18 % GST on elderly care services unacceptable: Doctors, activists

Silver Innings, a Mumbai-based organisation working for senior citizens, wrote a letter to Prime Minister and Finance Minister asking them to reconsider the decision of levying 18 per cent GST on Residential or Non-Residential, Elder and Disable Care Service. Activists say that government should understand what these services entail and how important they are for the elderly and it will cause added cost burden on the families

18 % GST on elderly care services unacceptable: Doctors, activists  NGOs working for geriatric care in India have raised concern over the 18 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied on residential, non-residential or elderly care centres. On Monday, one of the NGOs – Silver Innings, a Mumbai-based organisation working for senior citizens, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well […]

Doing night shifts? You are putting good health to sleep

Employees clocking in for evening, overnight or other irregular shifts -- what's known as shift work -- are at a higher risk for a host of health problems. As the shift work disrupts the body’s circadian rhythms and causes them to become out of sync with the external environment or behavioral cycles

Doing night shifts? You are putting good health to sleepThe number of employees heading for night shifts in BPOs and call centres are increasing; as attractive salaries draw youngsters to jobs where they have to work night shifts. This could pose a danger not only to the employees working in BOP or call centre, but other professions also which require people to work during night, […]

A door-to-door-campaign to detect unreported TB cases to start soon

The second phase of TB campaign will run under the government of India’s ‘Active TB Case Finding campaign’ which is part of its long-term plan to eliminate the disease by the year 2025

A door-to-door-campaign to detect unreported TB cases to start soonThe second phase of campaign which seeks to detect hidden cases of TB will commence in Maharashtra from July 17 to 30. In the first phase of campaign from the total of as many as 2,650 cases detected nationally, 161 were found in Mumbai, Thane, Bhiwandi and Pune. The campaign will be launched in Aurangabad, Beed, […]

‘Multiple factors responsible for increase in families health expenditure’, say doctors

A Praja Foundation survey of 2016-2017 in Maharashtra, revealed that the average spending on healthcare is 7.8%, while, the overall annual household expenditure on health is 22,460 crores. And even if the expenditure is more than the previous year, doctors inform that patients pay willingly, as it is the matter of their health

‘Multiple factors responsible for increase in families health expenditure’, say doctorsPraja Foundation’s project director Milind Mhaske informed us that health expenditure has significantly increased this year, compared to the previous year.  And there can be various reasons for this, for example — many people don’t have medical policies. Doctors feel that there is a lot of awareness among people regarding health issues. As even if […]

‘90% chance of uterus recipient from Vadodara delivering her own baby’

The 24-year-old has started her second menstrual cycle in eight weeks; doctors elated about prospects of her becoming a biological mother

‘90% chance of uterus recipient from Vadodara delivering her own baby’“We are now more than certain about our patient from Vadodara delivering her own baby,” said Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, director of Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital. The woman, who is India’s second person to undergo uterus transplant, has menstruated twice in eight weeks. This is a landmark moment for the patient as well as the doctors as […]

‘Construct more toilets for women at public places,’ says actress Sana Khan

Sana Khan’s upcoming film ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ supports PM Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' campaign to improve sanitation, with emphasis on the eradication of open defecation in urban and rural areas

‘Construct more toilets for women at public places,’ says actress Sana KhanThe movie ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ highlights the important issue of open defecation in the country, especially, in the rural areas. As per the Swachh Bharat Status Report of Nation Sample Survey more than 52.1% people still defecate out in the open, which is a major public health hazard. ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’, starring Akshay […]

Amarnath Yatra survivor operated at JJ Hospital

Doctors from JJ hospital fix fracture, remove bullet from Dahanu resident Chhaya Meher, Amarnath Yatra survivor on Wednesday

Amarnath Yatra survivor operated at JJ HospitalEver since Monday night, any loud sound sends shudder to the 55 year old Chhaya Meher. The Amarnath attack on Monday has left the Fisherman family of Meher’s from Dahanu in a state of utter shock. Of the seven residents from Dahanu who went for the Yatra, two were from the same family. Chhaya Meher survived the […]

Deaths due to noncommunicable diseases are increasing, states Praja Foundation study

Praja Foundation paper revealed that deaths due to noncommunicable diseases like diabetes as per the predicted data re 2,675 in 2016-2017 and deaths due to hypertension as per extrapolated data is 4,438 in 2016-2017. Also, it can pave a way to other noncommunicable diseases

Deaths due to noncommunicable diseases are increasing, states Praja Foundation studyNoncommunicable diseases are the leading killers worldwide as WHO’s report also states that noncommunicable diseases kill over 15 million people a year, aged 30-70 years, and many in low and lower middle income countries. In India thousands of people die due to NCD’s like diabetes, hypertension, stroke and kidney diseases. And Doctors inform that taking […]

Pune boy does not let Cerebral Palsy get in the way of his all-round abilities

Shreesh Kulkarni is equally brilliant at academics and extra-curricular activities. Doctors say if managed efficiently, children with Cerebral Palsy are capable of achieving wonders

Pune boy does not let Cerebral Palsy get in the way of his all-round abilitiesMeet Shreesh Kulkarni. The 11-year-old from Pune was ranked seventh at state-level pre-upper primary scholarship exam last month. Shreesh is a chess champion and he is ranked by the International Chess Federation. He has won many scholarships in Mathematics. Shreesh also has cerebral palsy (CP). An ardent Harry Potter fan, Shreesh spends most of his […]