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Health News

September 2007

Patient asks for water, Kolkata hospital staff give him acid instead

KOLKATA:Sep 30, 2007 IST, TNN
A patient was handed a bottle of acid when he asked for water to wash his hands at Eastern Railways' B R Singh Hospital on Sunday.

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Madhya Pradesh launched scheme to curb malnutrition

Bhopal | September 30, 2007 IST
Faced with a mammoth task of tackling malnutrition among women and children in the state, whose incidence has gone up, Madhya Pradesh government has now launched a new project to tackle the problem.

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Dengue cases detected in Orissa village

Jagatsinghpur (Orissa) | September 29, 2007 IST
Panic has gripped villages in Orissa's Jagatsinghpur district after the mosquito-borne dengue virus was detected in a few villagers. Nearly 300 people have reportedly been suffering from high fever for the past 10 days.

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Dengue hits AIIMS doctor, 87 cases in Delhi

New Delhi | September 28, 2007 IST
The mosquito-borne dengue has struck again, affecting a doctor of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here and raising the total number of cases reported so far to 87.

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Medical negligence alleged in woman's death

PATNA: Sep 28, 2007
A woman's two-and-a-half month struggle against alleged 'criminal negligence' by surgeons ended with her death in Darbhanga on Wednesday.

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'AIIMS-like hospital in Patna by 2010'

PATNA: Sep 28, 2007, IST,TNN
The Union government has planned to construct a medical college and hospital on the pattern of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Phulwarisharif here by 2010

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Punjab sets 100% lakh MMR target

PATIALA: Sep 26,2007 IST, TNN
With the maternal mortality rate (MMR) pegged unusually high at 178 per lakh in Punjab, the state government aims to reduce it to 100 and less by 2010

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Nod for Indian Institute of Public Health

NEW DELHI : Sep 25, 2007
The Delhi Cabinet on Monday gave its nod for establishment of an Indian Institute of Public Health here at Kanjhawala which would provide a sustainable response to the severe shortfall of public health professionals.

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Smallpox fear still exists in remote tribal areas

KORAPUT | September 24, 2007
Smallpox might have made its exit from the Indian sub-continent, but certainly not from the minds of tribal people staying in the remote parts of Koraput district. Popularly known as Basanta, the disease had been the major cause of deaths in the past and even today when medical science has ruled out its existence in the country.

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Shock for HIV+ woman in West Bengal

BOLPUR:Sep 24,2007 IST, TNN
Her husband left her nine years ago. But that wasn't the biggest blow.

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Govt alarmed over disease

LUCKNOW:Sep 24, 2007 IST, TNN
Alarmed over the recent spurt in the number of persons suffering from vector-borne diseases in Uttar Pradesh, state minister for health Anant Kumar Mishra and principal secretary for health and family welfare Arun Kumar Mishra would hold a review meeting of the health functionaries of four divisions on Monday.

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Govt alarmed over disease

LUCKNOW:Sep 24, 2007 IST, TNN
Alarmed over the recent spurt in the number of persons suffering from vector-borne diseases in Uttar Pradesh, state minister for health Anant Kumar Mishra and principal secretary for health and family welfare Arun Kumar Mishra would hold a review meeting of the health functionaries of four divisions on Monday.

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Punjab village shows zero birth rate

24 Sep 2007, IST, TNN
FATEHGARH SAHIB: While skewed sex ration has been a reason for concern in Punjab for a long time, a village here is suggesting a new trend, that of near negligible birth rate. As per official records, there have been only two births in Jalalpur village of Amloh sub-division in the last two years.

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The cholera warriors of Orissa

Kashipur (Orissa) | September 23, 2007 IST
Clad in a white sari and apron, 30-year-old staff nurse Arskmani Hembram moves tirelessly from one patient to another in the Kashipur government hospital in Orissa asking if they need any help.

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Junior doctors continue strike in Cuttack hospital

Cuttack | September 23, 2007 IST
The junior doctors' strike at the Sriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College in Cuttack entered its fifth day, adding to the miseries of the patients.

