Ramanan Laxminarayan
Articles by Ramanan Laxminarayan

Rational taxation can help improve health

Many countries have used fiscal policies as levers of behavioural change and sometimes even increased revenues while improving public health. India should also follow suit

Bidis are consumed widely, but the tax burden is low. A 20% tax-induced price increase in bidis could lead to seven million years of life gained (YLG) over 15 years and an increase in government tax revenues by <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>34,820 crore over the same period (AP)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:03 PM IST

The clear and present threat of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics don’t work as well as they used to. This is worrying for the global medical industry that is heavily reliant on them. The surveillance efforts by ICMR can help, but the world must do more to push vaccines

The past few G20 summits have consistently highlighted antibiotic resistance as a key problem that requires global cooperation. India can lead on this issue given its seat at the head of the G20 table. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 05, 2023 08:14 PM IST

Oxygen for India: Building a more resilient health system

The coronavirus pandemic has given us the opportunity to build back better. We can, and should, develop a medical oxygen infrastructure that can keep pace with our ongoing needs, the pandemic, and any future threat

A Covid-19 patient on oxygen support waits outside LNJP Hospital for admission amid a shortage of beds, in New Delhi, in April. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 09, 2021 07:53 PM IST
ByRamanan Laxminarayan and Indu Bhushan

Time will reveal value of India’s lockdown

Viruses spread rather predictably – and the scenario we were modeling was rather straightforward, yet terrifying – the spread of a new coronavirus through a completely susceptible population.

Lockdowns changed the shape of epidemic not just in India but around the world.(Arvind Yadav)
Updated on Apr 24, 2020 05:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRamanan Laxminarayan

Covid-19 endgame: How India could move from lockdowns to disease control

A more feasible option is to achieve herd immunity – a concept which predicts that all of India would be protected as long as at least 65% of the population has experienced the infection, even if without symptoms or in its mildest form.

A farmer carries cattle feed on his cycle in Jalandhar on Sunday.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 13, 2020 09:29 AM IST
ByRamanan Laxminarayan

State-wise shutdowns may be only way to prepare for spike in Covid-19 | Opinion

On the one hand, shutdowns have helped in other countries. Every infectious disease model supports a total shutdown. But there are many unknowns. The virus could mutate to be less virulent as most viruses tend to.

A view of a deserted road at Hussainabad in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, during the Janta Curfew on Sunday, March 22, 2020.(Dheeraj Dhawan / HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 23, 2020 07:13 AM IST
ByRamanan Laxminarayan

Covid-19: A response now will help mitigate impact | Opinion

It is better to react now, than be unprepared later and risk millions of lives. Individuals must take responsibility

China could exert an unprecedented degree of State control. India does not lend itself to that as a society. This makes individual precaution necessary to control the outbreak(PTI)
Updated on Mar 09, 2020 06:48 PM IST
ByRamanan Laxminarayan

Decoding the risks of the coronavirus outbreak

Don’t panic. India’s best defence is to improve public health and infection control within hospitals

A coronavirus isolation ward at a government hospital, Ghaziabad, January 28. Within India, our own damage may end up being largely self-inflicted by lack of trust in our health system to respond effectively and to share information to enable us to protect ourselves(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 29, 2020 08:01 PM IST
ByRamanan Laxminarayan

Drug-resistant fungi are a threat to modern medicine

To prevent the outbreak of deadly infections such as Candida auris, hospital infection control must be taken seriously

Unlike other fungi that rarely transmit between humans, C. auris can be passed from patient to patient in a hospital. This is because of its unusual ability to last for long periods of time on hospital surfaces, such as bed rails and door handles (Representational photo)(Arun Sharma/ HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2019 07:40 PM IST
ByIsabel Frost and Ramanan Laxminarayan

We are all in it together

It’s that time of the year again: dengue is on everybody’s mind. So far in this year, more than 17,000 cases have been reported in India though the true number is likely to be much higher because roughly three-quarters of the cases show no symptoms. Ramanan Laxminarayan writes.

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Updated on Nov 04, 2012 10:34 PM IST
ByRamanan Laxminarayan, New Delhi
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