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Health News

April 2007

Survey finds hospital water polluted

KOLKATA: April 30,2007
Think before you drink. This advice comes from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation itself. A recent KMC survey has found large quantity of coliform bacteria in water samples collected from Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and Eden Hospital. These findings have set off alarm bells in the civic corridor.

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Delhi to get 36 new hospitals: Dikshit

New Delhi | April 29, 2007
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today reiterated her Government's commitment to construct 36 new hospitals in various parts of the Capital for taking primary healthcare to the doorstep of people and providing super specialty services to them.

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2.2 million people die due to work related illnesses annually: ILO

New Delhi | April 29, 2007
About 2.2 million people die every year due to work related accidents or illnesses, more than 270 million workers are injured and an estimated 160 million suffer work related illnesses costing the global economy an estimated four per cent GDP loss, according to the International Labour Organisation.

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Woman and Child Hospital commissioning will be delayed

Puducherry : April 29,2007
Hospital being built as per international standards: official Will have a children play area, a shopping mall and a cafeteria

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Website on public health at national level launched

New Delhi | April 29, 2008 IST
Recognising the need for a dedicated and user friendly website that can provide requisite information to people related to urban water supply and sanitation at National level, CPHEEO website (http://cpheeo.nic.in) is launched here, today.

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NGOs join health activists to denounce US company's action

Bangalore | April 28, 2007
Local NGOs and positive networks under the banner 'Affordable Medicine Treatment Campaign' joined health activists around the world to denounce the punitive actions taken by US Pharma Company Abbott Laboratories.

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People hail allotment of fund for hospital

TIRUCHI : April 28, 2007
Residents of Manapparai and surrounding areas have heaved a sigh of relief following the Government's allotment of Rs.2 crore for construction of the district headquarters hospital.

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Woman raped at govt hospital in Vidisha

VIDISHA (MP)| April 28, 2007
A woman patient undergoing treatment at a government hospital here was allegedly raped by a wardboy inside a private ward, police said on Saturday.

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Bihar govt to provide funds to poor patients for treatment in Delhi

New Delhi | April 27, 2007
The Bihar Government has raised a 'Chief Minister Treatment Assistance Fund' to provide financial assistance of over Rs 15,2 lakh to 15 poor patients suffering from serious diseases like cancer, heart ailment, brain tumor, HIV/AIDS and kidney problems.

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UNICEF concerned over malnutrition cases in J'khand

Ranchi | April 26, 2007
Expressing concern over the increasing trend of malnutrition among children in Jharkhand, the UNICEF today suggested effective measures to control it.

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Mid-day meal scheme fails the test: CAG

NEW DELHI| April 26, 2007
Implementation of the mid-day meal scheme in the Capital has been lacking in coordination and overall perspective, leading to delays in assessing the requirements of food grains and differences in quantities of cooked meals provided to children, the latest Comptroller and Auditor General of India report has said.

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A unique movement for hygiene

SIKAR | April 26, 2007
Tucked away in the dusty environs of Rajasthan's Shekhawati belt, three village panchayats have led an unusual movement for hygiene and sanitation by saturating all rural households, schools and anganwadi centres with sanitary toilets.

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Row over `sex education' in schools

CUTTACK| April 26, 2007
Protest against `sex education' in school curriculum has been gaining momentum in the State as members of women, youth and student organisations have threatened to lay siege to the office of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) here on April 28 next.

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States asked to improve mid-day meal scheme

NEW DELHI| April 25, 2007
While the Centre is planning to enhance the scope of mid-day meal scheme, certain systemic inefficiencies in the implementation of the flagship scheme have come to light.

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OPD to get insurance cover

NEW DELHI| April 25, 2007
You could soon submit health insurance claims for treatment in hospitals and nursing homes without having to be admitted for at least 24 hours.

