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Drug Free........ and Healthy India?

OPINIONDrug Free India?.......Prof. T K Thomas 26 Feb, 2019 
Two weeks back, this column carried a piece entitled “Hooch Victims: Not Just Numbers!” about death of over 40 people after drinking illicit liquor. A bigger hooch tragedy last week killed over 150 tea garden workers and over 300 hospitalized for critical care in Assam’s Golaghat. A friend asked why such frequent occurrence of hooch tragedies and deaths of poor and marginalized people and why no action is being taken to prevent such tragedies. Familiar with the problem of addiction in the country, he wondered why the government was more concerned about drug addiction and not on alcohol addiction. It took some time to explain to him how the two problems were being handled by two separate ministries of the government of India-Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for drugs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for alcohol.
Last week on 19th February, the Prime Minister through a video address launched a campaign for …

Youth first to make the universal health coverage a reality....

Prof.T K Thomas
04 Jun, 2019 
“with the growing young population in India, it becomes extremely important to involve youth and understand their needs at the policy level. This can help them to effectively deal with the cross cutting issues like linkages between alcoholism, tobacco use and tuberculosis. The government must make the political decision to put youth first to make the universal health coverage a reality.”The annual World No Tobacco Day was observed on 31st May. The day is observed by the World Health Organization [WHO] and global partners as an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. This year’s focus for the day was, “Tobacco and lung health”. Everyone knows how tobacco affects our lungs. The WHO release says, the campaign will increase awareness on, “the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer, to chronic respiratory diseases…

'Involvement of youth and patient must to make healthcare acceptable & accessible for all ' ...said Suneel Vatsyayan #YoungIndiaNetwork

CHANDIGARH: The Centre for Social Work organised a one-day workshop on 'Social Work Intervention' for non-communicable diseases (NCD) at the department here on Saturday. The workshop was conducted by Suneel Vatsyayan, chairperson , Nada India Foundation, New Delhi and Pallavi, Nada project Director. Speaking on the occasion, Suneel Vatsyayan a practicing social worker and NAPSWI board member said,
 "A #meaningful involvement of #youth and patient is very important for making our #healthcare system acceptable ,accessible and available for all. Their participation at local and policy level is important to make universal health coverage a success.These young social workers were trained to join the young health work  force during these workshops." Pallavi shared the burden of non-communicable diseases in the country and across the world and the
different social work interventions required while working with youngsters.
The workshop was inaugurated by 
Dr Rajesh Kumar Chander…