Anonna Dutt

Anonna Dutt is a health reporter at Hindustan Times. She reports on Delhi government’s health policies, hospitals in Delhi, and health-related feature stories.

Articles by Anonna Dutt

Delhi hospitals feel the squeeze as resident doctors’ strike enters 11th day

With the strike by resident doctors entering its 11th day on Tuesday, both Delhi residents and those arriving from neighbouring states and are in need of urgent medical care are facing difficulties as the emergency wings of several big Delhi hospitals are barely functional
The resident doctors have been striking work since last Saturday over delays in NEET-2021 PG counselling, which is now pending the outcome of a batch of petitions being heard by the Supreme Court over economic reservations. (Amal K S/HT photo)
The resident doctors have been striking work since last Saturday over delays in NEET-2021 PG counselling, which is now pending the outcome of a batch of petitions being heard by the Supreme Court over economic reservations. (Amal K S/HT photo)
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 07:13 AM IST
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6 more dengue deaths in city take year’s toll to 15, highest since 2015

The 15 dengue deaths recorded this year are second only to the 60 fatalities recorded during the severe 2015 outbreak, which left nearly 16,000 people infected in the city.
Delhi has so far in 2021 logged 8,975 dengue cases, the most in a year since 2015.(Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Delhi has so far in 2021 logged 8,975 dengue cases, the most in a year since 2015.(Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Updated on Dec 07, 2021 04:51 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Omicron in India: Consider vaccine booster shots for 40+, says expert panel

Omicron scare: India’s genomic sequencing consortium has suggested that booster shots of the Covid-19 vaccines be administered to people over the age of 40 years.
A beneficiary receive a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Thane on Friday. (PTI)
A beneficiary receive a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Thane on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 02:02 AM IST
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85% had antibody count in adequate levels: Delhi sero survey

The test for neutralising antibodies was carried out at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences for a portion of the 28,000 samples collected for the serological survey.
The usual sero-surveillance depends on a semi-quantitative test for the antibody IgG that the body develops 10 to 14 days after an infection. The tests show whether a person has the antibody and whether the levels are high or low, but it does not give a specific quantity. (HT Archive)
The usual sero-surveillance depends on a semi-quantitative test for the antibody IgG that the body develops 10 to 14 days after an infection. The tests show whether a person has the antibody and whether the levels are high or low, but it does not give a specific quantity. (HT Archive)
Updated on Dec 01, 2021 12:25 AM IST
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Delhi govt designates Lok Nayak Hospital for treating Omicron cases

Referring to the development in a tweet, health minister Satyendar Jain said the Delhi government was “fully prepared” to fight the new variant of coronavirus, which has been declared a variant of concern by WHO.
The Delhi government has designated Lok Nayak hospital as a dedicated hospital to treat the new variant of coronavirus. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The Delhi government has designated Lok Nayak hospital as a dedicated hospital to treat the new variant of coronavirus. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 30, 2021 11:53 PM IST
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Delhi records 1,100+ dengue cases, new infection count falls for second week

Last week’s dengue case count stood at 1,148 cases, down from 1,851 cases reported the week before, and 2,569 cases reported in the week prior to that. Delhi has recorded 6,739 cases in November so far.
Nine people have died due to the infection in Delhi so far, but a senior official from the municipal corporation said that the number may rise as the expert death audit committee is yet to assess at least 10-12 more deaths. (HT Photo)
Nine people have died due to the infection in Delhi so far, but a senior official from the municipal corporation said that the number may rise as the expert death audit committee is yet to assess at least 10-12 more deaths. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 30, 2021 12:44 AM IST
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Isro’s Gaganyaan missions set to resume next year

A module developed under the Samudrayaan mission of the Ministry of Earth Sciences was submerged to 600 metres depth off the Chennai coast in October end.
An unmanned module will first be tested at the depth of over 5,000 metres before humans are sent in it.(PTI File Photo)
An unmanned module will first be tested at the depth of over 5,000 metres before humans are sent in it.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 04:37 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Survey shows increase in cases of anaemia across India

