A cardinal omission in the COVID-19 package

Source: The Hindu Relevance: India needs to focus on Healthcare human resources for improving healthcare. Synopsis:  The Government’s COVID-19 health package II again overlooks the need for and availability of healthcare human resources. Why healthcare human resources are essential? In the mid-1980s, there were a number of government healthcare facilities across the country, with newly constructed… Continue reading A cardinal omission in the COVID-19 package

Health above faith

Source: The Hindu What is the news? Recently, the Supreme Court canceled the annual Kanwar Yatra and held that the health of the public and their right to life are paramount. What is Kanwar Yatra? It is a pilgrimage organised in the Hindu calendar month of Shravana (Saavan). In which Kanwarias, devotees of Shiva, make a… Continue reading Health above faith

Why India is missing its vaccine targets

Source: The Indian Express Relevance: India’s problem of vaccine shortage needs large scale capacity building and government commitments. Synopsis: The production capacity of vaccines has not risen as claimed by the Centre. Several other issues are leading to vaccine shortage in India. About Vaccine Shortage: India’s problem of vaccine shortage is not yet resolved. Currently, India… Continue reading Why India is missing its vaccine targets

India needs a renewed health-care system

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Public health must be reformed to meet the post-pandemic medical needs. Synopsis:  India needs to focus on the core lessons from the pandemic and rebuild trust in public health. The pandemic and the vulnerability of the public health system: For any population, the availability of functional public health systems is literally a… Continue reading India needs a renewed health-care system

What the post-Covid doctor must know

Source: The Indian Express Relevance: To cater to the demands of future medical needs, India has to reform medical education. Synopsis: The lessons learnt during the Covid-19 should catalyse changes in medical education, enhance the profession’s orientation towards scientific sensibility and compassion. About the Western model of medical education: Major reforms in Western medical education began after… Continue reading What the post-Covid doctor must know

Women suffer more health-related misery than men

Source: TOI What is the news? Recent findings of World Health Statistics report of 2021, indicating gender inequality in terms of quality of life of women as compared to men. Key findings Gender inequality mars the quality of life as women age, in much of the world. Hostile social norms undo women’s bodily advantage –… Continue reading Women suffer more health-related misery than men

Let’s keep pace with the world on covid research

Source: Livemint Relevance: Covid-19 research is essential for controlling the pandemic. Introduction: India has been behind the curve on tracing virus variants by their genomes. However, a new brain-study initiative points to the potential of forging ahead with work on Covid’s pathology. About India’s Covid-19 research capability: So far, India has mostly been behind the curve… Continue reading Let’s keep pace with the world on covid research

How a PPP can overhaul India’s health infrastructure

Source: Times of India Relevance: Public and private sectors can work together to modernise the Indian healthcare system. Synopsis: The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many weaknesses in India’s healthcare system. But it has also presented an opportunity to change the healthcare landscape. Present needs for the Indian healthcare system: India can get ICU beds, ventilators… Continue reading How a PPP can overhaul India’s health infrastructure

Govt labels Delta-plus ‘variant of concern’, urges caution

Synopsis: The Government of India has categorised the Delta Plus variant as a ‘variant of concern’.   What is Delta+ variant?  The Delta variant formerly known as B.1.617.2 is believed to be the most transmissible variant of Covid -19 yet. It has been initially detected in India.   The Delta plus variant (B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1) has been formed due to a mutation in the Delta variant.  A mutation means… Continue reading Govt labels Delta-plus ‘variant of concern’, urges caution

Measles vaccine effective against COVID

News: Measles-containing vaccines (MCVs) might offer children some protection against Covid-19 infection, shows early evidence from a study by researchers from BJ Medical College in Pune.  The study analyzed 548 participants (aged 1 to 17) who were split into two groups – those who have tested positive for Covid (via RT-PCR) and those who haven’t.  Findings of the study … Continue reading Measles vaccine effective against COVID