While the Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss fights a lonely war against tobacco (including his announcement, yesterday, that all public smoking including bars, restaurants, offices and airports lounges), the World Health Organisation would be delighted with his crusade.The WHO urged governments to protect the world’s 1.8 billion young people by imposing a ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
Can you name three health ministers of independent India?Can’t? I’m not surprised.I’m sure, however, that you were able to name Anbumani Ramadoss.You were able to name him not because, under his tenure, life expectancy has taken a jump. It hasn’t. You were able to name him not because, under his tenure, primary health care facilities have improved manifold. They haven’t. During his tenure, in fact, nothing significant has happened.Yet you know him.
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