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Preparedness, surveillance and response

Dengue kills 21 in Indian tourist hotspot, crisis looms

A dengue outbreak has killed at least 21 people in India`s southern state of Kerala in the past three weeks, a government official said, adding that there was a shortage of medicines and health workers to tackle the crisis in the tourist hotspot. The mosquito-borne dengue virus, which causes flu-like symptoms and can develop into the deadly haemorrhagic dengue fever, has infected more than 11,000 people in Kerala since May, forcing the state to buy new hospital beds and cancel medical staff leave

July 18, 2017

40 deaths in Kerala due to H1N1 in 4 months

Forty people have died in Kerala due to H1N1 infections in the last four months, the local health minister told the media, adding since the beginning of January this year, 2,349 people have been screened for H1N1, out of which around 500 were found to be positive and 40 have died

May 22, 2017
Business Standard

Fever grips Kerala – 68 deaths reported – Thiruvananthapuram worst hit with 2,214 dengue cas...

Up to the middle of May this year 68 people in Kerala have died from dengue fever, according to data provided by the state health services. The number of fever cases reported were 9,549, among which were 1,173 from Thiruvananthapuram. A total of 332 dengue fever cases were also reported. Dengue cases from Thiruvananthapuram stood at 171

May 20, 2017
The News Minute, zeenews

Dengue cases on the rise

Kerala – health authorities said that there have been twenty five cases of dengue reported over the last 12 days. So far, to date, there have been 72 dengue cases reported this year. As many as 38 leptospirosis and 77 cases of hepatitis A have been recorded 

May 13, 2017
The Hindu

Kerala: Swine flu claims 23 lives in 2017, 300-400 cases recorded

H1N1 virus has seen a rise in the entire southern Indian region, a health officer for the region said. H1N1 has claimed 23 lives in Kerala so far in 2017, with the state recording higher incidence of the flu than in previous years. A total of 300-400 swine flu cases had been confirmed so far across the state. People suffering from diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular issues, cancer, HIV among others and pregnant women are considered to be the high risk or vulnerable groups, the health officer added

May 1, 2017
DNA India, Manorama Online, PTI News, Times of India
April 30, 2017
The Hindu

Non communicable diseases

Branded mad for life, Kerala's mentally ill are being abandoned at institutions by families

The stigma surrounding mental health still persists in India and it can be seen in examples at mental health care institutions in Kerala, where inmates cannot leave even after their treatments are complete in many instances, because their families are unwilling to accept them back, leading to unwelcome overcrowding in these facilities

May 2, 2017
The News Minute

Health systems

Kerala Generic in pilot mode

To date, 111 molecules have been identified to be procured through leading branded companies and some ninety four of them have been bought Most of the drugs the generic company is planning to support will be for non-communicable diseases, so the biggest advantage will become price reduction For example, insulin which costs Rs145 in the marketplace would cost Kerala Generic Rs70. Six months into the pilot run drugs will be made available to the medical community, very likely through Neethi stores or at Supplyco outlets

May 21, 2017
The Hindu