Anaemia has increase in children between the ages of 6 and 59 months to 67.1% from 58.6% in the previous round of survey conducted in 2015-16. In women between the ages of 15 and 49 years, it has increased to 57% from 53.1%; in pregnant women it has gone up to 52.2% from 50.4%
Even mild anaemia can cause tiredness, headache, dizziness, fatigue and lack of concentration (Representational image)
Even mild anaemia can cause tiredness, headache, dizziness, fatigue and lack of concentration (Representational image)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 11:41 PM IST
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Four out of 10 people in Delhi overweight, finds survey

According to the survey, 41.3% of adult women and 38% men have a body-mass index (BMI) in excess of 25. This has increased from 33.5% for women and 24.6% for men from NFHS-4. The numbers are also higher than the national average -- 24% women and 22.9% men
BMI – an indicator of body fat based on the height and weight of a person – between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy, and between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. That over 30 is considered obese. (Representational image/Shutterstock)
BMI – an indicator of body fat based on the height and weight of a person – between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy, and between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. That over 30 is considered obese. (Representational image/Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 12:48 AM IST
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Startup displays India’s first privately developed, 3D-printed cryogenic engine

Hyderabad-based startup Skyroot Aerospace has successfully demonstrated the country’s first privately developed cryogenic rocket engine named Dhawan-1 after eminent rocket scientist Satish Dhawan
A representational image. (ISRO handout/ File)
A representational image. (ISRO handout/ File)
Published on Nov 25, 2021 05:31 PM IST
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Delhi’s sex ratio improves, still lower than national average

According to data from the fifth round of the National Family Health Survey (NHFS-5) that was released by the Union health ministry on Wednesday, Delhi’s sex ratio is now 923 girls for every 1,000 boys
In other welcome news for the Capital, there has also been a decline in the infant mortality and under-five mortality rates, the survey findings show. Infant mortality dropped from 31.2 to 24.5 per 1,000 live births -- much better than the national average of 35.2. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
In other welcome news for the Capital, there has also been a decline in the infant mortality and under-five mortality rates, the survey findings show. Infant mortality dropped from 31.2 to 24.5 per 1,000 live births -- much better than the national average of 35.2. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 06:19 AM IST
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India’s fertility rate drops below 2.1, contraceptive prevalence up: NFHS

A total fertility rate of 2.1 is considered as the replacement rate, which is a crucial factor in population growth. It ensures the replacement of a woman and her partner upon death with no overall increase or decrease in numbers
The unmet needs of family planning have declined from 13% to 9%, the NFHS survey shows. (HT file photo)
The unmet needs of family planning have declined from 13% to 9%, the NFHS survey shows. (HT file photo)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 06:22 AM IST
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ByRhythma Kaul and Anonna Dutt, New Delhi

Dengue cases cross 7,000-mark in Delhi, load likely to ease now

Doctors say the caseload at their facilities has eased significantly, a drop they attribute to lower temperatures, which hamper vector breeding
The tally of the vector-borne infection is the highest since 2015, when there was a major dengue outbreak in the city, which left 16,000 people sick and at least 60 dead. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
The tally of the vector-borne infection is the highest since 2015, when there was a major dengue outbreak in the city, which left 16,000 people sick and at least 60 dead. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 02:05 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi recorded over 1,800 dengue cases last week; overall tally crosses 7,100

Of the total cases, 5,591 were recorded in November. The cases of dengue usually start increasing in July after the monsoon and peak in October. The number of cases goes down by November when temperatures start dipping
An East Delhi Municipal Council (EDMC) worker fumigates amid a dengue scare at Pandav Nagar market area in New Delhi, India. (HT file photo)
An East Delhi Municipal Council (EDMC) worker fumigates amid a dengue scare at Pandav Nagar market area in New Delhi, India. (HT file photo)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 05:48 PM IST
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Delhi govt reconstitutes Covid deaths panel

The committee, which was initially constituted on May 27, never took off as the Delhi lieutenant governor did not approve it.
Exhausted workers, who bring dead bodies for cremation, sit on the rear step of an ambulance inside a crematorium in New Delhi.(AP File Photo | Representational image)
Exhausted workers, who bring dead bodies for cremation, sit on the rear step of an ambulance inside a crematorium in New Delhi.(AP File Photo | Representational image)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 01:54 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

