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Health News

June 2007

Drive to administer anti-filaria drug

Berhampur: 21 June, 2007
Free administration of anti-filarial drug would be taken up in filaria prone costal districts of Orissa from June 22 to June 24. A public awareness rally was taken out from the municipal office in the city for the purpose.

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Drive to put check on midwivesMohali: 20 June, 2007 IST

Mohali: 20 June, 2007 IST
Had proper records been maintained about child births in the district, it would have been easier to locate the parents of ten-day-old girl child found abandoned at Kharar some days back. Learning a lesson from the incident, health authorities here launched a drive to check records of midwives from Tuesday onwards.

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Special funds for Primary Health Centres

Madurai: 20 June, 2007
A television set, Digital Versatile Disc, tiled walls, spruced up premises, invertors to ensure uninterrupted power supply and a separate bank account in its name.

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Madhya Pradesh may ban sale of vibrating condom

Bhopal | June 20, 2007 IST
The Madhya Pradesh government is contemplating a ban on the sale of Crezendo, a condom brand that comes with a vibrating ring, if it is proved to be a sex toy.

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No institutional deliveries here

Koraput: 19 June, 2007
Tala Kaipadar is a small village with some 100 families. It has a primary school, an anganwadi centre and a pucca road. But, in terms of factors that indicate development, it is no different from villages that do not have these facilities. None in the village has ever passed class seven. And, no child is born in any recognised institution of healthcare.

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Chikungunya: Health Ministers' meeting called on June 21

Salem: 19 June, 2007
The Union Ministry of Health will hold a high-level meeting with Health Ministers of States facing the threat of chikungunya, in New Delhi on June 21.

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Cancer drug patent case takes new turn

New Delhi: 19 June, 2007 IST
The much-awaited appeal proceedings in a cancer drug patent case could not begin on Monday as Swiss major Novartis AG, turning the tables on the government, raised a conflict-of-interest objection to the composition of the two-member bench of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB).

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Pharmas to compensate if treatment fails

New Delhi: 18 June, 2007 IST
There's good news for patients of chronic diseases. Now major pharma companies are offering 'money back guarantee' in case the (expensive) drug does not work on patients.

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Punjab wants ban on advertisements by doctors

Chandigarh | June 18, 2007
Taking serious note of doctors using advertisements to lure patients to their clinics and hospitals, the Punjab government Monday asked the state's medical council to take steps to ban such advertisements.

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New paradigm "in health delivery system emerging"

Puducherry: June 18, 2007
Director of Health and Family Welfare Services Dilip Kumar Baliga has said that time has come to formulate an integrated approach to tackle the life-style ailments such as diabetes, strokes, heart ailments and hyper tension.

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Measures to contain chikungunya

June 17, 2007
Following reports of chikungunya resurfacing in a big way in the State, the Government has launched a series of measures to contain the disease.

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Govt. allocates Rs. 392 cr. for safe drinking water

Chandigarh: June 17, 2007
The Haryana State Sanitary Board has decided to allocate Rs.392 crore for providing drinking water supply in the rural areas besides providing four lakh free water connections to Scheduled Caste households.

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'Involve SHGs in PDS'

Bhubaneshwar: June 17, 2007
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday directed Food Supply and Consumer Welfare Department to involve women self-help groups (SHGs) in public distribution system (PDS) in order to get better result.

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Anthrax claims two lives

Koraput: June 16, 2007
Two persons Kanga Mandinga and Sarba Mandinga of Doliambo village in Laxmipur block of Koraput district died of suspected anthrax in the last two days .

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New global health rules enter into force

Geneva | June 15, 2007 IST
The revised International Health Regulations (IHR) will formally enter into force Friday, aiming to make the world more secure from health threats.

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Better service coverage for women, children

Chandigarh: June 15, 2007
The Haryana Government has decided to constitute an inter-sector Coordination Committee of four departments -- Health, Women and Child Development, Education, Public Health and Sanitation -- to increase service coverage for women and children and ensure better quality of services, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said on Thursday.

