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Punjab remains heartless to its 'kudis'

-The Times of India CHANDIGARH: Over 60% of schoolgirls in Punjab who are detected with heart diseases are not given any treatment and are presumably left to die. This startling finding has been brought out in a study, published this month in a British medical journal 'Heart Asia'. The study has found that despite schoolchildren getting free treatment for heart diseases under the National Health Mission (at the time of the study...

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Infant mortality down in Attappady -KA Shaji

-The Hindu Malnutrition-related deaths fall from 58 in 2013 to 14 last year, as per Health dept. figures Palakkad (Kerala): Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comparison of the tribal situation in Attappady with the human development indices of Somalia has brought back national attention to the tribal belt, official figures confirm that infant mortality and neonatal deaths are coming down in the region. Though half a dozen infant deaths have been reported...

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The downside of govt's social sector push -Nitin Sethi

-Business Standard While allocations to several social sector schemes have been increased, concerns about the direction of the funds being ploughed remain The health and education sectors have trudged along the last two years awaiting direction that would be set through new policies the National Democratic Alliance government promised. In the absence of these guiding documents, most observers have been left to read the intermittent policy decisions like tea-leaves to guess the...

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Jaitley is Carrying Forward a Deeply Flawed Health Insurance Program -Subhashish Bhadra

-TheWire.in The message coming out of finance minister Arun Jaitley’s budget this year is that the rural economy is back at the heart of policy-making. One of the highlights of the budget was the announcement of the ‘Health Protection Scheme’, under which poor households will be provided with an annual cover of Rs. 1 lakh to protect them from health-related financial shocks. This marks a significant expansion of the Rashtriya Swasthya...

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Union Budget 2016-17: Mere eyewash or some concrete steps

In the age of social media, various sections of the Indian polity and civil society have reacted publicly in diverse voices, following the presentation of the Union Budget 2016-17 by Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley. An assessment of the Union Budget 2016-17 has been done in the following paragraphs by the Inclusive Media for Change team, based on a number of media reports, Government documents (including the Budget documents), and reports...

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