2021 GSLV mission failed due to loss of pressure in fuel tank: Isro

The launch of the earth observation satellite EOS-03 aboard the Geostationary Launch Vehicle (GSLV F-10) failed on August 13 after the third stage of the rocket did not ignite due to a “technical anomaly,” the space agency said at the time.
The GSLV is a three-stage rocket, with the first stage using solid fuel, the second stage using liquid fuel, and the third stage using cryogenic fuel – gases stored in liquid form at extremely low temperature – that enhances the carrying capacity of the rocket. (AP)
The GSLV is a three-stage rocket, with the first stage using solid fuel, the second stage using liquid fuel, and the third stage using cryogenic fuel – gases stored in liquid form at extremely low temperature – that enhances the carrying capacity of the rocket. (AP)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 02:41 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pharma policy push will help india become a leader in medical sector, says PM

PM Modi said, the industry needs to focus on two key areas – the requirements for raw materials and addressing the increasing global demand for traditional medicines.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (ANI)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 03:49 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Scientists in Ahmedabad discover exoplanet 1.4 times bigger than Jupiter

Scientists from the Ahmedabad-based Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) have discovered an exoplanet that is 725 light years away from us and orbiting an ageing star
A representational image. (AFP/File)
A representational image. (AFP/File)
Updated on Nov 18, 2021 09:01 AM IST
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Delhi pollution: Bad air causing asthma-like symptoms in healthy children

The hazardous levels of air pollution in Delhi is leading to healthy children developing asthma-like symptoms and the prolonging of upper respiratory tract infection that need to be treated with inhalers, according to doctors in the national capital
New Delhi, India - Nov. 16, 2021: People are seen wearing warm clothes as the temperature has seen a drop, on NH24, and the AQI is back in the severe category in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. (Photo by Raj K Raj / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - Nov. 16, 2021: People are seen wearing warm clothes as the temperature has seen a drop, on NH24, and the AQI is back in the severe category in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. (Photo by Raj K Raj / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 17, 2021 12:07 AM IST
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‘Pollution-related’: Pvt hospital in Delhi’s diagnosis for respiratory problems

Doctors at Holy Family hospital in Okhla will diagnose people coming in with respiratory symptoms with ‘pollution-related’ or ‘triggered by pollution’ diagnosis. Clinicians have for years been pointing out that increase in pollution levels drive up cases of respiratory conditions
With temperatures and air quality dipping in Delhi, hospitals across the city have seen a 20-30% increase in the number of such, doctors said. (AP)
With temperatures and air quality dipping in Delhi, hospitals across the city have seen a 20-30% increase in the number of such, doctors said. (AP)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 11:40 PM IST
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Collision avoidance manoeuvre performed for Chandrayaan-2: Isro

Very close conjunction between the Indian and the US orbiters, both of which are in a polar orbit that crosses over both poles of the moon, was expected to occur on October 20 at 11.15am
Both ISRO and NASA, the American space agency, realised that a manoeuver was needed to mitigate a collision. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Representative use)
Both ISRO and NASA, the American space agency, realised that a manoeuver was needed to mitigate a collision. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Representative use)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 01:56 PM IST
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Dengue cases cross 5,000 mark, Delhi’s highest since 2015 outbreak

Delhi has reported nine deaths due to the infection so far, nearing the 2017 toll of 10. There were four deaths reported in 2018, two in 2019, and one in 2020
The Delhi government made dengue a ‘notifiable disease’ in mid-October, along with other vector-borne diseases like malaria and chikungunya, under the epidemic diseases act. (Picture for representation only/HT Archive)
The Delhi government made dengue a ‘notifiable disease’ in mid-October, along with other vector-borne diseases like malaria and chikungunya, under the epidemic diseases act. (Picture for representation only/HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 12:16 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi adds 2,569 dengue cases, highest since 2015 outbreak

The 100-bed fever ward at Lok Nayak hospital is always 80 to 90% full, with the hospital admitting 20 to 30 dengue patients every day, a senior doctor said on November 13
So far, the infection has killed nine Delhi residents – six of who were children, according to data provided by the corporations. (Hindustan Times Photo)
So far, the infection has killed nine Delhi residents – six of who were children, according to data provided by the corporations. (Hindustan Times Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 03:26 PM IST
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India has sequenced over 100,000 viral genomes as part of its surveillance effort

