Godrej Group, VCRC and ICMR organise conclave on malaria elimination

first_img Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Stakeholders from public, private and social enterprises took part in the conclaveGodrej Group in partnership with the Vector Control Research Center (VCRC), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently organised a conclave, ‘Achieving a malaria-free India’, in Mumbai. Stakeholders representing thought leaders from government, academia, private sector and social and non-profit organisations, discussed the need and merits of partnerships and collaborations in achieving a malaria-free India.The key highlight of the conclave was a panel discussion on ‘Partnerships and Collaborations towards achieving malaria-free India’. Discussions on India’s current challenges, lessons from the past, the merits and challenges of partnerships, roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders and concrete next steps to make the vision a reality were discussed.The panel comprised Prof Dr Sabesan, Senior Consultant, VCRC; Dr Anup Anvikar, National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR); Shireen Mistree, India Health Fund, Tata Trusts; Neeraj Jain, Country Director, India, PATH and Vivek Gambhir, MD, Godrej Consumer Products; Indrajit Gupta, Director and Co-founder, Founding Fuel moderated the panel.In his opening remarks, Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group, said, “Our Health Ministry has endorsed the goal of achieving a malaria-free India by 2030. Given the scale of the vision outlined, the importance of partnerships and collaborations is paramount. In line with this, our conclave aimed to create and facilitate impactful conversations on malaria elimination among key thought leaders from the ecosystem.”The Chief Guest of the conclave, Dr Shampa Nag, Project Director, Caritas India, said, “Partnerships and collaborations present continuous opportunities within the ambit of multi-sectoral approach. They act as catalysing factors for bridging the physical and behavioural barriers and enabling the motivators/influencers to expand application of interventions as well as strengthening community systems alongside extending support to improve overall health systems. Leveraging distinctive strengths of stakeholders, the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP), civil society organisations and corporate sector, donor & partner agencies, and others should reaffirm the commitment to advance our common elimination vision.”The conclave saw meaningful deliberations on malaria elimination, including: individual paper presentations by students of VCRC on different aspects of vector borne diseases; a presentation on Godrej Consumer Products’ pilot project EMBED by Dr Vikas Goswami, Head Sustainability, Good & Green, Godrej Industries and Associate Companies and Dr Bitra George, Country Head, India, FHI 360. Prof Dr S Sabesan unveiled a research paper on ‘Public Private Partnership (PPP) towards malaria elimination in India’. By salil sule on August 8, 2017 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19”center_img MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Godrej Group, VCRC and ICMR organise conclave on malaria elimination Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Reliance Hospital opens in Navi Mumbai

first_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article Share News Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app By Sanjiv Das on July 9, 2018 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”center_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Devendra Fadnavis, CM, Maharashtra and Tina Ambani, Chairperson, Reliance Hospital, inaugurate the 225-bedded super speciality hospitalRecently, a new super speciality hospital by Reliance was inaugurated by Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra at Koperkhairne in Navi Mumbai. Also, present on the occasion were Tina Ambani, Chairperson, Reliance Hospital, Navi Mumbai and Anil Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Group.The 225-bed hospital, spread across 2.5 lakh square feet, seeks to provide affordable and world-class healthcare facilities and services to people.Fadnavis, praising the chairperson for the initiative, said, “The hospital has been dedicated not only for the people of Maharashtra but for India. He also mentioned about Reliance’s initiative for 19 oncology centres across the state of which three centres are likely to open in Solapur, Akola and Gondia in Maharashtra. These centres will help the common man get high-class, affordable and accessible treatment in rural areas also.” He also praised Narendra Modi’s Ayushman Bharat’s medical scheme.According to Tina Ambani, “Reliance Hospital is a natural progression in a transformative journey to bridge the gaps in India’s healthcare fabric, a journey that began with the opening of Kokilaben Hospital. In the firm belief that world-class medical care should be the prerogative of all Indians, not the privilege of a few, Reliance Hospital endeavours to become a bastion of health and hope for the people of Navi Mumbai and surrounding areas. With the finest medical talent and technology working in concert across departments and specialities, we seek to expand our embrace of care and compassion, to reach out, touch and save more lives. Indeed, we see healthcare as an expression of humanity—for us, every life matters.”[email protected] Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Reliance Hospital opens in Navi Mumbai Related Posts WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionalslast_img read more

