A top Democratic lawmaker has urged the US Senate to quickly confirm the nomination of Dr Vivek Murthy as the country's Surgeon General, who is the leading official and spokesperson on matters of public health.
Questioning the "health effect" of government's toilet construction drive to end practice of open defecation in the country, a new study has suggested that the approach should not only meet "international coverage targets" but must aim at improving public health in general.
Deploring the "inadequate" investment in India in the health sector, particularly sanitation, a top public health scientist Tuesday criticised politicians for not making sanitation a key political agenda.
Switching to e-cigarettes could save millions of smokers` lives, a conference on the rapidly expanding use of the devices heard today, though some delegates warned more research on the health effects is needed.
Noting that use of tobacco imposes serious consequences on economy and society, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said its control needs a combination of political and public health action and multi-sectoral policies will drive down its demand and supply.