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Govt. backs out of sex education

Rajasthan | April 25, 2007
"Inconsistent with Indian culture''

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Asom on Malaria alert

Guwahati | April 25, 2007
Sounding a Malaria alert, the Asom government has set up a monitoring cell in the state secretariat to oversee the prevention and curative steps taken by the health department.

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New initiative to tackle anaemia during adolescence

NEW DELHI| April 24, 2007
"Iron deficiency anaemia is the commonest medical disorder in pregnancy, adversely affecting maternal and foetal health Despite several national programmes targeting control and treatment of anaemia during pregnancy, the success has not been as anticipated," said Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Monday.

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Polio drive

CHANDIGARH| April 23, 2007
Approximately 65 per cent children in the age group of 0 to 5 years were administered polio drops during the Sub-National Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation (IPPI) round held on Sunday in eight districts of Haryana. - PTI ...

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TB cases on the rise

NAGPUR | April 23, 2007
Despite a slew of measures undertaken by the government to control the menace of tuberculosis, there is alarming rise in the number of cases, not only in the state, but in the entire country.

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NRI doctor protests patient's death in Kolkata hospital

KOLKATA| April 23, 2007
A US-based doctor has lodged a complaint with the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) against a private hospital here after a patient died because the management allegedly stopped medication due to non-payment of dues.

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'My husband gave me AIDS'...and he will go scot-free

April 23, 2007
The light of life has died in her eyes, as she silently waits for gruesome tentacles of AIDS to engulf her.

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Exercise restraint on sex: Ram Dev

April 23, 2007
Yogu guru Swami Ram Dev said he was opposed to sex education being given to the young.

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New hospital for kids on anvil

Kolkata :23 Apr, 2007
West Bengal is all set to get an institute for the treatment of children. The BC Roy Memorial Hospital for Children will be merged with BC Roy Polio Hospital and the new entity will be known as BC Roy Institute for Paediatrics.

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27 lac Delhi children to recieve polio drops tomorrow

New Delhi | April 22, 2007
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said her Government has drawn up plans to intensify awareness programmes about polio eradication, especially in slum colonies, even as not a single polio case been reported in the capital in the past six months.

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One out of six abortions in India unsafe

NEW DELHI| 22 Apr, 2007
Live-in relationships are becoming common in BPO, IT and banking sectors. But what's worrying is that it has resulted in numerous cases of unsafe abortions.

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Medical college will ensure quality medicare

Dharmapuri| April 22, 2007
The State Government in the Budget announced that the backward district of Dharmapuri would have a medical college.

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Polio drops replace 'charnamrit'

April 20, 2007
Patna: It is no longer a celebrity campaign against polio in Bihar. Known for its penchant for innovations, the Nitish government has now roped in Hindu priests to administer polio drops to children after 11 fresh polio cases reported from different parts of the state of a total 31 in the country in first three months of 2007.

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Campaign for safe drinking water in India, Nepal

New Delhi | April 18, 2007
The United Nations Human Settlement Programme, UN-Habitat and cola giant Coca Cola signed a three-year agreement Tuesday for better community access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation in India and Nepal with an investment of $300,000.

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Andhra Pradesh launches scheme for HIV infected children

Hyderabad | April 18, 2007
Andhra Pradesh government Tuesday launched a scheme for comprehensive care and moral support to an estimated 20,000 children either infected with human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) or with full blown AIDS.

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ART access increased, efforts needed for universal access

New Delhi | April 18, 2007
Despite increase in access to antiretroviral therapy for advanced HIV infection in the low and middle income countries, a lot of efforts are required to scale up services to reduce mother to child transmission of HIV, providing treatment to Intravenous Drug users to achieve the ''universal access to comprehensive prevention programmes, treatment, care and support'' for HIV by 2010, according to a report on HIV/AIDS released globally today.

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Govt sets up National Council for Clinical Establishment

New Delhi | April 18, 2007
The centre has constituted a 24-member National Council for Clinical Establishment (NCCE) to ensure minimum standards for clinical establishments and categorise them as per the quality of services available.

