Hyderabad - In a shocking incident, a woman was forced to deliver on road outside a Public Health Centre in Telangana but the baby died soon afterwards.
The incident occurred at Jawahar Nagar in Shameerpet mandal of Medchal Malkajgiri district near Hyderabad on Monday.
A video made by a passerby showing the woman lying on the road near the PHC went viral on social media.
Congress spokesperson Sravan Dasoju on Tuesday tweeted the video, noting that it demonstrates the TRS government's negligence towards public health.
The woman was reportedly turned away by the PHC staff after giving her some medicines though she had developed labour pain and needed immediate attention. She walked a few metres before collapsing and delivering on the road outside. The baby did not survive.
In a delayed action, authorities shifted her to government-run Gandhi Hospital after the public uproar.
The man in the video can be heard explaining how the apparently well maintained PHC failed to respond to the emergency. The health centre was virtually deserted with an ambulance standing in the premises.
He said he dialed 108 for ambulance to shift the hapless woman to the hospital but there was no response.
Jawahar Nagar Mayor M. Kavya on Tuesday visited the spot and assured that facilities will be improved at the PHC. (IANS)
India's healthcare industry has been growing at a compound annual growth rate of around 22 percent since 2016 and is expected to reach $372 billion in 2022 at this rate, a NITI Aayog report said on Tuesday.
Healthcare has become one of the largest sectors of the Indian economy, in terms of both revenue and employment, said the report released by NITI Aayog's Member, Health, V.K. Paul, CEO Amitabh Kant, and Additional Secretary Rakesh Sarwal.
The report outlines the range of investment opportunities in various segments of India's healthcare sector, including hospitals, medical devices and equipment, health insurance, telemedicine, home healthcare and medical value travel.
"Several factors are driving the growth of the Indian healthcare sector, including an aging population, a growing middle class, the rising proportion of lifestyle diseases, an increased emphasis on public-private partnerships as well as accelerated adoption of digital technologies," Kant wrote in the report's foreword.
"The Covid-19 pandemic has not only presented challenges but also several opportunities for India to grow. All these factors, together make India's healthcare industry ripe for investment."
In the first section, the report provides an overview of India's healthcare sector, including insights about its employment generation potential, the prevailing business and investment climate as well as the overarching policy landscape.
The second section highlights the key drivers of growth for the sector and the third elaborates upon the enabling policies and investment opportunities in seven key segments - hospitals and infrastructure, health insurance, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, medical devices, medical tourism, home healthcare as well as telemedicine and other technology-related health services.
In the hospital segment, the expansion of private players to tier-2 and tier-3 locations, beyond metropolitan cities, offers an attractive investment opportunity, it says.
With respect to pharmaceuticals, the report said, India can boost domestic manufacturing, supported by recent government schemes with performance-linked incentives, as part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
In the medical devices and equipment segment, it said, expansion of diagnostic and pathology centres as well as miniaturised diagnostics have high potential for growth.
Further, medical value travel, especially wellness tourism, has bright prospects, given India's inherent strengths in alternative systems of medicine, said the report.
"Technology advancements such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), wearables and other mobile technologies, along with Internet of Things, also offer numerous avenues for investment." (IANS)
Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) Sparking fresh health concerns, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar, who has been unwell since Sunday, was rushed to the Breach Candy Hospital here after he developed fresh abdominal pains, a top party leader said on Tuesday.
NCP spokesperson and Maharashtra Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik said that Pawar, who was due to be taken to the hospital on Wednesday, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday "since he is experiencing some pain again".
As per the previous plans revealed by Malik on Monday, Pawar, 80, was scheduled to undergo an endoscopy and surgery for gallbladder stones on Wednesday.
Earlier, the octogenarian but agile leader was on blood thinner medication, which has been stopped now due to this issue, said Malik.
Several prominent personalities, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, singer Lata Mangeshkar and others, have enquired after Pawar's health and wished him a speedy recovery.
Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), March 30 (IANS) Former BSP MLA, Virender Singh, passed away on Tuesday afternoon in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly after a prolonged illness.
He is survived by his wife and two sons.
A former MLA from Bithri Chainpur, Virender Singh had been active in the BSP and his health continued to deteriorate after his defeat in the last assembly election. His younger brother's suicide in April 2019 was another major setback for him.
He was first elected on a BSP ticket in 2007 and then again in 2012.
Los Angeles, March 30 (IANS) Actress-filmmaker Amy Schumer has shared that her father is in hospital. The 39-year-old took to Instagram and posted a selfie alongside her father on the hospital bed as she shared the news.
"I have terrible news. My father was in an unfortunate magician sawing accident. He has a good spirit through it all and we're still hoping the magician will turn back up," she captioned the selfie on Tuesday (India time).
Recently the actress got vaccinated for Covid-19.
"I just wanted to maybe entertain some of the workers here and during your 15 minutes, but I'm sorry if you were going to use this time to meditate," she said in a video she posted. In the video, Amy can be seen at the hospital wearing a sparkly mini dress.
She later went on to thank the health workers.
"I want to thank all the brave people in the medical field. But more than them I want to give a shout out to me. I'm awesome. I love the people of New York. Even the annoying ones. It's nice to see all of them. I feel excited and hopeful. I hope you do too," she wrote on Instagram.
Gandhinagar, March 24 (IANS) Despite having one of the best healthcare facilities and infrastructure, the Vijay Rupani-led government has disclosed before the state assembly that more than 18 newborns died everyday within hours of their birth in Gujarat in the past two years.
However, there was not a single death of newborns reported from Devbhumi Dwarka, Botad, Anand, Aravalli and Mahisagar districts in the same period.
Answering a series of written questions put up by Congress legislators, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel who also holds the health portfolio, informed the House that a total of 13,496 newborn babies out of the total 1,06,017 admitted in the Sick Newborn Care Units in government hospitals across the state, died during 2019 and 2020. This meant that on an average over 18 infants died in these units.
The Congress legislators had asked as to how many children were admitted in the Sick Newborn Care Units in these two years, and also how many were from government as well as from private hospitals.
Out of the total newborn admitted in the Sick Newborn Care units, a total of 69,314 were transferred from government hospitals, while 38,561 (36.37 per cent) from private hospitals.
Out of the total newborns admitted in Panchmahal district, almost 79 per cent were shifted from private hospitals. Out of the total 1,892 infants admitted in Panchmahals, 1,493 were admitted from private hospitals, while the rest 399 where from government setups.
In Rajkot, the native place of the Gujarat Chief Minister Rupani, maximum number of deaths of newborns occurred -- around 18 per cent newborns died. Out of the total 10,623 newborns admitted in Rajkot, 1,834 had died.