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...The manner in which we learnt about the Zika virus cases being found in India was so odd that we must demand more information. The taxpayer’s money is spent on surveillance and routine disease data collection activities in India. This data is so poor though that we depend on estimates and extrapolations and the data collected through hard work is hardly ever used in real time. This is what was illustrated by the Zika virus activities where municipal authorities in Ahmedabad were unaware of the results of the Acute Febrile Illness surveillance. This fact itself smacks of either a very poor understanding of disease control principles, or, more likely, an uncoordinated, under-staffed and dysfunctional system. Public resources were used for establishing the surveillance system. ...Indian Express on May 31, 2017, 12:06 a.m.
...Scott Applewhite, File) In this April 26, 1989 file photo, Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe in the 1973 court case, left, and her attorney Gloria Allred hold hands as they leave the Supreme Court building in Washington after sitting in while the court listened to arguments in a Missouri abortion case. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Jane Roe aka Norma McCorvey was the litigant in the famous Roe versus Wade case that led to legalisation of abortion in the US. McCorvey passed away last Saturday, leaving behind a life that depicted the abortion dilemma. McCorvey became an advocate of the pro-choice movement that argued for a woman’s right to decide on whether to carry on or terminate her pregnancy. Mid-way, McCorvey became a pro-life advocate, arguing against abortion, and for the rights of the unborn foetus. ...Indian Express on Feb. 27, 2017, midnight
...These diseases do not only afflict urban residents. They are the major cause of death and ill health in rural areas, where incomes are lower, and medical services are more difficult to reach. A small part of this distress could have been addressed through additional budgetary provisions. ...Indian Express on Feb. 6, 2017, 12:10 a.m.