GS-1, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Cabinet approves Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program

The Maternity Benefit Program will provide compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that the women can take adequate rest before and after delivery and not be deprived of proper nutrition. Objective of the Scheme i) To provide partial compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that… Continue reading Cabinet approves Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program

GS-2, Uncategorized

Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY)

Introduction Prime minister laid the foundation stone for All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) inGorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh. The state where medical care is very poor. AIIMS will provide tertiary care for the people. Gorakhpur is a significant area, but always in news for one bad reason that is the Japanese encephalitis which… Continue reading Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY)

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

With 4 new vaccines, govt to revamp immunisation drive

The health ministry is planning to revamp its flagship immunisation programme ‘Mission Indradhanush‘ to include four new vaccines. The mission, currently providing coverage against seven life-threatening diseases, will soon also include vaccines for rotavirus, measles rubella, inactivated polio vaccine bivalent and Japanese Encephalitis for adults. Mission Indradhanush: Mission Indradhanush was launched by the Health &… Continue reading With 4 new vaccines, govt to revamp immunisation drive

Editorials, GS-3, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Enter the superbug?

Article Link Summary: Researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort. This has caused alarm among public health and infectious disease experts. The person was carrying coli bearing a new gene, mcr-1, which is resistant to even colistin, the last available antibiotic that works against strains… Continue reading Enter the superbug?

GS-1, Uncategorized

Alcohol prohibition

Recently elected Bihar government banning its sale and consumption to fulfil a key electoral promise. Issue Prohibition of alcohol Consequences of alcohol consumption Household impoverishment Domestic violence Premature mortality Is prohibition of alcohol a sound move? Prohibition is a very poor policy to address the consequences of alcohol abuse. No evidence.It has major negative implications… Continue reading Alcohol prohibition

Editorials, Uncategorized

Cure for high medicine bills: A generics prescription law

Context The central government is considering the introduction of a law to make it mandatory for the doctors to prescribe generic drugs Why So that everyone can access affordable medicines from state-run Jan Aushadhi stores. What is Jan Aushadhi stores? ‘Jan Aushadhi’ is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals in association with Central… Continue reading Cure for high medicine bills: A generics prescription law

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

A healthcare prescription

India’s economy is posting among the fastest growth rates globally Without Aarogya Bharat, the benefits from faster growth will be seriously compromised.  Morbidity cost to India: Is estimated at $6 trillion between now and 2030 Three times today’s gross domestic product (GDP).  Public health spending  Around 1% (1.2 %)of GDP while overall The country spends… Continue reading A healthcare prescription

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Why India’s healthcare system needs an overhaul

1) A weak primary healthcare sector- In 2015, there was one government hospital bed for every 1,833 people compared with 2,336 persons a decade earlier but its not uniformally distributed. For instance, there is one government hospital bed for every 614 people in Goa compared with one every 8,789 people in Bihar. 2) Unequally distributed skilled… Continue reading Why India’s healthcare system needs an overhaul

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Invest in health

A recently conducted study highlighted that India spends very little on health: $215 in terms of purchasing power parity per person, which is lower than comparable middle-income countries such as China, Brazil and South Africa. The study also notes that the majority of this spending is made directly by Indian households. Such out-of-pocket payments for… Continue reading Invest in health