Why You Should Think Twice Before Making Noodles?

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Who doesn’t love noodles? Nestle’s Maggi Instant noodles has been ruling the Indian market for almost 30 years now and the word “Maggi” has become the synonym of noodles in the Indian kitchens. It is popular among the children as well as the adults all around the country. But when the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India accused Nestle’s Maggi of failing to comply with the food safety laws of the country and announced a nation wide ban of the product, some eyebrows were raised for sure. So what is wrong with Maggi noodles? Is the problem confined to Maggi alone? Let’s take a look at the truth which is hard to digest!

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All You Need To Know About H1N1

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It took only 3 months for the dangerous Influenza A H1N1 virus to spread around the World. That is why the World Health Organization declared it as a pandemic in June 2009, just 3 months after the identification of the virus. In 2013, India has reported 5253 cases of Influenza A H1N1 out of which 699 people died, a case fatality rate of 13.3%. Newer cases of Swine Flu are being diagnosed every day in our country and we need to know something about this virus in order to fight the deadly illness spread by it. In this article, I will be introducing you to the dangerous H1N1 virus, so keep your Masks ready!

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Why Some Parents Hate Vaccination?

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 It was around 11:00 in the morning and I was walking with our team of health workers. The Sun was not kind enough that day and still we had to go to this house which was not accessible by road. I love walking, but not at the middle of the day when the blazing heat becomes unbearable. Sherin, one of our most active Junior Public Health Nurse ( J P H N ) was talking about the grandmother of the 3 children living in the house we were about to visit. According to her, the grandmother was an illiterate and highly religious lady with whom one may find it impossible to win a verbal fighting. I was waiting eagerly to meet the old lady so that I can talk to her and make her understand the importance of Vaccination. After about a 10 minute sweaty walk, when we reached the house, we were greeted by an elderly man who seemed to recognise me as the “Doctor”.  He greeted us into the house and offered us a welcome drink, which I finished off in one long sip. After we were all settled, Sherin told the old man that the purpose of our visit was to vaccinate his young grandchildren. There was a minute of silence in the living room before which the old man cleared his throat and simply said, “we are not interested” !

Sub-Centres of Healthcare

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A small cozy room, furnished only with one table, an old wooden chair, and a fully loaded wooden cabinet. The scenic beauty of rural Indian village surrounding this small room has it’s own tales to tell. That is how the smallest workplace in Indian Healthcare system looks like. If it can be called an office, let us call it a “Sub-Centre”. In this article, we will have a look at the Sub-Centres of India.

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How to Overcome Stage Fright

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I still remember the day when I made my first appearance on stage. it was at the school of course! I had to dictate the “national pledge” during the morning assembly. It was on that day, that I realised my “fear of the stage”. Since that day, I have tried my level best to avoid all kinds of stage appearances. I crawled through the college days without much problem dealing mostly with small symposiums and seminars, without deepening the old stage scars. Little did I know what God had planned for me in my “Doctor” years.

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Everything about Ebola ; Is India Prepared?

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Ebola is a virus which causes the deadly disease named as the Ebola  Virus Disease (EVD). It has rapidly became one of the most dangerous emerging disease in the world. The disease is a type of haemorrhagic illness which is usually fatal if left untreated.

Ebola virus was first detected in the world in 1976 and since then the number of cases and the fatality rate associated with the disease has been on the rise. The most recent of the outbreak occurred in Guinea in 2013 and has spread to many countries including the Middle East. By the end of September 2014, there were around 7192 EVD cases and 3286 deaths. The case fatality rate of the disease has been reported to be near a whopping 90%. This means that in a group of 100 persons suffering from the disease, 90 persons will eventually die.

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Get Free Medicines at Government Hospitals

One of the most appreciated fact about the health care system in our county is that most the essential drugs are given free of cost to the patients. This is true from the lowermost level of the primary health care system. Patients suffering from ‘Non Communicable Diseases’ (NCD) like Hypertension and Diabetes are the ones who are mostly benefitted from this service. As part of the NCD programme, the patients suffering from these chronic diseases are supplied with medicines for one full month when they visit for the check-up. Amazing isn’t it?

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