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Reforming healthcare system: AAP government to set up patient welfare committees in Delhi hospitals

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

To deal with the public grievances on various health and medical issues, Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party today announced plans to set up patient welfare committees at all government hospitals in Delhi.

Under this plan,  there will be 38 such committees in the government hospitals which will be headed by the local MLAs of the area. The representatives of the public will get an office space in the hospital premises to address the concerns of the patients.

Elaborating on how these welfare groups will benefit the people, the state Health Minister Satyendra Jain said,” The role of the committees will be to deal with day to day public grievances and resolve these issues at local level. Decisions on issues like lack of medicines, cleanliness and treatment will be taken on the spot by these committees.”

The patient welfare committees will ensure community participation and monitor functioning of health care facilities, the minister said.

The Health Minister also announced the plans of setting up 10 district committees to monitor the condition of dispensaries and other health programmes in the national capital.

“These district committees will ensure that the dispensaries across the city have all the essential medicines and cater to the medical needs of the public,” Jain said, and added that these groups will also look after the health programmes launched for public welfare in the city.

Talking about the state government’s immunization programme, Jain said that Delhi government has given de-worming medicines to 35 lakh students (1 to 19-years of age) under the immunization programme called Indradhanush Kawach.

“This immunization programme is being held in all parts of the city and the idea is to strengthen it in the coming months. This month we held it at 700-800 centers but we plan to take this number to 1,000. Our target is that 100 per cent kids of the city are immunized,” Jain said.

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Cannabis Use More Common Among Elderly People: Study

Cannabis use rises among the elderly, finds study

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Cannabis use continues to increase in popularity among adults of 65 years of age and older in the United States. Pixabay

Cannabis use continues to increase in popularity among adults of 65 years of age and older in the United States, according to a new study. This a recent health news

Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine estimates that cannabis use in adults aged 65 and older increased from 2.4 percent to 4.2 percent in the United States — a significant increase of 75 percent — between 2015 and 2018.

With the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes in many states in the US, medical professionals are studying its use in treating a number of chronic health conditions. Since 1996, 31 states have legalized medical marijuana, while 11 states and Washington DC have legalized recreational use.

The survey categorized cannabis use by asking whether marijuana, hashish, pot, grass, or hash oil was either smoked or ingested.

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Women, and individuals who were married, had a college degree, or had higher income also significantly increased their cannabis use. Pixabay

Researchers observed trends in prevalence of past-year cannabis use, broken down by sociodemographic background, chronic disease, healthcare utilization, and other substance use among adults age 65 and older, in the United States, between 2015 and 2018.

Certain subsets of this population saw an even higher rise in prevalence. For example, researchers estimated that past-year use more than doubled by older adults with diabetes, among those who have received mental health treatment, and those reporting past-year alcohol use.

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Women, and individuals who were married, had a college degree, or had higher income also significantly increased their cannabis use.

Researchers say they next plan to acquire more detailed information about how medical marijuana affects older populations, its risks and side effects. (IANS)