Health Ministry organises workshop on health and nutrition initiatives

first_img By EH News Bureau on October 23, 2018 In order to address the disparities, which are largely located in pockets within states, the government has identified 117 Aspirational DistrictsThe Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in collaboration with Ministry of Women and Child Development, organised a one-day National Workshop for Orientation of District Officials of Aspirational Districts on Health and Nutrition recently.The workshop was inaugurated by Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Anupriya Patel, Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare. At the function, the State Health Ministers unveiled the Operational Guidelines on Aspirational Districts for Health and Nutrition and launched the e-Mitra mobile application.Speaking at the event, Choubey stated that most of the developmental gains for the country will come from aspirational districts. Therefore, to achieve equity and accelerated improvements in human development indicators, the government has focused its energy on these districts, he said.Dr Vinod Paul, Member, NITI Ayog, Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development and Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW) were also present at the inaugural function.In his address, Choubey further stated that this is a first of its kind initiative by identifying 117 districts under the ‘Aspirational Districts’ programme with an aim to quickly and effectively transform them. He added that India has made great progress in the context of health indicators and have practically achieved MDG targets.“The decline in Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) has been the highest since the last several decades which has declined by 37 points from 167/ lakh live births in 2011-13 to 130/ lakh live births in 2014-16 within a span of just three years. This accounts for an impressive 22 per cent reduction in MMR since 2013,” he said.Addressing the participants, Patel said that the government is committed to achieving the goals of the National Health Policy 2017, and of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, “We have achieved impressive results in terms of accessibility and quality of services which resulted in reduced deaths of mothers, newborns and children, and improved health outcomes overall,” she said.Patel further said that in order to address the disparities, which are largely located in pockets within states, the government has identified 117 Aspirational Districts. “It is expected that sustained and intensive efforts in programme implementation, monitoring and support will improve health and nutrition indicators and ensure that all people have equal access to high quality health care,” she elaborated.The Prime Minister of India has coined the nomenclature of Aspirational Districts, thereby affirming a commitment to improvement in key indicators of these districts, so as to achieve the vision of a New India by 2022, she said.The operational guidelines on Aspirational Districts will provide a framework for implementing action to be undertaken for various health initiatives to guide the state, district, block programme officers and other stakeholders in organizing various activities expected to meet the vision for health by leveraging health and nutrition initiatives to bring transformation in the lives of people and meet their aspirations to be healthy.The e-Mitra (Mobile Integrated Toolkit RMNCH+A ) app has been designed to complement the Aspirational District Programme and offers a one stop solution to access RMNCH+A related statistics from different sources through a combination of approaches.The workshop was attended by the senior officers from the Ministry of Health, MoWCD and NHSRC along with the representatives from 28 States, 117 Aspirational District Official and development partners like WHO, UNICEF, USAID, BMGF, TATA Trust and UNFPA etc., and civil society organisations. Read Article Related Posts Health Ministry organises workshop on health and nutrition initiatives Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Sharecenter_img Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story News WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

SPARSH Hospital introduces extended OPD services

first_img Add Comment Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on July 19, 2019 Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Comments (0) KarnatakaOut Patient DepartmentSPARSH Hospital SPARSH Hospital introduces extended OPD services Related Posts News The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story The OPD will now be available from 8 AM to 8 PM everydaySPARSH Hospital, a leading multi-speciality hospital group in Karnataka, announced the extension of its Out Patient Department (OPD) services. The OPD will now be available from 8 AM to 8 PM everyday.SPARSH believes in holistic healthcare approach and understand that people tend to ignore their health and put away consultations with doctors due to lack of time during weekdays. The longer OPD schedule will help people consult doctors at their convenience without compromising on their work schedule.Currently, SPARSH Hospital has initiated extended OPD Consultation timings across all of its Units in Bengaluru.SPARSH aims for a faster consultation-examination-treatment cycle for the patients, through its patient-friendly service delivery as compared to the long-established approach to the medicine. MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Swades Foundation joins fight against COVID-19

