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Health News

January 2008

Bihar doctors to go on strike

January 29, 2008
Patna: Doctors owing allegiance to the Bihar State Health Services Association (BSHSA) will strike work on February seven and eight to protest against the State Government's alleged failure to meet their long pending demand for which they are struggling for a decade.

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Government's 'apathy' adds to patient's woes

Jan 30, 2008
KORAPUT: Guru Khosla, a 3-year-old patient from Janiguda near Koraput is lying on the bed in his hut for the failure of the State government to keep its promise to post a child specialist in the district headquarters hospital.

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Polio returns to Kolkata

Jan 30, 2008, 0152 hrs IST,Saikat Ray,TNN
KOLKATA: The city is suddenly facing a double virus attack. Even as the government is trying its best to keep the bird flu virus at bay, polio has made a comeback to Kolkata after a decade.

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Thirty persons down with gastroenteritis in Bangalore

January 29, 2008
BANGALORE: At least 30 people from two areas in Bangalore have been admitted to the Epidemics Diseases Hospital (Isolation Hospital) in the past four days after they reported symptoms of gastroenteritis.

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Delhi women get condom vending machines

Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 15:08
New Delhi: In an attempt to popularise female condoms, vending machines have now been installed in some places in Delhi.

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MoU on health education signed

January 27, 2008
NEW DELHI: Indira Gandhi National Open University on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha for cooperation and joint action to support development of research-based health education and training.

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Awareness campaign on Ayurveda, Siddha

January 27, 2008
NEW DELHI: The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in collaboration with the Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha launched a national campaign on Ayurveda and Siddha for geriatric health care with a national workshop at India Habitat Centre here earlier this week.

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Health insurance for BPL families

January 26, 2008
NEW DELHI: Minister of State for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes on Friday released a 'Smart Card' that will entitle the holder to health insurance cover up to Rs. 30,000 through listed hospitals.

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Ex-Orissa Health Minister received kickbacks, says World Bank review

Friday, January 25, 2008
BHUBANESWAR, JANUARY 24: The World Bank has alleged that former Orissa health minister Bijoyshri Routray received kickbacks in the approximately Rs 320-crore Orissa Health System Development Project (OHSDP) which began in 1998-99 and extended till March 2006.

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Company raided for hoarding drugs

24 Jan 2008, IST Khushwant Singh TNN
HOSHIARPUR: In a major embarrassment to the Punjab government, a drug trading company, which had issued an advertisement on Monday welcoming state chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and other ministers to Hoshiarpur, has landed in trouble for hoarding illegal habit-forming drugs (HFD).

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AIIMS-like Ayurveda institute to come up in Delhi

24 Jan 2008, IST , PTI
NEW DELHI: An AIIMS-like Ayurveda institute will be set up in the capital to carry out clinical research, drug safety evaluation and scientific validation of the traditional Indian system of medicine.

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Govt. plans to reduce maternal mortality rate

Chandigarh: Jan 11, 2008
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday announced that his Government was committed to reducing the maternal mortality rate to less than 100 by the year 2010 from 162 per lakh live births at present.

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'A child dies in India every 3 secs'

23 Jan 2008, IST , Kounteya Sinha , TNN
NEW DELHI: In India, over 2.1 million children die annually before reaching their fifth birthday, 50% of them not surviving even 28 days. Globally, the number stands at 9.7 million annually.

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Under-five mortality rate high in India, says UNICEF report

Jan 23, 2008
NEW DELHI: Of the 9.7 million children dying globally before they reach the age of five, India accounts for 2.1 million, though the mortality has declined by 34 per cent between 1990 and 2006.

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Raje pulls up health care officials

Jan 21, 2008
JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has taken a serious notice of the Medical and Health Department having spent only 50 per cent of the State Plan allocation so far and instructed the officials to speed up implementation of various programmes for health care of the poor.

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CGHS drugs being sold in Loni market

20 Jan 2008, IST , Lalit Kumar , TNN
GHAZIABAD: Where do all the medicines purchased for Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) go?

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Probe into medical scam

Jan 20, 2008
BHUBANESWAR: In an attempt to counter growing criticism from opposition parties, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday ordered a vigilance inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the implementation of the Orissa Health Systems Development Project.

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Health insurance for BPL families

Jan 19, 2008
CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Government has decided to launch "Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana" to provide health insurance cover to below poverty line (BPL) workers as a pilot project in Faridabad, Yamunanagar, Panipat and Bhiwani districts from this coming April 1.

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Intel Research to focus on mobile health care application

Press Trust of India
Posted online: Thursday, January 17, 2008
Bangalore: Intel Corp, the world's biggest semiconductor company, is developing a mobile health monitoring prototype that can monitor multiple physiological parameters using a wireless body area network.

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Discontent brews among docs again

17 Jan 2008, IST ,TNN
PATNA: Discontent among the government doctors has once again started to brew over the government failure to look into their long pending demands which include service conditions similar to that of the central government doctors.

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Patient's consent must for all operations: SC

17 Jan 2008, IST ,Dhananjay Mahapatra ,TNN
NEW DELHI: In a landmark ruling that would chasten private hospitals and nursing homes that are often accused of inflating bills, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that doctors cannot perform additional procedures during a scheduled operation without the patient's prior consent, except in cases where a life is in danger.

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Paswan launches new scheme for kids, women

Jan 17, 2008
DANTEWADA (CHHATTISGARH): The Union Minister for Steel, Chemicals and Fertilisers, Ram Vilas Paswan, has launched "Grameen Pushti Yojna" aimed at providing nutritional food to children, pregnant women and lactating mothers in the villages of this district.