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Female Ratio increases from 819 to 857 in Haryana

Chandigarh | April 18, 2007
Haryana Health Minister Kartar Devi today said that with persistent efforts of the state government, the female ratio per thousand in the state had increased from 819 to 857.

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NIMHANS signs MoU to start Public Health Management Centre

New Delhi | April 18, 2007
An MoU among the National Institute for Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Public Health Foundation of India and WHO was signed today for setting up a Centre for Training Personnel required for public health management, teaching and research.

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Andhra to mandate pre-marital HIV testing: CM

HYDERABAD| April 18, 2007
Andhra Pradesh will soon bring in a law to make pre-marital testing for HIV mandatory.

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For India, health is becoming a chronic problem

India | April 18, 2007
India will have to increase its public expenditure on health to prevent it from becoming the world's chronic disease capital, as almost 66% of all deaths in 2020 are likely to be from chronic diseases, according to a study conducted by Assocham and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on 'Working towards Wellness: An Indian Perspective'.

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Madhya Pradesh efforts to provide safe drinking water

BHOPAL | April 18, 2007
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said on Tuesday that the Madhya Pradesh Government in association with the Water for Asian Cities Programme of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme was making all-out efforts to bring down the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

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Anil Agarwal Foundation to set up 1000 bed hospital in Orissa

Bhubaneswar | April 17, 2007
The Anil Agarwal Foundation (AAF), promoted by Vedant Resources Chairman Anil Agarwal, has agreed to set up a 1000 bed hospital during the first phase of the Rs 15,000 crore world class multi disciplinary Vedant University in Orissa.

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Grim public health scenario in India

New Delhi | April 17, 2007
India may very well see in near future an outbreak of cardiovascular diseases in endemic proportion, warns a survey and calls for increased allocation for public health to combat the threat

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First Hoemeopathy University in Rajasthan

Jaipur | April 17, 2007
Rajasthan will soon be home to the first homeopathy university in the world.

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Two die due to chickenpox

Chhatarpur Mp | April 17, 2007
Two children have died due to chicken pox, while several others have taken ill at Badkhera village in this district, official sources said today.

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India's pharmaceutical industry to be global player: study

Berlin | April 16, 2007
India's pharmaceutical companies are gearing up to become a major global player, not only in producing low-price generic medicines but also as innovators in drugs and vaccines, according to a study.

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Infections in UK hospitals drive British patients to India

London | April 16, 2007
British patients are travelling to India not only to avail of the low cost and high quality treatment but also to escape contracting lethal hospital infections in Britain, according to patients and medical experts.

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Now, eunuchs can conceive and choose a gender

New Delhi | April 15, 2007
Hermaphrodites, commonly known as eunuchs, can now choose a gender of their liking and some can even give birth to babies - thanks to a special procedure developed at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here.

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Meghalaya govt to focus on health sector: Lapang

Shillong | April 15, 2007
Meghalaya Chief Minister D D Lapang has said the state government will give special focus to the health sector particularty in the rural areas.

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Govt to revamp National Mental Health Programme: Ramadoss

New Delhi | April 15, 2007
Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has expressed concern over the tardy implementation of Mental Health Programme and said it would soon be revamped.

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Leprosy prevalence rate more than one in five MP districts

Bhopal | April 14, 2007
Five districts in Madhya Pradesh still has a leprosy prevalence rate of 1-1.94 per 10,000 -- more than the national standard of less than one per 10,000.

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Fortis Heathcare setting up four new hospitals

Kolkata | April 14, 2007
Fortis Healthcare Limited, one of the largest private healthcare companies, is setting up four new state of the art multi-care facilities hospitals in the country by 2008 with an estimated investment of Rs 500 crores.

