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Economic Survey 2022-23: Health not a priority? Just over 2% of GDP spent

India, Jan. 31 -- Out-of-pocket-expenses remained dangerously high till 2019-2020 Government expenditure on health, both state and central, was 2.1 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last y... Read More


H5 pandemic in the making? Minks may become the bird flu vector for humans

India, Jan. 30 -- Spain's bird flu outbreak in minks hints at a mutating virus Bird flu, a virus not known to spread easily among mammals, led to the culling of 50,000 minks in Spain last October. Th... Read More


Global health spending at record high post COVID-19, but can this be sustained?

India, Jan. 27 -- India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan received barely 15% of the development assistance for health for COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic was revolutionary for global health fin... Read More


Passive euthanasia: Supreme court removes red tape, sets 48-hour timeframe

India, Jan. 25 -- Earlier, passive euthanasia was a three-tier process and cumbersome for all involved Strengthening the right to die with dignity, the Supreme Court of India simplified the rules on ... Read More


'Immediate action' needed on sub-standard drugs causing deaths: WHO

India, Jan. 24 -- At least 300 deaths reported so far inThe Gambia, Uzbekistan and Indonesia, most children The World Health Organization (WHO) has sounded the alarm on substandard and falsified medi... Read More


Non-communicable diseases rising in Pakistan, finds Lancet

India, Jan. 23 -- Ischaemic heart disease, stroke, congenital defects, cirrhosis and chronic kidney disease among the 10 leading causes of deaths in 2019 The COVID-19 pandemic and the June 2022 flood... Read More


Poor infrastructure, staff crunch continue to plague healthcare in rural India: Centre

India, Jan. 20 -- Less than half the Primary Health Centres function on a 24x7 basis India's rural healthcare system continues to be plagued by shortfall on two critical fronts - doctors and infrastr... Read More


ICMR, central drug regulator admit COVID-19 vaccine side effects; health ministry rubbishes claim

India, Jan. 19 -- Government called revelations 'ill-informed & erroneous' The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) stated a range of ... Read More


India's proposed amendments to IHR demand greater equity in access to healthcare, accountability of WHO

India, Jan. 16 -- Country sought intermediate public health alert for outbreaks yet to be declared public health emergency India has proposed several amendments to the International Health Regulation... Read More


Run-up to pandemic treaty: WHO's 10 proposals call for high-level council, changes to health regulations

India, Jan. 11 -- Observers had earlier criticised the absence of independent monitoring for ensuring compliance with the pandemic accord In the run-up to the draft negotiations on the pandemic treat... Read More