Open letter to the Health minister, Karnataka state government

19 June 2017 Dear Sir, With regard to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2017, tabled in the Karnataka Assembly in June 2017, we support the government’s decision of regulating private medical establishments, introducing a Charter of patients right’s, creating a grievance redressal committee and fixing a cap on rates. Karnataka has seen a... Continue Reading →

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore – Agrahara

Sometime back, I was in the most unfortunate situation of attending a seminar at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and got to hear some of the faculty and students speak. The place is like a rabid den of shamelessly overt casteism and just being there for an hour was like being in some ghastly nightmare... Continue Reading →

Pricing of Cardiac Stents

Rema Nagarajan Vol. 52, Issue No. 23, 10 Jun, 2017 Download PDF Version Rema Nagarajan ( is a senior journalist with the Times of India and writes on health issues. The pricing of cardiac stents in India has been mired in controversy and allegations of profiteering at the cost of vulnerable patients. This article looks at the... Continue Reading →

For over four months, health authorities have taken no action on Zika infection cases in India Doctors in Ahmedabad learnt about three Zika cases from the city on May 26 from WHO, which was informed on May 15. The first case was detected on January 4. microbiologybytes/Flickr May 27, 2017 · 09:48 pm Priyanka Vora  Indian government, despite reporting three laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus infection to World Health Organization,... Continue Reading →

In Gujarat, government tested blood samples for Zika virus but told patients it was for malaria Public health experts slammed the govt for keeping community in the dark about Zika virus detection and for testing them without their consent 13 hours ago Priyanka VoraLink  While conducting surveillance for the Zika virus in January and February, the Gujarat government collected blood samples from more than 1,000people. However, the government did not... Continue Reading →

Activists: Don’t join SUN, a nutrition drive

TNN | May 24, 2017, 05.19 AM IST Link   Civil society groups have cautioned the central government about fresh efforts to persuade India to join the international movement called Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), whose stated mission is to help countries fight malnutrition. Several paediatricians, nutritionists and public health activists wrote to the Niti Aayog stating... Continue Reading →

Are Akshaya Patra Kitchens What They are Made Out to Be?

BY LANA WHITTAKER ON 01/08/2015 • 10 COMMENTS  Link In recent years, NGOs have become increasingly involved in supplying meals to schools as part of the government’s midday meal scheme, particularly in large urban areas. Akshaya Patra is the largest of these, currently working in 10 states, feeding 1.4 million children each day. Centralised kitchens are vast... Continue Reading →

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