Petition to Devendra Fadnavis, Maneka Gandhi, Jagat Prakash Nadda
Stop feeding formula milk to newborns without the parent's consent #MyBabyMyDecision
During the nine months of my pregnancy, all I was waiting for the day that I could hold my baby in my arms. There is no better feeling in the world for a mother than the first time you feed your baby. All I wished for was to have a healthy baby whom I could hold in my arms and feed. But my wish was not respected by the hospital where I delivered my baby. When my baby was born, he was kept in the NICU for observing his sugar levels. During the time he spent in the NICU, he was fed formula milk. I was not informed of this and my consent was not taken by the hospital. If I knew that my baby was being given formula milk, I would have never allowed for that to happen. There was a milk bank in the hospital and my baby could have been fed human milk during the early stages of his life. I later realized that what happened to me is a very rampant practice across the country. Especially when a mother is recovering after a C-section, or when a baby is in the NICU, many hospitals just go ahead and feed the baby formula milk, without informing the mother. Our government has spent crores of rupees in advertising about the importance of breastfeeding. Many of you may have heard radio and TV ads about the thick yellow milk that a lactating mother produces is crucial for the baby’s long term health. But the hospitals, especially the private ones, make tonnes of money because they get discounted formula milk dabbas from the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture them. The moment the baby is born, they open a new dabba and start feeding the baby. That dabba is then given to the new mothers to take home with them and the cost is added to the bill. And all of this is done without the consent of the unsuspecting mother who is tired after delivering the baby.I know quite a few mothers who’ve had a tough time switching from formula to breast milk. That’s why I want the government to tell all the hospitals to get prior consent of the mother before feeding a newborn formula milk. The hospitals ask for the patient’s consent for every small thing. They make you sign so many documents before and after the delivery. And yet the doctors chose to give my baby formula over human milk. Without my consent! Why? Luckily, my baby was in the NICU only for a day. Had he been there for a longer time, I cannot even imagine how hard it would have been for me to wean him off formula. Join me and sign this petition to make it mandatory for doctors to educate new parents about the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk and ask for their consent if at all, formula needs to be given to their baby. Breast is not just the best, but also the biological norm! #MyBabyMyDecision
Petition to JP Nadda, Anupriya Patel, faggan singh kulasthe, manekha gandhi
Make free and low cost vaccines available everywhere in India
Being father of a child in navi mumbai, i have come to a clear understanding how medical companies and doctors have built a nexus to prescribe and sell Very Expensive Vaccines and often unnecessary Vaccines making money out happless parents who trust their doctors as gods and saviours. The ministry and govt have to give clear guidelines and list of mandatory vaccines to all new parents with price list of these vaccines. All such vaccines should be made available at medical stores in district level and govt hospitals which should include both innovators and all generic vaccines. Currently some of vaccines are prescribed and pushed which are as expensive as 4000Rs to 5000Rs. stating non availability of generic ones and poor quality of generic and more often poor knowledge of new parents in such cases. Also repeated vaccines of same brands are pushed stating non compatibility with early ones if one wants change a brand for price. Need to put very serious control in such malpractices and education in these infant and child vaccinations.
Petition to Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
Emergency Medical Care Centers in Railway stations, Trains and Bus stands.
Friends, This is to bring to your attention & necessary action about those people who lost their precious life in railway stations and trains because of no medical help. I lost my father on 20th January 2017 in Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station while boarding train to Chennai in Rajdhani Express (one of the most prestigious and fastest train in India), due to lack of medical facility. My father & his friends has already boarded the train and was waiting for departure, when he felt chest congestion, his friends approached the T.T but they informed that only in Agra medical help can be provided (after 2 hours). They got down and approached the Superintendent for wheelchair (given) who also informed that an ambulance will be waiting but was not available. It is highly disappointing that negligence of medical aid in major railway station & train in the capital city for the passengers has not been provided. It is my kind request to our Honourable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi and Railway Minister Shri. Suresh Prabhu to provide an emergency medical care centre in railway stations, trains & Bus stands in India for the well being of our fellow citizens/human beings. It is a small step from my family to avoid the situation we’re going through for our fellow citizens. Thanks for your Support, Hemalatha S
Petition to Central Government, Karnataka Government
Take strict measures to stop smoking in public
A strict law must be bought in place to check public smokers, even though there are laws pertaining to public smoking, smokers are least bothered by it and continue smoking killing many innocent individuals. The government must do a regular check of public smokers and file case on the individual involved. A research says - Second-hand/Passive smoke causes many of the same diseases as direct smoking, including cardiovascular diseases, lung cancer, and respiratory diseases.
