Rural women are increasingly accessing government hospitals

By Devanik Saha

There was a 24 per cent rise in rural women accessing public healthcare between 2004 and 2014, according to a new report by Brookings India, a think tank, significant in a country where half the rural population uses private healthcare, which is four times costlier.

Overall, there was a six per cent rise in dependence on public healthcare for out-patients and seven per cent for in-patients over the decade ending 2014, said the Brookings report, which analysed National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data over this period.

Mobile app for MPs to track women's health

New Delhi : A mobile application Swasthya Samiksha was launched here on Thursday which enables Members of Parliament to track women's reproductive health in their constituencies and bring improvement.

White Ribbon Alliance India, Centre for Catalysing Change and Swaniti Initiative, all not-for-profit organisations, collaboratively launched the app to help the MPs oversee the maternal health related indicators in their constituencies.

Malkangiri: Who is responsible for deaths of more than 120 Adivasi children?

Why Global TB Report a Wake-up Call for India?

By Sachi Satapathy

The just-released Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report-2016 is a shocker for India. The report reveals the spread of this curable disease is larger than previously projected and moreover, the country accounts for 24 per cent of the global cases.

The twin challenges of poverty and hunger

By Amit Kapoor

Goals 1 and 2 of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) envision eradicating poverty and ending hunger in an extreme form in the world by 2030. Much will depend on how developing countries fare on the twin goals over the coming decade-and-a-half. This is because a bulk of the poor and hungry population is concentrated in the developing regions of the world.

MP has highest foeticide & infanticide cases in India: Asian Centre for Human Rights

By TCN News

New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh has reported the highest number of female foeticide and female infanticide in India, said the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) while releasing its report, ‘Madhya Pradesh: The land of female infanticide and foeticide in India’ on October 6.

Lucknow dengue toll 148, 54 more test positive

Lucknow : The dengue toll in Uttar Pradesh's state capital rose to 148 with the death of seven more people, an official said.

On Friday, at least 54 new patients tested positive for the vector-borne disease in various hospitals of the city, taking the number of patients to 1,800.

Officials informed IANS that fogging and spraying of anti-larva medicines was on at many localities.

Moderate activity helps elderly people recover from disability

New York : Moderate physical activities like walking can help older adults recover from a major disability more quickly and maintain their independence over time, according to a new study.

According to the study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine, the researchers compared the effects of a structured physical activity programme to those of a health education programme on more than 1,600 adults between the ages of 70 and 89.

The study participants were not disabled but were sedentary and had some physical limitations.


Tobacco farmers appeal to Modi, seek participation in FCTC

New Delhi : Over one lakh tobacco growers across the country on Thursday submitted a written appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow their participation in the official Indian delegation to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of Parties (FCTC COP7).

The farmers, under the banner of Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA), have demanded the policy makers to promote balanced regulations to safeguard the interests and livelihood of millions of small farmers and rural workers.

Dengue deaths touch 100 in Lucknow, more people test positive

Lucknow : The death toll from dengue has crossed the 100 mark here and still the vector borne disease shows no signs of relenting in Uttar Pradesh.

In the past two days, more than 150 patients have tested positive for dengue and the humid weather continues to add to the spread of the disease.

Health Department officials while refusing to admit the high toll, said the situation was "serious and worrisome".

The number of dengue patients here touched 1,356, including a large number of children and aged people.