Health for Mains

Tobacco Control

Facts: India is the second-largest consumer of tobacco in the world, with 28.6% of adults above 15 years and 8.5% of students aged 13-15 years use tobacco in some form or the other. In India, over 1.3 million deaths are attributable to tobacco use every year amounting to 3500 deaths per day, imposing a lot of avoidable …

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Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne virus that causes a disease. It is transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. Its symptoms are characterised by abrupt fever and severe joint pain, often in hands and feet, and may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash.   There is no specific antiviral drug treatment for chikungunya. …

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Non Communicable Disease

Facts: Non-Communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and stroke, Diabetes, Chronic Respiratory Diseases (Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases) and Cancer account for over 60% of all mortality in India, of these, nearly 55% are premature mortality. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), India stands to lose $ 4.58 trillion …

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Mental health

Mental Retardation: Mental retardation is a developmental disability that first appears in children under the age of 18. It includes below-average intellectual function and lack of skills necessary for daily living. Some of the behavioural traits are aggression, dependency, self-injury, stubbornness etc. Facts: Often abandoned by families. Different levels, some need help in even doing …

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Fight against HIV / AIDS

Facts: India brought down the number of new cases and deaths by 27% and 56%, respectively, between 2010 and 2017. Tuberculosis is the biggest killer of HIV patients across the world. India is now able to treat over 90% of notified TB patients for HIV. Social stigma surrounding AIDS-infected people in India, while high, is …

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ESIC Reforms

Government has shown interest in reforming the Employees State Insurance Corporation of India, or ESIC. Do you think this reform should expand its coverage to those hitherto not covered by it? In the light of these impending reforms, also comment on what these mean to India’s public healthcare system. (200 Words) Employee State Insurance Corporation …

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