Debjani Ram Purakayastha

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BACKGROUND Despite acute respiratory infections being a major cause of death among children in developing countries including India, there is a lack of community-based studies that document its burden and aetiology. METHODS A dynamic cohort of children aged 0-10 years was established in four villages in a north Indian state of Haryana from August 2012(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES Most studies on the clinical presentation with influenza viruses have been conducted in outpatient or inpatient medical facilities with only a few studies in community settings. Clinical differences between influenza A (H1N1) pdm 09 and influenza B virus infections have importance for community-based public health surveillance. An(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the high mortality and morbidity resulting from acute respiratory infections (ARI) globally, there are few data from low-income countries on costs of ARI to inform public health policy decisions We conducted a prospective survey to assess costs of ARI episodes in selected primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare facilities in north(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the expenditure incurred towards treatment of an episode of respiratory infection among under-fives in outpatient and inpatient departments of primary and secondary level health facilities. METHODS During March 2011 - September 2012, under-five children presenting with febrile acute respiratory infection (FARI) in the outpatient(More)
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