A capsule or a wholesome meal for the malnourished?

 » BENGALURU BENGALURU, June 30, 2016 Updated: June 30, 2016 08:46 IST AFSHAN YASMEEN A malnourished child being weighed at an anganwadi centre. While the government is set to administer Spirulina to severely malnourished children, activists say it has never been advocated for child feeding. File photo Move to give nutrition supplements to anganwadi children draws flak. Can two grams of a plant-based dietary supplement substitute a wholesome balanced meal for anganwadi children? With the Women and Child Development Department all set to administer Spirulina to severely malnourished children, activists and nutritionists are battling for a wholesome meal instead. As announced in … Continue reading A capsule or a wholesome meal for the malnourished?

Merit of ‘Vision’ groups and ‘Knowledge’ commissions in Karnataka

Merit of ‘Vision’ groups and ‘Knowledge’ commissions in Karnataka – Random thoughts  Published on 02 June 2016 http://roundtableindia.co.in Dr. Sylvia Karpagam and Sridhar Gowda In an unequal society, the fittest will always be on top and their survival is almost certainly guaranteed. How is fitness determined and survival ensured? At the level of schools, colleges and workplaces, are some groups invariably ‘fitter’ than others? If yes, can fitness automatically be attributed to ‘merit’? What is merit? Who defines and sets standards for merit? If merit is the credit card that allows access to a race, who decides credit-worthiness? In reality, fitness is … Continue reading Merit of ‘Vision’ groups and ‘Knowledge’ commissions in Karnataka

2,258 unwarranted hysterectomies in 30 months in Kalaburagi city: report

T.V. SIVANANDAN Briefing:District convener of the Karnataka Janarogya ChaluvaliTina Xavier speaking after releasing the report on unwarranted hysterectomies, in Kalaburagi city on Wednesday.— Photo: Arul Kulkarni The expert committee appointed by the State government to probe the unwarranted hysterectomies performed in private hospitals in Kalaburagi city has come out with shocking revelations. The panel, headed by A. Ramachandra Bairy, Deputy Director (Maternal Health) in the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services, showed many instances of breach of prescribed medical protocol in performing the surgeries. A full-scale inquiry was ordered after the media exposed the needless hysterectomies performed on hapless … Continue reading 2,258 unwarranted hysterectomies in 30 months in Kalaburagi city: report

No beds, medicines our hospitals in ICU

on December 26, 2013 DC | Joyeeta Chakravorty | 25th Dec 2013 Bangalore: It’s not easy being a patient at the century-old Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital. People need to visit pharmacies outside even for essential medicines like Carvedilol  used to treat heart failure and hypertension (high blood pressure). In fact , the stock board of Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital shows only three cardiology drugs are available with even drugs that can  be used in combination  to manage mild or moderate congestive heart failure missing from the pharmacy.  A simple drug like aspirin, which is recommended for the prevention … Continue reading No beds, medicines our hospitals in ICU

Govt Insurance Schemes a Bonanza for Cardiac Hospitals?

  By Sharadha Kalyanam and Mohammed Yacoob – BANGALORE Published: 22nd February 2014 08:11 AM Government health insurance schemes for the poor are shelling out large amounts for cardiac treatments in the state.   Government health insurance schemes for the poor are shelling out large amounts for cardiac treatments in the state, raising the suspicion that hospitals could be making undue profits on insurance claims. Some doctors, however, stoutly deny this.Statistics from the Department of Health and Family Welfare, whose Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust manages these schemes, show that nearly 30 per cent of all patients treated under the Vajpayee … Continue reading Govt Insurance Schemes a Bonanza for Cardiac Hospitals?

Medical education in India and its discontents

on July 2, 2014July 2, 2014 Book Chapter:Higher studies in India Dr. Sylvia Karpagam, Edited by Jacob Chacko, February 2014 An indiscriminate inheritance by India of colonial allopathic systems has wreaked havoc on traditional healing systems that have been in existence for centuries. India’s allopathic practitioners have created a monopoly on medical education and healthcare biased towards elitist urban clients. Combined with the pernicious and pervasive caste system against a backdrop of growing neo-liberal commercialization and commodification, this urban monopoly of health care has done nothing for thousands of India’s most vulnerable populations. In India, during the five years of … Continue reading Medical education in India and its discontents

Karuna Trust failed to check spread of dengue in Raichur villages: official

on November 19, 2014 Kumar Buradikatti The Department of Health and Family Welfare has held Karuna Trust, a non-governmental entity which maintains the primary health centre (PHC) in Chandrabanda village, responsible for the spread of dengue fever in some of the villages covered by the PHC. Addressing a media conference at his office here on Monday, District Health and Family Welfare Officer Narayan said that the trust had not taken any steps for preventing epidemics and viral fevers in the villages coming under the Chandrabanda PHC paving the way for the spread of dengue fever. “The maintenance of Chandrabanda Primary … Continue reading Karuna Trust failed to check spread of dengue in Raichur villages: official

Biocon booked for dumping waste

Monday 30 May 2016 July 8, 2015, Bengaluru, DHNS The BBMP on Monday lodged a police complaint against Biocon for dumping chemical waste at the Terra Firma waste-processing unit near Doddaballapur in Bengaluru Rural district. But Biocon maintains the waste is non-hazardous. Villagers living around the Terra Firma unit had protested against the dumping of waste but relented after district in-charge minister Ramalinga Reddy assured action against Biocon. BBMP administrator T M Vijay Bhaskar said the samples of the chemical waste have been sent to a lab for testing. Biocon has rejected the charges. “Biocon is sending inert cell mass … Continue reading Biocon booked for dumping waste

Deaths of people in Karuna trust run PHC – negligence, denial of care and fraud

on December 4, 2015 Doc signed death certificate indiscriminately: Report Nandini Chandrashekar, Bangalore, Oct 15, DH News Service: Deaths at Colony happened with generous help from medical staff The death of the inmates at the Beggars’ Colony happened with generous help from their supposed saviours – the medical staff. A Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Beggars Colony is being run by Karuna Trust under a PPP model with the Government. The doctor here, Dr Harimurthy has been in charge since August 2009. During the inquiry, he escaped all scrutiny about his role in the deaths at the Colony and his … Continue reading Deaths of people in Karuna trust run PHC – negligence, denial of care and fraud