Condom continues to be a ‘hush’ word

Misconceptions, embarrassment and a lack of awareness about condoms are leading to a rise in STIs. India has seen a rise in cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) mainly due to continued reluctance in using male condoms and lack of awareness about female condoms, say doctors.  Dr. Nupur, a Gynecologist at IBS Hospital, said, “A […]

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Karnataka, School Health Programs under Ayushman Bharath

Rural Bengaluru ignores health education

There are no healthcare classes and health ambassadors in Bengaluru rural schools. The Ayushman Bharath guidelines for health education are neglected in Bengaluru rural schools. School authorities have not appointed health ambassadors. A Government High School in Chikkabidarakallu said, that they do not take separate healthcare classes as it would compromise their regular class. A […]

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Students’ safety is the priority

More students are attending offline classes after schools and colleges began RT-PCR tests. Parents are willing to send their wards to schools and colleges after administrations  decided to conduct a Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction test (RT-PCR) once a week. A Public Relations Officer (PRO) of a school in Kumbalgodu said, “We are conducting RT-PCR tests […]

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Third gender waits for identity, health care

The third gender category has not been included in hospital forms, forcing them to choose between male and female. Transgender persons struggle with healthcare in government hospitals, as there is no third-gender category on healthcare papers. They cannot avail of any promised benefits. Jagadamba, a 67-year-old transwoman, said, “A lot of things have got better […]

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