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Two nurses for 16 ICU patients!

Patna: 15 June, 2007 IST
The Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH), a premier medical service provider in Bihar, is facing an acute shortage of nurses these days. The intensive care unit (ICU) and the medicine department of the hospital are the worst sufferers on this count

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482 suspected chikungunya cases in Karnataka

Bangalore | June 14, 2007 IST
At least 482 suspected chikungunya cases have been reported in Karnataka, officials said Thursday.

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Special medical camps in border districts

CHENNAI: June 14, 2007
The State Government is fully geared to prevent the spread of chikungunya fromneighbouring States.

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No. of fake drugs up 5-fold globally

MUMBAI: June 14, 2007 IST
There has been a five-fold increase in counterfeit drugs over 2006.

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Steps initiated to prevent spread of chikungunya from Kerala

CHENNAI: | June 12, 2007
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday issued orders for appointing 3,850 temporary field workers to eradicate mosquito menace and sanctioned Rs. 7.10 crore for undertaking the measures.

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Apollo sets up Asia's first health city in Hyderabad

Hyderabad | June 12, 2007
Apollo Hospitals Group, one of Asia's largest healthcare groups, Tuesday launched Apollo Health City, the first functional health city in Asia.

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Health dept sleeping as people die

CHANDIGARH: 13 Jun, 2007
Three days after Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal - following reports of several heat related deaths - directed health department to create mass awareness among public to take safeguards against the prevailing heatwave, it seems authorities are yet to shake themselves out of the heat generated stupor.

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An entire village hit by outbreak of chikungunya-like disease

MYSORE: June 13, 2007
An outbreak of a disease with chikungunya-like symptoms has affected a large number of residents in the village of Pushpagiri near Mysore over the last few weeks. While residents say that scores of families have been infected, district Health Department officials restrict the number of reported cases to 55 in the last seven days.

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Rs 4 cr to Kerala govt for Chikungunya

CHENNAI: June 11, 2007
The Centre, on Sunday, announced a package of Rs 4 crore to Kerala to tackle the reported outbreak of Chikungunya even as medical teams had been rushed to the affected areas to take stock of the situation.

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State Government on alert against chikungunya

CHENNAI: June 11, 2007
The State Government on Sunday convened a high-level meeting of officials here in view of the chikungunya epidemic in Kerala. It has planned a slew of measures to prevent the disease spreading in Tamil Nadu.A high-level meeting, chaired by the Chief Secretary, has decided, among other things, to increase surveillance along the State borders and intensify mosquito eradication measures.

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Where children lead the sanitation drive

Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh) | June 11, 2007
The schools in Markamtola village in Chhattisgarh have a unique feature. In addition to the attendance roster kept by the teachers, they also maintain a sanitation register for the students.

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Chikungunya affects Kerala's healthcare status

Thiruvananthapuram | June 11, 2007
Kerala's status of having one of the best healthcare systems in India has received a severe blow in the past one year due to the outbreak of chikungunya viral fever in the state.

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Govt. hospital nurses to go on strike

NEW DELHI: June 10, 2007
Staff nurses and group C and D employees of all major Delhi Government hospitals including Guru Nanak Eye Centre, Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan Hospital and Maulana Azad Medical and Dental College will go on a 24-hour token strike beginning Tuesday morning.

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Anxthrax claims 7 lives this year

BHUBANESWAR: June 10, 2007
Anthrax has claimed 30 lives in Koraput district during last seven years, the State Assembly was informed on Friday.

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'Incorrect figures of HIV cases in India'

NEW DELHI: 9 Jun, 2007
The number of Indians infected with the HIV in the country is substantially lower than the current official estimate of 5.2 million, according to National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and UNAIDS.