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Pvt hospitals flout free-bed rule

20 Sep 2007, IST, TNN
KOLKATA: They got land at throwaway prices after promising to keep some beds free for poor patients but when the cash registers started ringing, they forgot their promise. Now, Kolkata Municipal Corporation is out to set things straight

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1,000 Indian children die of diarrhoea every day: report

New Delhi | September 18, 2007 IST
One out of every five children who die of diarrhoea worldwide is an Indian.

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Uttar Pradesh doctors take retirement for private practice

Lucknow | September 18, 2007 IST
Government doctors in Uttar Pradesh have found a novel way to oppose the ban on them doing private practice - several have sought voluntary retirement.

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Four die of encephalitis, toll reaches 153

Gorakhpur: Sep17, 2007
With four more patients succumbing to encephalitis during last two days, the death toll due to the disease has risen to 153 in Gorakhpur and Basti divisions, official sources said on Sunday. Additional Director (Health) L.P. Rawat said that 14 new patients of encephalitis have been admitted to BRD Medical College Hospital and other district hospitals since January this year.

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US insurance firms sell Indian treatment

MUMBAI: Sep 17, 2007
That healthcare is unaffordable in the USA is well documented. That is also the reason why people from that part of the world are seeking out Indian doctors and hospitals to take care of their medical needs.

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Project 'Shaktiman' to check malnutrition in M.P. soon

Bhopal: Sep 17, 2007
Chief Minister to dedicate project in tribal Kesla block on September 28

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Extending helping hand to patients

Orissa: Sep 14,2007
Doctors Without Borders looking after the sick at the Biriguda PHC.

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NRI docs' healing touch for Bengal's poor

Kolkata | September 13, 2007 IST
Thanks to the initiative of around 20 NRI doctors, mostly from Britain and the US, a hospital is being set up here with the aim of providing quality healthcare at a low cost to the poor

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India needs 1.5 mn more teachers, doctors, nurses

New Delhi | September 13, 2007 IST
India needs at least 1.5 million more teachers, doctors and nurses to tackle the shortage of skilled manpower in the field of health and education, global voluntary group Oxfam International said here Thursday.

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Pharma cos want fewer price controls

NEW DELHI: Sep 13, 2007 IST, TNN
While seeking lesser price controls on drugs, industry chambers CII and Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India are of the view that regulatory action against companies should stop till a drug policy is finalised.

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Govt announces old age pension to all BPL citizens above 65

NEW DELHI: 13 Sep 2007,IST
In the midst of talk of mid-term elections, government, on Thursday, took a slew of decisions helping the common man including one to expand the ambit of payment of old age pension to all BPL citizens above 65 years.

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Court notice to AIIMS, Safdarjung on burns deaths

New Delhi | September 12, 2007 IST
The Delhi High Court Tuesday issued notices to the central government and the capital's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Safdarjung Hospital on news reports claiming that three burns patients died due to lack of treatment after they were refused admission in the two government-run hospitals.

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Child dies as docs come to blows

BEHRAMPORE:11 Sep 2007,IST,TNN
A seven-year-old girl died at the Gokarna primary health centre in Kandi, Murshidabad, on Monday morning while the doctors fought with chairs, scissors and scalpels.

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India to invest Rs.3 bn for nursing education

New Delhi | September 11, 2007 IST
India will invest Rs.3.19 billion for enhancing nursing education across the country within the next five years, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said here Tuesday.

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Anthrax scare in Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam (AP) | September 11, 2007 IST
An alert has been sounded in the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh about possible Anthrax outbreak after three human cases were confirmed.

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Death of 3: HC notice to Centre, hospital

NEW DELHI:Sep 11, 2007,IST, PTI
Taking serious note of the death of three persons here who were allegedly denied treatment due to lack of beds in hospital, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought responses from the Centre, Safdarjung Hospital and AIIMS administrations.

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Govt to check banned drugs sale

MUMBAI:Sep 10, 2007 IST, TNN
In a bid to contain the growing divide between safe and banned drugs, which continue to be available over the counter (OTC) in most medical stores across the country, the union health ministry has appointed a sub-committee to check into the circulation of banned drugs in India

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New homoeopathic hospitals

Muzaffarnagar: Sep 9, 2007
The Uttar Pradesh Government will open 135 new homoeopathic hospitals to improve healthcare facilities in the State.

