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Health News

November 2007

Medicines at fair price in state soon

Nov 30, 2007, IST , TNN
HYDERABAD: The Rs 2-a-kg rice scheme proposal may have been put on the backburner for now by the Congress government but a new proposal is being finalised to woo the masses.

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Gates Foundation's big donation for polio campaign

Nov 30, 2007
NEW DELHI: The Rotary International is being given $200 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a global campaign to eradicate polio that still affects children in parts of Africa, Asia and West Asia.

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"Indians uncertain of AIDS facts"

Nov 30, 2007
NEW DELHI: Indians rank HIV/AIDS as the most serious health problem facing the country today, and despite several awareness campaigns 59 per cent of the surveyed population still wrongly believe that there is a cure available for the disease. Encouragingly, though, a high percentage of Indians understand that AIDS is fatal.

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Contaminated ground water in Punjab causing DNA mutations in people

London | November 30, 2007, IST
Ground water in Punjab, India, has been contaminated to such an extent that it is now causing DNA to mutate in people who drink it, warns a research commissioned by the Punjab Water Pollution Control Board.

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Panel reassures medicos

Nov 29, 2007
CHENNAI: Compulsory one-year service in rural areas and extension of medical course period by another year will only be implemented if all stakeholders, including faculty members and students, accept the proposal, Sambasiva Rao Committee chairman R. Sambasiva Rao said here on Wednesday.

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State-of-the-art blood banks soon: Ramadoss

Nov 29, 2007
NEW DELHI: The central government will set up state-of-the-art blood banks in 600 districts across India and a model blood bank in all States within the next 2-3 years besides the National Blood Authority as a regulatory body, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss has said.

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Delhi court pulls up authorities for poor healthcare

November 29, 2007, IST
The Delhi High Court Wednesday pulled up the central and state governments for poor infrastructure and lack of facilities in the capital's hospitals even as authorities said the National Health Development Programme was being upgraded for improving patient care.

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"Big drop in misconceptions about HIV among sex workers"

Nov 29, 2007
PUDUCHERRY: It was revealed in the Behaviour Surveillance Survey, 2006

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Community health centre ransacked following death of an infant

Nov 28, 2007
BERHAMPUR: Angry mob ransacked the Community Health Centre (CHC) at Khallikote in Ganjam district on Tuesday following death of an infant due to alleged callousness of doctors.

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"Rural health scheme becoming a mockery"

Nov 28, 2007
NEW DELHI: Stating that the government was making a "mockery" of the rural health scheme, Communist Party of India member D. Raja on Monday said the new recruitment policy pertaining to deployment in rural areas was confusing and the Centre should clarify the entire issue.

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Centre directed to spell out scheme for treating HIV patients

Nov 28, 2007
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Union Health Ministry to spell out its scheme to provide Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) to HIV positive patients in government hospitals and for their proper rehabilitation.

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Healthcare sector to hit $75 bn

Nov 27, 2007, IST , Amrita Nair-Ghaswalla , TNN
MUMBAI: Major healthcare deals have been sewn up in the last couple of months. The healthcare sector, which attracted $379 million in 2006 — 6.3% of the total private equity (PE) investment of $5.93 billion, is expected to more than double from the current $35 billion to $75 billion by 2012, as per industry estimates.

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Ayush Hospital launched

Nov 27, 2007
BHUBANESWAR: Ayush Hospital and Trauma Care Private Limited has launched a 120-bedded state-of-the-art hospital here recently.

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Govt hospital patients narrate woes

Nov 27, 2007, IST , Faizan Ahmad , TNN
PATNA: When Laxmi Devi was rushed to Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) writhing in pain early last month to deliver a baby, the doctors there remained insensitive.

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State of the art blood banks in 600 districts soon : Ramadoss

New Delhi | November 27, 2007 IST
The government will set up state of the art blood banks in 600 districts across India and a model blood bank in all the states within next two to three years, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss at the National Conference on "How Accessible and Safe is 'Safe' Blood?".

