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Globally, C-section close to double since 2000: The Lancet -Anuradha Mascarenhas

-The Indian Express In India, C-section use increased from 9 per cent of births in 2005-6 to 18.5 per cent in 2015-16. Pune: The number of babies born globally through cAESarean section (C-section) almost doubled between 2000 and 2015, according to a series of three papers published in The Lancet Thursday, which also shows that India has had a major increase in the number of such deliveries. A Lancet series that tracks trends in C-section use

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Health scheme will kill small and medium hospitals: Medics' body -GS Mudur

ot; IMA national president Ravi Wankhedkar said in a statement. The NHPS rates are significantly lower than the figures that the IMA has cited. The NHPS has, for instance, proposed Rs 9,000 for a CAESarean section, Rs 20,000 for a hysterectomy, and Rs 80,000 for a knee replacement. But the IMA said its costing exercise conducted last month in Tamil Nadu has calculated the costs as Rs 57,000 for a CAESare

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Cutting it out: monitoring C-section deliveries -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

k — a rule of thumb that obstetricians use to determine whether a delivery requires surgical intervention. This is to counter what the body calls a “surge” in interventions such as cAESarean sections that could be “unnecessary”. A cAESarean section (CS or C-section) is a surgical intervention carried out to ensure the safety of mother and child when vaginal delivery is not p

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How A TV Serial Watched By 400 Million Changed Gender Beliefs In Rural India -Swagata Yadavar

and act on it. Singhal and Muttreja documented 60 cases of those who had defied regressive social norms but stayed rooted in their communities.   “We made sure that the serial had great AESthetics like a Hindi film because we wanted to be aspirational,” said Muttreja.  The team approached theatre and film director Feroz Abbas Khan, who made films such as Gandhi, My Father, to direct the series. The script took a year and a tea

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Can electoral politics learn from cricket? -Rajeev Bhargava

een two highly skilled teams is deeply unsatisfying. It takes the joy out of the game and brings little respect. In short, an important purpose of playing cricket is achieving excellence and deriving AESthetic pleasure. Equally important is winning the game fairly. Consider this: The match is delicately poised when Sachin Tendulkar is wrapped on the pads off a ball clearly pitching outside the leg stump. The entire Australian team appeals vociferou

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Gorakhpur in Maharashtra, hospitals count infant deaths -Anuradha Mascarenhas

hana district. Her family hired an autorickshaw, but Sarla, 19, delivered before they could reach the hospital. Investigation showed that the placenta was stuck in her uterus. Since there was no anAESthetist at the 30-bed rural hospital, Sarla was referred to the sub-district hospital at Shegaon, about one-and-a-half hours away. The post of a gynaecologist at the 100-bed Shegaon hospital remains vacant, and the doctor on duty helped expel the place

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The encephalitis challenge -Priyanka Chaturvedi & Oommen C Kurian

uo;, and said he was trying hard to fix it. Only the local media reported this. It is a fact that U.P. has a problem: many of the children who died were being treated for acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), including Japanese encephalitis (JE). The BRD Medical College, with around 800 beds, provides tertiary health-care services to Gorakhpur and adjoining districts. It is the only tertiary hospital within a 300-km radius. On September 4, 2016, it wa

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Tale of neglect -TK Rajalakkshmi

etermine who was responsible for this tragedy. Independent sources in Gorakhpur told Frontline that the deaths could be a result of various types of enteroviruses causing Acute Encephalitic Syndrome (AES) in the children. Successive Central and State governments are culpable to a certain extent; but the current State government, headed by Yogi Adityanath of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), cannot escape responsibility for the deaths. So far, it ha

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Gorakhpur deaths: Why India's poor public health delivery system is a killer -Sanchita Sharma

ealth centres and the community health centres, if not the health sub-centre?” asks Dr K Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India. Deaths from acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) and Japanese encephalitis (JE) are higher in India than neighbouring Thailand because the disease is poorly managed, with most children reaching hospitals for treatment after convulsions have set in because of swelling in the brain. “There a

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