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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    India's generic drug paradox

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... Amrit Dhillon Amrit Dhillon welcomes the government's push to lower health care expenses for the poor Finally, a cure for India's generic-drug paradox If you happen to be sick in India, the shock of a bad diagnosis is usually followed by another piece of bad news: the cost of the drugs needed for the treatment. Government hospitals provide free consultations but patients ...

  2. Batsman smashes India's cancer of silence

    Posted Jul 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Amrit Dhillon healthpost@scmp.com It can't be confirmed, but it's almost universally believed in India that the country's most famous politician, Sonia Gandhi, went to the US last year for cancer treatment. She, her family and her ruling Congress Party are silent on the subject. This used to be the typical pattern in India among the rich and famous: after being ...

  3. Rich India needs to lose weight, and find a heart

    Posted Sep 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Amrit Dhillon An unsettling image on India's roads is an obese woman sitting on a cycle rickshaw, while pedalling away in front of her is an ectomorph, all ribs, clavicles and sunken cheeks. It illustrates, vividly, India's notorious extremes. The past fortnight has seen another example of this contrast. The country's main planning body, the Planning Commission, has ...

  4. How attitudes play a role in India's cancer rate

    Posted Jan 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Amrit Dhillon healthpost@scmp.com By the time Archana Lal, a government midwife in Chandigarh, India, consulted a doctor in August, she had been experiencing constant pain and discharge ... that will be studied as part of the largest cancer study ever to be undertaken in India. Nine leading cancer centres in the country will collaborate with Oxford University on the study, called Indox. Previous ...

  5. Ignorance and shame keep India in the dark over its mentally ill

    Posted May 15th 2010, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... Asha's schizophrenia. He rarely leaves his home in Ludhiana, northern India, because his wife, who suffers from arthritis, cannot restrain Asha when she starts hearing voices and becomes violent or, as he puts it, 'turns into a demon'. Only when his son is at home does he venture out to buy groceries and pay the bills. 'I curse being born in India,' he says. ...

  6. Grim discovery reflects plight of India's unwanted girls

    Posted Feb 26th 2007, 12:00am by Mian Ridge

    ... jumped to what, in India, is a tragically obvious conclusion: that the bones belonged to baby girls. 'The question of female foeticide and infanticide is part of our investigation, as is illegal abortions,' said superintendent of police Satish Saxena, hours after the bones were found. Hundreds of thousands of unwanted baby girls are killed in India every year, either before ...

  7. Weekly ketamine air parcels from India uncovered

    Posted Mar 29th 2006, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo Air parcels packed with the party drug ketamine have been mailed to Hong Kong from India once a week for local and mainland dealers, a senior customs officer revealed ... Superintendent Ben Leung Lun-cheung, head of the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau. 'We have increased exchange of intelligence with related authorities in India to stop the trade and find out ...

  8. Slum pigs to blame for India's fatal outbreak of encephalitis

    Posted Sep 07th 2005, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... of income, but also of the killer disease. Japanese encephalitis is caused by a virus that circulates mainly in pigs and is transferred to humans by mosquitoes. It has struck northern India every ... rupees. Keeping pigs is an activity exclusively reserved for the lowest castes because both Hindus and Muslims in India abhor pork. 'It's unofficially taboo for Hindus to eat pork ...

  9. India close to declaring victory in battle against leprosy

    Posted Sep 18th 2004, 12:00am by Mark Williams

    ... to the wrath of God, and has plagued millions of lives. But the pain and disfigurement inflicted by leprosy are in rapid retreat in what many claim to be its birthplace and major stronghold: India ... the World Health Organisation expects India to meet its target for effective elimination- one case per 10,000 of population- by the end of next year. Once such a low infection rate is reached, ...

  10. Workers flee Games site fearing meningitis in 'overcrowded and appalling conditions'

    Posted Mar 15th 2008, 12:00am by Amrit Dhillon

    ... and their colleagues were never told what happened to them. The men did not return. Preparations for the October 2010 Games are far behind schedule. India was hoping to showcase the spruced up capital ...




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