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A health worker takes part in a dry run or a mock drill for Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine delivery, New Delhi, January 2, 2021(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

No room for complacency in Covid-19 battle

By K Srinath Reddy
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:11 AM IST
The vaccine is here but its success depends on a robust primary health system
A health worker administers a deworming tablet to a boy during a door-to-door campaign in Hyderabad.(AFP/ File photo)
A health worker administers a deworming tablet to a boy during a door-to-door campaign in Hyderabad.(AFP/ File photo)

Lancet introduces Commission for universal health coverage

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 04:51 PM IST
The work of the commission will begin on Friday with an aim to publish a final report of its findings and recommendations in the next two years
The health system needs to be reconfigured to deliver services with efficiency, empathy and equity.
The health system needs to be reconfigured to deliver services with efficiency, empathy and equity.

HTLS 2020: Resetting the coordinates for the journey to the future

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By K Srinath Reddy
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 03:23 AM IST
Covid-19 has taught us that even strong health systems cannot cope with the adverse consequences of distorted development that continues to create disease.
As the pandemic adds new complexities to education, income, food, and health systems, it is natural to look to the biggest players in development — the central and state governments — to increase expenditure and the quality of programme implementation.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
As the pandemic adds new complexities to education, income, food, and health systems, it is natural to look to the biggest players in development — the central and state governments — to increase expenditure and the quality of programme implementation.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Mission Karmayogi: An ambitious plan to bolster State capacity

By Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal and Shagun Sabarwal
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 07:55 PM IST
At the heart of the mission is the recognition that providing training opportunities to senior bureaucrats by sponsoring them to attend elite institutions has not been enough.
Several medicines have been approved for emergency use by drug regulators, including in India.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Several medicines have been approved for emergency use by drug regulators, including in India.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: What we need to know today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By R Sukumar
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 03:14 AM IST
Not too long ago, in spring, many of us (including this writer) were hoping that warm weather would prove unfavourable for the spread of the virus.
Along with Mr Sanjay Manocha, Ms Archna Manocha and Mr Siddharth Manocha have also played a pivotal role in shaping Sceptre as a market leader.
Along with Mr Sanjay Manocha, Ms Archna Manocha and Mr Siddharth Manocha have also played a pivotal role in shaping Sceptre as a market leader.

Sceptre Medical India recognized as ‘India’s Most Admirable Healthcare Brand-2020’ in the disinfection industry in India

PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 03:25 PM IST
The Brand Story is delighted to award Sceptre Medical India with India’s Most Admirable Healthcare Brand-2020 for its unwavering efforts in achieving technical and technological competence, advanced products, prime focus on ethics and compliance, constant endeavour to commit to delivering its products and services.
A medic waits for citizens at a Covid-19 test centre, Bangalore, September 17, 2020(PTI)
A medic waits for citizens at a Covid-19 test centre, Bangalore, September 17, 2020(PTI)

A White paper on Covid-19

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 09:57 PM IST
It will help both current policymaking and serve as a historical record
It found that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women, racial and ethnic minority communities and people living in extreme poverty.(HT Photo)
It found that the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women, racial and ethnic minority communities and people living in extreme poverty.(HT Photo)

Covid-19 has set global health progress back decades: Gates Foundation

London | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2020 08:43 AM IST
Because of Covid-19, extreme poverty has increased by 7%, and routine vaccine coverage - a good proxy measure for how health systems are functioning - is dropping to levels last seen in the 1990s, the report said.
The app, called “Covid-19 Indigenous Alert” aims to help indigenous people identify areas with high infection rates.(REUTERS)
The app, called “Covid-19 Indigenous Alert” aims to help indigenous people identify areas with high infection rates.(REUTERS)

Indigenous Brazilians launch coronavirus tracing app

Sao Paolo | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2020 06:14 AM IST
Provided free on the Android system, the app uses data from Brazil’s health ministry, people working in the indigenous health system, leaders from indigenous organizations and the COIAB network.
Robotic surgery can enhance surgery and help patients in the COVID era, as well as has the potential to support surgery during future pandemics.
Robotic surgery can enhance surgery and help patients in the COVID era, as well as has the potential to support surgery during future pandemics.

COVID-19 drives robotic surgery for patients

UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 04:49 PM IST
In the COVID-19 era, the increasing use of surgical robotics can enable patients to get minimally invasive procedures, while providing greater protection to the surgical team, when compared to manual minimally invasive surgery
Around 80% of licensed monoclonal antibodies are sold in Europe, the US and Canada, with only 20% sold to countries that account for 90% of the world’s population.
Around 80% of licensed monoclonal antibodies are sold in Europe, the US and Canada, with only 20% sold to countries that account for 90% of the world’s population.

