Health in the time of Hartal Mar14

Health in the time of Hartal

It is that time of the month in Kerala again……….the good old hartal. A political party calls for one, calculated to disrupt life and activity in the worst way possible. The populace or at least the majority gear up for the holiday with a calm acceptance and in some cases anticipation. The small business, unsuspecting visitors to the state and events scheduled for the day take a beating. Beverages, legal and otherwise, show brisk sales. All in a day’s play for us in Kerala. Healthcare, of course has to run a different course. That is expected to function as if there is no disruption. It can’t shut shop and sit at home. Asthma, appendicitis,...

Drug Pusher or Heale...

Few years, after the inspiring  Alma Ata Declaration that proposed the goal  of Health for All by 2000AD, the Indian  Council of Social  Sciences Research and  the Indian Council of Medical Research  set up a  joint study group to review  the health care  systems  in the country and recommend...

ARE YOU A ‘TAP TURNER OFF’ ?

Forty year ago, as a young postgraduate student of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1973, I listened to a guest lecture on ‘ The future directions in Research’. The speaker, Prof. Denis Burkitt  (of Burkitt Lymphoma fame) had just become head of the Medical Research Council in UK, after some path breaking research on ‘Fibre in the diet’. The core of his lecture was an important question he posed to all us youngsters, as we began our new vocations.  Are you a Floor Mopper or a Tap turner off – he asked. I was 25 and a young graduate from St. John’s Medical College, challenged to a new vocation in...