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Health News

October 2007

'Women worst affected in conflict zones'

HYDERABAD: Oct 31, 2007
Prohibiting the use of contraceptives, banning abortions and guarding women against non-reproductive sex in the name of family honour are various methods of religious fundamentalism that adversely impact the reproductive and sexual health and rights of the women across the world.

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Call to check high mortality rate in Asia Pacific

Hyderabad | October 30, 2007 IST
The high maternal mortality rate and the rising number of deaths due to unsafe abortions in several Asian countries including India were a cause of concern, participants said at the fourth Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights here Monday

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Parents need to grow up to give kids sex education: Experts

Hyderabad | October 29, 2007 IST
Parents need to understand their children and when they begin growing up should discuss with them sex education, participants stressed on the opening day of the three-day conference on reproductive and sexual health and rights here Monday.

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Men should participate in empowering women: Chowdhury

Hyderabad | October 29, 2007 IST
Men should be involved in the process of improving the imbalanced sex ratio in the Asia Pacific region and help empower women, said Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury Monday.

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Exploring new frontiers in sexual, reproductive health

Hyderabad | October 29, 2007 IST
Focussing on the youth, a three-day conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights began here Monday, drawing over 1,000 participants from as many as 42 countries.

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British patients favour India most for treatment

London | October 28, 2007 IST
India has emerged the most popular destination for British patients wanting to undergo surgery for ailments that would otherwise take months to treat in the National Health Service (NHS).

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Diarrhoea and cholera kill 65 in Assam

Guwahati | October 28, 2007 IST
At least 65 people have died in an outbreak of epidemic of diarrhoea and cholera in the past two months in Assam and hundreds have been affected.

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AIDS spreading fast in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal | October 26, 2007 IST
The AIDS epidemic is spreading fast in the sprawling central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh where on an average more than one patient of the disease is found every day.

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5 big hospitals to come up in Health City

VISAKHAPATNAM: October 24, 2007
Plots have been allotted to four big hospital groups including Apollo and CARE in the Health City project coming up at Adarshnagar in the city.

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Maternity scheme norms: order reserved

New Delhi | October 24, 2007
The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved orders on an application by the People's Union for Civil Liberties seeking guidelines and a monitoring mechanism for effective implementation of the national maternity benefit scheme (NMBS) for pregnant women.

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Two percent of GDP to be spent on health: Ahluwalia

New Delhi | October 24, 2007 IST
Underlining the sorry state of healthcare facilities in rural India, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia Tuesday said the country would spend two percent of its GDP on health in the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12).

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Medical treatment at doorstep for poor Gujarat tribals

Ahmedabad | October 23, 2007 IST
For decades, people in the tribal areas of Gujarat have had to travel hundreds of kilometres to get proper medical treatment. But today telemedicine is giving them access to modern healthcare without undertaking the costly and tiresome journeys

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Hospital enters into tie-up with airline for providing a package offer to patients

MADURAI: October 23, 2007
Apollo Hospitals has joined hands with Jet Airways to come out with a package offer for patients at various places wanting to undergo treatment in Chennai.

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Mounting encephalitis deaths but little to check it

LUCKNOW: October 22, 2007
With nearly 300 people, mostly children, succumbing to the dreaded encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh since August this year, the sheer number of casualties has once again exposed the State Government's claims and the limitations of the preventive measures.

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Old men bear vasectomy burden

21 Oct 2007, IST ,TNN
LUDHIANA: Although these measures are meant to contain population, they have increased the tribe of those who stand to get incentives from vasectomy and tubectomy

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Doc to pay Rs 6 lakh as compensation

LUCKNOW:Oct 20 2007 IST ,TNN
Chairperson of the District Consumer Forum, Lucknow, OP Srivastava, in a landmark decision, ordered a city ophthalmologist working in a private nursing home to pay compensation to 10 years old victim who lost an eye due to his criminal negligence.

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I ndia empowering sex workers through female condoms

Hyderabad | October 20, 2007 IST
Thirty-five-year-old Laxmi feels much safer now- thanks to female condoms. And she is just one in an army of sex workers who feel the condoms have given them a new meaning in life.

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Pharma City set to become operational

VISAKHAPATNAM:Oct 19, 2007
The country's first industry-specific park named Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City at Parawada is getting ready to become fully operational.

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World Bank urged to prioritise health and education

WASHINGTON:Oct 18, 2007, IST , INDIATIMES NEWS NETWORK
As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) head for their annual meetings in Washington, international aid agency Oxfam has called on those at their helm to bring better education and health benefits to the world's poorest

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Conditions in mental hospitals in Maharashtra shocking: HC

MUMBAI: 17 Oct 2007, IST, PTI
Terming the conditions at four government-run mental hospitals in Maharashtra as "horrible" and "shocking", the Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the principal secretary (health) to file an action taken report within four weeks.

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Hospital fined for puncturing wrong vein

New Delhi: Oct 16, 2007
Delhi's Jaipur Golden Hospital has been slapped with a fine of Rs.30,000 by a court after a doctor punctured the wrong vein of a blood donor resulting in acute pain.

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U.P. encephalitis toll goes up to 303

Uttar Pradesh: Oct 15, 2007
Seven more die, 171 undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the State.

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Coimbatore Corporation to seek waiver of Siruvani arrears

MADURAI:Oct 14, 2007
The number of primary health centres (PHCs) in Madurai district is not in proportion to the population in villages and the State Government has been alerted about the shortage and the places where they are required.

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Blood storage centres to reduce maternal mortality

Chennai:Oct 13, 2007
State plans to set them up in block-level primary health centres

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Docs' strike hits health services

10 Oct 2007, IST, TNN
CHAPRA: The one-day token strike by medical officers of Saran district on Tuesday completely paralysed the health services here.

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39 polio cases in Bihar this year

KISHANGANJ:Oct 8, 2007, IST, TNN
The scourge of polio continues to haunt the states of UP and Bihar even as the drive launched for its total eradication has made a significant breakthrough this year

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Now diarrhoea hits Ahmedabad

AHMEDABAD:Oct 8,2007,IST,TNN
After dengue cases were reported in Ahmedabad, more than 40-50 casesof diarrhoea have been reported in the last three days in the Dariyapur ward under Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).

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10 maternal deaths in Madurai every month

MADURAI: Oct 7, 2007
Nearly 10 maternal deaths are reported in Madurai district every month despite focus on maternal care by the Health Department. Even as the authorities decided to observe October as 'make Madurai maternal death free,' the month's first case was reported in Tirumangalam on Saturday.

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Ahmedabad battles dengue cases

AHMEDABAD:Oct 7, 2007, IST, TNN
The aedes aegypti sting turned deadly as 27-year-old Yashodhar Patel succumbed to dengue at a city hospital here on Saturday.

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Hospital to pay patient Rs 20 lakh

NEW DELHI: Oct 2, 2007, IST,TNN
Life has never been normal for 35-year-old Sudha ever since she delivered a baby nine years ago.

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