Scientists urge use of monoclonal antibodies

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 04:42 AM IST
Monoclonal antibodies are lab-made proteins that act like natural antibodies in fighting disease. Derived from human immune cells, these proteins act specifically against targets ranging from cancerous cells to viruses and bacteria, or alter precise immune pathways to augment a person’s ability to fight disease.
Women will then be left to tend the family, and in many cases, the family’s agricultural fields. Here, a concerted effort should be made to give them better tools to deal with agriculture in the form of easy to access loans and technology.(HTPhoto)
Women will then be left to tend the family, and in many cases, the family’s agricultural fields. Here, a concerted effort should be made to give them better tools to deal with agriculture in the form of easy to access loans and technology.(HTPhoto)

Covid-19: A dip in women in the workforce is likely | Opinion

UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 06:18 PM IST
The central and state governments and the private sector must come up with innovative solutions to make women a real part of the next phase of the growth story.
A botched abortion can result in physical damage to the reproductive organs and psychological issues such as depression and stress(SHUTTERSTOCK)
A botched abortion can result in physical damage to the reproductive organs and psychological issues such as depression and stress(SHUTTERSTOCK)

Covid-19 exacerbates the risk of unsafe abortions | Opinion

Hindustan Times | By Lalita Panicker
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 05:43 AM IST
The lack of safe abortion facilities will have an impact on both health and family planning long after the coronavirus crisis is overcome, both in terms of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions. Planning for this now is the only option
An average hospitalisation case in India cost Rs 16,676 and Rs 26,475 in rural and urban areas, respectively. The average monthly wage of a regular worker — the best employment category in India — was Rs 15,504(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
An average hospitalisation case in India cost Rs 16,676 and Rs 26,475 in rural and urban areas, respectively. The average monthly wage of a regular worker — the best employment category in India — was Rs 15,504(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)

A reality check of the health sector

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 07:34 PM IST
Factor in findings on infections, hospitalisation in policymaking
The contribution of India and other international medical staff has been highlighted during the coronavirus pandemic.(Bloomberg)
The contribution of India and other international medical staff has been highlighted during the coronavirus pandemic.(Bloomberg)

UK launches cheaper, fast-track visa for health professionals

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 02:38 PM IST
The visa was announced earlier, but the necessary parliamentary papers were moved on Tuesday, enabling its launch from August. A new, wider points-based immigration system is to come into effect from January 1.
The intention to cover all workers is also indicated in the draft legislation on the Social Security Code that has been introduced in Parliament. The challenge for the State is how to provide social security to all with its limited financial and administrative capacities. A universal social security system will have to be built progressively.(AFP)
The intention to cover all workers is also indicated in the draft legislation on the Social Security Code that has been introduced in Parliament. The challenge for the State is how to provide social security to all with its limited financial and administrative capacities. A universal social security system will have to be built progressively.(AFP)

India needs a universal social security system | Opinion

By Arun Maira and Ajay Shankar
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 06:30 PM IST
Replicate MGNREGS in urban areas, enhance skill development at work, and invest in public health systems
Tedros Adhanom says WHO is also concerned about young people who may be vulnerable to anxiety and depression, noting that in some countries, more than one-third of teens receive mental health help exclusively at school.(AFP)
Tedros Adhanom says WHO is also concerned about young people who may be vulnerable to anxiety and depression, noting that in some countries, more than one-third of teens receive mental health help exclusively at school.(AFP)

WHO says Covid-19 outbreaks add to childbirth death

London | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2020 10:36 PM IST
Tedros said the UN health agency recently investigated the risk of mothers spreading the coronavirus to their newborns and concluded that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risks of transmitting the virus, including among women with suspected or confirmed Covid-19.
Director-General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was speaking after concerns have been raised that some countries including the United States could hoard any vaccines or drugs they develop to combat Covid-19, with poorer countries not getting access to the treatments they need.(REUTERS)
Director-General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was speaking after concerns have been raised that some countries including the United States could hoard any vaccines or drugs they develop to combat Covid-19, with poorer countries not getting access to the treatments they need.(REUTERS)

WHO chief calls for any Covid-19 vaccine to be shared as a public good

Zurich/Geneva | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2020 10:19 PM IST
Tedros was speaking after concerns have been raised that some countries including the United States could hoard any vaccines or drugs they develop to combat Covid-19, with poorer countries not getting access to the treatments they need.
The United Network for Organ Sharing, a nonprofit that coordinates transplantation in the United States, has no record of an organ transplant into a Covid-19 patient as of May 29(PTI 9Representative Image))
The United Network for Organ Sharing, a nonprofit that coordinates transplantation in the United States, has no record of an organ transplant into a Covid-19 patient as of May 29(PTI 9Representative Image))

Indian-origin doctor performs first lung transplant for Covid-19 patient in US

Chicago | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2020 01:03 AM IST
The United Network for Organ Sharing, a nonprofit that coordinates transplantation in the United States, has no record of an organ transplant into a Covid-19 patient as of May 29, spokeswoman Anne Paschke said.
Hospitals in countries grappling with major coronavirus outbreaks have postponed most non-emergency procedures to avoid putting patients at risk, redeploying staff and resources to the virus response.(REUTERS)
Hospitals in countries grappling with major coronavirus outbreaks have postponed most non-emergency procedures to avoid putting patients at risk, redeploying staff and resources to the virus response.(REUTERS)

