A government doctor who believes that everybody has a potential to contribute for the betterment of society, if he thinks to do so. Everybody is an innovator but need sharing for the benefit of larger humanity. And we may succeed to help the poor with our innovations... any ideas....
On this world rabies day we went to actual waste disposal spot to give pre exposure rabies vaccination the 57 rag pickers that included women and children. Some of them were bitten by dogs many times but could not get vaccination due to high costs involved.
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Dear Friends, many drugs in india are being sold without any trials and many drugs that are banned in western countries are being allowed in india. earlier the director health used to be state drug controller but the new drug act in place he has been replaced by a drug controller who is seniormost with b pharma qualification. the tribune has raised a serious issue of qualification of drug controller of india and state drug controllers as they need to be public health professionals with pharma background who know the importance of clinical trials and ethical issues involved in them. may be we need a pil in this regard.
In the US, Chief of FDA, the drug regulator, is a top public health professional who was, in 1997, called in by the then US President to serve as Assistant Secretary in the US Department of Health. The present incumbent is an experienced medical doctor and scientist. But in India, the Drug Controller General’s minimum prescribed qualification is B Pharma. “We fail to understand how a B Pharma is being equated to an MD in Pharmacology or Microbiology. Considering pharma industry is growing at an annual rate of 10 per cent, qualifications of DCGI need urgent revision to bring in people who have clinical or research experience on drugs that super-specialists can prescribe,” the panel said. The DCGI is, on an average, granting one drug approval a month.
In India a quota is allotted to each state for selecting the poor, so poor in Punjab may be rich in Jharkhand and poor in Delhi. So state-wise poor count looks more into states than as a country.
Though SC has given a judgement that BPL card is valid all over the country but there is no mechanism to ensure its implementation. The census of poor is done every 6 months by the panchayat and if a poor manages to have some job in a city, his name is out of the poverty register untill he again falls in the trap of poverty.
Therefore to be poor is a sad story but to get it certified in the form of a BPL Card further makes is worst.
The poor people of Orrisha does not have money to purchase ration even at subsidized rates, but nobody have though how to overcome this problem.
here are some of the links to India's story of poors !
The Karnataka government is either in denial mode or underplaying the existence of the inhuman practice of men and women being employed to carry night soil, because the Census data has a different story to tell.
It revealed that 0.1 per cent of all households — which translated to over 13,000 of 1.3 crore households — still had night soil removed by people. In addition, as many as 0.2 per cent (or 26,000) households had ‘night soil removed by animals', which also clearly indicated that it involved human labour.
The national figures on the practice of people carrying night soil was dismal, with 0.3 per cent of households still employing humans to do the task. Jammu and Kashmir (8.9 per cent), Manipur (2 per cent), and Uttar Pradesh (1 per cent) had the worst record on this count.
The figures for Karnataka gained significance in the light of a Public Interest Litigation petition in the High Court, which sought a ban on manual disposal of night soil.
The Savanur incident
The issue of manual scavenging and the plight of those traditionally involved in the work had come into sharp focus in 2010 when members of the Bhangi community at Savanur in Haveri district poured human excreta on themselves in protest against the attempt of the town municipal council to evict them from their homes.
The petitioner in the PIL, senior counsel R.N. Narasimhamurthy, had argued that the practice of workers carrying human excreta was “a national shame” and said that the State had failed to curb the system even after six decades of the country's Independence.
The practice of carrying night soil violates Articles 38, 42 and 46 of the Indian Constitution and is explicitly banned under the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993.
High Court orders
In connection with yet another Public Interest Litigation, filed by the People's Union of Civil Liberties on manual scavenging, the High Court had, in January, expressed displeasure over the lack of measures taken to mechanise the entire process of cleaning of sewerage in the State, in spite of orders passed by it earlier.
After they slowed down the process to pass on the low cost benefit of antirabies vaccination, they are now trying to sell costly inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) and slow down the introduction of low cost intradermal IPV, to benefit multinationals.
Moreover when pressure is rising to introduce low cost IPV, they are trying to chip in many needle free devices to help some other multinationals to make programme costs further high and poor countries having to pay more.
Below are some studies, just copy paste the link for more understanding,
The immunity using needle free jet devices is not optimum as is evident in the study in Cuba, the link,
But IPV given with needle and syringe is equally effective as is evident in a study in Philippines, the link,
........................In the Indian context, defining poverty as 'people earning less than half a dollar per day' only shows that we are currently reducing poverty by reducing the poverty line, and this in a situation where inflation is steadily rising. Reducing poverty by juggling statistics is mere politics and not a serious attempt to deal with poverty. India’s Human Development Index is still slightly better than Bangladesh's HDI, but as Dreze and Sen mentioned in a piece in Outlook last week, Bangladesh has overtaken India in terms of a range of basic social indicators by now, in spite of a much lower per capita income.
The HDI in India has risen only slightly over the past few decades, in spite of the economic boom. A widening gap between the rich and the poor and massive corruption are some of the reasons for this slow progress.............