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'Air pollution cause of 1 in 8 deaths'

on in life expectancy associated with air pollution in each State, published by the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative, a venture of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, along

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CIC: Get unorganised sector workers' data -Ambika Pandit

mestic workers and women workers as a whole in the unorganised sector in the country who have received maternity benefits over five years. The appellant, who is the national convener of the Public Health Resource Network submitted before the CIC the need for a centralised database to ensure assessment and implementation of schemes and laws. what percentage of female workers are engaged in the unorganised sector; how are the proposed amendments of t

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Is the government weaponising economic data?

Statistical Commission, a neutral body of reputed experts, came up with a set of revised ‘back-data’ of growth rates where a new base year was used. The growth rates turned out to be very Healthy during the UPA regime and the more recent figures under NDA rule looked relatively weak. Immediately there were comments that this set of computations was incorrect and depicted a false picture of the economy during the UPA government’s rule

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Stunted, wasted: on Global Nutrition Report 2018

-The Hindu The national framework to improve nutrition for children must be upgraded on priority The Health, longevity and well-being of Indians has improved since Independence, and the high levels of economic growth over the past two-and-half-decades have made more funds available to spend on the social sector. Yet, the reality is that a third of the world’s stunted children under five — an estimated 46.6 million who have low heig

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Why number of hungry is rising -Harish Damodaran

ted Nations, the world’s population suffering from hunger — the food they consume isn’t sufficient to provide the minimum dietary energy requirement for leading a normal, active and Healthy life — rose to 784.4 million in 2015, 804.2 million in 2016 and 820.8 million in 2017, from the 2014 low of 783.7 million. In relative terms, too, the share of the undernourished in the world population has gone up from 10.7% to 10.9% since

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Law on medical devices has waited 12 years -Ritu Sarin

fundamental design and manufacturing requirements for 594 medical devices, and classified them into four categories (A,B,C and D) depending on their being high-risk or low-risk. A statement from the Health Ministry stated that the new Rules brought medical devices in conformity with the framework of the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF) and did away with the system of periodic renewal of licences for medical device manufacturers or importers.

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1/3 of world's stunted kids are from India, says report -Sushmi Dey

ies together are home to almost half of all stunted children in the world. This is despite the improvement made by India in reducing stunting since 2005-06. According to the latest National Family Health Survey-4 data, India recorded a 10 percentage point decline in stunting from 48 per cent during 2005-06 to 38.4 per cent in 2015-16. Stunting, or low height for age, is caused by long-term insufficient nutrient-intake and frequent infections. Un

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How the Sabarmati became a sewer -Himanshu Kaushik

MEDABAD: For a long time the perils of dumping untreated faecal sludge into our rivers has been ignored in our government policies. Today, this neglect has manifested to become one our gravest public Health threats. And now research has found the highest concentration of highly antibiotic resistant E.coli bacteria just besides Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram on the riverfront. It is exactly here that the Chandrabhaga drainage spews out the highest amount of u

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Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018: Tribals urge parties to ensure food security -Mohammed Iqbal

r demand with the contesting political parties for framing policies that ensure food security, even while helping them preserve indigenous practices, and assist in forming new linkages with the local Health and financial services. The region’s tribal population wants political representatives to make interventions to help the community improve resource management in agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, pasture, medicinal products and frui

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Floods, droughts compound diseases in India -Raghu Murtugudde

ormal monsoon season consists active and break periods, India is a unique place with floods and droughts juxtaposed in space and time. Both floods and droughts degrade water quality and exacerbate Health and hygiene issues not only from water-borne diseases but also from vector- and air-borne and zoonotic diseases. Confounding the floods and droughts, India’s mean temperatures are also generally optimal for maximum disease prevalence. Air

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