Mental healthcare: India faces treatment gap of 50-70%, a huge lag in treatment, medical facilities

By Moin Qazi* According to an India Spend report, the number of Indians suffering from mental illness exceeds that of the population of South Africa. At present, the mentally ill account for nearly 6.5 percent of the country’s population and it is estimated that by 2020 this number will increase to a staggering 20 percent. Further, … More Mental healthcare: India faces treatment gap of 50-70%, a huge lag in treatment, medical facilities

India’s public health discourse is mostly driven by market forces and profit making motive

By Jitamanyu Sahoo and Monis Ahmad* The repetition of the ghastly episode were 49 children died in Farrukhabad at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital this September is nothing but a reflection of our health inequities that is deep rooted in our public healthcare system. In all 19 children died during delivery and 30 children at … More India’s public health discourse is mostly driven by market forces and profit making motive

Why most state govts, hospitals and doctors are unwilling to admit that cases of silicosis exist

Delhi Declaration at the National Consultation on Women and Silicosis Prevention and Rehabilitation, held on 3rd October, 2017, at Constitutional Club, New Delhi: Silicosis is a serious occupational health hazard in India especially among mine workers. Many groups and workers’ unions in India have been trying to highlight the plight of silicosis victims and have been bringing … More Why most state govts, hospitals and doctors are unwilling to admit that cases of silicosis exist

High prevalence of mental disorder among urban areas caused by fast paced lifestyle, stressed living

Excerpts from the report “National Health Survey of India-2016”, prepared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India: The National Mental Health Survey of India-2016 was conducted on a nationally representative sample of 34,802 individuals, sampled from 12 states of India. The response rate at households was 91.9%, while individuals interviewed were … More High prevalence of mental disorder among urban areas caused by fast paced lifestyle, stressed living

India’s citizens and environment shouldn’t be forced to face risks and dangers of GM mustard

Dr Vallabhbhai Kathiria, former union minister for health and family welfare under the AB Vajpayee government, and currently chairman, Gauseva & Gauchar Vikas Board, Gujarat, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reject the “environmental release” application of GM mustard. As many as 34 prominent persons* who have been attached with the … More India’s citizens and environment shouldn’t be forced to face risks and dangers of GM mustard

Though listed as hazardous waste, there has been significant growth in use of asbestos in India

Excerpts from “National Asbestos Profile: India”*, prepared by People’s Training and Research Centre (PTRC), Vadodara, for Occupational and Environmental Health Network India (OEHNI): Any establishment for the manufacture of asbestos or asbestos related products requires prior environmental clearance regardless of the size of the investment and plant. An Environmental Impact Assessment Report must be provided … More Though listed as hazardous waste, there has been significant growth in use of asbestos in India