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Health News

January 2007

One dies of starvation, leaves behind 6-member family

SAMASTIPUR| January 24, 2007
Shankar Sada, (40), the head of a seven-member family, allegedly died of starvation on Monday night at Harpur village under Pusa block of Samastipur district. Sada belonged to the Musahar sub-caste and has left behind his wife and five minor children, who, too, are known to be suffering from malnutrition.


Medicine banks: druggists to extend cooperation

BHUBANESWAR | January 22, 2007
Utkal Chemists and Druggists' Association (UCDA) on Sunday said that it would extend its cooperation for opening 32 medicine banks in all the 30 districts in the State.


60 per cent fall in measles deaths: WHO

NEW DELHI: | January 21, 2007
Deaths due to measles have fallen by 60 per cent worldwide since 1999, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). This exceeds the United Nations' goal to halve such deaths between the years 2000 and 2005. This is largely due to an unprecedented decline in the deaths in the African region.


Centre to launch NRHM in southern States soon

MYSORE | January 19, 2007
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is all set to launch several health schemes in the southern States as part of the second phase of the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) launched in 2005 to address the health needs of people in rural areas.


User fee scam: high official files affidavit

CUTTACK| January 19, 2007
Health Secretary Chinmay Basu, making a personal appearance in the High Court on Thursday, informed that steps had already been taken at the Government-level to initiate criminal proceedings against officials allegedly involved in the Rs. 2-crore user fee scam in SCB Medical College and Hospital.


Rabies kills 19,000 Indians annually

New Delhi | January 19, 2007
Beware of stray dogs! An estimated 19,000 people die every year due to rabies in India, accounting for nearly 35 percent of such deaths worldwide.