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When 'prevalence' makes for disparity in AIDS care

Chennai/Gwalior | April 14, 2007
The third phase of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), set to kick-start this month, will see care and control strategies vary widely from state to state. States are classified as "high prevalence" and "low prevalence", based on declared numbers of the HIV/AIDS infected. But there is a difference in attitude towards AIDS control from state to state.

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India jois hands with global body for vaccine research

New Delhi | April 13, 2007
The union cabinet Thursday approved an agreement with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) headquartered in Seoul for joint vaccine research.

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AHSD will implement health facility in state

Barasat | April 13, 2007
Failing to implement the National Rural Health Mission to provide medical treatment at the grassroot levels, the Left Front government has given the responsibility on Association of Health Service Doctors, West Bengal (AHSD,WB).

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India to hike free treatments in fight against AIDS

Chennai | April 12, 2007
As India gears up to implement the third phase of its National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) this month, all districts will be made implementing authorities and the number of free treatments will be raised.

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Age for sexual debut in Orissa: 15 yrs

NEW DELHI| April 12, 2007
Youngsters in Orissa are indulging in sex at an early age, as early as 15 years. However, they have little or no awareness of HIV and its transmission routes, increasing their chances of contracting the deadly disease.

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Tribal women in need of good health system

BHUBANESWAR| April 12, 2007
At a time when medical science made a substantial progress and the Orissa Government claimed to have made healthcare available in remote pockets, most of tribal women interviewed by the State Commission for Women (SCW) said they depended on traditional methods of deliveries and other childcare practices.

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Healthcare to clock 32 pc growth in 5 yrs

Bangalore | April 12, 2007
Healthcare has emerged as a leading economic activity in the country generating 5.2 per cent of the GDP and looking at a 32 per cent growth annually over the next five years, Fortis Healthcare Ltd Executive Chairman Harpal Singh said today.

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Promote health education, not just sex education: Ramadoss

New Delhi | April 12, 2007
Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss today warned Yoga Guru Ramdev not to make ostentatious claims and called for promoting comprehensive health education in schools instead of just sex education.

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Malaria control prog to be strengthened in 45 endemic districts

New Delhi | April 12, 2007
In view of the resurgence of malaria, the government is planning to launch a concerted malaria control programme in 45 highly endemic districts of the country and strengthen the surveillance mechanism for all vector borne diseases.

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Health ministry to oversee food safety

NEW DELHI| April 11, 2007
The health ministry seems to have won the turf war with food processing ministry on the recently enacted Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

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Medical services in LNJP hospital disrupted

NEW DELHI| April 11, 2007
Medical services in the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital (LNJP) here were paralysed on Wednesday as the paramedical staff went on an indefinite strike after a resident doctor was allegedly manhandled by the relatives of a patient.

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Plan to develop Ayurvedic colleges

DEHRA DUN| April 11, 2007
The Uttarakhand Government plans to develop two Ayurvedic colleges as centres of excellence so that the traditional knowledge of medicines could be upgraded to compete with modern medicine.

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Stricter norms for chemists in Punjab

Chandigarh | April 11, 2007
The Punjab government and its pharmacy council will frame stricter rules for the chemists to curb addiction to medicines, especially among the youth.

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Tobacco products to pictorial warnings of cancer from June 1

New Delhi | April 11, 2007
Smokers beware! With every puff inhaled they would soon see pictures of corpses and adverse health impact of the habit like cancer, impotency and death in front of them Health Minister Anbumoni Ramadoss told reporters here today that from June 1, all tobacco products would carry a pictorial warning like corpses, difigurement caused due to cancer and smoking induced impotency.

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Breastfeeding can reduce infant mortality rates: Experts

Hyderabad | April 11, 2007
Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India, National Coordinator Arun Gupta today said over 20 per cent of all infant deaths could be prevented by breastfeeding within an hour of birth.

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India steps up surveillance to prevent bird flu outbreak

New Delhi | April 11, 2007
India has stepped up surveillance activities and border states alerted to take precautionary measures in view of the incidents of bird flu outbreak in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said today.

