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Health News

February 2008

Budget will take healthcare to rural areas: industry

Hyderabad | February 29, 2008 IST
The healthcare industry has welcomed the union budget presented Friday, saying it provides an incentive to take quality healthcare to semi-urban and rural areas.

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Conference on public health

Feb 29, 2008
NEW DELHI: The 52nd National Conference of the Indian Public Health Association will be held at Maulana Azad Medical College here from March 7 to 9.

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Health sector welcomes increased allocation, asks for more

New Delhi | February 29, 2008 IST
Doctors, health entrepreneurs and activists Friday welcomed an increased allocation for the health sector in the budget but said "the designated allocation is inadequate".

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India's health budget up by 15 percent

New Delhi | February 29, 2008 IST
India will spend 15 percent more on health with special emphasis on HIV/AIDS, polio and healthcare for the rural and urban poor.

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Chhattisgarh wants to recruit medical personnel in rural areas

Raipur | February 28, 2008 IST
The Chhattisgarh government plans to recruit nearly 1,200 personnel who have completed a three-year medical course to boost rural healthcare in the state.

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India's healthcare indicators remain dismal: Economic Survey

New Delhi | February 28, 2008 3:45:05 PM IST
Healthcare in India still lags behind countries like Sri Lanka, China and even Bangladesh on several key parameters despite some improvement in the sector, the Economic Survey for 2007-08 said Thursday.

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MRTPC probes drug sales curb to big retailers

28 Feb 2008, IST,Pankaj Doval & Rupali Mukherjee,TNN
NEW DELHI: Those opposing price discounts on medicine at big retail chains may soon face trouble with the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission asking its investigative arm to probe charges of restrictive trade practices.

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Government hospitals to go online

Feb 28, 2008
NEW DELHI: To facilitate information on availability of beds in various hospitals across the Capital, the Delhi Government is bringing all its hospitals online, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Maulana Azad Medical College here .

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Doctors, hospitals can no longer advertise

Feb 28, 2008
BANGALORE: Doctors and hospitals in the State can no longer advertise their professional services, whether boasting of "world-class services" or promising "freedom" from some debilitating disease.

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India found wanting as drug-resistant TB spreads

28 Feb 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: Drug-resistant tuberculosis is spreading faster than what scientists had ever anticipated, with several countries reporting an unthinkably high rate of infection.

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Anti-depressants not of much use'

27 Feb 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: Prozac, the world's most commonly popped anti-depressant, taken by 40 million people worldwide, does not actually help improve your mood.

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Negligence case against two surgeons

Feb 27, 2008
Sonepat: A case was registered against two eye surgeons for medical negligence here on Tuesday.

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82 polio cases reported in 2008: minister

New Delhi | February 27, 2008 IST
A total of 82 polio cases have been registered in the country this year, of which 69 were reported from Bihar alone, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare P. Lakshmi said here Wednesday.

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Vaginal ring to help combat HIV infection

27 Feb 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha ,TNN
NEW DELHI: An intra-vaginal ring, similar to the one used to deliver contraceptives and hormonal agents, is now being looked at by scientists to deliver anti-HIV microbicides.

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Quality can make pharma industry excel: Sahu

February 25, 2008
BERHAMPUR: The pharmacy education and pharmaceutical industry have to join hands in the field of research to meet the emerging global challenges, expressed delegates at the State convention of the Orissa units of the Indian Pharmacy Association (IPA) and Association of Pharmaceutical Teachers of India (APTI).

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WHO says world facing health worker shortage of four million

Geneva | February 25, 2008 IST
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there is a shortage of over four million health workers globally, with one million needed in Africa alone.

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Health mission to cover 100 cities in phase I

February 25, 2008
NEW DELHI: The National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) will cover 100 cities, including the four metros and Bangalore, in the first phase.

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Manufacture of patented drugs for export under study

February 24, 2008
CHENNAI: The government is to consider whether or not it should allow its drugs companies to manufacture patented medicines for export to poor countries at a hearing scheduled in the Delhi Patent Office late next week.

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Centre urged to increase spending on health sector

February 24, 2008
NEW DELHI: Health experts and campaigners have urged the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre to deliver on its promise of investing three per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), instead of the current 0.9 per cent, in the health sector in the forthcoming Union Budget.

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Urban Health Mission in three months: Anbumani

February 23, 2008
BANGALORE: The Centre will launch a National Urban Health Mission at a cost of Rs. 8,000 crore in about three months. The mission will cover all cities and towns with more than one lakh population, Health Minister Anubumani Ramadoss said on Friday. To begin with, it would be launched in about 450 cities and towns. It would focus on 5.5 crore slum dwellers.

