NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has seen a sharp rise in the number of swine flu deaths and reported cases this year, prompting officials to investigate the cause and step up efforts to combat the virus.
The H1N1 virus caused 485 deaths in India between Jan. 1 and Feb. 12, additional health secretary Arun Kumar Panda told reporters on Friday.
India will struggle to become a global superpower without an efficient healthcare system, and would need 10 to 15 years to cover everyone under its ambitious universal health coverage programme, KPMG’s global health chief said.
Under the National Health Assurance Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government would provide all citizens with free drugs and diagnostic treatment, as well as insurance cover to treat serious ailments.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Two state-of-the-art public hospitals in New Delhi are barely operational years after they officially opened – not for lack of funding but because officials did not spend the millions of dollars allocated to treat heart and kidney patients.
The empty hospitals in the heart of the Indian capital are emblematic of the paralysis gripping a public health system that is responsible for some of the world’s worst health indicators. Many of the country’s 1.2 billion people have a choice between expensive private care, or no care at all.
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Two state-of-the-art public
hospitals in New Delhi are barely operational years after they
officially opened – not for lack of funding but because
officials did not spend the millions of dollars allocated to
treat heart and kidney patients.
The empty hospitals in the heart of the Indian capital are
emblematic of the paralysis gripping a public health system
that is responsible for some of the world’s worst health
indicators. Many of the country’s 1.2 billion people have a
choice between expensive private care, or no care at all.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – New Delhi’s transport department has written to U.S. taxi hailing company Uber Technologies Inc detailing problems with its application for a licence in the city, further complicating the firm’s ability to operate in India’s capital.
While the letter, or “deficiency memo”, is not a rejection of Uber’s application, the company will have to resubmit a portion of it to be granted a licence, a government official said.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Uber, the U.S.-based online taxi-hailing company, will not take any commission from its drivers in New Delhi until uncertainty over how it can operate in the country’s capital city is cleared up, it said on Tuesday.
India banned Uber in the city following rape allegations against one of its drivers. But the company restarted services there last week and applied for a radio taxi license. A transport official said on Friday that Uber remained blacklisted.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. taxi-hailing app maker Uber Technologies Inc has restarted services in India’s capital, after its three apps were banned following allegations of rape by one of its drivers.
Uber’s apps were working in New Delhi on Friday after the company agreed to apply for a radio taxi licence, a spokesman said. The company previously said the licence did not apply to a technology company that connects passengers with drivers.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s capital will turn into a virtual fortress for U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit this weekend, with heightened security measures, including an extended no-fly zone, to protect the world’s most powerful leader.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Obama and other dignitaries from the world’s two largest democracies will attend India’s Republic Day celebrations on Jan. 26, which include a military parade and display of Indian weaponry.
WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will look to the United States for more private sector partnerships and technology to support a drive to expand its use of clean energy, as Washington looks to secure political support for a global climate change deal in 2015.
Efforts to combat climate change will also figure prominently in talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama when the U.S. leader begins a landmark visit to New Delhi this weekend.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Taxi firms including Uber, the online cab-hailing company banned in New Delhi, will have to install panic buttons if they are to operate in India’s capital under new rules framed after allegations that a driver for the U.S. firm raped a passenger.
The transport office of Delhi earlier this month ordered San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc to stop its services following the incident, which reignited the debate on women’s safety in India.