Let Health be the First Wealth, Mrs Nirmala Ma’am
-Dr A. K. Gupta, Sr. Homoeopathic Consultant,Gold Medalist and President- Homoeopathic Medical Association of India (HMAI)
After the scorching heat everyone waits for the Monsoon. The monsoons bring a relief from the scorching heat during the summers but with their respite, they also bring along with them various maladies of it’s own in the form of some ailments and health issues which occur during the monsoon/rainy weather. Every monsoon season, the risk of catching various diseases is extremely high due to unhygienic conditions and not adhering to basic preventive measures. Many of these monsoon diseases remain undiagnosed until they progress to undesirable complications. It includes as like :
1.Common cold and flu:
Common cold is one of the most commonly occurring during the monsoon season. It is highly contagious disease due to the spread of virus in the air which infects the upper respiratory tract and thus affects the nose and the throat.
*Runny or stuffy nose,
*Throat irritation and soreness
Another most common and deadly bacterial disease that spreads during monsoon is “Cholera” This disease is caused by contaminated food and water and also poor hygienic conditions
*Diarrhoea as like Rice water
“Typhoid” is another waterborne bacterial infection caused by bacteria called Salmonella. This disease is caused by contaminated food or drinking food or water contaminated with the faeces / stools of an infected person.
*High grade fever
Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. It is spread by what’s known as the tiger mosquito (Aedes Aegypti), typically bites early in the morning or at dawn. Dengue goes by other names, including “break bone fever.
*Diarrhoea and Vomiting
Sudden weather change often causes viral fever characterized by fatigue, chills, body aches and fever. The illness is contagious and spreads through infection droplets in the air or by coming into physical contact with infected secretions. General duration of a viral fever lasts from 3 to 7 days, with the severity of the fever being the highest in the first three days.
6. Skin complaints:
In rainy weather, there is various numbers of skin complaints appears which caused various symptoms as like :
*Itching with eruptions
Some general overall Preventive health tips during monsoon season:
• Drink only clean water as a preventive measure against water borne diseases like Typhoid, Jaundice, Gastroenteritis and Diarrhoea which are common due to contamination of drinking water source. It is a good idea to drink only boiled water or water cleaned by a purifier.
• Use separate hand towels to avoid the transmission of disease causing bacterial infection.
• Cover mouth and nose with a handkerchief while coughing or sneezing.
• Use mosquito repellents and nets as dengue transmitting mosquitoes usually bite during day time -either early morning or late evening, while those that cause malaria tend to bite at night.
• Keep garments dry to avoid catching fungal skin infections.
• Consume freshly prepared food and avoid eating out as much as possible.
• Avoid visiting crowded places such as theatres or exhibitions.
• Use hand sanitisers regularly.
Role of homoeopathy :
Homoeopathy plays a very effective role in treatment of various ailments which are caused due to monsoon. Homoeopathy can be taken by patients of all age group whether Child , Young or Old age. There are various homoeopathic medicines which are helpful in treatment of monsoon sufferings like :Ars. Alb. Aconite,Aloes, Belladona, Cuprum met., Bryonia, Rhus. Tox., China, Baptisia. ,Dulcamara, Ant. Tart, Carbo Veg.,etc. These are few medicine which helps in treating monsoon ailments. Patients are advised not to take them on their own avoid self medications. Take the appropriate treatment from a qualified Registered Homoeopathic doctor of your area or visit the nearby Homoeopathic Dispensaries run by State and Central Governments.
As Homoeopathic treatment is done on the basis of the signs and symptoms with individuality. Homoeopathic medicine can be used as a Preventive also in the cases of epidemics. Homoeopathic system is based on the basic principle of Similia Similibus Curentur which means let like be treated by the likes. With appropriate Constitutional Homoeopathic treatment the patients get cured of their chronic tendencies of seasonal problems also like Allergy etc. apart from the systemic diseases. The Dos and Don’ts are essential to follow along with Homoeopathic treatment for best of results.
