Debate: Can the National Medical Commission Bill address rural healthcare deficit?

On August 1, the Rajya Sabha passed the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019 which has a provision to train people connected with modern medical profession to practice modern medicine. The Commission intends to grant about 3.5 lakh licences. The duration of the training programme has not been specified. The licensed Community Health Providers will … Continue reading Debate: Can the National Medical Commission Bill address rural healthcare deficit?

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Women in Kerala live 10 years longer than women in Uttar Pradesh

The first comprehensive analysis of the health of India’s 1.34 billion citizens has been published on November 14 in The Lancet. The study estimates the key drivers of ill health, disability, and premature death in all 29 States. It has analysed 333 diseases and injuries and 84 risk factor trends for each State between 1990 … Continue reading Women in Kerala live 10 years longer than women in Uttar Pradesh

Cheaper TB diagnostic test developed in India enters final validation stage

A cheaper, locally developed molecular diagnostic test, Truenat MTB, for drug-sensitive and rifampicin-resistant TB is entering the final leg of performance validation and operational feasibility testing by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Truenat is developed by the Goa-based Molbio Diagnostics. The company was provided with technical assistance and resources by the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics … Continue reading Cheaper TB diagnostic test developed in India enters final validation stage

Can health spending of 2.5% of GDP only by 2025 help achieve the goals set by India’s National Health Policy?

The long awaited National Health Policy announced a few days ago proposes to raise public health expenditure as a percentage of GDP from the current 1.15% to 2.5% by 2025. The resource allocation to individual States will be linked with their development indicators, absorptive capacity and financial indicators. “There will be higher weightage given to … Continue reading Can health spending of 2.5% of GDP only by 2025 help achieve the goals set by India’s National Health Policy?

Now, ‘qualified’ quacks will treat rural folks in West Bengal

If everything works to plan, health care in rural West Bengal may soon see a change for the better. Nearly 3,000 quacks — informal health-care providers with no formal medical education — are to be trained for six months. The crash course in medicine, and to be conducted by 130 trained nurses, is to begin … Continue reading Now, ‘qualified’ quacks will treat rural folks in West Bengal

Editorial: A model for the rest of India

Published in The Hindu on February 20, 2013 It comes as no surprise that Tamil Nadu has once again been applauded for its “excellent” maternal and child-care services by the Common Review Mission of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Suffice it to say that at a time when 99 per cent of global maternal … Continue reading Editorial: A model for the rest of India

India: Appalling condition of primary healthcare services

Published in The Hindu on December 6, 2012 Suffering from unstable angina, asthma or dysentery? The chances of correct diagnosis and treatment in both rural and urban areas by private and public care providers are dismal. The shocking state of primary healthcare services in both private and public clinics in urban (Delhi) and rural (villages … Continue reading India: Appalling condition of primary healthcare services