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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

Subarna Ghosh
361,532 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

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

Sudhir P
739 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

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.

christopher Fernandes
379 supporters