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... Malnutrition continues to be a significant public health problem in India despite having several major programmes to address the issue, namely the Integrated Child Development Scheme ICDS, Mid –Day Meal (MDM) and also Food Security Act. Data from the Global Hunger Index that measures malnutrition, stunting and mortality rates of under-five shows that one in three children in India has stunted growth, whereas 15 per cent of the country’s population is undernourished. The 2016 Global Hunger Index (GHI) that was released this week said 38.7 per cent of Indian children under five years are stunted due to lack of food. ...Indian Express on Oct. 14, 2016, 11:55 a.m.
...Frantic 5 AM calls from a neighbour desperately seeking help as her 75-year-old father walked out of a Kerala-bound train when it halted at Coimbatore, filled the mind with dread at what could have happened had he not been found. The neighbour was lucky. Social media helped. Two days later the daughter was reunited with her Alzheimer’s-affected father. She now locks him up at home before setting off for work. From putting a wristwatch in a sugar bowl to spectacles in a glass, buying mutton instead of fish to eventually uttering incomprehensible sentences, losing one’s memory is a painful process. The World Alzheimer Report 2016, that reviews healthcare for dementia around the world, finds 47 million people live with dementia worldwide, more than the population of Spain. ...Indian Express on Oct. 7, 2016, 12:16 a.m.
... Pune is slowly but steadily increasing its tally of chikungunya cases with over 119 cases registered by the civic body in August alone.While Maharashtra has registered 439 cases, Pune heads other cities with its count of 397 cases so far.According to Pune’s insect control department there has been a consistent number of cases each month since January.For instance in January there were 68 cases, followed by 18 cases in February, 23 in March and then it peaked again in June July and August.At Sassoon General Hospital, the vector born disease centre has received as many as 480 samples of suspected chikungunya cases in August itself out of which 79 were positive.Not only has the number of samples being received doubled since last year but the positive cases have tripled, officials at B J Medical college and Sassoon said.From June till August, Sassoon health authorities received 1047 samples out of which 141 tested positive for chikungunya. ...Indian Express on Sept. 19, 2016, 9:07 p.m.
...A Pune doctor who has treated hundreds of dengue and chikungunya cases in the last several years is struggling to treat his father who has high fever, severe joint pain and swelling on the feet — classic symptoms of chikungunya.Just a year ago, the same doctor had dengue and was hospitalised for a month.He has long since recovered from the viral infection but fails to accept the reality that this highly domesticated aedes mosquito is getting fitter every year just by biting more and more people.Like other private practitioners from July till October, every year he waits late in the night at his clinic to attend to the lengthening list of patients — a majority from the same building, who have either dengue or chikungunya — uploads the information on the civic body’s website and hopes that next year will be relatively quiet with fewer patients.Are we, then, losing the battle against the day biter Aedes aegypti mosquito whose tribe has been steadily increasing? ...Indian Express on Aug. 27, 2016, 12:04 a.m.