#HealthyMaharashtra: ‘Give special attention to organ donation and transplant’

The government needs to look at how they can fund transplants. One solution using a portion of tax collections into providing health insurance for everyone. This is crucial and will benefit a lot of people as most insurance companies do not cover transplants

#HealthyMaharashtra: ‘Give special attention to organ donation and transplant’I performed my first transplant surgery in 1995. When I received training, except for kidney, no other transplants would take place in India. While the scenario has drastically changed, our medical colleges in India are still not equipped to train students in conducting transplants. Except for AIIMS, no other medical college in India can conduct […]

‘Make every medical college a cancer treatment hub’

The rising number of cancer cases is a matter of great concern for the whole nation. The battle with Big C is no longer an individual’s; we need to stand united as a nation against it

‘Make every medical college a cancer treatment hub’Infrastructure, trained manpower, early detection and treatment and affordable medicines are the four vital limbs of cancer care. Health is a state subject, and if we want to make cancer care accessible to all, medical colleges across Maharashtra should be able to provide the same. They should be equipped with diagnostic and treatment facilities to […]

‘Watch what you eat to beat the diabesity monster’

The world is being plagued by the epidemic of ‘diabesity’. Diabetes and obesity are two non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that are spreading like an epidemic, and the worst affected are the youth. They are falling prey to diabesity because of the lifestyle they lead

‘Watch what you eat to beat the diabesity monster’Obesity and diabetes are two silent killers. While we are aware of their perils, we do not pay much attention to them. We are so caught up in the rut that we do not pay attention to what we eat and how much sugar, salt and trans-fats we consume. The looming threat of obesity has […]

‘Bring back our friendly neighbourhood family physicians’

Sound health is a combination of physical, mental and social wellbeing. A state can be healthy only if every individual is physically and mentally fit and socially active. The one person who we can rely on to make us 100% fit with complete assurance is the friendly neighbourhood family physician

‘Bring back our friendly neighbourhood family physicians’A family doctor is like a friend who provides preventive care, teaches us to follow a healthy lifestyle, identifies and treats medical conditions on time. They become a guide who shows us the right path to lead a healthy life. However, today, family doctors hardly exist. The trend is to run to specialists even when […]

‘Take advanced healthcare facilities to remote tribal areas’

Tribal communities form 10% of Maharashtra’s population. They live in remote corners of the state, virtually cut-off from the world. They have the worst health indicators and well-being status compared to those who are living in the cities. However, tribal healthcare continues to remain a neglected subject

‘Take advanced healthcare facilities to remote tribal areas’Since Independence, a lot has been talked about improving tribal healthcare, but there has been no visible change. Tribal health can be improved by building a sustainable infrastructure and concentrating on the below listed objectives: Reducing child mortality Community-based management for severe malnutrition Providing basic healthcare facilities Curbing adult mortality rates Without overcoming these critical […]

‘Every person should focus on building a healthy body, mind and soul’

Healthy people are the foundation of Healthy Maharashtra. A healthy mother gives birth to a healthy child. Our focus should be imparting quality health education to young mothers of the state

‘Every person should focus on building a healthy body, mind and soul’Mother is always the first teacher, who teaches us to be good human beings. Her teachings are always critical, pivotal and supreme in our lives. So, if we want to build a healthy future, first and foremost we need to educate our mothers. The cardinal principle of any healthy state should be to educate and […]

#HealthyMaharashtra: ‘Restore patients’ faith in PHCs in rural and tribal areas’

Primary Health Centres (PHCs) are the real temples of our villages. Unfortunately, the saddest part is our government has not bothered to maintain the sanctity of these temples. This may sound harsh, but the state has left the poor to survive on their own

#HealthyMaharashtra: ‘Restore patients’ faith in PHCs in rural and tribal areas’Our PHCs are in an utter state of neglect despite being the backbone of healthcare system in the state. How can Maharashtra be healthy if its backbone is weak? If you look at today’s scenario, 90% of the doctors are in big cities, even those from rural areas, whereas 80% of the people live in […]

‘Healthy lifestyle is the best life insurance’

We know Allopathy, Homeopathy and Naturopathy help us get rid of diseases. How many of us realise that not the ‘pathies’, but our lifestyle is a complete ‘Pathy’ and all others are add-on pathies

‘Healthy lifestyle is the best life insurance’To understand this, we must know the real meaning of the word lifestyle. The concept of lifestyle encompasses several factors – the food we eat, our physical activities, thoughts, attitudes and actions (ahar-vihar and achar-vichar). Having said that, if we spend a little time trying to understand our body and mind and make small changes […]

‘Go back to the basics to build a Healthy Maharashtra’

Nutrition for all is the backbone of a healthy state. Therefore, when we coin the term Healthy Maharashtra, our focus should be on healthy human beings. Healthy not just mean physically, but also mentally and socially

‘Go back to the basics to build a Healthy Maharashtra’Health and nutrition will always go hand-in-hand. They are the two sides to the same coin. One cannot define health without nutrition. Nutrition is the foundation on which the health of the state stands tall and strong. Nutrition is essential for the growth, development and well-being of a human being. It is an integral part […]

‘Health insurance scheme can assure better health to all’

The health of individuals, societies and states largely banks on the predominant principle of three ‘Ps’, which are prevention, promotion and primary healthcare. These are the potent systems through which governments can reach out to the poor and needy with better healthcare services

‘Health insurance scheme can assure better health to all’Creating awareness, cultivating healthy habits, promoting healthy lifestyle and state-of-the-art medical infrastructure across the state are the pillars of a healthy state. Emphasis should be given to preventive and promotive healthcare which is a big component in providing the healthcare services to the people. Now let us understand the three ‘Ps’: Prevention – Immunisation and […]