first_img The organisation is directly working with Government of Maharashtra by assisting local authorities in three districts including Raigad, Nashik and MumbaiSwades Foundation joins the fight against COVID-19 and extends its support to migrant workers, Adivasi communities and medical personnel who are on the frontline battling the rising cases of Corona virus. Due to lack of opportunities, Adivasi community survival depends largely on the wages they receive working as labourers. The onset of this pandemic has forced the community out of work and the Foundation is working tirelessly to provide meals and consumables to the community while also backing the authorities in healthcare supplies and medical equipment’s. The organisation is directly working with the Government of Maharashtra by assisting local authorities in three districts including Raigad, Nashik and Mumbai. Swades Foundation is directly associated with the District Collector’s office in Raigad and Nashik and the BMC in Mumbai.Swades Foundation is actively involved in the relief work amid this pandemic and is providing meals to the impacted migrant workers, daily wagers and underprivileged across Mumbai. The foundation will also help the medical fraternity who is fronting all odds in their endeavour to tackle patients who are suffering from the virus. Village Development Committees (VDCs) created by Swades Foundation in Raigad with the motive of sustainability in the village, is now reaching out to villagers to ensure basic necessities are being met in this time of crisis. With the support of donor partners, the Foundation aims to provide ‘grocery and daily essential kits’ to the daily wage earners and Adivasi communities across Raigad district. These kits contain cooking items, groceries, pulses vegetables and toiletries, etc.Zarina Screwvala, Founder and MD, Swades Foundation said, “In these unprecedented times, we salute those who have worked tirelessly to safeguard the country.  We have directly started to mobilise food and basic essentials for Adivasi communities in Maharashtra who have lost their means of livelihood, and with our implementing partner Project Mumbai we are providing daily meals to our doctors and police in Mumbai. We pledge our support to the Government of India to help combat the existing pandemic. We are deeply grateful for the generous support of our partners and donors like Standard Chartered Bank, Sony Pictures Networks India, Motilal Oswal Financial Service and DB Xento Systems to name a few.”With the help from Standard Chartered Bank, the foundation will be able to reach out to the homeless and migrant worker population to supply more than 3,00,000 free meals including lunch and dinner across Mumbai. Swades Foundation and its partners including citizen volunteers are making sure that meals reach as many homeless as possible. Logistics are being managed by using kitchens from different locations and engaging with food delivery services.Support from Sony Pictures Networks India, is helping the Foundation to provide medical aid in the form of consumables, equipment, medical gear etc. to further meet the requirements of hospitals and healthcare workers. Swades Foundation is also backed by other donors such as Motilal Oswal Financial Service and DB Xento Systems.The Foundation along with its partners, hopes to continue catering meal services and extend help to healthcare workers till the crisis seems to recede. Swades Foundation urges CSR and individual donors to come together to support in this difficult time. Related Posts Add Comment Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Adivasi communitiesCOVID-19CSRGovernment of MaharashtraMumbaiNashikRaigadSwades Foundation Swades Foundation joins fight against COVID-19 News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on April 17, 2020 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Read Articlelast_img read more

Dr Harsh Vardhan participates in 73rd World Health Assembly through video conferencing

