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Rural Health

  • Troubled partnerships in healthcare sector

    Markets and partnerships can be effective only when there are strong and enforceable regulations, meaningful competition, and an informed consumer base. These are rare in rural India. With less than one per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) invested in public healthcare provision, India is currently one of the world's most privatised health economies. It is a country which is home to one-fifth of the world's diseases, where the regular level of malnourished children is higher than that of sub-Saharan Africa, and with higher rates of anaemia and maternal under-nourishment. The buzzwords inscribed into current government policy, includi ng the Eleventh Five Year Plan, are Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)

  • Rural health mission: Tamil Nadu the best performer, says Anbumani

    Key aspects of Tamil Nadu project may be replicated in other States National Urban Health Mission implementation likely in 3-4 months' time Tamil Nadu is the best performer in the implementation of the National Rural Health Mission, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has said. Speaking to press persons after a review of the implementation of the NRHM in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Anbumani said the team from the Health Ministry was very impressed with the State government's performance in the sector. The number of deliveries in PHCs had increased dramatically

  • Rs 353-cr health plan proposed

    A meeting of the executive committee, State Health Society, under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) was held here today under the chairmanship of Vijay Kain, principal secretary, health and family welfare, Punjab, to discuss the State Programme Implementation Plan for 2008-09. A Rs 353-crore plan was proposed by the committee. Kain said the plan would be submitted to the Government of India for approval by director, NRHM Punjab, T.R. Sarangal on February 28.

  • Chandigarh among top states in TB management, says UT Home Secy

    UT Home and Health Secretary Krishna Mohan said that to ensure the implementation of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Chandigarh, resources are being pooled to provide quality services to tuberculosis patients. Mohan said the Executive Committee on Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP has become functional. He said that Chandigarh is consistently ranked among the top performing states of the country in the management of the disease. He said that Medical Colleges and other sectors like ESI, CGHS, NGO's and private practitioners have been involved under the RNTCP. He added that services for diagnosing, treatment and referring non-residents to the centres. Mohan also lauded the performance of State Health Society-RNTCP and Chandigarh administration for combating the disease and introducing quality diagnosis and treatment. He said that the Rural Development and Social Welfare departments have been involved for organising medical check-up camps and health melas to create awareness about the symptoms of TB in the slum areas. He added that health education is also being imparted in schools through debates, declamation and painting competitions for information on the symptoms of tuberculosis. Mohan said that nearly 2000 lives were saved since the launch of RNTCP in 2002. More than 12,000 patients have also been treated. Mohan said that there are nearly 116 DOT Centers established for treating TB cases.

  • Staff shortage affecting rural heath services in U.P.

    Permanent disciplinary board needed: CAG "Budget estimates prepared without any proposals' Encephalitis prone areas not covered by vaccination LUCKNOW: Acute shortage of medical staff, absenteeism among doctors and lack of infrastructure are adversely affecting the delivery of health services to the rural people in Uttar Pradesh, the Comptroller and Auditor General has said.

  • Centre for more stress on rural health

    Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju said that a rural health programme is being taken up on a large-scale under the National Rural Health Mission and Rajiv Arogya Sri programme. Inaugurating the three-day health camp being organised at the local JNTU College of Engineering campus on Sunday, the minister said that the government at the Centre was keen on extending medical facilities to people in rural areas on par with urban areas.

  • Scope of rural health mission to be widened

    Activities of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the State will get a new dimension by the first week of April, with some new components expected to be included in the coming budget. "Preliminary discussions with regard to district-level health plans are under way and so far, 24 districts have been covered as part of the State-level exercise,' according to a senior official. A meeting of health officials of 12 districts was held in Madurai on Friday. The proposals will be forwarded to the government. According to the official, it is for the first time that the NRHM has decentralised its budget planning activity by going to the districts. Stating that a major announcement is likely by April, he says the focus will now include health management. "The NRHM is ready to extend financial support to need-based health projects. But, due to procedural delays in districts, the time taken to release the funds is getting longer,' says another State-level official based in Chennai. A meeting covering the remaining five districts will be held next week. "Till now, health projects were taken up on an ad hoc basis. It will not be the case in future,' the official avers.

  • Are compulsory rural postings for medical students needed to revamp health centres?

    Are compulsory rural postings for medical students needed to revamp health centres?

    Doctors in 12 states went on strike in the first week of December protesting mandatory rural posting. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare came up with the proposal in July. A

  • Empowerment of women and mental health promotion: a qualitative study in rural Maharashtra, India

    The global burden of mental illness is high and opportunities for promoting mental health are neglected in most parts of the world. Many people affected by mental illness live in developing countries,

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