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Health News

December 2006

Programme on AIDS

KORAPUT| December 28, 2006
A media sensitisation programme on HIV/AIDS was held at Koraput on Wednesday. ADMO (retd.)

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Haryana panchayats get more funds

CHANDIGARH| December 27, 2006
The Haryana Government has released Rs. 50 crores to strengthen the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dharmbir Singh said here on Tuesday.

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Violence affecting psychological health of Kashmiris, says NGO

Srinagar| December 27, 2006
Holland-based NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said violence or its threat appears to have a large impact on the psychological health of people in the trouble-torn State.

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Drug Control Authority facing tough times

HYDERABAD| December 27, 2006
Crunch on all fronts. Hit by asevere shortage of manpower, vehicles and budgetary allocation, the Drug Control Authority (DCA) is finding its functioning hampered in the State

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Minister orders probe into UTF, anganwadis' allegations

VIZIANAGARAM| December 27, 2006
Leaders of the United Teachers' Federation, anganwadis and students affiliated to the SFI on Tuesday blocked the entry of Minister for Forest S. Vijayarama Raju and other officials at the ITDA Project Office entrance in Parvathipuram seeking an enquiry into the alleged irregularities in teachers' deputation and appointment of anganwadis.

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Malnutrition kills two kids in Madhya Pradesh

Gwalior | December 27, 2006
At least two children have reportedly died from malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior district, child rights activists say, emblematic of a deep-rooted problem afflicting over 80,000 underprivileged children in this state.

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Church's anti-HIV campaign

Churachandpur (Manipur) | December 26, 2006
The Evangelical BaptChurch (EBC) of this district has decided to actively campaign against HIV/AIDS and distribute condoms despite opposition from religious heads. The Church also allowed some of the key NGOs working in Manipur to educate people during Sunday prayers in particular and at regular prayer gatherings.

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Healthcare camps from December 31

Tiruchi| December 26, 2006
The special preventive healthcare camps under the `Varum mun kappom' programme will be inaugurated the Forest Minister, K. N. Nehru, at Kannanur village near Thuraiyur on December 31.

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Women complain against ANMs

Koraput| December 26, 2006
"We do not get the service from our ANM just because we belong to Dalits and she from a higher caste," a woman from Pottangi block lamented in front of Namita Panda, Chairman of State Women Commission at Koraput on Thursday.

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Patna junior doctors refuse to withdraw strike

Patna | December 26, 2006
Patients continued to suffer at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) Monday as junior doctors refused to withdraw their three-day-old strike demanding security, despite assurances from the Bihar government.

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RKMH parters with ORBIS to improve eye care facilities

Itanagar | December 26, 2006
The Ramakrishna Mission Hospital(RKMH) has partnered with ORBIS International, a global blindness prevention organisation, to develop an advanced eye care unit(ECU) within three years.

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Punjab to set up cancer institute in Malwa belt

Mansa | December 26, 2006
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said the government would soon set up a Cancer Hospital and Research Institute at Talwandi Sabo to provide best possible treatment to patients in the Malwa belt.

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Health insurance scheme for poor : Nitish

Patna | December 26, 2006
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today announced the state government would soon launch health insurance scheme for the poor and underprivileged.

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Prescribe medicines with their generic terms, doctors told

JAIPUR| December 25, 2006
In a significant move, the Rajasthan Government has instructed doctors to prescribe medicines with their generic terms for treatment of patients. Doctors across the State have also been asked to adhere to the Standard Treatment Guidelines of the Health System Development Project.

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Raichur DC: pulse polio is top priority

RAICHUR | December 25, 2006
At a meeting of the district-level Task Force Committee for pulse polio held on Saturday, deputy commissioner (in-charge) Manjunath Prasad appealed to all voluntary organisations to cooperate during the pulse polio programme, to be held on January 7.

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AIDS test to be made must for marriages

HYDERABAD | December 24, 2006
The Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to make AIDS test mandatory for both boys and girls before marriage.

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Indian children are undernourished"

NEW DELHI| December 24, 2006
Despite India having an annual economic growth rate of 8.5 per cent, six per cent of the babies in this country die before their first birthday and nearly half of all children are undernourished, a new report has said.

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13 polio cases detected

New Delhi| December 24, 2006
Thirteen fresh polio cases have been reported in the country, including one in Delhi, taking the total number of afflicted children to 610 this year. Last year, 66 polio cases were reported.

