A government report reveals that there is only one allopathic government doctor for every 10,926 people in India against the WHO’s recommended doctor-population ratio of 1:1000. The report was compiled by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI), the National Health Profile, 2019. According to the report, the number of registered allopathic doctors possessing recognised […]

World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, is a day for us to unite in our efforts to improve the mental health of people around the world. The theme selected for this year’s Day is suicide prevention. Every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide. WHO is encouraging everyone to prepare to take “40 […]

After a long wait, the cabinet has approved the National Medical Commission Bill 2019(NMC). The bill aims at overhauling the systems in medical education in India and replace the Medical Council of India with a National Medical Commission. The Bill will reduce the cost of private medical education, ease the burden of entrance exams on […]

Indian scientists identify three sites in the genome of the tuberculosis-causing bacterium that could be used as targets to kill it. The study was conducted by the researchers from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Indore, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, and University of Bordeaux, […]

Vaccines work: We are protected together The theme of this year’s campaign is Protected Together: Vaccines Work!, and the campaign will celebrate Vaccine Heroes from around the world – from parents and community members to health workers and innovators – who help ensure we are all protected, at all ages, through the power of vaccines. […]

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Indian Council for Medical Research and the Department of Biotechnology are joining hands to promote research in herbal drugs, some of which involve new drugs from marijuana. At a one-day conference on ‘Cannabis R&D in India’, union minister Dr Jitendra Singh said the government had granted a […]

An Infant from Pakistan has got a new lease of life after undergoing an operation at a city hospital in Delhi. The baby was diagnosed with a rare condition of a giant heart. According to doctors, this is the first documented case of the largest left atrium reported at this age. The 14-month-old baby with […]

The latest health audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General states that the medicines distributed under the National Health Mission (NHM) — India’s largest health scheme so far — in 14 states between 2011 and 2016 were past their expiry dates. The report, which is the concluding part of a series on the CAG’s assessment […]

The National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled has asked the Union Ministry to introduce guidelines for the disabled people to pursue medicine through the entry to medical colleges. According to the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled, guidelines proposed by the Medical Council of India are “arbitrary and blatantly discriminatory” and […]

Indian origin woman cancer expert, Dr. Sudha Sundar became the first female gynecological oncologist to be elected to the prestigious post at the British Gynaecological Cancer Society (BGCS). She was named as president-elect of the BGCS. Currently, she is working as a senior lecturer in  Gynaecological Oncology at the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Cancer […]