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Health News

April 2008

Call to strengthen health care services in rural areas

April 30, 2008
JAIPUR: The Rajasthan report of the National Family Health Survey-3 was released here on Tuesday with a call to strengthen delivery of health care services in the rural areas by improving the infrastructure and generating awareness among the local communities to enable them to get benefits of various schemes.

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Friendly health clinics for young

30 Apr 2008, IST,Ramaninder K Bhatia,TNN
CHANDIGARH: Worried about the 'corrupting' influence of sex education, Maharashtra recently decided that school children in the state would have none of it.

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Website on public health at national level launched

New Delhi | April 29, 2008 IST
Recognising the need for a dedicated and user friendly website that can provide requisite information to people related to urban water supply and sanitation at National level, CPHEEO website (http://cpheeo.nic.in) is launched here, today.

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Concern over Government's apathy towards malnutrition

April 28, 2008
NEW DELHI: The "Working Group On Children Under Six" has expressed concern over the fact that despite high levels of malnutrition among children in the country, the Government was responding to the issue in a tardy manner with "no sense of urgency and commitment".

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Government to focus on post-vaccination problems

April 28, 2008
MADURAI: Next Wednesday, when thousands of children across the State go for routine vaccination, life-saving drugs/ adequate medical staff and ambulances will be available at all Primary Health Centres.

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Govt to provide INR 100 cr to pharma industry

28 April 2008
With a view to promote research and development in the pharmaceutical sector, the government plans to provide soft loans of INR 100 crore to the industry in the current fiscal.

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Over 800 rural hospitals don't have a single doctor

April 28, 2008
There was a shortage of 4,833 primary health centres (PHCs) across India and over 800 rural hospitals were functioning without a single doctor, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss told parliament Wednesday.

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Govt to set up pharma dept

April 28, 2008
Amid tough price regulation and hectic discussions to finalise a new drug pricing policy by the department of chemicals and petrochemicals, the government has decided to carve out a new department of pharmaceuticals from it.

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New immunisation practices mooted

April 26, 2008
MADURAI: A new set of procedures to administer vaccines to children will be tried in the State, following the death of four infants in Tiruvallur district after measles vaccination.

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Pregnant woman turned away from hospital, delivers in train

April 26, 2008
Kanpur: Turned away from a government hospital because of her inability to deposit Rs 500 as admission fees, a pregnant woman gave birth to a child in a running train in Jhijak area of the district.

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Japanese encephalitis claimed 963 lives in India

New Delhi | April 26, 2008 IST
With no specific anti-viral drug available to contain Japanese encephalitis (JE) in India, the mosquito-borne disease claimed 963 lives in 2007 - an increase of nearly 45 percent over the previous year.

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Waiting for blood, she miscarries outside GTB

26 Apr 2008, IST,TNN
NEW DELHI: Pregnant with twins, 30-year-old Indu in her fifth month suffered a miscarriage and delivered aborted fetuses outside Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital on Friday

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Small blood banks to be closed

25 Apr 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: Small blood banks, collecting less than 1,000 units of blood annually from voluntary donors, will soon be shut down.

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Denied treatment, Dalit woman dies

25 Apr 2008, IST,Faiz Rahman Siddiqui,TNN
KANPUR: Denied treatment at a hospital here due to which she gave birth to a still-born baby, a 28-year-old dalit woman, unable to bear the trauma, died on Thursday.

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Woman delivers outside after hospital refusal

25 Apr 2008, 2150 hrs IST,PTI
NEW DELHI: The family of a 35-year-old woman on Friday alleged that she delivered stillborn twins at the gates of a government hospital here after she was denied admission.

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Deadliest form of malaria on the rise in India

25 Apr 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: Malaria caused by the deadly plasmodium falciparum parasite is becoming common in India.

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Govt's plan to fight malaria runs into glitch

25 Apr 2008, IST,TNN
NEW DELHI: A small hitch has stalled India's plan to introduce long-lasting insecticidal bed nets (LLINs) — considered by the World Health Organisation as one of the most vital interventions for protecting populations at greatest risk of malaria.