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Siddha doctors allege irregularities in filling vacancies

CHENNAI| December 23, 2006
Siddha doctors staged a protest in front of Arignar Anna Siddha Hospital at Arumbakkam on Friday, alleging irregularities in filling vacancies in government medical centres in the State.

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Siddha medicines have a "bright" future

MADURAI| December 23, 2006
Siddha medicines are well received by the public, as they do not cause any side effects unlike some mainstream medicines, Health Minister K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran said here on Thursday.

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More AIDS counselling centres proposed

NEW DELHI| December 23, 2006
The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has proposed to establish 4,955 Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTC) in the next five years under the third phase of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP).

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Superspeciality hospitals in the south

SALEM | December 23, 2006
The Union Health Ministry has undertaken an ambitious project to convert five Government Medical College hospitals in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh into superspeciality facilities at a cost of about Rs. 520 crore.

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India has failed in childcare and nutrition, says Amartya Sen

NEW DELHI| December 20, 2006
Though India had made progress in the social and economic sectors it has failed in the field of childcare and nutrition, which is a "terrible" handicap for the country, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen said here on Tuesday.

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Netas to roll up their sleeves for HIV test

HYDERABAD | December 16, 2006
Looks like it is time for politicians to practice what they preach. In tandem with the state government's 'Be Bold' campaign against HIV/Aids encouraging people to get tested and know their status, an HIV/Aids testing centre will be set up in the Assembly from December 18-20.

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UNICEF to open nodal centre

KANPUR| December 14, 2006
In view of increasing child mortality rate in Uttar Pradesh, GSVM medical college on Wednesday entered into an agreement with UNICEF for opening a nodal centre here by January next year for bringing down the trend.

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NHRC notice to Kerala

NEW DELHI| December 13, 2006
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent notices to the Kerala Government, following a news report that five HIV-positive children were thrown out of school in Kottayam.

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Polio cases decline, say experts

NEW DELHI| December 13, 2006
The Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on polio on Tuesday advised the Government that the next few vaccination rounds must effectively reach the youngest and the most vulnerable children who were not being sufficiently immunised early enough.

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8 lakh patients treated at health camps

JAIPUR| December 12, 2006
Over 8.14-lakh patients have been treated so far at special health care camps organised in 2,643 village panchayat areas across Rajasthan as part of a month-long Swasthya Chetana Yatra.

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Raichur District Civil Hospital lacks hygiene, basic amenities

Raichur| December 12, 2006
Sanitation in and around the District Civil Hospital remains pathetic even as the Government Medical College is set to start functioning there soon.

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Public health to be strengthened: Minister

KOCHI| December 11, 2006
P.K. Sreemathy, Minister for Health has said that public health would be strengthened by keeping communicable diseases at bay.

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Medicine without borders

New Delhi| December 10, 2006
Consider the numbers. Last year, more than 1,50,000 overseas patients availed of medical treatment in Indian hospitals. The medical tourism industry in India is worth $333 million (Rs 1,450 crore), while a study by CII-McKinsey estimates that the country could earn Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 crore by 2012.

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Naco covers less than 10% of HIV-infected

9 Dec NEW DELHI
Of the 52 lakh HIV infected persons in India, only 46,000 receive free antiretroviral therapy (ART) that's crucial to preventing them from developing AIDS.

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Hospital chief, two others shifted

Dec 6 HYDERABAD
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Tuesday ordered immediate transfer of Superintendent N. C. K. Reddy and two senior doctors of Niloufer Hospital following the death of seven children during the last 24 hours.

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Workshop to promote rational use of drugs

NEW DELHI Dec 5
Of the 24,000-odd medicines manufactured in the country, only about 300 are needed to treat 90 per cent of all hospital cases. And no more than 1,200 medicines are ever needed.

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Kerala hospital to get Australian accreditation

5 Dec
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
The Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), a leading hospital here, has successfully completed formalities for an Australian health authority's accreditation that will help it attract patients from abroad.

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Mewat to host health camp

CHANDIGARH - Dec 4
Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai will inaugurate a two-day multi-specialty mega health camp at Mandikhera in Mewat this coming Saturday.

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Concern over growing Hepatitis cases

NEW DELHI Dec 4
Nearly four crore Indians are carriers of Hepatitis B virus which is 100 times more infectious than the deadly Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and another two crore carry the Hepatitis C virus, claimed senior doctors of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here on Monday.

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