Hospitals, pharma industry must prioritise affordable healthcare: Kerala Governor

‘It is important to be mindful of the healthcare needs of the less privileged’

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Half of India's states do not have a district hospital in each district

Delhi and Kerala have 3 district hospitals per district; Uttar Pradesh has two. Telangana has one hospital for five districts

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Meet Ariba Khan, who is helping people fight mental health issues with an AI-based 'safe space'

Technology and human emotions may seem a mismatch, but at Ariba Khan has fused them for a mental health platform.

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“Heatwaves create difficulties for breastfeeding” – Tajikistan steps up for babies’ health

A country with hot summers and vast rural areas, Tajikistan has had to fine-tune its approach to promoting breastfeeding and protecting infants’ health. WHO highlights the country’s experience during World Breastfeeding Week 2022 (1–7 August). Breastfeeding protects from cancer: positive messages for parents“In our country, many mothers practice exclusive breastfeeding, but not for long. There is a drop off in exclusive breastfeeding rates of infants at the age of 4–5 months. Heatwaves might be one of the reasons, which, of course, can be challenging for parents of little children. During hot seasons, many parents tend to give their children water to drink – even though breast milk can effectively fulfil all a baby’s nutrition needs,” said Dr Sherali Rakhmatulloev, Tajikistan’s Sectoral Chief Specialist on childhood diseases. WHO recommends exclusively breastfeeding infants for at least the first 6 months of their lives. There is solid evidence that exclusive breastfeeding will not only keep a baby well-fed and happy, but also protect them from noncommunicable diseases, lowering the risks of childhood obesity, diabetes and even some types of cancer.To promote this message and amplify its reach, Tajikistan’s authorities are counting on health professionals.In rural areas of Tajikistan, accounting for more than 70% of the country’s population, the role of primary health care is especially important. Here, health professionals can be the only source of health information and can bring long-lasting positive changes.Mothers need further support“After the mother returns home from maternity hospital, she and her family need further support. Of course, parents with small children go to their primary health care provider. Based on the guidance they get there, the parents will know what’s the best way to feed the baby,” added Dr Rakhmatulloev.He was one of the first doctors in Tajikistan to introduce the WHO-recommended practice of letting mothers stay together with their babies in maternity rooms and start breastfeeding shortly after birth. Today, this is a normal practice in many hospitals across the country.According to Dr Rakhmatulloev, expanding health literacy and communication of the latest evidence-based information is the key for introducing good health practices.The WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases is supporting this work by organizing a series of workshops and consultations as part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). BFHI activities are aimed at training the trainers and giving Tajikistan’s health professionals the right guidelines and other tools to promote exclusive breastfeeding as the best choice for both mothers’ and infants’ health.Best choice for mother and babyWith the help of primary health professionals, fewer people in Tajikistan are relying on breast milk substitutes and other infant food products that can have a harmful effect on babies’ health. Ten years ago, the exclusive breastfeeding rate in Tajikistan was around 24%. In 2017, it reached 36%. To increase these rates even further, the country’s authorities are currently updating their national health strategy in line with the WHO European Programme of Work 2020–2025. The national goal is to reach a 50% exclusive breastfeeding level by 2025.The BFHI training programmes enhance the implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding recommended by WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Can We Reach Health 4.0 in the Next 3-5 Years?

According to a new report from Allison + Partners, 57% of respondents said it will be possible to achieve “Health 4.0” in the next 3-5 years.

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Workplace closure boosts mental health

While restrictions invoked to curb the transmission of Covid-19 hit the mental health of women, young adults the most, closure of the workplace actually boosted people's mental well-being during...

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Vigilance officials raid 44 health centres in Andhra Pradesh

Pharmacists found prescribing medicines in absence of doctors in some hospitals

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A contrasting view of the recognition of the Right to Health

The right to health is a core element of the right to life, which has been validated as a fundamental right as well as a human right in the Constitution of India as well as...

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Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's wealth dips nearly ₹327 cr in this health insurance firm

In Q1FY23, Star Health posted a net profit of ₹213.24 crore compared a loss of ₹209.78 crore in Q1FY22 and a loss ₹82.03 crore in Q4FY22. 

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Weight Loss & Mental Health: How Are They Linked & How To Use Them To Your Advantage

Here's how your mental health influences your weight loss journey. We also discuss how you can use your mental health to your benefit if you wan to lose weight.

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'Monkeypox not a new disease, don't panic': Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya allays fears in Parliament

Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis – that gets transmitted to humans from animals – with symptoms similar to those seen in smallpox patients, albeit clinically less severe. Earlier today, a fresh case of monkeypox was reported in Kerala as a UAE returnee tested positive today. This is the fifth case of the viral disease in the state and seventh in the country so far.

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Delhi: These 3 private hospitals to reserve beds for monkeypox cases

The three hospitals - MD City Hospital, Batra Hospital and Kailash Deepak Hospital - will reserve 10 beds each (five for confirmed and five for suspected cases) to manage the isolation of monkeypox cases.

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Delhi directs 3 pvt hospitals to create 10 isolation rooms for monkeypox cases

So far, Delhi reported a total of 3 monkeypox cases

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A Tattoo that works as a health monitoring device; details

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in the city of Daejeon southwest of Seoul have developed an electronic tattoo ink made of liquid metal and carbon nanotubes that functions as a bioelectrode.

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From Being Pessimistic to Stoic, How Your Personality Affects Your Health

The way you walk, talk, and interact with other social beings determines your personality.

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Working towards animal health

A collaboration is needed between veterinary science and human health experts to forge effective tools

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Overlapping crises accelerating health inequality: WHO - ET HealthWorld

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that overlapping crises of Covid-19, inflation and cuts to foreig..

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Health insurance a must-have amid vector-borne diseases this monsoon

Dengue, Chikungunya and Malaria are some of the common diseases that this season brings along.

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