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Thursday, November 08, 2007


The National Health Policy (NHP) - 2002 envisages increasing public health investment from current level 0.9 percent of GDP to 2 percent of GDP by 2010. 

Many of the Health Issues as follows :

Tuberculosis : Approximately 1.8 million new cases of which about 0.8 million are highly infectious smear positive are reported every year.  About 4.17 lakh persons die of TB every year in the country.

Leprosy : The leprosy prevalence rate for the country as a whole is estimated at 2.4 per 10,000 population during 2004.  

HIV/AIDS: India accounts for 10 percent of the global HIV burden.  An estimated 4.58 million men, women and children were living with HIV/AIDS in the country at the end of 2002, with an adult (15-49 years) prevalence rate of  0.8 percent. 

Blindness : Government is implementing the National Blindness Control Programme.  About 4.5 million cataracts operation per year up to 2007 are envisaged.

Cancer : There are about 20-25 lakh cases of cancer and approximately 7-9 lakh cases come up every year.  During the Tenth plan, the National Caner Control Programme has been made a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

Filaria : It is identified in the 13 districts of 7 endemic states, namely, AP, Bihar, Kerala, Orissa, TN, UP, WB, covering about 41 million infected persons.  

Environmental Sanitation Problems : Presently, 85 % of rural and 95% of the urban population has access to safe drinking water. 

Kala-Azar : It is serious public health problem in Bihar and West Bengal.  Kala-Azar cases reported- 17,806 cases with 72 deaths ('86); 14,753 with 150 deaths (2000); 12,120 cases with 212 deaths in 2001; ) and 11845 cases with 164 deaths in 2002.  However, up to April 2003, 4161 cases and 49 deaths were reported.

Dengue (Haemorrhagic) fever : It is a fatal viral disease caused by female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.  First reported in Delhi in 1996 with 10,252 infected cases and 423 deaths.  In 2001, 3,188 cases reported and 53 deaths.  It is spreading to new areas.

Journal                                  More

Journal of Health in India

News Analysis                       More

 Tobacco Companies Targeting Children

 New Polio Program Needed

New Bird Flu Strain

Solar Vaccine Cooler

Ayurveda ‘Standardization’ Plans


 Ministry of Health

 Department of Family Welfare

 Department of Ayurveda, Yoga

 Central Council of Homeopathy

 Central Council of Indian Medicine

 National Medicinal Plants Board


• Indian Council for Medical Research

• Council for Ayurveda Research

• Council for Homeopathy Research 

Council for Unani Research

Tata Cancer Research Institute 


• WHO in India

• Indian Medical Association

Drugs Control

• Drugs Control Administration

• Central Drug Standard Organization

• Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority

• Pharmaceutical Policy 2002

• Drugs and Cosmetics Act

Aids, TB, etc

• National Aids Control Organization

• Aids Research Foundation of India

• TB Research Centre, Chennai


• Cancer Institutes 

• Medical Colleges

• Accident, Trauma Services

• Medical portal


Japanse Encephalitis : It caused by flavivirus group.  In the last five years, it has acquired serious magnitude in 11 states.  In 1995, 2974 cases with 942 deaths and in 2002, out of 1464 cases 361 deaths, were reported.

Iodine deficiency disorders : About 100-150 micrograms of iodine is required daily for normal growth.  About 71 million people are suffering from iodine deficiency.

Nutritional Problems : The major problems such as Protein Energy Malnutrition, Nutritional Anemia, Vitamin A deficiency disorder cases great morbidity and mortality amongst the children and young.

Immunization : The Universal Immunization Programme is aimed at reduction in mortality and morbidity among infants. younger children and pregnant mothers. Pulse polio immunization programme is for polio eradication.  The incidence has come down from 4320 cases in 98 to 2810 in '99. Pneumonia and diarrhea are the other leading causes of death of infants.