Petition to Maneka Gandhi, JP Nadda, Satyendra Jain, Devendra Fadnavis, Mamata Banerjee, C. Laxma Reddy
Make it mandatory for all hospitals to declare number of Caesarean deliveries #SafeBirth
Caesarean deliveries have become a business. The hospitals and doctors are making money off unsuspecting women and pushing them towards surgical deliveries. Even though serious complications were not detected, I was cut open to deliver my baby. I wanted to have a natural birth but had to undergo a C-section as it was presented to be more ’scientific, modern and risk-free’. I was misled, manipulated, confused and my choice was overriden. For many of us, the right to informed-refusal or consent during childbirth is hardly an option either due to lack of awareness or the high-handed attitude of doctors. It was a long, painful, depressing recovery for me and when I looked into this issue, what I found was alarming. India’s C-section rate is growing exponentially. The fact that private hospitals have a much higher rate of C-sections than public hospitals has a direct correlation to the fact that surgical deliveries cost so much more than normal ones in these facilities. Recent studies show that C-sections lead to a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and diseases like obesity and diabetes in children. Despite its adverse effects on maternal and child health, hospitals and doctors are indiscriminately conducting C-sections to make more money. To discourage this trend, women need to be made aware of the C-section rates of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully. That’s why I, with support of the NGO Birth India, started this petition asking the Women and Child Development ministry to issue an advisory to the Medical Council of India to Make it mandatory for all doctors and hospitals to declare the percentage of Caesarean delivery rates to patients. Conduct enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate. Frame clear guidelines for conducting Caesarean to safeguard the health and rights of women and children World Health Organisation (WHO) norms prescribe that C-section deliveries should be ideally 10-15 per cent of the total number of deliveries in the country. However, in urban Telengana, 74.8% of the private sector deliveries are by C-section and it is as high as 41% in Kerala and it is 58% in Tamil Nadu, according to a report by the ICMR School of Public Health. It is important that even women are made aware of the impact of Caesarean sections, which truly is an emergency recourse and not a routine medical procedure. The fact is that only 10% of births should be via C-section, however, in Indian private hospitals that rate is close to 50%. This is a serious health risk and the government has to take action NOW! Sign my petition and ask the Women and Child Development ministry to end this harmful practice by hospitals. Image Courtesy: abdn.ac.uk
Petition to Narendra Modi, J P Nadda, Alok Kumar, Amitabh Kant, Maneka Gandhi
Save female lives... provide FREE vaccines for cervical cancer
How lethal is cervical cancer? Cervical cancer is the leading cancer in Indian women and the second most common cancer in women worldwide. Its the second most common cancer in India, after breast cancer. In India, 132,000 new cervical cancer cases and 74,000 deaths occur each year, with Indian women facing a 2.5% cumulative lifetime risk and 1.4% cumulative death risk from cervical cancer. Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancer occurs early and strikes at the productive period of a woman's life. The incidence rises in 30–34 years of age and peaks at 55–65 years, with a median age of 38 years (age 21–67 years) Do we have a preventive effective vaccine? YES Prevention by vaccination is emerging as the most effective option and two vaccines are already available. Two vaccines licensed globally are available in India; (Gardasil marketed by Merck) and (Cervarix marketed by Glaxo Smith Kline). The World Health Organization recommends the vaccine for all girls between 9 and 13 years, because the vaccine is highly immunogenic at this age. The HPV vaccine isn't intended to replace Screening Pap smear tests. Screening is “secondary prevention.” In India, vast majority of women remain unscreened and present with invasive cancer at a very late stage. Although individual screening may involve low cost in short term, a mass screening program may cost substantially. HPV vaccine is considered to be “Primary Prevention,” thereby reducing likelihood of persistent HPV infection to cancer. The economic and social cost of cervical cancer far exceeds that of vaccination. In countries like US and Australia, this vaccine has been mandatory, which shows its importance. For every 280 girls immunised, one case of cervical cancer can be saved ! What's the hurdle? The primary obstacle to HPV vaccination is financial (currently costs whopping ~ Rs 8000-12000 for full course so only who can afford can take it) . Because of the high cost of the present vaccines, affordability and accessibility of these vaccines is a major concern for a mass vaccination program in developing countries like India. Secondary issues relate to lack of awareness about the issue, not many are even aware of the availability of these vaccines. Thirdly, bureaucratic committees studying/analysing about the pros and cons about these vaccines is delaying the decision to roll out the vaccine as part of the universal immunization plan. As have been proven since 2006, the HPV Vaccine is safe and does not cause side effects as more than 200 million vaccinations have been administered in over 80 countries to date. What can the Government of India do? Rollout a mandatory mass cancer-cervix prevention program through introduction of HPV vaccines to girls age 9-13 and purchase the vaccine in bulk for substantially lowering the costs. Also Indian manufacturers be encouraged/incentivised to manufacture HPV vaccine locally. Create awareness programs thru public heath centres, social media and schools. Let's join hand to save lives! sources of information: Research Article by K. Kaarthigeyan, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3385284/ Research Article by Sujata Dalvi, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4199431/ http://hpvawareness.org
Petition to Government of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Suggestion to Govt. Of India
I am Utsav Gulati, a student of class 10th. This Post is my Suggestion to the Government of India.Smoking, now-a-days is one of the major Cause of Lung Cancer & Killing hundreds of People, Everybody knows that it is not a good thing but People, Addicted to cigarettes are not Ready to Understand, how smoking affects their health. Still they carry on smoking in open. Smoking in Public places was banned by the government, but cigarette vendors sells cigarettes and bidis which causes a severe violation of the law against smoking in public areas. My Suggestion to The Govt. is to Completely ban Smoking in Public areas because it also affects the health of the people who actually don't Smoke but Inhale that Smoke & becoming victims of Passive Smoking. Some people like me, are severely allergic to smoke & Pollution, Bearing a lot of trouble due to this bad habit of smokers. Loose cigarettes must be banned because Smokers buys Cigarettes, Stands in front of Cigarette vendors & Smokes publically. I request The Government Of India to take this matter seriously & Consider this as a General Public Health Issue.
Petition to Narendra Modi
Insurance for Persons with Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a treatable brain disorder. In India it is known by a variety of names like fits, mirgi, aakdi, daura. When a person has two or more seizures it is called ‘Epilepsy’. 70% of persons with epilepsy can live normal lives if treated early and managed with antiepileptic medications. At times surgery or a special diet can be treatment alternatives. Symptoms of epilepsy range from just a twitch of one part of the body with complete awareness, to a seizure which involves the whole body and a total loss of consciousness / awareness. A person normally gets the same pattern of seizures or fits each time. Seizures usually have a time frame of a few seconds to a minute. There is also a wide variation in frequency of seizures amongst people with epilepsy. Some people may need medications for a life time to stay seizure free. Others may get seizures once a year or once in 6 months or more frequently. Any one at any age can get a seizure irrespective of economic class or background. But most often it starts in childhood or old age. Epilepsy is the second most common neurological disorder after ‘Headache’. No matter what the status of one’s epilepsy in terms of seizure control, symptoms or frequency, the moment a person with epilepsy declares that he has epilepsy, he is flatly denied health insurance. This becomes one more reason for people to hide the disorder, misconceptions and stigma being the other. Health insurance should be the Basic Fundamental Right for every citizen of our country. Just as people having diabetes get insurance, a similar provision can be made for people with epilepsy. 0.5% of the population has epilepsy which means at least 67 lakhs or 6.7 million people are discriminated solely on the basis of their epilepsy which is a human rights violation. Honourable Prime Minister, I appeal to you to please consider the plight of millions of persons with epilepsy who in addition to having to bear the cost of their medicines and investigations for epilepsy, have to bear hospitalisation expenses for other illnesses/accidents etc. should they occur. Honourable Prime Minister, our Constitutional Right to Equality demands we be treated as equal citizens.