Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
27th August 2019

A 'Harm Reduction' Approach to Bolster Public Health in India

Dr KK Aggarwal, Dr. Anoop Misra

Reproduced from: http://bwhealthcareworld.businessworld.in/article/A-Harm-Reduction-Approach-to-Bolster-Public-Health-in-India/22-08-2019-175123/, published 22 August, 2019

Serving the world's second-largest population, the Indian healthcare system has faced a myriad of challenges. Over the years, the development of the healthcare sector has become a political commitment. Since the launch of Ayushman Bharat, the world's largest healthcare scheme, in 2018, over 12 lakh people have been treated and 14,856 hospitals have been empanelled. The Government-initiated National Health Protection Mission aims to provide health protection to 10.74 crores poor, deprived rural families and certain occupational categories of urban workers' families. Further, the Union Government has also increased the allocation for the healthcare scheme to Rs 6,400 crore for 2019-2020. By 2025, the Government is also planning to increase public health spending to 2.5% of India's Gross Domestic Product by 2025. But this raises a number of questions: Is this adequate? Do we have a better healthcare environment? And, are we moving in the right direction?

There is a substantial scope to enhance the healthcare system exponentially across the country. Our ultimate goal needs to be developing a well-functioning healthcare system for 1.3 billion people (and increasing) in India. In order to create a strong backbone for a better healthcare industry, the Government, civil society and doctors along with public health specialists ought to have a comprehensive strategy to address the challenges of public health. ...read more

Mera Bharat Mahan 12: What happens to life after death?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

We lost Atal Ji, Madan Ji, Sheila Ji, Sushma Ji, Arun Ji within a short span of time. And, many have been questioning as to what happens after death.

There is a Vedic story that once a Sant stating celebrating his son's death with a flute. When asked, he explained to his wife that I am celebrating the next birth of my son.

Bhagavad Gita also says the soul does not die. It only changes the body like we change clothes and takes a rebirth.

Modern medicine does not discuss these issues as a science but when we face any death, we do ask ourselves such questions....read more

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