first_img By Press Information Bureau on May 19, 2020 Share News Public Health Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Dr Harsh Vardhan participates in 73rd World Health Assembly through video conferencing Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” COVID-19Dr Harsh VardhanDr TedrosKeva Bain Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article Add Comment Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Comments (0) Highlights the timely, graded and proactive measures taken by India towards COVID-19 managementDr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare participated in the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) through video conferencing, in New Delhi. While giving a speech to Keva Bain, President,  World Health Assembly and Dr Tedros, Director General, WHO & Excellencies, Dr Vardhan said, “At the very outset, I wish to express my deepest condolences at the loss of lives across the world due to COVID-19. I also take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for the efforts of those who are in the frontline of this battle. We, in India, undertook the COVID-19 challenge with the highest level of political commitment. Our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, personally monitored the situation and ensured a pre-emptive, proactive and graded response, leaving no stones unturned to contain the deadly virus from spreading.”Dr Vardhan mentioned, “India  took all necessary steps well in time, including surveillance at points of entry, evacuation of nationals stranded overseas, massive community surveillance through robust disease surveillance network, strengthening of health infrastructure, capacity building of over two million frontline human resources, risk communication and community involvement. I think we did our best and we did well. We are learning and we are confident of doing better in the months to come.”According to him, today there are compelling circumstances that have forced us all to meet virtually. The 73rd WHA is the first ever virtual health assembly, it is unprecedented, but it’s also perhaps the most important one ever; because as we sit and discuss here, the pandemic continues to kill thousands of people and also causing a deep global recession. This is the time when humankind must come together. Today, I urge upon all governments, industry and philanthropy to prioritise the long term and pool their resources, to ensure everyone benefits. On our part, India is playing a key role in fostering bilateral and regional partnerships. Under our Prime Minister’s able leadership, India has supplied essential medicines to 123 nations as an expression of solidarity.”He said, “Therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines for the whole world is the only way out of this pandemic. Global collaboration is paramount. Governments, industry and philanthropy must pool resources to pay for the risk, the research, manufacturing and distribution, but with the condition that the rewards should be available to everyone, regardless of where they have been developed.”Dr Vardhan mentioned, “Today, in the two-day deliberations, we should share our learnings from how each one of us has tackled this catastrophe since January, how we can support the financial or technical gaps that some of our member states may have and agree to continue R&D in an aggressive and collaborative way.”“In  congratulating all those who are striving to save humanity, we welcome efforts to make all international institutions more reflective of 21st century realities. India will always stand with such efforts to foster meaningful and broad-based change,” he said.In the end he said, “I  close my speech today with a loud applause for all those across the world who are in the forefront of this battle against a deadly virus. I stand here to honour the doctors, the nurses, the paramedics, the scientists, the journalists, the delivery boys, security staff, sanitation staff and the police personnel – the forgotten roles who are today playing ‘super humans’. They are our real heroes. Many thanks for the opportunity to speak before this august gathering.”last_img read more

COVID vaccines create nine new billionaires

first_img Comments (0) WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Read Article Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services COVID-19 vaccine billionairesCOVID-19 vaccinesG20 countriesGlobal Health Summitpharma companies Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The nine new billionaires have a combined net wealth of $19.3 billion, enough to fully vaccinate all people in low-income countries 1.3 timesAt least nine people have become new billionaires since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, thanks to the excessive profits pharmaceutical corporations with monopolies on COVID vaccines are making, The People’s Vaccine Alliance revealed today ahead of a G20 leaders Global Health Summit.Key members of the G20, who meet tomorrow, including the UK and Germany, are blocking moves to boost supply by ending companies’ monopoly control of vaccine production as COVID-19 continues to devastate lives in countries like India and Nepal where only a tiny fraction of the population has been vaccinated.Between them, the nine new billionaires have a combined net wealth of $19.3 billion, enough to fully vaccinate all people in low-income countries 1.3 times. Meanwhile, these countries have received only 0.2 per cent of the global supply of vaccines because of the massive shortfall in available doses, despite being home to 10 per cent of the world’s population.In addition, eight existing billionaires – who have extensive portfolios in the COVID-19 vaccine pharma corporations – have seen their combined wealth increase by $32.2 billion, enough to fully vaccinate everyone in India.Campaigners from the People’s Vaccine Alliance – whose members include Global Justice Now, Oxfam and the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), have analysed Forbes Rich List data to highlight the massive wealth being generated for a handful of people from vaccines which were largely public funded.Anna Marriott, Health Policy Manager, Oxfam, said, “What a testament to our collective failure to control this cruel disease that we quickly create new vaccine billionaires but totally fail to vaccinate the billions who desperately need to feel safe.“These billionaires are the human face of the huge profits many pharmaceutical corporations are making from the monopoly they hold on these vaccines. These vaccines were funded by public money and should be first and foremost a global public good, not a private profit opportunity. We need to urgently end these monopolies so that we can scale up vaccine production, drive down prices and vaccinate the world.”Vaccine billionaires are being created as stocks in pharmaceutical firms rise rapidly in expectation of huge profits from the COVID-19 vaccines over which these firms have monopoly control. The alliance warned that these monopolies allow pharmaceutical corporations total control over the supply and price of vaccines, pushing up their profits while making it harder for poor countries, in particular, to secure the stocks they need.Earlier this month, the US-backed proposals by South Africa and India at the World Trade Organization to temporarily break up these monopolies and lift the patents on COVID-19 vaccines. This move has the support of over 100 developing countries, and, in recent days, countries like Spain have also declared their support, as has the Pope and over 100 world leaders and nobel laureates.Despite this, other rich nations, including the UK and Germany, are still blocking the proposal, putting the interest of pharmaceutical companies over what’s best for the world. Italy, which is hosting the G20 Global Health Summit tomorrow, is continuing to sit on the fence on the issue, as are Canada and France.Heidi Chow, Senior Policy and Campaigns Manager, Global Justice Now, said, “As thousands of people die each day in India, it is utterly repugnant that the UK, Germany and others want to put the interests of the billionaire owners of big pharma ahead of the desperate needs of millions.“The highly-effective vaccines we have, thanks to massive amounts of taxpayers’ money so it can’t be fair that private individuals are cashing in while hundreds of millions face second and third waves completely unprotected. It is a sad indictment of the loyalties of some current governments that a handful of people working for pharmaceutical companies have been allowed to become billionaires off the back of publicly-funded efforts to end the pandemic.”Topping the list of new billionaires who have cashed in on the success of COVID vaccines are the CEOs of Moderna and BioNTech, each with a wealth over $4 billion or more. The list also includes two of Moderna’s founding investors and the company’s chair as well as the CEO of a company with a deal to manufacture and package the Moderna vaccine. This is despite the fact that the vast majority of funding for the Moderna vaccine was paid for by taxpayers. The final three new vaccine billionaires are all co-founders of the Chinese vaccine company CanSino Biologics.Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS, said, “While the companies making massive profits from COVID vaccines are refusing to share their science and technology with others in order to increase the global vaccine supply, the world continues to face the very real risk of mutations that could render the vaccines we have ineffective and put everyone at risk all over again.“The pandemic has come at a terrible human cost, so it is obscene that profits continue to come before saving lives.” Share The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on May 20, 2021 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” COVID-19 Updates News COVID vaccines create nine new billionaires Add Commentlast_img read more