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India hotspot for new infectious diseases: Report

22 Feb 2008, IST,TNN
NEW DELHI: India is a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), a study by an international team of scientists which recently published its findings in the journal Nature has warned.

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Woman delivers outside hospital, dies

22 Feb 2008, IST,TNN
NEW DELHI: Twenty-seven-year-old Hemanti could not be saved but justice might still be done. Serious action has been taken against three doctors held responsible for the shocking case of medical negligence in Swami Dayanand Hospital on February 16.

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Child mortality: India's record worse than Bangladesh

21 Feb 2008, IST,Neelam Raaj,TNN
NEW DELHI: With two million children under the age of five dying every year, India has a dismal record in child mortality.

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Kolkata has second highest incidence of cholera in the world: Study

Washington | February 20, 2008 IST
A collaborative study in India, Korea, Indonesia and Mozambique has found that the Indian city of Kolkata has the second highest incidence of cholera in the world.

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44% kids below 3 years in India malnourished: UNFP

19 Feb 2008, IST,IANS
NEW DELHI: India is home to the largest number of undernourished people in the world, said country director of the United Nations World Food Programme (UNFP), and added that malnutrition in tribal areas is a vicious cycle of underdevelopment, ignorance and unemployment that requires a multi-pronged solution.

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Better rural health services planned

Feb 19, 2008
JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Government is framing rules for expansion of health services in the rural areas, under which selected doctors will be required to serve in villages.

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Haryana Government to rent out eight dispensaries to Gurgaon corporate houses

Feb 18, 2008
Chandigarh: The Haryana Government will rent out its eight dispensary buildings pertaining to health Department in Gurgaon district to private corporate houses "as these were lying abandoned since their construction".

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"Staff shortage affecting rural heath services in U.P."

Feb 18, 2008
LUCKNOW: Acute shortage of medical staff, absenteeism among doctors and lack of infrastructure are adversely affecting the delivery of health services to the rural people in Uttar Pradesh, the Comptroller and Auditor General has said.

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ESI hospital upgraded

Feb 17, 2008
Chandigarh: The 50-bed ESI hospital at Mandi Gobindgarh has been upgraded and it would cater to the needs of industrial workers.

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Couple awarded for health research

15 Feb 2008, IST,TNN
NAGPUR: Dr Abhay and Dr Rani Bang of Vidarbha who have earned international fame for their pioneering research in public health and child mortality at their Gadchiroli-based Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH) have been awarded this year's Quimpro Platinum Award.

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Free medical care for BPL families soon

Feb 15, 2008
JAIPUR: Over 6.08 lakh families living below the poverty line (BPL) in eight districts of Rajasthan will benefit from a unique medical care scheme – starting on April 1 this year – as part of which they will get free treatment, medicines and hospitalisation on the basis of a "smart card" issued to them.

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Sparks fly over health project scam

Feb 15, 2008
BHUBANESWAR: The State Assembly on Thursday witnessed noisy scenes and heated arguments with the Opposition demanding a CBI inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the World Bank-funded Orissa Health Systems Development Project.

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Priority for health and education in upcoming Haryana budget

Feb 14, 2008
CHANDIGARH: Haryana Finance Minister Birender Singh said on Wednesday that priority would be given to infrastructure, agriculture, health and education sectors in the forthcoming State Budget.

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'High prevalence of gay sex in Pune, Bangalore'

Feb 14, 2008
NEW DELHI: Pune and Bangalore are emerging as major cities having a high prevalence of gay sex or men having sex with men (MSM).

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India in the grip of a smoking epidemic: study

Feb 14, 2008
Likely to cause nearly a million deaths a year by 2010; more than half of these among poor and illiterate people

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Committees for health, hygiene in villages

Feb 13, 2008
CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Health Department has commissioned 5,086 Village Health Sanitation Committees (VHSC) to bridge the gap between demand and supply of quality and timely health care services and strengthen decentralised health planning, Haryana Commissioner and Secretary (Health) Navraj Sandhu said here on Tuesday.

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Pharma firms under US pressure to stop generic sale

13 Feb 2008, IST,Rupali Mukherjee,TNN
NEW DELHI: Big Pharma (Pfizer, GSK) of US seems to be increasingly arm-twisting and threatening domestic generic companies including Cipla and Cadila to prevent them from offering essential drugs to treat millions across developing countries.

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Rise in polio cases, WHO concerned

12 Feb 2008, 0558 hrs IST,Bhuvaneshwar Prasad,TNN

Kishanganj: The World Health Organisation (WHO) and state health department officials are visibly concerned over the raging of P3 polio virus though they have somewhat been able to checkmate the spread of the "deadlier" P1 type across the country.

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Polio strikes after vaccine phobia

12 Feb 2008, 0219 hrs IST,TNN
Kolkata: When Azaduddin Hossain refused to let his son Sahabuddin be administered the polio vaccine, little did he realize how dear it would cost him.

