposal for conducting the now controversial “Post-licensure observational study of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination: Demonstration Project,” carried out by a non-governmental organisation PATH for two major pharmaceutical companies, had been turned down by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) as it failed to state the ethical aspects involved in it. The PHFI had received the proposal for conducting the study from the Indian Institute of Public Health at Gandhi Nagar (Gujarat) but the Institutional Ethics Committee of the Foundation rejected it on the grounds that it was “based on the assumption that no ethical issues arise with regard to undertaking the HPV vaccine demonstration project.''
Chennai: Feb 17, 2011
A software will soon be used in Primary Health Centres in the state of Tamil Nadu India to keep tabs on the mother throughout her ante-natal period and the child until the age of one year. The software will generate a unique number will be generated for every pregnant woman to maintain a record of their weight, scan results, anemia and nutrition details. With the inability to closely follow-up on women during their pregnancy period impairing its ability to bring down maternal mortality rate, the State government has rolled up its sleeves to address the problem. The Directorate of Public Health has commissioned the use of the Pregnancy Infant COHORT Monitoring Evaluation (PICME) software for all staff members, primarily in all primary health centres (PHC), and for outreach workers.
Chennai: Feb 13, 2011
While, undoubtedly, public investment in healthcare must increase, the government must also accept the presence of the private sector and formulate policies to minimise distortions, former Union Health Secretary Sujatha Rao has said. Essential to this plan is increasing substantially public investment to provide universal access to basic care. At the same time, it is important for the government to play the role of a price stabiliser. This would involve setting standards — quality assurance, accreditation, and certification for which minimum standards must be in place. She was delivering a lecture on ‘Public Health Financing' organised by CHARTERED, Voluntary Health Services, Chennai.
New Delhi: Feb 13, 2011
India has recorded its first case of polio infection this year. The victim of the crippling disease is an 18-month-old girl from West Bengal’s Howrah district. She tested for polio after the onset of paralysis on June 13. The girl has been infected with the dangerous type-1 virus. The P1 strain of polio causes large outbreaks and paralyses one out of every 200 children infected. The Union health ministry was informed that the child was never immunized against polio before the virus infected her. She had not received any dose of the oral polio vaccine (OPV) either in the nationwide polio campaigns or under routine immunization.
New Delhi | Feb 10, 2011
With finances drying up for research projects as the world economy has slumped, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has sought more funds for work on developing prevention vaccines. The issue needs to be given priority at the moment because there are several encouraging developments happening globally in the field of AIDS vaccine research and we are closer to results,” Seth Berkeley, CEO, IAVI, said. The IAVI is working on several research projects in India including with the Department of Biotechnology, the Indian Institute of Science, the National Aids Research Institute, the AIIMS and the PGI Chandigarh, to name a few. Pointing out that pricing of the possible vaccine in the near future was a critical issue, Dr Berkeley said it would be meant for the target groups initially, and not as a public health intervention.
New Delhi: Feb 10, 2011
The Centre informed the Supreme Court that all marriages in the age group of 16 to 18 should be treated as voidable at the instance of either party to avoid the problem of girls below the age of 16 giving consent for marriage and making it valid. Additional Solicitor-General Indira Jaising, explaining the government's stand before a Bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and A.K. Ganguly, wanted the court to intervene in this regard. The Bench was hearing a petitions filed by National Commission for Women questioning a Delhi High Court order upholding the marriage of a girl who had not reached the age of 18.
New Delhi: Feb 08, 2011
The three-member committee, set up to probe the alleged irregularities in conducting studies using human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine by PATH in India, has identified several deficiencies in the planning and implementation of the project leading “to a crisis requiring suspension of the study,” but has fallen short of fixing responsibility on any individual or agency. The interim report submitted to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that it was true that a lot of negative vibes had been generated against this project due to mishandling of the situation, but the committee had not been able to identify a single event, individual or agency which could be held entirely accountable for it.
New Delhi: Feb 07, 2011
To educate students about tuberculosis, entertaining awareness games based on the model of popular television serial Kaun Banega Crorepati and cricket are now being freely distributed in many schools of the Capital. These interactive games endorsed by Government's Revised National TB Control Programme are being distributed in both public and government schools in Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The programme has been initiated even in some MCD schools. Compact discs have also been given to State TB Control Office of Delhi for distribution across its network. A specialised website has been dedicated to access and promote these games. Tuberculosis is one of the leading causes of mortality in India and accounts for 1/5th of the global incidence. In India, every year, 1.9 million new cases of TB occur and 0.8 million are infectious new smear positive pulmonary TB cases.
Mumbai: Feb 07, 2011
The structured sexual violence in conflict zones, apart from that wrought by the pursuit of the neo-liberal paradigm of development, causing a plunder of resources, displacement, distress and by age-old old caste practices was widely discussed at a two-day seminar in Mumbai titled ‘Negotiating Spaces: Gender Concerns Conflict Zones'. Speakers pointed to an increase in militarisation with upcoming development projects. “Whenever there is militarisation, the problems of women and children are the same,” said Helam Haokip of Women Against Sexual violence and State Repression, Manipur.
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