Rs 3: Amount India Spends Every Day On Each Indian’s Health

New Delhi: The amount India spends on public health per capita every year is Rs 1,112, less than the cost of a single consultation at the country’s top private hospitals--or roughly the cost of a p...

Nipah Contained, But More Than 80% Cases From Similar Brain Fevers Are Undiagnosed

New Delhi: Kerala health minister KK Shailaja announced on June 10, 2018, that the state’s Nipah virus infection (NiV), which killed 17 out of 19 affected over 21 days and has no cure, had been cont...

Why India’s Poor Buy Essential Medicines From Private Pharmacies

New Delhi: As India readies itself for Ayushman Bharat, the national health protection scheme covering primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare, a study from Chhattisgarh reveals poor availability o...

Child Health At Risk: Despite Greater Tax Income, Most States Cut Funding To Key Programme

Mumbai: Despite greater fiscal autonomy and higher tax revenues shared by the Centre with states, 14 of 20 states surveyed cut spending on a key nutrition programme--Supplementary Nutrition Programme ...

Diarrhoea Took More Lives Than Any Other Water-Borne Disease In India

New Delhi: Over five years to 2017, water-borne diseases--cholera, diarrhoea, typhoid and viral hepatitis--caused 10,738 deaths, latest government data show. Diarrhoea remained the leading kille...

Muslims Have Highest Fertility Rate, Lack Access To Healthcare

Mumbai: Hindus have India’s highest infant mortality rate with 41.6 deaths per 1,000 live births and the third highest fertility rate--the average number of children a woman would have by the end of...

For Rich And Poor Indians Alike, Diabetes Epidemic Shows No Sign Of Abating

Mumbai: India’s economic development has brought higher incomes--and a large helping of diabetes. As salaries have increased, and all socio-economic groups have experienced a rise in living s...

1 In 5 Multidrug-Resistant Patients Do Not Complete Treatment, Imperiling India’s Battle Against TB

New Delhi: Nearly one in five multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) patients put on treatment in the public sector were lost to follow-up (LFU). This means that they either did not start treatme...

Puducherry Has Among The Best Health Indicators In India, And Here’s Why

Puducherry: Between 8.00 and 9.00 a.m. every day, 150 diabetes patients gather at the out-patient department (OPD) of Puducherry’s Kosapalayam Primary Health Centre (PHC) to get their daily insulin ...

India Is Ageing, But States Use Just 7% Of Central Funds For Elderly Healthcare

Mumbai: Over the last two years, states and union territories have utilised no more than 7% of the funds released to them for the National Programme for the Healthcare of the Elderly (NPHCE), the gove...