PETCOM resumes supply of fuel to fisher folks following three week disruption

first_imgRelatedPETCOM resumes supply of fuel to fisher folks following three week disruption RelatedPETCOM resumes supply of fuel to fisher folks following three week disruption Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Over the last three weeks, there has been disruption in the supply of government subsidized blended fuel to the fisheries sector. This is as a result of the unavailability of supply from the marketing company, PETCOM. Orders for fuel were made in early November, but to date a number of fishing communities remains without the commodity.Since August 2002, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has had a supply agreement with PETCOM to provide fuel to the industry. The agreement states in part that “PETCOM shall on receipt of an order from the MOA for the supply of the product, use its best endeavors to promptly supply MOA, with the product after 24 hours of receipt of order.where PETCOM fails to deliver in 72 hours after receipt of the order, may with prior consent of PETCOM procure the product from a third party.”Unfortunately, PETCOM did not honour its contractual obligation, resulting in the operations of a number of fisher folks being disrupted, negatively affecting their livelihoods. This is the third such recurrence since the start of the year and we are concerned about this development, as this is the only source for subsidized blended fuel for fisher folks. We consider the fishing sector important, as it employs more than 60-thousand people directly and indirectly. In 2009, total fish production amounted to just over 18-thousand metric tons contributing to the economy US $60M.The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries wishes to advise, that this unfortunate disruption relates to the inability of PETCOM to provide the outboard lubricant required to blend the fuel.In the meanwhile.the Ministry can confirm that supply has resumed and it will be redoubling its efforts through intense discussions with PETCOM to ensure that this lapse does not recur.center_img RelatedPETCOM resumes supply of fuel to fisher folks following three week disruption PETCOM resumes supply of fuel to fisher folks following three week disruption TechnologyNovember 25, 2010last_img read more

Significantly Less Jamaicans Cite Cost as Inhibiting Access to Health Care Since Abolition of User Fees Policy