THE government move to ensure that at least 33 per cent direct and indirect benefits of all schemes must reach women and girls is commendable. (Empowering Women, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 08, 2007)

Warning that terrorism could trigger disasters across borders, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asserted that the modern societies must prepare to come together to deal with manmade disasters, be they industrial disasters or disasters caused by terrori (Pm: Terror Threat Can Trigger Disasters, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Six members of a marriage party, including a father and his son, were killed and 10 others injured when a truck rammed into a tent erected for a function in Kulgam district last evening. (6 Of Marriage Party Die In Mishap , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The intersection of genetics and intelligence is an intellectual minefield. (Let's Unravel Intelligence, Times of India, Editorial, The Times of India, Nov 08, 2007)

Radcliffe even did training regimens like hill repeats - repeatedly running up hills to build strength and endurance. (Pregnancy And Long Distance Running , Deccan Herald, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

I have a confession. My uncle is a cyborg, and my aunt is a Frankenstein’s monster, patched together from different body parts. (Man And Superman, Tribune, Johann Hari, Nov 08, 2007)

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh completed three successful years in office. (Sharing The Benefit Of The Boom , Frontline, LYLA BAVADAM, Nov 08, 2007)

A deputy superintendent of police and a militant were killed during an early morning shootout between security forces and suspected HNLC militants in Meghalaya's Ri Bhoi district on Wednesday. (Meghalaya Cop Killed In Gunfight With Militants , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Violence broke out in Nandigram on Wednesday as rival groups traded gunfire and hurled bombs leaving two persons injured while two of those injured on Tuesday succumbed on Wednesday, taking the toll to four. (Death Toll In Nandigram Violence Rises To Four , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Observing that the concept of federalism is rooted in self-rule, President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday said expectations from it are very high in view of various challenges and instruments needed to be evolved to deal with them. ('Federalism Concept Rooted In Self Rule' , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Doctors in southern India completed a grueling 24-hour operation Wednesday on a girl born with four arms and four legs that surgeons said will give the 2-year-old a chance at a normal life. (Surgery On Indian Girl Born With 4 Arms And 4 Legs Declared , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

At 12:30am on Wednesday when Dr Sharan Shivraj Patil disengaged the parasitic twin from Lakshmi and held it separately, chief anaesthetist Dr Yohannan John looked at him, smiled, and said, "Lakshmi is stable." (B'lore Docs Light Up Lakshmi's Life, Deccan Herald, Bala Chauhan, Nov 08, 2007)

A 2-year-old girl born with four arms and four legs is recovering after the complex operation for the removal of the extra limbs. (Doctors Monitor India Girl Born With Excess Limbs After Oper , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

In yet another reported case of road rage in the capital, two businessmen-brothers were allegedly beaten up by two inebriated youths in Cantonment area in the capital over the issue of overtaking. (Two Businessmen-Brothers Beaten Up In Road Rage Incident , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

After a 27-hour surgery, two-year-old Lakshmi Tatma, the “eight-limbed” girl from Bihar, was finally separated from her parasitic twin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. (Lakshmi Stable After Marathon Surgery, Hindu, Afshan Yasmeen, Nov 08, 2007)

The scare tactics used by the U.K.’s MI5 chief this week may win a few headlines to help the state, but do grave long-term damage. (Fear Speeches Are Utterly Self-Defeating, Hindu, Simon Jenkins, Nov 08, 2007)

It may be that India remains the only stable democracy in this part of the world, but we are obliged to remember that our democratic habits and manners are under daily assault from different sources. (A Few Simple Lessons From Pakistan Statecraft, Hindu, Harish Khare , Nov 08, 2007)

State Government has re-launched Namakku Naame Thittam in all the rural and urban areas this year. (Govt. Re-Launches Namakku Naame Scheme In Krishnagiri District , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

This incident happened when I was in Lhasa, in Tibet. (Middle-Aged At 136! , The Economic Times, Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda, Nov 08, 2007)

Though banned by law, corporal punishment continues to be meted out to students in schools across the country, often with tragic consequences, by teachers who clearly do not care a toss about rules and regulations, not least because they know. . . (Violent Teachers, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 08, 2007)


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