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Domestic violence, malnutrition linked in India

Washington | April 25, 2008 IST
Preventing domestic violence could be just as effective as a pharmaceutical approach in combating anaemia among women in India, say researchers. They found that women and children in India experiencing multiple incidents of domestic violence are more likely to be anaemic and underweight.

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Child death forces India to recall measles vaccine

The recall came after four infants who received the measles vaccine in the southern state of Tamil Nadu died on Wednesday.

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Vaccine shots kill 4 children

April 24, 2008
5 undergoing treatment; batch from which vaccine was taken suspended.

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Overcharged for medicine? Call helpline

24 Apr 2008, IST,Rupali Mukherjee,TNN
NEW DELHI: There's good news for consumers. If you have been overcharged while buying a medicine, or simply cannot find a particular medicine in the market, you will soon be able to call a 24x7 helpline and register a complaint.

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Sex education in Maharashtra schools

23 Apr 2008, 0358 hrs IST,TNN
MUMBAI: After much stormy debate on the introduction of sex education in schools, the state government has decided to make the subject compulsory in schools from Standard IX.

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Docs on strike, woman gives birth in taxi

20 Apr 2008, IST , TNN
MUMBAI: In a distressing fallout of the ongoing doctors' strike across public hospitals in the state, a woman delivered a baby girl in a taxi at Mahim after being turned away from the civic-run Bhabha Hospital in Bandra.

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Rats nibble at child's eye in hospital

20 Apr 2008, IST , TNN
KOLKATA: Field rats nibbled at a newborn's eye at Barasat district hospital early on Saturday and left the face hideously scarred.

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“Why delay pharma policy?”

20 Apr 2008
NEW DELHI: A parliamentary panel has pulled up the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals for delay in finalising the National Pharmaceutical Policy, 2006.

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Central panel to inspect city-based BCG lab

18 Apr 2008, IST , Pushpa Narayan , TNN
CHENNAI: The union health and family welfare ministry has appointed a seven-member committee to lay guidelines for conversion of the BCG Vaccine Laboratory, Chennai into a drug testing facility.

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HC pulls up govt over docs' private practice

17 Apr 2008, IST , TNN
LUCKNOW: The high court on Wednesday pulled the state government and CSMMU for unrestrained private practice by government doctors and faculty members since 1983, the year it was banned.

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Lifestyle disease deaths may double by 2015!

17 Apr 2008, IST , AFP
Seoul: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), world deaths from "lifestyle" diseases will double by 2015 unless all-out efforts are taken to combat them.

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Docs beg to make themselves heard

17 Apr 2008, IST , TNN
NAGPUR: The state-wide strike of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) entered its second day on Wednesday, but it was the interns who appeared more aggressive than the residents.

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Meningitis claims 38 lives in Meghalaya

16 Apr 2008, IST , Kounteya Sinha , TNN
NEW DELHI: Meghalaya is facing an unprecedented outbreak of meningitis or the deadly brain fever.

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Ranbaxy sees $1.5 bn gain from drug deal

16 Apr 2008, IST , TNN
NEW DELHI: Ranbaxy expects to earn $1.5 billion in revenue during 2008-2014 from an agreement reached with pharma major AstraZeneca over the world's second largest ulcer drug Nexium

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Pharma MNCs seek stricter patent law

15 Apr 2008, IST,Rupali Mukherjee,TNN
NEW DELHI: After the Roche-Cipla row over anti-cancer drug Tarceva, a major issue is threatening to widen the divide between pharma MNCs and the domestic industry.

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Why your doctor's handwriting needs cure

15 Apr 2008, IST , Risha Chitlangia , TNN
A popular joke about doctors is that their handwriting can only be understood by their spouse or a chemist.