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Govt opts for diploma doctors

Nov 27, 2007, IST, TNN
PUNE: Taking a cue from Assam and Chattisgarh, the Union health and family welfare ministry has decided to replicate the model of diploma doctors across the country.

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Haryana govt's health initiatives

Nov 26, 2007, IST, PTI
CHANDIGARH: Haryana government is spending Rs 15.74 crore for the construction of various health institution buildings, during the current financial year, to provide better services to the people of the state.

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11th Plan ignores disability sector

Nov 26, 2007, IST , Rema Nagarajan , TNN
NEW DELHI: Planning Commission's 11th five-year Plan has been charged with not only ignoring pressing concerns of the disability sector but also lacking clear policy directives for the coming five years.

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SC wants amendments in maternity benefit plan

Nov 26, 2007, IST , TNN
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has raised two serious caveats while allowing continuation of the National Maternity Benefit Scheme, providing Rs 500 cash assistance to every pregnant woman below poverty line (BPL) irrespective of her age and number of children she already has.

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Govt brings out a guide for medical treatment

Nov 26, 2007
PuneFor the first time in the country, the Government is attempting to work out the cost of medical treatment at all levels of healthcare and lay down guidelines to help both doctors and patients.

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Scheme to make PHCs, GHs environment-friendly

Nov 26, 2007
MADURAI:In an attempt to improve the status of primary health care centres and Government hospitals in taluk headquarters, the Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project (TNHSP) has introduced a new scheme 'Arasamaramum Arasu Aaspathiriyum' (Pipal tree and Government hospital), according to District Coordinating Officer P. Palanikumar here on Saturday.

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Free medical camp by Reliance attracts several villagers

Mumbai | November 26, 2007, IST
Nearly a thousand villagers were treated for various ailments at a free medical camp organised by Reliance Energy Ltd. (REL) in Maharashtra's Thane district.

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Assam suspends 135 junior doctors for ignoring patients

Guwahati | November 25, 2007 IST
The Assam government Saturday suspended 135 junior doctors from the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) after they refused to attend to patients

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Mental health programme in all districts: Ramadoss

Nov 25, 2007
Thiruvananthapuram: The District Mental Health Programme, envisaged under the National Mental Health Programme, for delivering mental health services at the community level, will be extended to all 14 districts in Kerala, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Anbumani Ramadoss has said.

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Only 1% Indians have medical insurance

Nov 25, 2007, IST, Gitesh Shelke & Rupa Chapalgaonkar, TNN
PUNE: Though the health insurance sector has recorded a healthy 38% growth during 2006-07, only 1.08% of the one billion Indians have secured medical insurance cover since 1986 when health insurance was first introduced in the country.

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'Private sector playing a major role in health'

NEW DELHI: Nov 23, 2007
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday that the private sector played an important role in providing basic healthcare services.

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Abortions among teens rising: Docs

Nov 23 2007, IST, Siddhartha D Kashyap, TNN
PUNE: The number of teenagers and young unmarried women going for abortions has risen sharply in Pune, sparking concern among gynaecologists over unsafe and unprotected sex.

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Ray of hope for 5,000 HIV+ people

Nov 22, 2007, IST, Kounteya Sinha, TNN
NEW DELHI: Nearly 5,000 HIV positive patients in India, who were facing imminent death because they had become resistant to the first-line Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) — the only known treatment that suppresses the HIV virus — have good news coming their way. For, India has finally decided to roll out the second-line ART from January 2008.

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Supreme Court: continue with national maternity scheme

NEW DELHI: Nov 22,2007
Easing of norms goes against family planning.

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2nd phase of AIDS vaccine trials halted

Nov 22, 2007, IST, TNN
PUNE: Plans for the second phase human trials of an AIDS vaccine candidate at the National AIDS Research Institute (Nari) here have been finally dropped because the vaccine candidate — tgAAC09 (recombinant adeno-associated virus vector) — has not been able to induce the desired immune response

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Health village for medicare, research coming up near Chennai

CHENNAI: Nov 22, 2007
A health village is to be established in Elavur, near Chennai, to serve as the hub for medicare and medical research in South Asia

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Rural healthcare in critical condition

Nov 22, 2007, IST, Kounteya Sinha, TNN
NEW DELHI: India's rural poor may soon have to rely on divine intervention to help them recover from illness as the health centres supposed to serve them run critically short of trained staff.

