Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                             Dated:15th August,2019

Youth leaders to share ideas for improving adolescent health
(PAHO/WHO): The Youth Leaders Initiative, to be created by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), will bring together people under the age of 25 to seek innovative ideas and solutions to address health problems that affect adolescents and young people in the Americas. The Youth Leaders Initiative will consist of around 20 participants, representing the various subregions, genders, ethnic groups and other segments of communities in the Americas. They will participate voluntarily and will represent the entire Region rather than specific organizations or countries. In the coming months, PAHO will identify those that will take part in this initiative in order to begin the exchange of ideas. Members will also participate in campaigns on social media and other platforms to promote improvements in the health of adolescents and youth.

“PAHO wants to give young people a voice so that they become part of the solutions that aim to improve their health and well-being,” said PAHO Director, Carissa F. Etienne. “As young people are part of the change, it is important they participate in the development of the policies and measures that must be taken,” she added.

We need azadi from violence against doctors on this Independence Day
Inclusion of the medical profession under the ambit of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) has radically altered the dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship. Doctors are no longer regarded as “next to God” but are now reduced to the status of “service providers”. The outcome is a dissatisfied and often disgruntled “consumer”, the patient, who now does not hesitate to resort to violence.

In June, junior doctors in West Bengal went on a strike after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata by the relatives of a patient who died. This strike spread nationwide and doctors across the country joined the protest in solidarity.....read more

From Rakshabandhan to Janmashtami: A Spiritual Yagna
India is a land of diverse faith and myriad cultures. The festival of Rakhi, though rooted in mythology and ancient Indian history, has not really been understood for what it actually represents.

Rakhi traditionally celebrates the bond of love between a brother and a sister. Tying of rakhi, exchanging of sweets, a gift from the brother to his sister/s –this is the common perception and this is how most of us celebrate this festival.

But how many of us have given a thought to what this bond actually denotes?

First and foremost, Rakhi is synonymous with purity of the relationship and purity of the self and therefore of the soul. It is not just a thread tied by the sister on her brother’s wrist whereby the brother pledges to protect her from any worldly harm. In a broader spectrum, it is a chance to free oneself from one’s internal enemies, the vices. A man is pulled down by his negative energies and the festival of Rakhi gives him a chance to retrospect and pull out of that dark side.....read more

Why Do We Say Aum Shanti Thrice?
It is believed that trivaram satyam - that which is said thrice comes true. For emphasizing a point, we repeat a thing thrice. In the court of law also, one who takes the witness stand says, "I shall speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth".

Prayer is to get something for which we have an intense desire, like Shanti, which means "peace" or inner happiness....read more

Healthcare News Monitor

Govt not to allow knee implants cost rise beyond 10% in a year
ET Healthworld-PTI

New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said that the ceiling price of orthopaedic knee implants will be monitored to ensure that the cost does not increase beyond 10 per cent in a given year. "Though the industry has requested for a 20 per cent (10 per cent for the year 2018 and 10 per cent for the year 2019) increase in the price of knee implants, it was decided to further monitor the price increase of knee implants as per para 20 of the DPCO, 2013 that restricts price increase beyond 10 per cent in a given year. This shall be subject to a review after one year," an official statement said. The NPPA notified the ceiling price of orthopaedic knee implants on 16th August, 2017 by invoking extraordinary powers, in public interest, under Para 19 of Drugs Prices Control Order (DPCO) 2013, for a period of one year. Subsequently, the applicability of ceiling prices fixed for orthopaedic knee implants was extended for another one year, up to 15 August, 2019.

PCI directs pharmacy, healthcare institutions pan-India to report ADRs in PvPI for patient safety
Pharmabiz-Neethi Manoharan

The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) has asked all pharmacy and healthcare institutions across the country to report adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to the existing 270 ADR Monitoring Centres (AMCs) as part of Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI). In a circular issued on August 9, the PCI had asked all pharmacy institutions, hospital pharmacists and community pharmacists to report the ADRs to strengthen the PvPI in India. As per the PCI notice, all healthcare professionals (clinicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses etc) are eligible to report ADRs. Duly filled suspected ADR reporting forms can be sent to the nearest AMC or directly to the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) which is the National Coordination Centre (NCC) for PvPI. The submitted information provided in the PCI format is dealt with confidentially. The causality assessment of the ADR is carried out at AMCs by using WHO-Uppasala Monitoring Centre (UMC) scale. The analysed form is then forwarded to the NCC through ADR database. Mandatory fields for suspected ADR reporting form are patient initials, age at the onset of ADR, reaction terms, date of onset of ADR, medication details and reporter information.

India must recycle or reuse water and adopt conservation methods now
Financial Express

India has been ranked 13th amongst 17 ‘extremely water stressed’ countries—with a quarter of the world’s population—in the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas released by Water Resources Institute (WRI). Warning of unsustainable depletion, the report finds that global water withdrawals have doubled since the 1960s. India, home to more than three times the population of the other 16 countries, has seen one of its metros—Chennai’s—run dry this year. Further, a 2018 NITI Aayog report warns that, 21 major Indian cities will face extreme water crisis in the future. Yet, the WRI reiteration is perhaps necessary, given much hasn’t been done on water conservation and sustainable use. While the Centre has made the right noises, water is a state subject. More important, wasteful use of water in agriculture remains unaddressed. With large chunk of population engaged in agriculture and not enough non-farm jobs, states are steering clear of disturbing the status quo. WRI notes that, from 1990 to 2014, groundwater tables in some north Indian aquifers have been declining at a rate of 8 cm per year. To tackle this crisis, WRI recommends increased agricultural efficiency, investing in grey and green infrastructure, and treating, reusing and recycling water. Water intensive crops—sugarcane and paddy—are still grown in regions that are facing water crises. These can be shifted to water-sufficient regions. Water-deficient regions can instead grow crops like maize and pulses.

Hardeep Singh Puri launches Swachh Survekshan 2020
Business Standard-ANI

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday launched the Swachh Survekshan 2020 (SS 2020), the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). Alongside, the Swachh Survekshan 2020 Toolkit, SBM Water PLUS Protocol and Toolkit, Swachh Nagar - an integrated waste management app and AI enabled mSBM App were also launched, read an official statement… The event also saw the release of a special Swachh Survekshan theme song featuring Kangana Ranaut, singers Kailash Kher and Monali Thakur. Speaking at the event, Puri said, "Earlier this year, we had launched Swachh Survekshan League 2020 (SS League 2020) with the objective of sustaining the on ground performance of cities along with continuous monitoring of service level performance on cleanliness." He added, "Today's event for launching the Swachh Survekshan 2020, with field survey to be conducted in January 2020, is particularly significant since it gives us the opportunity to reaffirm once again our promise for a Clean, Garbage Free and Sanitary 'New India', by not only sustaining the gains that we have made under the SBM, but also by providing a roadmap to institutionalize the concept of total Swachhata among all our cities." The Swachh Survekshan 2020 Toolkit launched by the minister contains the detailed survey methodology and component indicators with scores to help cities to prepare themselves for the survey.