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Health News

March 2007

Rs. 11.56 billion for revised TB programme

New Delhi | March 09, 2007
India witnesses nearly 1.8 million tuberculosis cases every year and to tackle the health menace the government has cleared Rs. 11.56 billion for the Revised National Tuberculosis Programme (RNTCP)-Phase II.

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India to beat blindness elimination target by 2015: Health Minister

New Delhi | March 07, 2007
Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has said that India, home to 12 million blind people, will achieve its blindness elimination target of 0.3 percent by 2015, five years before the World Health Organisation (WHO) deadline of 2020.

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NGO to provide free medical equipment to needy people

Rajkot | March 05, 2007
A local voluntary organisation aims to provide free medical and surgical equipment to the needy and poor patients in rural areas of Rajkot and the Saurashtra region.

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Spurious drugs flood south Orissa

BERHAMPUR March 05, 2007
Spurious drugs and injections of reputed pharmaceutical companies are being sold in rural as well as urban areas of south Orissa.

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Nitish calls for awareness on health facilities

Patna | March 05, 2007
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today exhorted the people's representatives to generate awareness about facilities offered by government in health sector and keep a watch on utilisation of funds.

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K'taka Health Dept likely to get enhanced budgetary allocation

Karkala Karnataka | March 05, 2007
Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Minister R Ashok today said Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister B S Yediyurappa has responded positively to the Ministry's request to increase the budgetary allocation to four per cent.

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PGIMER Virology Department becomes Apex Referral laboratory

Chandigarh | March 05, 2007
Department of Virology, PGIMER, Chandigarh has been identified as one of the Apex Referral laboratory for the advanced diagnosis of Dengue, Japanese encephalitis, Chikungunya and other vector borne viral diseases in India.

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Arunachal gets its chemotherapy centre

Itanagar | March 05, 2007
Arunachal Cancer Society (ACS) has converted its cancer wing into a full-fledged day care chemotherapy centre in General Hospital premises here.

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Umbilical cord blood banking of negligible value: experts

New Delhi | March 05, 2007
Several private companies have established umbilical cord blood banks in India saying they would be a life saver for thousands. But some health experts term this "unethical and of negligible value".

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India faces dire shortage of endoscopists,gastro specialists: Doctors

Ahmedabad | March 04, 2007
There is a major shortage of endoscopists and gastroenterologists in India, with only one-third of the medical institutes in the country providing such specialised courses.

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India ranks top in rabies deaths in Asia

Bangalore | March 04, 2007
India has the dubious distinction of ranking top in rabies deaths among the Asian countries, with over 20,000 deaths reported every year, Dr F X Meslin of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said today.

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National Health Assembly to be organised in Bhopal from Mar 23

New Delhi | March 04, 2007
A three-day National Assembly aimed at promoting the right to healthcare and confront the ill-effects of globalisation on the Health of the people would be organised in Bhopal from March 23 to 25.

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Organ transplant norm shift on cards

CHENNAI | March 03, 2007
The State government will consider a recommendation to remove the `love and affection' clause in the Transplantation of Human Organs Act that permits unrelated persons to donate kidneys, Health Minister K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran announced on Friday. Allowing for live, unrelated donors of organs was the prime cause for the recently exposed `kidney racket' in Chennai, he added.

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`Service tax on doctors will affect poor patients'

SALEM | March 02, 2007
The service tax on doctors would affect poor patients, said chairman, Ethics Committee of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Tamil Nadu, R.M. Krishnan here recently.

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