Mains-47: Social Sector & Services [Health]

Substance Abuse Turns Out To Be A Major Problem In India

The National Crime Record Bureau, under the Ministry of Home Affairs, has published a survey on the extent of substance abuse in India. The data collected shows a total number of 874, 750 and 778 people have died during 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively, the cause of death being drug overdose. What has the survey ..

India Makes Public Health A Priority With “Eat Right India”

The Government of India has launched a massive media campaign to boost the Eat Right India movement. Along with POSHAN Abhiyaan, Anemia Mukt Bharat, Ayushman Bharat Yojana, and Swachh Bharat Mission, the Eat Right India movement forms the crux of the government’s flagship health initiatives. What is “Eat Right India”? The Eat Right India movement ..

India Bans E-cigarettes

India has effectively banned the sale and purchase of e-cigarettes across the nation by passing the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019. What are e-cigarettes? e-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes are battery-operated equipment that is used to administer aerosolized nicotine, which is the addictive component of ..


Is India Overusing Antibiotics?

A study published by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) on Antibiotic prescription rates in India brought some interesting information to light. India is not only the top users of antibiotics but out consumption has gone up massively by 22% in just the 4 years between 2012 and 2016. The highest rate was found ..

Swachh Survekshan: A Hit Or A Miss?

In 2016, in the wake of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, in order to motivate states to maintain a cleaner and more hygienic environment, Swacfh Survekshan was launched. It is the annual nationwide-survey of cleanliness, sanitation, and basic hygiene standards. The first survey in 2016 had only covered 73 cities. However, by 2019, more than 4000 cities ..