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"Need to invest more on building stronger rural health mission"

Feb 11, 2008
NEW DELHI: "It is important that India continues to invest more in building a stronger rural health mission.

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More investment sought in public healthcare

Feb 11, 2008
NEW DELHI: The Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), an organisation that analyses budget from the perspective of the poor and the marginalised, has presented a case for increasing investment in public healthcare in India.

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Govt sleeps on thalassaemia menace

10 Feb 2008, IST,Sumati Yengkhom,TNN
KOLKATA: You could blame it on lack of awareness. Or plain neglect. But the fact is, West Bengal accounts for one-third of the thalassaemic children in India.

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Fake drugs market growing at alarming rate: ASSOCHAM

10 Feb 2008, IST,PTI
NEW DELHI: With sale of fake and spurious drugs continuing unabated in the country, industry body ASSOCHAM said the market is growing at an alarming rate of 20-25 per cent, which has already exceeded the Rs 15,000-crore per annum mark nationally.

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Norway partners India to fight child mortality

Feb 9, 2008
JAIPUR: The Norway-India Partnership Initiative (NIPI), launched by Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at Rarah in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan earlier this week, will lay emphasis on reducing child and maternal mortality ratios and strengthen the National Health Mission through the joint health programme for children.

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4 persons die of suspected anthrax

Feb 9, 2008
NEW DELHI: Four suspected anthrax deaths have been reported from Koraput district of Orissa while five persons are being treated for the disease in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.

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$3 million polio grant to UNICEF by Rotary

Feb 8, 2008
NEW DELHI: The Rotary Foundation has granted $3 million to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for creating awareness against polio in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The campaign will target more than 4,000 communities.

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Rural stint norms for med grads eased

8 Feb 2008, IST,Hemali Chhapia,TNN
MUMBAI: MBBS students will graduate to doctors fastest in Maharastra. In a watershed decision, the state government has decided to cut down on the forced rural stint that medical students need to undergo before they graduate and start practising.

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Bihar govt doctors go on strike, medical services hit

7 Feb 2008, IST,PTI
PATNA: About 4,200 government doctors owing allegiance to the Bihar State Health Services Association (BSHSA) went on a two-day strike from midnight to press their demands, including central pay scales.

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Pharma sees future in new drug delivery

7 Feb 2008, IST,Rupali Mukherjee,TNN
NEW DELHI: Shrinking number of new innovative drugs and increasing number of blockbuster medicines going off-patent, is driving the growth of niche segments such as novel drug discovery systems (NDDS), and at the same time, becoming a big opportunity for pharma majors.

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Orissa plans monthly pension for HIV-positive persons

Feb 6, 2008, IST,PTI
BERHAMPUR: In a significant move, the Orissa government has decided to provide monthly pension to the HIV-positive persons under the state-sponsored 'Madhu Babu Pension Yojana' from this month, official sources said.

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National Medical Library goes online

Feb 6, 2008
Medical literature in the country is now just a mouse click away with the National Medical Library launching its online version on Tuesday.

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Anthrax in WB: Vaccination drive on

5 Feb 2008,IST,PTI
COOCHBEHAR: Vaccination drive began on Tuesday in Coochbehar district where six cows died of anthrax.

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State doctors on the warpath

Feb 5, 2008
BHUBANESWAR: Members of the Orissa Medical Services Association (OMSA), the largest body of government doctors, on Wednesday decided to submit their resignation papers en masse on February 18 putting the State government on a one-month notice.

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Seven Rajasthan districts in U.N. assistance list

Feb 4, 2008
JAIPUR: Seven districts of Rajasthan have been included in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) programme for poverty alleviation, health care, education, women and child development and training to elected representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions.

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Website for women's health issues

Feb 3, 2008
New Delhi: For Indian women on a look out for a resource to answer their queries regarding their health and nutrition problems, an expert will just be a click away.

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Proposal to make HIV testing compulsory before marriage

Feb 1, 2008
MUMBAI: A committee of legislators has proposed that testing for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) be made compulsory before marriage, and recommended that Maharashtra pass the required law.

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123 new cases of gastro reported

1 Feb 2008, IST,TNN
BANGALORE: At least 123 new cases of gastroenteritis were reported at BBMP Maternity Home, Thimmaiah Road, on Thursday. Five patients suffering from acute diarrhoea were referred to Epidemic Diseases Hospital.

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Pregnant mothers prescribed high-risk drug

1 Feb 2008, IST,Rucha Biju Chitrodia,TNN
There are fears that some manufacturers of oral progesterone—the hormone administered to support high-risk pregnancy—are promoting the drug as a "tonic" even for normal pregnancy.

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