Union govt to soon come up with a list to regulate over-the-counter drugs

For the first time ever, the Drug Consultative Committee (DCC) is of the opinion that there is an urgent need for defining the Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs and to lay down specific provisions for the regulation of OTC drugs in the country. This will be done to promote self-care without compromising patient safety thereby reducing the treatment cost. It will also prevent patients from resorting to self-medicating when they are ill

Union govt to soon come up with a list to regulate over-the-counter drugsIn a first-of-its-kind move, the union government is contemplating to prepare a list of Over-the-Counter drugs (OTC). As currently there is no such definition of over-the-counter drugs in India. The aim is to reduce the treatment cost by promoting self-care without compromising patient safety. Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs are drugs that can be sold by pharmacists […]

Understanding what it means to be on the ventilator

Dr Sanjith Saseedharan, Head, Intensive Care Unit, SL Raheja Hospital, shares his insights about how ventilators in hospitals work, and how they have become an integral part of the treatment process

Understanding what it means to be on the ventilator  When the patient is unable to breathe well, the doctors put the patient on a ventilator, which assists his/her in breathing. At times, the ventilator is used inside an operation theatre to facilitate surgery. The doctor does this process by passing a small tube (Endotracheal Tube), under anaesthesia, through the mouth which connects the […]

India: Shortfall of 81.6% specialist doctors in CHCs

Dr Shreekant Shinde, MP, Shiv Sena, raised a question about the shortfall of the doctors in rural areas. While answering the question, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said, the primary responsibility to ensure availability of health human resources in public health facilities lies with the state governments. There was a shortfall of 81.6% specialist doctors in the Community Health Centres (CHCs)

India: Shortfall of 81.6% specialist doctors in CHCsHowever, as per Rural Health Statistics, 2016-17 (as on 31st March, 2017) brought out by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare based on the information provided by the States/UTs, there were 4156 specialist doctors available (in position) against the requirement of 22496 in the Community Health Centres (CHCs) across the country. There was a […]

Mumbai: AMC zonal meet highlighted vital medical issues

AMC conducted a zonal meet in Mumbai. The theme of the event was a 360 degree overview of issues related to medical practice. The highlight of the event was a short skit, written and directed by Dr Sujata Rao, AMC Past President and Zonal Director

Mumbai: AMC zonal meet highlighted vital medical issuesThe event started with a lucid presentation on GST for Doctors by Mr Hakim. He gave a sound advice about the applicable GST to individual doctors as well as nursing homes. The next session was about Infection Control mechanisms for nursing homes, by AMC knowledge partners, Suburban Diagnostics. Dr Vasant Nagwekar, Dr Viral, Dr Shaheen […]

Universal Healthcare is the need of the hour, say experts

Lack of trust in a doctor-patient relationship can lead to bad outcomes. To help address the issue of the lack of trust between doctors and patients there is a need for a better healthcare system for all. Pune Citizen Doctor Forum (PCDF), a non-profit registered society had organised a seminar on developing a system for Universal Healthcare

Universal Healthcare is the need of the hour, say expertsIrrespective of the economic background of the person, Universal Healthcare (UHC) would ensure that everybody gets access to quality healthcare. Members of PCDF stressed that the UHC should provide cashless quality healthcare for every person requiring it. PCDF is working towards bridging the current trust deficit between patients and doctors who are trying to do ethical, rational […]

‘Some patients get bogged down, some keep an optimistic approach’

Jagavegali Mansa, Jagaveglya Goshti’ book by Dr Sushma Deshmukh highlights the trust and faith that patients and their dear ones blindly repose in the doctors. About how selflessly many social workers extend support to the strangers who need medical attention. The book throws light on how to live the life with a clear mind and how to fight the diseases by defying the odds

‘Some patients get bogged down, some keep an optimistic approach’Through this book, a vivid depiction of doctor and the ‘patient relationship’ has been sumptuously sketched. It not only brings out the manifestations of inter-active human dispositions, but also crystallises the uniqueness of the human approach in rendering the ‘healing touch’ drenched in human considerations. It also brings to the fore the concept that is […]

Pune doc proves medical profession is not just about making money

A woman who was afflicted from asthma, since the past 15 years was actually suffering from a serious heart ailment. This was revealed only when she saw a local doctor after complaining about immense pain. The doctor turned out to be a Good Samaritan, as he saw to it that she was operated upon for her heart condition

Pune doc proves medical profession is not just about making moneyOf late, the doctor-patient relationship in the country has hit an all-time low. There are some cases which still inspire our hope and trust in doctors. One such case involves a young doctor, who serves in a semi-rural area near Pune, who went out of his way to treat an old woman with heart disease. […]

IMA issues self-regulatory measures to bridge gap in doctor-patient relationship

With the help of these measures the IMA seek to heal the rift between doctors and patients. The new guidelines have been laid down after careful introspection. It aims to boost the trust between doctors and patients, especially after the unsavoury incidents witnessed last month

IMA issues self-regulatory measures to bridge gap in doctor-patient relationshipLast month, two private hospitals came under fire for negligence and overbilling patients. These incidents created a great furore among the medical fraternity and general public. Now to make amends, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), the largest voluntary organisation of Doctors of Modern Scientific Medicine today announced certain self-regulation procedures for hospitals and doctors. A […]

India has only 5 doctors for 10,000 people, says study 

For the past few years, there have been constant discussions about the disparity in the doctor patient ratio in the country. A study published in the Indian Journal of Public Health reports that there were only 4.8 practicing doctors per 10,000 populations available in India in 2014, in contrast to the belief of having 7 doctors per 10,000 people 

India has only 5 doctors for 10,000 people, says study There is always a need to talk about the disparity between the number of doctors and patients in India. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Government of India has 7 doctors per 10,000 populations. However, a study published in the Indian Journal of Public Health […]

A Lab technician does not have permission to open a pathology centre’

On the occasion of ‘World Pathology Day’, to alert patients, screening of the documentary 'Story of the Public Health’ by Maharashtra Association of Practicing Pathologists and Microbiologists (MAPPM) took place, in order to explain who is pathologist? Also, how to identify the bogus pathologist? Also, issues like why a lab technician who has enrolled his name in paramedical council, does not have the permission to open a pathology centre were discussed at the event

A Lab technician does not have permission to open a pathology centre’The number of bogus pathologist has gone up in in Mumbai as well as Maharashtra. Even, the one who have enrolled in paramedical council start a pathology centre.  Today, on the occasion of ‘World Pathology Day’, discussion took place on pivotal topics like how to identify a bogus pathologist? And how just by enrolling the […]