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Pharma MNCs seek stricter patent law

15 Apr 2008, IST , Rupali Mukherjee , TNN
NEW DELHI: After the Roche-Cipla row over anti-cancer drug Tarceva, a major issue is threatening to widen the divide between pharma MNCs and the domestic industry.

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Mental health 'docs' without MBBS

13 Apr 2008,IST,Ashwin Ahmad,TNN
Goa recently hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Shame capital, tourist terror spot... it's been called many names. But a medical programme in the sleepy town of Siolim, north Goa, might help change that image.

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Sick of the system, but no cure in sight

13 Apr 2008, IST
Noble profession? I wonder. After a nerve-racking 130-hour week, I don't feel noble — only extremely fatigued. Besides, doctors in this country don't get the respect they deserve. The other day I was on my night shift, attending to a serious patient, when three-four people from a nearby jhuggi came into the ward and demanded immediate attention.

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Shortage of specialists puts healthcare on life support

13 Apr 2008, IST
When seven-month-pregnant Khiloni of MP's Gwalior district started haemorrhaging, her family bundled her into a bullock-cart and took her to the nearest primary health centre in Murar block.

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700 quacks in govt jobs, running clinics in Chandigarh

13 Apr 2008, IST,Saurabh Prashar,TNN
CHANDIGARH: Risking the lives of innumerable unsuspecting people, some 700 "graduates" of a bogus paramedical institute in Chandigarh have reportedly been absorbed in government jobs and are running private clinics.

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U.S. award for Goa-based NGO

April 13, 2008
PANAJI: Sangath, a Goa-based public health institution focusing on child development, adolescent and family guidance and behavioural and mental health services, is one of the eight organisations from six countries that have won the 2008 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

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Health check-up campaign

April 12, 2008
CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Health Department has launched a health check-up campaign in various schools under the National Rural Health Mission to examine children in the age group of five to 15 years.

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Two new schemes for MCD hospitals launched

April 11, 2007
NEW DELHI: Municipal Commissioner K. S. Mehra commissioned a Hospital Information System and Electronic Patient Folder at Hindu Rao Hospital here on Thursday.

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All kids to get jabs against pneumonia

11 Apr 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha
NEW DELHI: India will soon start vaccinating children against pneumonia, which accounts for a fifth of all deaths of kids below five years in the country.

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Doctors paralyse Uttar Pradesh's biggest hospital

Lucknow | April 11, 2008 IST
Out to defy court orders against private practice, doctors of the King George's Medical University (KGMU) here Friday paralysed all patient care services in Uttar Pradesh's biggest hospital.

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'Single shot will protect against many diseases'

11 Apr 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: Detailing India's plan to vaccinate children against pneumonia, health minister A Ramadoss said on Thursday.

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National Mental Health Programme poised for massive expansion

9 Apr 2008
NEW DELHI: The National Mental Health Programme is set for expansion during the XI Five Year Plan period with a proposed outlay of over Rs.1,000 crore. Suicide prevention will be an important part of the programme since such cases have shown an increase lately.

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India's rural health mission not delivering results: Unicef

Udaipur (Rajasthan) | April 09, 2008 IST
India's rural health mission is failing to deliver results, says a top Unicef official, pointing out that half of the country's women still deliver babies at home and it still contributes 20 percent of the world's child mortality.

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Anaemia eradication programme launched

Agra | April 09, 2008 IST
An anaemia eradication programme has been launched in Uttar Pradesh to create awareness through public meetings and talks.

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Ranbaxy to help DBT in TB drug research

April 9, 2008
Ranbaxy has signed an agreement with the Department of Biotechnology in India to support New Drug Discovery Research (NDDR) for tuberculosis.

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'92.1% LNJP medicos have no patience for patients'

8 Apr 2008, IST,Abantika Ghosh,TNN
nEW DELHI: This might explain the recurrent incidents of vandalism and violence against healthcare professionals in city hospitals and the disintegrating doctor-patient bond.