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HIV-hit: lower figures for India

NEW DELHI: Nov 21, 2007
The latest data on HIV/AIDS released by the UNAIDS shows that the disease prevalence — the percentage of people living with HIV — has levelled off globally and that the number of new infections has fallen.

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Delhi faces a steep decline in number of qualified doctors

NEW DELHI: Nov 21, 2007
The problem of high attrition rate has now begun to impact the Capital's hospitals, too, with leading health-related charitable trusts and government hospitals in and around Delhi facing an acute shortage of qualified doctors

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Pharma policy in limbo, GoM yet to take a call

NEW DELHI: Nov 17, 2007, IST, Rupali Mukherjee, TNN
Blame it on lethargy or simply disinterest. Even after a year of being referred to the Cabinet, there seems to be little done to finalise the national pharma policy, and importantly on extending price control to essential and life-saving drugs.

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UP shows success in anti-polio drive

LUCKNOW: Nov 14, 2007, IST, TNN
Uttar Pradesh has shown a remarkable improvement on the front of polio eradication this year.

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Why shouldn't docs be penalised for wrong AIDS diagnosis: Court

NEW DELHI: Nov 13, 2007, IST, TNN
Should doctors not be penalised heavily for wrongly diagnosing a person as HIV positive and discharging him in critical condition despite the fact that the patient needed counselling and treatment?

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New drug-resistant TB threat in India

Nov 13, 2007,IST , PTI
CAPE TOWN:India has a major health challenge on its hands, figuring second on the list of countries with the largest concentration of people suffering from XDR-TB, the deadliest form of tuberculosis that is resistant to the most effective anti-TB drugs.

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High maternal mortality among tribals, says women panel

BHUBANESWAR: Nov 13, 2007
Orissa State Commission for Women (SCW) said poor health infrastructure and absence of adequate skilled manpower has led to deaths of hundreds of mothers during child delivery in the districts dominated by remote tribal villages.

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Ramadoss to open Fourth India Health Summit

New Delhi | Nov 10, 2007 IST
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss will inaugurate the Fourth India Health Summit in the capital next week.

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Govt. to provide better health care facilities

Nov 10, 2007
CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Government will spend Rs.565 crore during the current financial year to provide better health care facilities to people at their doorstep, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced on Diwali-eve.

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AP No 1 in world diphtheria cases

Nov 7, 2007
HYDERABAD: A drive to immunise as many as 2,500 students of government schools in the city started on Monday with a shocking revelation that over 71 per cent of the world's diphtheria cases are from Andhra Pradesh.

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Health cover: Seniors may get more sops

MUMBAI: Nov 13, 2007 , Arti Sharma , TNN
Senior citizens, who are shown the door during renewal of health insurance and face high premiums that are loaded without any additional tax benefits, may have reasons to cheer.

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Why can't homoeopaths conduct deliveries? Anbumani

Nov 7,2007
'Homoeopathy a time-tested stream of medicine'

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Infertility drug cleared without proper tests

Nov 7,2007
Authorisation to market Letrozole for infertility treatment issued despite adverse toxicity indications.

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Men believe family planning is woman's business

Nov 6, 2007 IST , PTI
NEW DELHI: While an increasing number of Indian women are using contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies or space out children, men in the country still believe family planning is a woman's business and they should not worry about it, according to a survey.

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Youth demand sex education in schools

HYDERABAD: Nov 1, 2007
A youth group on Wednesday raised its voice against the denial of sex education by State governments.

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JNU signs pact for health research

NEW DELHI: Nov 1, 2007
Jawaharlal Nehru University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres Germany for cooperation in the field of health research

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