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer says after three years of the abolition of user fees policy, significant reductions have been seen in the percentage of Jamaicans who are now citing cost as a reason for not seeking health care. “One cannot view the benefit of the policy purely through the lens of the health sector. Despite the fact that data collection for the 2008 survey was done July 2008 to February 2009 – shortly after the introduction of the policy when the gains were not yet fully evident, the Survey of Living Conditions gave some promising indications in terms of the reduction in the cost of health care to Jamaicans,” Minister Spencer said. The Survey indicates that there was a significant decline in the number of persons who cited cost as an inhibiting factor in seeking health care. In 2007, 33.9% of persons who reported illness said they could not afford to seek care, by 2008 the number dropped to 21.9% and a further reduction was recorded in 2009 to 19.4%. In addition, in 2009, 0% of persons in the working class group reported that they could not afford health care compared to 25% in 2008.  For the Kingston metropolitan area, 6.9% of persons said they could not afford care in 2009 compared to 22.4% in 2008.  For other towns, by 2009, 0% reported that they could not afford care, while 9.4% gave that indication in 2008. For the three years prior to the abolition of user fees, hospital visits numbered 3,434,105, health centre visits amounted to 4,527,299, pharmacy items prescribed stood at 5,964,871 and pharmacy items dispensed was  4,664,632. An increase in utilization was seen in all areas for the three years since implementation of the policy on April 1, 2008. Hospital visits amounted to 3,554,740, health centre visits totaled 5,094,385, there were 9,238,435 pharmacy items prescribed and 7,175,352 pharmacy items dispensed. Minister Spencer says this shows that the policy has increased accessed to health services to many Jamaicans who would not have been able to afford it.  It has also leveled the playing field as far as health in the public sector is concerned for the haves and haves not and hastened the repositioning of  Primary Health Care as the foundation of any good and sustainable health system. “These are significant developments which indicate that despite the challenges that we have faced in implementation over the last three years, no one can deny the enormous benefits to the people of Jamaica,” Minister Spencer said. The government has also saved the people of Jamaica disposable income in the region of $5.7 Billion over the period from fees foregone. RelatedSignificantly Less Jamaicans Cite Cost as Inhibiting Access to Health Care Since Abolition of User Fees Policy Issued by: The Ministry of Health RelatedSignificantly Less Jamaicans Cite Cost as Inhibiting Access to Health Care Since Abolition of User Fees Policy Significantly Less Jamaicans Cite Cost as Inhibiting Access to Health Care Since Abolition of User Fees Policy Health & WellnessApril 2, 2011 RelatedSignificantly Less Jamaicans Cite Cost as Inhibiting Access to Health Care Since Abolition of User Fees Policy Advertisementslast_img read more

Trelawny Health Department increases vigilance

first_imgTrelawny Health Department increases vigilance Health & WellnessJune 11, 2011 RelatedTrelawny Health Department increases vigilance RelatedTrelawny Health Department increases vigilance Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MONTEGO BAY — The Trelawny Health Department says it has stepped up its monitoring systems throughout the parish, especially at the ports. Chief Public Health Inspector, Elsa Somerville, in her report at the monthly meeting of the Trelawny Parish Council in Falmouth on June 10, said it is this increased vigilance that led to the recent capture of four stowaways in the small fishing village of Rio Bueno. The men, who were discovered by a public health inspector, had hidden aboard a cargo ship from the Dominican Republic, which had docked at the Tankweld Port. Ms. Somerville informed that the men were taken to the Falmouth Hospital for medical examination and then taken into custody by the police. She said that on being medically examined they were found to be healthy, but noted that the situation “could have easily been otherwise”. The Chief Public Health Inspector reported that during the month of May, some 15 sea vessels docked in the parish, 13 of which were cruise ships and two cargo ships.  She said that approximately 54,530 persons were aboard these vessels, with 36,696 passengers and 17,834 crew members.   She said that all health protocols were observed with regard to the vessels. She informed that as part of her department’s vector control programme, ovitraps to monitor breeding of the aedes aegepti mosquito are being placed at the sea ports. The report for 24 such traps set during the month of May is still pending, while the analysis of the report for some 22  traps set in April, were all negativefor the aedes aegepti larvae. Additionally, approximately 229 inspections of food establishments were carried out throughout the parish during the month of April, while 322 such inspections were done in May. RelatedTrelawny Health Department increases vigilance By BRYAN MILLER, JIS Reporterlast_img read more