Coronavirus could cause 28 million cancelled surgeries globally: Study

Paris | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2020 08:01 PM IST
The study, published this week in the British Journal of Surgery, modelled the expected number of elective operations that would be put on hold in 190 countries during a 12-week peak of COVID-19 disruption.
Essential and non-negotiable goals need to be strictly your focus now.(Axis Mutual Fund)
Essential and non-negotiable goals need to be strictly your focus now.(Axis Mutual Fund)

Stay aligned to your investment goals

By Brand Post
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 01:10 PM IST
If you are investing for long-term goals such your children’s education or your retirement, the current market phase should not affect you.
Mobilise the full power of a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach(PTI)
Mobilise the full power of a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach(PTI)

A ‘new normal’ is in the offing. Ensure a balance| Analysis

By Poonam Khetrapal Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2020 06:25 PM IST
Prioritise controlling the spread of Covid-19, strengthening health services, and supporting each other to stay healthy
It becomes clearer by the day that the lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is creating enormous stress on every part of the economy, including public finances(REUTERS)
It becomes clearer by the day that the lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is creating enormous stress on every part of the economy, including public finances(REUTERS)

A blueprint to finance higher public spending

By Karthik Muralidharan
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2020 08:51 PM IST
Whether the government decides to borrow more or raise revenues, it should confront these difficult choices using the key principles of public finance
Dozens of eager surfers jumped railings and hit the water even before the beach officially opened at 7 am, five weeks after police sealed the area off because of large crowds ignoring social distancing orders.(Unsplash)
Dozens of eager surfers jumped railings and hit the water even before the beach officially opened at 7 am, five weeks after police sealed the area off because of large crowds ignoring social distancing orders.(Unsplash)

Surf’s up: Sydney reopens its famous Bondi Beach

Sydney | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2020 04:54 PM IST
Hundreds of Sydney-siders rushed into the waves at the city’s famous Bondi Beach on Tuesday as Australia took the first steps in easing coronavirus restrictions.
Greater transparency and accuracy in reporting the state-wise Covid-19 data by the Centre and promotion of best practices by states can help bring convergence in disease-containment efforts(PTI)
Greater transparency and accuracy in reporting the state-wise Covid-19 data by the Centre and promotion of best practices by states can help bring convergence in disease-containment efforts(PTI)

What must India do now to address the coronavirus crisis | Opinion

By Dipa Sinha, Prasenjit Bose and Rohit
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2020 09:25 PM IST
Owing to disruption in every sector, the country needs a calibrated and state-specific lockdown exit; doubling-down on food and cash transfers; and an overhaul of fiscal and monetary strategy
Governments of Asian nations with large Muslim populations have urged people to keep their distance while observing their faith during the fasting month, which gets underway shrouded in fear over the coronavirus.(Unsplash)
Governments of Asian nations with large Muslim populations have urged people to keep their distance while observing their faith during the fasting month, which gets underway shrouded in fear over the coronavirus.(Unsplash)

Ramazan 2020: Pakistan’s Sindh province bans prayer at mosques

Reuters | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON APR 24, 2020 04:06 PM IST
Pakistan’s Sindh province banned communal prayers on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan on Friday, heeding the advice of doctors who are urging Pakistan’s central government to tighten its restrictions on mosque congregations.
India’s weak health care is a legacy of limited attention to it after Independence, and the multiple priorities of a young nation. Health care has not been a vote-catching subject and the government spending is only 1.2% of GDP.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
India’s weak health care is a legacy of limited attention to it after Independence, and the multiple priorities of a young nation. Health care has not been a vote-catching subject and the government spending is only 1.2% of GDP.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

India is poised for deep structural health reforms

By Parijat Ghosh and Vikram Chandrashekhar
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2020 06:49 PM IST
Covid-19 will act as a trigger. Aided by technocratic capability and new initiatives, public health will get a boost
Working in close proximity to one another, as close as one-to-two feet from infected patients, Health Care workers expose themselves to great danger several times a day(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Working in close proximity to one another, as close as one-to-two feet from infected patients, Health Care workers expose themselves to great danger several times a day(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

Health care professionals are heroes. Honour them| Analysis

By Shiv Kumar Sarin
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2020 06:06 PM IST
Every day, they are risking their lives. Yet, society is treating them unfairly. It’s time to recognise their service
The Covid-19 crisis has a key role for the government, but we should not assume that only the government has the answers(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
The Covid-19 crisis has a key role for the government, but we should not assume that only the government has the answers(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)

Covid-19: An epidemic is an epidemic. A war is a war| Analysis

By Suyash Rai and Rahul Verma
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2020 06:26 PM IST
They are both serious threats, but using the war metaphor is harmful because it skews our response to the crisis
This lockdown has the potential to phenomenally alter the course of the pandemic, by effectively mitigating it(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
This lockdown has the potential to phenomenally alter the course of the pandemic, by effectively mitigating it(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Use epidemiology as a tool to fight Covid-19 | Opinion

By Giridhara R Babu and Tarun Bhatnagar
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2020 08:12 PM IST
Countering the adverse impacts of Covid-19 requires two types of measures: Containment and mitigation. Both are equally necessary to ensure that India wins this fight
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