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Coronavirus fears and preconception advice

With widespread community transmission, women in particular face a risk; a health advisory is essential In our preoccupation with managing the COVID-19 pandemic, we should not lose sight of special issues that may pose problems for women in the reproductive age group. The special issues are of two kinds: one that relates to medical management…

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Addressing the mental health needs of homeless persons

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An integrated approach that is in place in Tamil Nadu will ensure that the lives of those on the fringes matter As many as 66.1% of those worst affected in India during the Spanish Flu belonged to oppressed classes and suffered the consequences of multidimensional poverty. Similar trends persist today. The inability to adhere to…

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Mind the gaps in India’s health care digital push

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While the digitisation of health-care data could help, what many Indians face are unaddressed issues in the health sector The Independence Day address of the Prime Minister launching the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) during an unprecedented novel coronavirus pandemic crisis, caught everyone’s attention. Yet, despite all his eloquence it was not clear to many…

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Reversing health sector neglect with a reform agenda

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India cannot afford to be complacent in thinking that the pandemic alone will change the health-care landscape Two countries which lead in the COVID-19 cases tally in the world today, namely the United States (first) and India (third), are also the ones where the need for health-care reform post COVID-19 has been most keenly felt.…

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