By Divya Kottadiel The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has highlighted several existing systemic gaps in services, especially to the rural poor. Inadequate healthcare infrastructure is one of them. Reverse migration has also put additional stress on an already overburdened rural health system, impacting its capacity not only in caring for those who have contracted the virus, but also other health and wellness issues in these regions. Despite an increase in electrification under Saubhagya, many health facilities are forced to function without proper electricity supply. Hospitals use diesel generators as back-up sources of power. These solutions are expensive, maintenance is difficult, and they contribute to air pollution in the area. Regular, reliable supply of power is critical in order to store much-needed vaccines and medicines, and to run life-saving equipment.According to the 2018-2019 Rural Health Statistics report, around 39,000 rural health sub-centres in the country lack electricity. … [Read more...] about OPINION: Solar innovation gives health mission a shot in the arm
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Owing to the high number of recovered patients, the number of active patients has also declined from 89,987 patients on May 29 to 86,422 active cases presently, the ministry said in a statement adding all the patients are under active medical supervision. … [Read more...] about Covid-19 doubling time improves to 15.4 days: Health Ministry
By Kamal NarayanCEO, IHW CouncilIt is clear by now that the ongoing corona virus pandemic, which has affected nearly four million people and have devastated leading economies across the globe, will have a lasting impact, like many of its predecessors. The biggest change, however, is likely to come in our behaviour and attitudes, as any large-scale health crisis has induced shift in human behaviour. Quarantine, the word most of us are well-accustomed with now, was one such shift in behaviour developed when Black Death ravaged Europe and claimed a third of its population. The process of keeping any vessel coming from affected regions away from Venice is one of the first instances of isolating healthy humans from potentially infected ones. Interestingly, after the Europeans brought viruses and bacteria, such as smallpox, measles, typhus, and cholera, to the ‘New World’ and for which Native Americans had no immunity, the US Congress passed a federal quarantine legislation in … [Read more...] about Covid-19 : Shift in attitudinal and behavioural paradigms is the new reality
By Smridhi UppalDentistry is facing its darkest hour yet, with the growth and spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. Dental surgeons are at the highest risk of contracting and transmitting the Coronavirus, alongside paramedics, nurses, and other healthcare workers. Dental clinics across the country have been shut for over two months. With the pandemic still on the growth curve, there is no hope of revival anytime soon, compounded by zero earnings by dental practitioners and staff at clinics.In a virtual roundtable discussion at ETHealthWorld moderated by Shahid Akhter, Editor, ETHealthWorld, the discussion focused on the impact of COVID-19 on dentistry across the globe and the challenges dentists are facing. The roundtable panelists included Professor Dr. Srivats Bharadwaj (Founder Chairman & CEO of Vatsalya Dental, Bangalore), Dr. Kishore Shetty (Practicing Dentist and Consultant at Public Health Inst. of Metropolitan Education, Chicago), Dr. Alison Dougal (Director, Special Care … [Read more...] about The Impact of COVID-19 on Dentistry: An ETHealthWorld Webinar Exclusive
Arun Kumar: As Dr. John pointed out, lockdown is needed to slow the pace of increase of the disease. The apex has to be brought down to the capacity that we have and use the time of lockdown to build the capacity for health to cope with the emergency that is going to come. We need testing, more hospitalisation capacity, more doctors etc. Lockdown gave you time only for that. It is not a cure. In the lockdown, production completely stops, demand also correspondingly falls because of income decline. So what you have is a situation where both supply and demand are affected, the economy comes down, and only essentials are produced. In my judgment only 25% of the economy was working, so you had a minus 75% rate of growth, about 200 million people lost work because 94 % of the employment is in the unorganised sector. That completely stopped as they did not have working capital, supplies. So 94% of the workforce has lost employment. Those in agriculture can continue, and in mining and rural … [Read more...] about Can India’s workforce have a safe return to business?