Good news: Health ministry proposes social support of up to Rs 5 lakh to the dependents of organ donors
Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee
The Union health ministry has proposed providing “social support’’ of up to Rs 5 lakh to the dependants of an organ donor in cases of cadaver organ donation.
The social support will be provided not in the form of cash but by sponsoring medical treatment or education of dependents, said Dr Vasanthi Ramesh, director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO). The proposal under the National Organ Transplant Programme is currently under consideration of the finance ministry, Ramesh said.
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Air pollution cutting life expectancy manifold in India Demand for insulin also set to rise due to this increasing prevalence
New Delhi, 23 November 2018: Air pollution, caused largely by burning fossil fuels, is cutting global life expectancy by an average of 1.8 years per person, making it the world’s top killer, indicates recent research. The tiny particles ingested from polluted air shorten life more than first-hand cigarette smoke, which can reduce it by 1.6 years, and are more dangerous than other public health threats such as war and HIV/AIDS.
Only a handful of India’s 100 most polluted cities have drawn up plans to combat air pollution despite being asked to do so three years ago, a report from the World Health Organization indicated earlier this year.