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Govt urges Novartis to desfrom challenging Indian patent laws

New Delhi | April 11, 2007
The Centre has urged multi-national pharma company Novartis to desfrom challenging India's patent laws and warned that it may force the country to go for compulsory licensing.

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Meet to devise strategic action to control malaria tomorrow

New Delhi | April 11, 2007
A National Meet on Malaria would be held tomorrow to deliberate on the disease situation and devise strategic District Action Plans for effective prevention and control of the parasitic disease in endemic districts.

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Deaths of three pregnant women lead to tension in Jorhat

Guwahati | April 11, 2007
Deaths of three pregnant women late last night at the Jorhat Civil Hospital led the angry family members to ransack the hospital today, alleging lapses on part of the doctors.

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Over 53% children face sexual abuse: Survey

NEW DELHI| April 10, 2007
In a shocking revelation, a government commissioned survey has found that more than 53% of children in India are subjected to sexual abuse, but most don't report the assaults to anyone.

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Ministries set to oppose more drug price control

NEW DELHI| April 10, 2007
Pharma companies seem to have garnered sufficient support from various government agencies ahead of the crucial meeting of a ministerial panel, scheduled for Tuesday, where the chemicals ministry, the nodal body for the sector, is going to make a strong pitch for stiffer price control norms.

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Ministries set to oppose more drug price control

NEW DELHI| April 10, 2007
Pharma companies seem to have garnered sufficient support from various government agencies ahead of the crucial meeting of a ministerial panel, scheduled for Tuesday, where the chemicals ministry, the nodal body for the sector, is going to make a strong pitch for stiffer price control norms.

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India's biotech industry emerging as world innovator

Washington | April 10, 2007
India's health biotech firms are emerging as a major global player, with growing means and know how to produce innovative as well as generic drugs and vaccines at lesser costs compared to giant Western companies.

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Docs' remedy: Team up

CHANDIGARH| April 9, 2007
It's a move to keep Kanwalpreets of the world at bay. Shaken by the hockey player's gunpoint-threat to a doctor in the OPD to speed up things, those in white coats at PGI have woken up to the urgent need for cutting short serpentine queues of waiting patients. The mantra is to team up.

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Jharkhand chemists float company to ensure cheaper medicines

Ranchi | April 09, 2007
In a move to make medicines cheaper, chemists in Jharkhand have floated a company to purchase drugs in bulk from multinational companies and distribute them to retailers.

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R&D Centre for toxicity tests on Ayurveda drugs

Kochi | April 08, 2007
Spurred by the bad name got by Ayurveda and Siddha drugs overseas due to alleged presence of heavy metals, the Centre has joined hands with the Kerala Government and industry players to set up a state-of-the-art research and development centre to carry out toxicity studies on ayurveda medicines.

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IMA calls for strong public health system in India

Visakhapatnam | April 08, 2007
With World Health Day being observed today, the Andhra Pradesh unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has decided to have International Health Security as the theme for this year.

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Capital Hospital to be converted into Medical College

BHUBANESWAR | April 08, 2007
Orissa government run Capital Hospital here will be converted into a Medical College and Hospital.

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Healthcare delivery system in for overhaul

BHUBANESWAR| April 08, 2007
High-level meeting discusses a host of measures to bring about changes in the State

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Concern over high infant mortality rate in State

BERHAMPUR| April 08, 2007
Schoolchildren, health activists and anganwadi workers took part in a rally organised jointly by the Citizens' Association for Rural Development (CARD) and the district Health Department to make people aware of the need to maintain good health.

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Rangasamy concerned over rise in infant mortality rate

Puducherry| April 08, 2007
Chief Minister N. Rangasamy has expressed concern over the rise in infant mortality rate (IMR) in the Union Territory and wanted the health authorities to accord priority to tackle the situation without loss of time.

