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Safety Messenger Magazine has improved in looks and in total there is a change in appearance. I think now the magazine has become handy. Special columns on Lifestyle and safe living convey good messages for the society to live a safe life. Most of the articles are useful ones and informative. All the best for the team!
Anupama Jose, Kottayam
While going through the article on “Snoring “, pictures of some of my close relatives who are sound snorers came to my mind. I have many times laughed at their snoring and have mimicked them for fun. But after reading the article I realized the seriousness of this problem. I have even heard stories of couples who broke up just because of this problem.
However, the article was helpful and informative. I would recommend this to some of my friends. More and more useful articles like this are expected from your magazine.
Ranjith S, Karunagappally, Kollam
India is on the verge of becoming a country with highest number of joint replacement surgeries performed in the world. Last year, around one lakh joint replacement surgeries were performed in the country and the number was set to rise gradually. It is at this point that many of the leading orthopaedic surgeons urging that the country needs more trained and experienced arthroplasty experts in the wake of spurt in knee replacement or joint replacement surgeries.
It is said that in the next 10 years, India will have the highest number of joint replacement surgeries in the world. The existing orthopaedic surgeons need to learn more new techniques and update themselves to handle complicate cases.
Dr. Vijay Mohan, Kochi, Kerala
India faces the challenge of a range of infectious diseases. Every fifth new tuberculosis case in the world lives in the Indian subcontinent. Japanese Encephalitis is present in many areas of India and has caused serious epidemics in recent years. India has been less severely affected by the HIV epidemic than many other countries, despite early predictions of disaster, but still has almost three million people living with the virus. Bacterial resistance is a growing threat because of the widespread misuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics.
Prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases will increasingly require the application of sophisticated epidemiologic and molecular biologic technologies, changes in human behaviour, a national policy on early detection of and rapid response to emerging infections and a plan of action.
WHO has made several recommendations for national response mechanisms. Many of these are in various stages of implementation in India. However, for a country of size and population of India, the emerging infections remain a real and present danger. A meaningful response must approach the problem at the systems level. A comprehensive national strategy on infectious diseases cutting across all relevant sectors with emphasis on strengthened surveillance, rapid response, partnership building and research to guide public policy is needed.
Jayashankar, Pune, India
After going through the article on the “Public Health situation in India” published in the March issue of Safety Messenger Magazine, I could not resist without responding. Look at our surroundings; we can see how careless people are about cleanliness in a public place. Solid examples are our bus stands, train stations, road sides and market places. People simply don’t care about throwing waste items even if a waste bin is kept nearby. While in train we throw used food packets, napkins, papers and bottles on to the tracks, while in bus we do the same and it is the same everywhere we go. We spit on road, urinate near roadside, pollute water channels, dump waste in neighbour’s compound and do all nasty things on public walls. We follow what we practice. What these activities showcase our country to a visitor is nothing else, our culture of uncleanliness. And what cost us for all these ill doings is others and our own health.
When can we change? When do we Indians learn to keep public places clean? It is never going to happen. People are only bothered about themselves and everything is dominated by the ‘my concept’. Our attitudes must be changed. Cleanliness should be started from home. If we teach our children to be neat and clean, and to behave as responsible citizens many health problems can be avoided. Our country can be made beautiful, if only we are faithful in our acts, our leaders’ faithful in their roles. Things that need to be banned should be banned. The law is same for all and should be followed by all. But in India, law and justice differentiates between the haves and the have not’s. The change should happen and let us unite to make a better India.
K Surendran, Trivandrum, Kerala