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AIDS claims 648 lives

BHUBANESWAR: June 9, 2007
AIDS has claimed a total of 648 lives in Orissa so far, the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Duryodhan Majhitold the State Assembly on Friday.

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Kerala seeks army help to tackle outbreak of fever

Thiruvananthapuram | June 09, 2007
The Kerala government has sought help of army personnel who will coordinate with the state's health service to control further spread of chikungunya viral fever that has so far claimed 36 lives, besides leaving nearly 100,000 affected.

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Kerala in chikungunya grip, thousands affected

Thiruvananthapuram | June 09, 2007
About 94,000 people in Kerala have been affected by fever in the last one week while about 7,000 patients have been identified with mosquito-borne chikungunya fever, according to the state health department.

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Govt. planning National Urban Health Mission

New Delhi, (PTI): June 7, 2007
After a healthcare programme for rural India, government is planning a similar scheme for the urban populace, especially the slum-dwellers.

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EMRI to expand emergency care services throughout India

Hyderabad | June 07, 2007
With its emergency health care services available across most of Andhra Pradesh, the Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), an initiative of Satyam Foundation, plans to cover the entire state by the month-end and then expand it throughout the country in the next two years.

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Kerala in chikungunya grip, seeks Centre's help

Thiruvananthapuram | June 06, 2007
With nearly 30,000 people in south and central districts of Kerala hospitalised with chikungunya fever, an infection spread by the Aedes mosquito.

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Two doctors booked for negligence

SIRSA: 6 Jun, 2007
Police on Tuesday registered a case against two doctors of a private hospital for alleged negligence in the treatment of a woman, which led to her death.

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Strengthen political oversight to eradicate polio: Ramadoss

New Delhi | June 06, 2007
Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss Wednesday urged Uttar Pradesh and Bihar - the two states accounting for 90 percent of fresh polio cases in India - to strengthen "political oversight" to fight and eradicate the disease from the country by 2008.

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Bihar doctors to seek mass voluntary retirement

Patna | June 05, 2007
Doctors, owing allegiance to the Bihar State Health Services Association, have decided to go ahead with their move to seek mass voluntary retirement if the State Government failed to meet their demands, including the implementation of central pay scales, within a time frame.

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Jharkhand postmen now deliver condoms too!

Ranchi | June 05, 2007,
The Jharkhand postal department has decided to step into the family planning programme and has started delivering condoms and contraceptives to people, especially in remote areas.quito, the state has decided to seek help from the central government

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An important win for domestic pharma industry

Chennai: June 4, 2007
In an important win for the domestic pharmaceutical industry, a government committee has concluded that there is no need to change the laws that govern drug registration in the country.

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Anthrax toll up

KORAPUT| June 04, 2007
Some 28 persons lost their lives due to Anthrax in the last five years, said K. Haribandhu Reddy, CDMO.

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Fluorosis-hit villages to get clean water

Bangalore| June 03, 2007
The residents of villages in 11 north Karnataka districts suffering from fluorosis will get clean water only after a year or so when the Government implements 34 schemes under the Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Project.

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Shortage of doctors gets acute in State

BHUBANESWAR| June 02, 2007
Even as the government is struggling to get qualified doctors to man its health centres, 10 organisations that were accorded NOC to offer MBBS course have failed to make any headway.

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Chikungunya: 25,000 people hospitalised

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM| June 01, 2007
About 25,000 people have been hospitalised in various districts of the State with symptoms of chikungunya, Health Minister P. K. Sreemathy said here on Thursday.

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Private medical colleges "can be set up in rural areas"

Puducherry| June 01, 2007
Health Minister E. Valsaraj has said that the Territorial Government is prepared to encourage private players coming forward to establish medical colleges in rural areas.

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Anthrax infection spreads in Orissa

Bhubaneswar | June 01, 2007
Two people in Orissa's Koraput district have died of anthrax, a fairly uncommon disease while many people have been infected by the virus, health officials said Friday.

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