Ayushman Bharat: Making The Dream A Reality
– By R Shankar, President – HEAL Foundation, Former Health Editor – MSN.com and New Indian Express
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been often emphasising in Parliament and elsewhere that Ayushman Bharat is the need of the hour. He has also revealed that, cutting across party lines, MPs have been writing to him seeking help on behalf of the poor for medical treatment. Over 10 lakh people have so far benefitted from Ayushman Bharat.
One major point that he said was that he was willing to look into shortcomings, if any, in Ayushman Bharat, but asked the Opposition not to write off the entire scheme. “The need of the hour is to strengthen Ayushman Bharat. We want our poor to get the best quality and affordable medical treatment,” PM Modi had said.
Yes, the PM is right. Ayushman Bharat is the need of the hour. But the need of the hour for some tweaking of Ayushman Bharat has now come. The Centre and the Health Ministry should redouble its focus on states that have fallen far below in healthcare standards. This should come on the basis of the latest Niti Aayog report.
Based on various health parameters, the report has indicated that there are six states that have lagged behind — UP, Bihar, Odisha, MP, Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan. All these states saw a decline in overall performance scores with the exception of Rajasthan, which improved by 6.3 points. Among the eight empowered action group states, only three — Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh—showed improvement in overall performance during the period.
The Centre must now focus more on these states, especially the chronic ones of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
The recent tragedy in Bihar in which over 150 children below 10 years and belonging to families living below the poverty line died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) should come as an eye-opener against the backdrop of Ayushman Bharat.
The Bihar tragedy could have been prevented through more effort in strengthening public health centres and hospitals in endemic poverty-stricken areas – something that was underscored in Ayushman Bharat..
For example, there are serious questions on the medical infrastructure available in Muzaffarpur where most of the recent deaths of kids took place due to AES. At the government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur, three kids were forced to share a bed; some were made to lie on the floor.
And what made matters worse was the acute shortage of doctors, unavailability of key medicines, and lack of nursing staff and beds. The hospital lacked facilities and funds to tackle the AES crisis.
This is not the first time that children have succumbed to AES. Between 2000 and 2010, over 1,000 children succumbed to the infection in Muzaffarpur district alone. This year too, the deaths have been from the same district.
That begs the question as to why the government did not step in to prevent deaths this year.
The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) announced in the 2018 Union Budget and the Aysuhman Bharat scheme are excellent thought-through plans. NHPS was designed for over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families who constitute the burgeoning base of the pyramid it terms of population. NHPS is part of Universal Health Protection Scheme to keep India’s population healthy by strengthening the Public Healthcare Centres.
A major component of Ayushman Bharat is to reboot the rural health centres towards preventive healthcare. If this had taken place, Bihar tragedy could have been avoided. Over 1.5 lakh PHCs were to be recalibrated as wellness centres to bring healthcare system closer to the homes of people. These centres were to provide comprehensive health care and provide free essential drugs and diagnostic services.
It is only when all these components work in tandem will Ayushman Bharat be truly successful.
In fact, the Niti Aayog report states that the decline in the overall score of five empowered action group states — Bihar, UP, Uttarakhand, MP and Odisha — is attributed to drop of performance in several indicators.
In the case of Bihar, reasons for the deterioration include performance related to quality accreditation of public health facilities and time taken for National Health Mission fund transfer.
Speaking on the dire health situation in Bihar in Parliament on June 26, the Prime Minister had said that the alarmingly high death toll of children due to AES is “unfortunate and a matter of shame for us. We have to take this seriously”.
The PM’s words should be the starting point for either a few changes in Ayushman Bharat or the need to better implementation. India’s vision for health sector for the years ahead is indeed big and ambitious thinking. But implementation is the biggest challenge. Modi government is never short on ideas, but implementation has sometimes been its Achilles Heel.