The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has sequenced 115,101 samples since January this year
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)
Updated on Nov 13, 2021 06:14 PM IST
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Delhi sees 2 deaths as Covid cases rise

  • There have only been four deaths in the past 30 days, and six deaths were reported in the 30 days before that, and 14 in the 30 days prior. In comparison, at the peak of the second wave, 448 deaths were recorded in a single day on May 3.
The Covid-19 positivity rate, too, has started inching up, data shows. The seven-day average of positivity rate, which had dropped to a near all-time low of 0.05% three weeks ago (for the week ended October 22) has risen marginally to 0.9% for the week ended Friday.(HT File)
The Covid-19 positivity rate, too, has started inching up, data shows. The seven-day average of positivity rate, which had dropped to a near all-time low of 0.05% three weeks ago (for the week ended October 22) has risen marginally to 0.9% for the week ended Friday.(HT File)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 07:05 AM IST
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By, , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Isro lags behind on revised launch targets for 2021

  • India has managed only two launches in 2021 -- the commercial PSLV mission in February which was a success, and GSLV launch in August, which failed as the third cryogenic stage of the launch vehicle did not start.
Isro was to launch two missions this year using its workhorse polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV), carrying two earth observation satellites, EOS-04 and EOS-06, as the main payload.(HT File)
Isro was to launch two missions this year using its workhorse polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV), carrying two earth observation satellites, EOS-04 and EOS-06, as the main payload.(HT File)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 05:59 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi’s high pollution levels pose health risk, experts suggest precautions

Delhi’s air quality has stayed in the poor or worse zone since October 27. It stayed in the severe zone for three consecutive days since November 5, improved slightly to very poor on Monday, but worsened to return into the severe category on Tuesday
Air pollution was the top risk factor for death in India in 2019, killing an estimated 1.67 million people, according to the Global Burden of Disease report. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Air pollution was the top risk factor for death in India in 2019, killing an estimated 1.67 million people, according to the Global Burden of Disease report. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 04:27 AM IST
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By, , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘One Health approach all about coordinating, communicating, collaborating’

The One Health Framework follows a multi-stakeholder approach bringing together stakeholders and institutions from both the public as well as the private sector to address the communication gap
Atul Chaturvedi, the secretary of the department of animal husbandry talks about the One Health platform being created by the government. (Photo Corutesy- Twitter)
Atul Chaturvedi, the secretary of the department of animal husbandry talks about the One Health platform being created by the government. (Photo Corutesy- Twitter)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 10:57 AM IST
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Delhi adds 1,100+ dengue cases to tally, 3 deaths take toll to 9

Two of the three victims added to the city’s toll on Monday were below 18 – a three-year old girl from Saurabh Vihar (near Jaitpur) and a 12-year-old boy from Durga Vihar (near Sangam Vihar). Four of the five deaths recorded last week were also children
A New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) worker fumigates an area near Lodhi Colony, as a preventive measure against Dengue, in New Delhi. The dengue tally this year is on course to eclipse the 2018 number, when the city recorded 2,798 cases, and the toll is now the highest since 2017, when 10 died of the infection. (HT Archive)
A New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) worker fumigates an area near Lodhi Colony, as a preventive measure against Dengue, in New Delhi. The dengue tally this year is on course to eclipse the 2018 number, when the city recorded 2,798 cases, and the toll is now the highest since 2017, when 10 died of the infection. (HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 05:26 AM IST
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By, Sanjeev Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

New Delhi sees three more dengue deaths; toll reaches nine this year

The Delhi govt in mid-October made all vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya notifiable, meaning all hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres have to mandatorily report the cases
New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) personnel during fumigation of the Gol Market area amid rising dengue cases in New Delhi. (Hindustan Times/ File)
New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) personnel during fumigation of the Gol Market area amid rising dengue cases in New Delhi. (Hindustan Times/ File)
Published on Nov 08, 2021 05:30 PM IST
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