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Should A Minister Of Health Know The Difference Between HIV And AIDS?

In Healthcare, India, Politics on June 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

Story filed under ‘some headlines you can’t make up if you tried!’

Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister Rowell Lyngdoh on Tuesday admitted that he did not know the difference between AIDS and HIV.

“These are technical terms. I require notice for the reply,” Lyngdoh told legislators during question hour in the assembly, when Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator James K Sangma asked him the difference between HIV and AIDS. (Full post at Hindustan Times)

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Aravind Eye Care System Wins 2010 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

In Healthcare, India, People Making A Difference on March 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm

One single man with a vision can make a difference and inspire us all.  And perhaps worth a read by the US Congress, currently embroiled in a Healthcare reform debate.

Read more about why the Aravind Eye Care system won the Conrad N. Hilton award this year.

“Aravind is a remarkable enterprise and its scale of impact on millions of patients is phenomenal,” said Steven M. Hilton, CEO and president of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.  “In a 30-year quest to end blindness in India, Aravind has developed innovative technologies that are now a model for both the developed and developing world.”

Dr. G. Venkataswamy (Dr. V), Founder Aravind Eye Care System

 

India’s Medical Tourism Industry Numbers Not Living Up To Hype

In Business, Health, Healthcare, India on October 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

As the healthcare debate in the US rages, we’ve heard over and over about how India’s medical tourism business is set to boom as American flock to India for cheaper healthcare. So far it seems like the numbers are not adding up to the surrounding hype.

(Full Story at the National) Predictions of a $2 billion industry by 2012, which McKinsey made back in 2004, also look a long way off. Apollo estimates that medical tourism totalled $330 million to India last year.

Punjab Uranium Poisoning link to Coal Fired Power Stations?

In Environment, Health, Healthcare, Human Rights, India, People Making A Difference, Politics, Science on August 30, 2009 at 7:41 am

Earlier this year YHL wrote about the mysterious uranium found in Punjab’s groundwater. Now an investigation by Guardian’s Observer seems to suggest the uranium source is fly ash from Punjab’s coal fired power stations. It took a South African scientist Carin Smit, a German Laboratory, and a dedicated Dr Pritpal Singh, who runs the Faridkot clinic for special kids to blow the lid on Punjab’s poisoned kids.

Meanwhile the Department of Atomic Energy says the Uranium levels are ‘normal’ and Dr. Carin Smit challenges the department for suppressing the information for the past six years.

Guardian Photo: Gurpreet Sigh, 7, who has cerebral palsy and microcephaly and is from Sirsar, 50km from the Punjabi town of Bathinda. He is being treated at the Baba Farid centre for Special Children in Bathinda Photograph: Gethin Chamberlain

Guardian Photo: Gurpreet Sigh, 7, who has cerebral palsy and microcephaly and is from Sirsar, 50km from the Punjabi town of Bathinda. He is being treated at the Baba Farid centre for Special Children in Bathinda Photograph: Gethin Chamberlain