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ICDS workshop on infant mortality held

BERHAMPUR:Sep 8, 2007
Till women had a say in respect of their marriage, mortality of newborns and mothers cannot be stopped, felt participants at a workshop organised by the Integrated Child Development Society (ICDS) in the city on Friday.

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Fake drugs add to patients' woes: CPI(M)

BERHAMPUR: Sep 8, 2007
There is no sign of abatement of cholera and gastroenteritis in the southern districts of Orissa as the medicines being supplied by the government machinery are either fake or of low standard, alleges the State unit of the CPI(M).

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Pre-natal sex test as good as female foeticide: Bombay HC

MUMBAI:Sep 7,2007 IST, PTI
Equating pre-natal sex determination with female foeticide and the tendency not to have girl child offends a woman's dignity, the Bombay High Court on Friday upheld an amendment to Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques Act banning sex-selection treatment.

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Hospital suspends admission

KOLKATA| September 05, 2007 IST
AMRI Salt Lake hospital has decided to suspend admission from Wednesday following a stir by some contract staff of the hospital

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Australian aid to combat AIDS in northeast India

New Delhi | September 05, 2007 IST
Australia has committed 10 million Australian dollars to curb spread of HIV/AIDS in four states of northeast India.

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Kickbacks to Ministers, Health officials, said World Bank but Govt sits on report

New Delhi: Sep 5, 2007
The World Bank's internal anti-corruption unit has alleged widespread corruption, including "witness statements" that kickbacks were paid to Ministers and officials of the Union Health Ministry, in its multi-million-dollar projects to reduce maternal and infant mortality.

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Medical body plea on licensing system

Rourkela| September 04, 2007
The Rourkela chapter of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society on Monday asked the Orissa Government to open a single window for licensing and renewal of nursing homes and ultrasound units while expressing concern over prenatal sex selection and female foeticide.

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Health cards for students

September 04, 2007
Nutritionally deficient students will be identified for special attention

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Extramarital relations spreading HIV/AIDS in Mizoram

Aizawl | September 03, 2007 IST
Health officials in Mizoram are worried over recent data that points to promiscuous sex among married people as one of the primary reasons behind the spread of HIV/AIDS in the northeastern state.

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At least 119 killed by cholera, diarrhoea in Orissa

Bhubaneswar | September 03, 2007 IST
The death toll due to cholera and diarrhoea in Orissa's three districts of Koraput, Rayagada and Kalahandi has risen to 119, health officials here said Monday.

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Diagnostic vans in rural areas

NEW DELHI: 3 Sep 2007, IST, TNN
In an effort to provide medical facilities to breast cancer and eye patients of remote rural areas, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, with the help of Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) and department of science and technology, is set to launch north India's first mobile mammography and tele-ophthalmology service.

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Study says slum residents live in sub-human conditions

CHENNAI | September 03, 2007
A study of 900 people living in Chennai's slums and pavement has found that 86 per cent survive on one meal a day.

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Nutrition awareness plan for rural

PUDUCHERRY| September 02, 2007
In an effort to create awareness among people about the importance of nutrition, the Food and Nutrition Board under the Ministry of Women and Child Development has embarked upon a plan of educating people in rural areas, particularly tribals, through training programmes, according to J.H. Panwal, Deputy Technical Adviser (Southern Region) of the Board.

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Delhi sees alarming rise in AIDS cases

New Delhi | September 02, 2007 IST
India may have reduced its HIV/AIDS-affected population at the national level by over 50 percent according to the revised estimates, but the incidence of the disease in the capital has risen dramatically from 498 cases in 2000 to 5,082 in 2007, says an official report.

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Encephalitis claims two more lives

Gorakhpur | September 02, 2007
Two persons died of Japanese Encephalitis (JE), while 36 were tested positive for the disease here on Saturday. With the two deaths, the death toll due to the disease has gone up to 95 since January this year.

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Rise in malaria, dengue cases worry Rajasthan

Jaipur | September 01, 2007 IST
There has been an increase in the number of malaria and dengue cases across Rajasthan. Over 50 cases of malaria and eight cases of dengue have been reported from Jaipur alone last month.

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