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18,000 birds die in West Bengal

Jan 15, 2008
KOLKATA: The deaths of more than 18,000 poultry birds in over five days in two blocks of West Bengal's Birbhum district have triggered the fear of an outbreak of a bird flu epidemic.

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No prescription for ailing urban poor

14 Jan 2008, 0135 hrs IST ,Rema Nagarajan ,TNN
NEW DELHI: At a time when the government is talking big about rural health, it seems to have no strategy for urban health. This despite the fact that health indices for the urban poor have been consistently bad and becoming worse over the years, in some cases even worse than those of rural India.

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Govt's health awareness drive fails to create impact

Mumbai: Jan 13, 2008
What's in a name, they say. A lot, if a recent study is anything to go by. Be it HIV/AIDS or family planning, these are mere names or terms that 50% of today's youth in Maharashtra have just heard about.

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World Bank unearths fraud in 5 health projects

Jan 13, 2008
NEW DELHI : The World Bank has unearthed serious cases of fraud and corruption in five projects on eradication of tuberculosis and malaria and HIV/AIDS control.

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UK's NHS patients may travel to India for treatment

13 Jan 2008, 1059 hrs IST ,PTI
LONDON: Britain may soon permit patients at its state-funded National Health Service to travel to India for speedy and cheaper medical treatment.

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Govt to implement new heath care measures

New Delhi: Jan 12, 2008
The union government will introduce additional measures to enhance transparency in operations of ongoing and future health care projects following recommendations in fact-finding study of health care projects carried out by the World Bank. Among the key measures are a gradual move towards transferring the procurement process online, said a finance ministry statement.

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No anti-rabies vaccine for city's poor

12 Jan 2008, IST ,Sanjeev Kumar Verma ,TNN
PATNA: Taking anti-rabies vaccine in case of dog bite may not be a big deal for moneyed people. But for the poor, this really becomes a matter of concern, for majority of them can hardly afford to purchase the said vaccine, which is quite costly, from the open market.

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Court declines to direct Centre to ban drug

CHENNAI: Jan 12, 2008
The Madras High Court has declined to direct the Central Government to ban the manufacture and sale, Nimesulide, a drug prescribed for fever and body pain among children.

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Novartis faces fresh patent fight in India

Jan 10, 2008, C.H. Unnikrishnan
Novartis is still challenging Indian patent laws after the first patent application it filed for the drug which was a beta crystal form, was rejected by the Chennai patent office in 2006

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Corruption plagues World Bank aided health projects in India

Jan 12, 2008, 1239 hrs IST ,PTI
NEW DELHI: World Bank has discovered serious cases of fraud and corruption in the five health sector projects dealing with eradication of tuberculosis and malaria and HIV/AIDS control schemes.

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'Lapses in aided healthcare projects'

12 Jan 2008, IST ,AFP
NEW DELHI: The World Bank has exposed serious fraud in Indian healthcare programmes it has funded and said New Delhi had agreed to help stamp out corruption, officials said Saturday.

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Cabinet nod to trilateral pact in health & medicine

Express News Service, Posted online: Friday, January 11, 2008
New Delhi : The Union Cabinet in its meeting on Thursday gave approval to a trilateral memorandum of understanding signed by India, Brazil and South Africa in the field of health and medicine.

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No respite seen for pharma cos

Jan 10, 2008, IST,Noemie Bisserbe, TNN
MUMBAI: Investors are gearing up for a bitter pill from the pharma industry, as the third quarter ended December was marked by ever-rising competition and pricing pressure in US and European generic markets, lack of authorised generic drugs income and a firm rupee, analysts said.

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Pharma cos unlikely to get sops for R&D

Jan 10, 2008, IST,Gireesh Chandra Prasad, TNN
NEW DELHI: Drug companies like Dr Reddy's and Sun Pharma hoping for income tax sops for their stand alone research arms may be in for a disappointment. The finance ministry is not inclined to extend the benefit of tax exemption for the research expenses currently given to drug manufacturers who do in-house research.

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U.P. has a new plan for food distribution

Lucknow: Jan 8, 2008
In an effort to arrest rampant corruption in distribution of food grains to poor and needy persons, the Uttar Pradesh Government has readied a proposal on "cash food subsidy" from the Centre.

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Measles Initiative: focus on India

Anuradha Mascarenhas Posted online: Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Pune, January 7, 2008
Enthused over the drop in measles deaths worldwide from 7,57,000 to 2,42,000 between 2000 and 2006, Measles Initiative has decided to focus its attention on India, where an estimated 10.5 million children have not been immunised.

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Bihar sees big jump in polio cases

6 Jan 2008, IST , Kounteya Sinha , TNN
New Delhi: India's tedious battle against polio has faced a fresh setback, with Bihar reporting 193 fresh cases of the crippling disease in 2007 - the highest in the state since 1998. The state reported 61 polio cases in 2006.

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Health will get 2 per cent allocation: Montek

New Delhi, Jan 5, 2008
Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Friday said the government would increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) allocation for health to 2 per cent from the present 1 per cent in the XIth Five Year Plan.

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Foundation laid for health institute in Andhra

Hyderabad | January 02, 2008 IST
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

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Government rolls out free second line treatment to AIDS patients

New Delhi | January 02, 2008 IST
The new year began on a positive note for AIDS patients from poor families. The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) will now provide free second line treatment for the disease, urgently needed by those who have developed resistance to the first set of medicines.

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