‘Focus on the health of children to build a healthy state’

Health is a shared responsibility of the government and parents. One cannot merely pass the buck on the government. As parents, we must share equal responsibility when it comes to ensuring healthy lives for our children. A healthy child will help build a healthy home, and healthy homes are the bricks that build a healthy […]

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‘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 […]

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#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 […]

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#HealthyMaharashtra: ‘Mutual trust will improve doctor-patient relationship’

However, the situation has changed drastically over the past few years. Over a decade, or so, patients have increasingly started losing faith and trust in doctors. This is a grim reality, which we cannot afford to ignore anymore. We have to accept this bitter truth, and work towards regaining the lost faith of patients. With […]

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#WorldSightDay: Premature babies bear risk of turning blind due to untreated ROP

Many doctors are underlining the fact that lack of screening in premature babies is the reason that many children are going blind. According to experts, pre-term babies fear the risk of blindness due to untreated Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Blindness caused by ROP is avoidable, but experts point that lack of preterm screening can make […]

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Maha: 10% quota for MBBS students willing to serve patients in rural areas

Soon, medical aspirants in Maharashtra will be able to avail a special quota of 10 per cent in MBBS admissions. The Maharashtra government has taken a decision to create 10% special quota for those who are ready to serve in the government sector for a longer period of time. Under this quota, a medical student, […]

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Telemedicine can play a pivotal role in rural healthcare

Telehealth involves the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. It allows long-distance patient/clinician contact and care. Dr Kamal Kiran, paediatric cardiology, Air Force, Bangalore, who delivered a lecture on delivering specialist care at Primary Health canter through Telemedicine, said, “The villages are not well equipped with quality health care […]

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Maha govt signs MoU with Rotary International to support free paediatric surgeries

Maharashtra Chief Minister Relief Fund and Rotary International (Dist. 3141) have come together and signed an MoU in the form of ‘Mission Muskan.’ This is a joint initiative for free paediatric surgeries for thousands of needy, economically weaker and underprivileged children in Maharashtra, especially in rural areas, who are in dire need of immediate medical […]

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Doctors organise mental health campaign to reach out to people in rural areas

With each passing day, the spates of mental health issues are rising in the country. Now with better awareness, more people are coming forward and speaking about the state of their mental health. More and more people are opening about depression and we read about cases of suicide in newspapers caused due to peer pressure […]

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Gadchiroli has one of the highest incidences of mouth cancer in India, states report

Enumerating cancer cases in rural areas remain challenging and posing a challenge to develop cancer control strategies. SEARCH, Gadchiroli and Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai have collaboratively developed a method to enumerate cancer cases in under-resourced settings under the Population-Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) in Gadchiroli. The results of the PBCR for years 2015-16 were released today […]

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