Jharkhand's healthcare system in a shocking state

By Nityanand Shukla

Ranchi : The shocking photograph of a mentally-challenged patient, Munni Devi, being served meals on the floor at a local hospital here has once again brought to the fore the dismal state of Jharkhand's healthcare system -- despite all the tall developmental talk by the state's BJP government.

When a newspaper carried the photograph, the Jharkhand High Court took suo motu cognizance, converted it into public interest litigation (PIL) and has now served notice on the state government.

Varanasi, Allahabad air over WHO pollution limits on most days in August

By Charlie Moloney

On more than 90 per cent of the days in August this year, pollution levels in Varanasi and Allahabad exceeded World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for acceptable levels, an IndiaSpend analysis of data recorded by #Breathe, our 12-city network of air-quality monitoring stations, shows.

Teenager’s death due to anaemia exposes rampant malnutrition among Kerala’s Adivasi students

By Shafeeq Hudawi,

Kozhikode: The death of a teenager due to malnutrition in Attappady, the largest Adivasi settlement in Kerala, has once again exposed the lack of an effective mechanism to ensure proper nutrition for children at various hamlets in the Adivasi settlement. Manikandan, a student of class 8 at the Government Tribal Higher Secondary School in Sholayur who was not provided with proper treatment, died last week due to anaemia.

13 deaths reminder of malnutrition in India's most industrialised state

By Prachi Salve

Widespread malnutrition in Maharashtra was brought to the fore again with the deaths of 13 children in the last two months in the tribal district of Palghar, less than 100 km to the north of Mumbai, Indias financial capital.

Nearly half of all children under five are "stunted" -- short for their age, a sign of malnutrition -- in Nandurbar (47.6 per cent) and Yavatmal (47.4 per cent) districts of Maharashtra, India's most industrialised state, a rate higher than war-torn Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East.

As population rises, UP's healthcare system collapses

By Sushree Panigrahi and Jeet Singh

In Uttar Pradesh, the number of public health centres (PHCs), the frontline of the government's healthcare system, decreased 8 per cent over the last 15 years to 2015, a period when the state's population increased by more than 25 per cent. Smaller sub-centres, the first point of public contact, increased by no more than 2 per cent over the 25 years to 2015, a period when the population grew by more than 51 per cent.

Epileptics face higher risks of discrimination

London : Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that people with epilepsy are at significantly higher risk of experiencing discrimination due to health problems than the general population.

This risk is greater for them than those with other chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma and migraines.

People with epilepsy also had a greater likelihood of experiencing domestic violence and sexual abuse than the general population, according to the study published in the journal Epilepsia.

600 kids die from malnutrition: So what? asks Maharashtra minister

Palghar (Maharashtra) : Maharashtra's Tribal Welfare Minister Vishnu Sawra faced the ire of tribals in Palghar whose children have perished due to malnutrition.

When he visited a tribal hamlet in Khoch village in the worst-hit Mokhada sub-district on Thursday evening, angry locals confronted the minister and demanded answers.

Some infuriated tribals asked him: "600 children have died here (in 2016) what have you done for us?"

Avoid blame game, coordinate to fight chikungunya: Centre to AAP government

New Delhi : Amid a major row over chikungunya-related deaths in the national capital, the Centre on Thursday urged the Delhi government to desist from "blame game" even as opposition Congress, BJP and the Swaraj Abhiyan slammed the city government.

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda in an interview to English news channel 'Times Now' said the central government and Delhi government need to work in a coordinated manner.

"We have to work in a coordinated manner," Nadda said.

Let's forget politics, combat chikungunya together: Kapil Mishra appeals to parties

New Delhi : A day after the Delhi government blamed the Lt Governor and BJP-controlled civic bodies for the rising cases of chikungunya in the capital, Delhi's Water Minister Kapil Mishra on Wednesday appealed to all MPs, MLAs and councillors to keep aside political differences and fight the menace together.

In an open letter, Mishra urged everyone who loves the city to come together and fight against dengue and chikungunya.


12 children die of malnutrition in MP

Bhopal : At least 12 children have died due to malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh in the last six months and 24 others admitted to hospital, officials said on Tuesday.

The children died at Golipura village of Sheopur district. Health Minister Rustam Singh on Tuesday visited the village to take stock of the situation and also met the families of the affected children.

Singh has approved a compensation of Rs 5,000 to the families of the deceased children.

On his direction, 11 teams are carrying out a health survey of children in all villages of Sheopur district.