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3rd May, 2017
May Measurement Month

As you are well aware, hypertension has been long recognized as one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and premature deaths worldwide. It is estimated to cause 9.4 million deaths and 7.0% of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs).
 
In India, it exerts substantial public health burden on cardiovascular health status and the health care system. It is estimated to account for 10.8% of all the deaths and 4.6% of DALYs in the country.
 
Indian Medical Association is collaborating with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), who in turn, is collaborating with Centre for Chronic Disease Control - WHO Collaborating Centre and Public Health Foundation of India to observe May 2017 as "May Measurement Month", which is a joint initiative between the International Society of Hypertension and World Hypertension league.
 
As a part of this international project, it has been decided to monitor the blood pressure of over 25 million people around the globe with India getting a target of 2.5 million in this month.
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Leprosy still a cause for concern
 Cases show a 138% increase in Dadra and Nagar Haveli

New Delhi, 02 May 2017: India was declared leprosy free in the year 2005, as per statistics, when new cases fell to less than 1 per 10,000. Despite this, the country still accounts for the largest number of people affected with leprosy in the world (58%), with a registered prevalence of 86,319 and 1, 25,785 new detected cases. According to government figures, the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has shown a leprosy prevalence of 6.2 cases per 10,000 population in 2016/17, which is a dramatic increase from 1.88 cases per 10,000 population noted in 2007/08. 
 
As per a report submitted to ICMR recently by a team of researchers, poor ventilation, the large tribal population in the Union Territory, and the thick forest cover and hilly terrain are the possible factors causing a rise in the number of leprosy cases.
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