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Cleanliness Survey ranks Delhi 8th

New Delhi | April 08, 2007
All the fuss by the Delhi government and civic agencies notwithstanding, a 'cleanliness survey' has ranked the national capital at number eight out of 18 state capitals in the country.

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Mystery disease claims one more life

Satna M.P. | April 08, 2007
The death toll due to a mysterious disease has gone up to seven with the death of one more child at Mala Toda village, 25 km from this district headquarters.

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WHO to initiate study on disease due to climate change

New Delhi | April 06, 2007
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Thursday said here that it would set up a special task force, first of its kind, to study the impact of climate change on health and steps to reduce the hazard.

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Build defence against health risks: WHO

New Delhi | April 05, 2007
The World Health Organisation today called nations to build the first line of defence against health risks by ‘investing, preparing and responding’ to dangers to public health through international collaboration and multi-sectoral approach.

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Six die in gastro related disease in Koraput

Koraput | April 04, 2007
A medical team today rushed to Gatiguda village in Narayanpatna block after reports of death of six tribal people and many falling sick in gastro related cases in the past three days.

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Global Hospitals to develop health city in Chennai

Hyderabad | April 04, 2007
With Madras High Court yesterday clearing the decks for acquisition of the hospital run by the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Charitable Trust in Chennai for Rs 257 crore, the city-based Global Hospitals today announced its plan to develop a Rs 1,000 crore health city in the metropolis.

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Govt doctors demand uniform retirement policy

Patna | April 04, 2007
Dissatisfied with the state`s decision to enhance the superannuation age for medical teachers from 60 to 62 years, government doctors today demanded a uniform retirement age for all doctors.

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Druggists' stand on MRP issue decried

BERHAMPUR| April 04, 2007
Lawyers and consumer activists have protested against attempts of chemists and druggists' associations to impose printed Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of medicines as `fixed price'.

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India launches Biofortication Prog. to improve health, nutritio

New Delhi | April 04, 2007
The Indian government has launched a programme to improve the nutrition and health of poor people by enhancing the nutritional content of key staple food crops.

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Satellites set to play good Samaritans in India

Bangalore | April 04, 2007
India will soon connect every nook and corner of its vast territory through satellites to provide education, health and other social services to people, especially those living in far-flung areas.

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Haryana looks to own medical university

Chandigarh | April 04, 2007
The Haryana government Tuesday proposed a medical university in the state to provide better healthcare to its people.

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Haryana to provide better healthcare facilities: Hooda

Haryana| April 03, 2007
Focus on construction of primary health centres and hospitals

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WHO aims to improve international health security

Singapore | April 02, 2007
The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a coordinating centre Monday to improve international health security amid heightened threats from emerging diseases and the danger posed by bio-terrorism.

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Northeast states sound bird flu alert

Guwahati | April 02, 2007
Regional governments in India's northeastern region have sounded an alert by restricting the entry of poultry from Bangladesh and Myanmar after the two countries reported an outbreak of bird flu, officials said Monday.

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MPs vow to fight malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh

Gwalior | April 01, 2007
Leaders of various political parties along with activists and film personalities have expressed concern for millions of malnourished children in Madhya Pradesh and have vowed to fight it.

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India has largest pool of patients, says WHO

New Delhi | April 01,2007
What is the more likely cause of death today a disease caused by germs or failure of one of the body organs? The answer depen

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Health insurance for handicraft artisans

NEW DELHI | April 01, 2007
Union Textiles Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela on Saturday launched a comprehensive health insurance scheme for handicraft artisans formulated in collaboration with ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company.ds on which part of the world you belong to.

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`Extend mid-day meal scheme to tenth standard students'

JAIPUR| April 01, 2007
The Akshaya Patra Foundation which runs mid-day meal programme for school children in Rajasthan and Karnataka has asked the Rajasthan Government to consider extending the facility to children up to the tenth standard.

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