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Mobile hospitals carry smiles to rural India

New Delhi | April 07, 2008, IST
If they can't come to us, let us go to them. Armed with this ideology, a mobile hospital with all amenities for basic health care services, given free, has been doing the rounds in rural India across five states. Now it will run on Delhi's roads.

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Vaccine labs to be turned into drug-testing units

7 Apr 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
New Delhi:Three of India's oldest vaccine manufacturing units - BCG Vaccine Laboratory (Chennai), Pasteur Institute of India (Coonoor) and the Central Research Institute (Kasauli) - which were recently shut down for failing to comply with WHO's good manufacturing practices norms, are now being turned into central drug testing laboratories.

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300 million impoverished Indians to get medical insurance

New Delhi | April 06, 2008 IST
The Indian government plans to provide medical insurance to the country's 300 million poor people, most of whom work in the unorganised sector and are thus deprived of quality healthcare.

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Study highlights problems in health sector

April 5, 2008
BHUBANESWAR: Orissa, which has the poorest health indicators in the country with very high levels of mortality, morbidity and malnutrition, needs to do away with 'inequities' in its health sector such as disparities among rural-urban population, social groups and regions.

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"Cancer kills more women in Punjab"

April 5, 2008
CHANDIGARH: While increasing cancer deaths have come under considerable scrutiny, Punjab presents a unique case as it reports more women dying due to the disease as compared to men.

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Medical tourism booming in India'

4 Apr 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: For Indian doctors, western shores could be greener. But for an increasing number of foreign patients, Indian hospitals are fast becoming their first choice. Over 1.5 lakh medical tourists travelled to India in 2002 alone, bringing in earnings of $300 million.

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60 colleges coming up to tide over doctor crunch

New Delhi | April 03, 2008 IST
India is setting up 60 new medical colleges and 225 nursing colleges in public-private partnership to tide over its current acute shortage of doctors, nurses, dentists and paramedics, a Planning Commission report has said.

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Govt. hospitals ticked off for financial mess

April 3, 2008
NEW DELHI: Mismanagement of funds has been reported in several Delhi Government hospitals with delay in procurement of medical equipment, not getting equipment repaired within the warranty period and failure to install expensive medical equipment resulting in loss of several lakh, according to the latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on the Delhi Government's Health and Family Welfare Department. The report was tabled in the Delhi Assembly earlier this week.

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India needs political will to reduce maternal mortality: WHO

New Delhi | April 03, 2008 IST
India's maternal mortality is high due to a lack of political will and administrative and managerial failures rather than absence of expertise, an article published in WHO magazine said.

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India short of 6 lakh doctors

3 Apr 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha & Mahendra Kumar Singh,TNN
NEW DELHI: Even as India faces an acute shortage of manpower in the healthcare sector, the country holds the top position when it comes to its physicians migrating to developed countries like Britain and the US.

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Private sector can help overcome doctor shortage: Report

3 Apr 2008, IST,Kounteya Sinha & Mahendra Kumar Singh,TNN
NEW DELHI: According to a Planning Commission report, while India is short of six lakh doctors, 10 lakh nurses and two lakh dental surgeons, Indian doctors who have migrated to developed countries form nearly 5% of their medical workforce.

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India attractive destination for health tourism: Study

New Delhi | April 02, 2008, IST
Indian corporate hospitals are well equipped, proficient and could measure up to or even outshine any hospital in the West, making the nation an attractive destination for health tourism, a Planning Commission report released Wednesday said.

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No development, no polio drops: Bihar villagers

Patna | April 02, 2008, IST
Protesting lack of development in their village, nearly 100 'poorest of the poor' families have boycotted the ongoing pulse polio drive in Bihar refusing administration of the vaccine to their infants.

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Bid to strengthen Anganwadi centres in Rajasthan

April 01, 2008
JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sterlite Foundation, Mumbai, and Hindustan Zinc Limited, Udaipur, for providing infrastructure facilities to 400 Anganwadi centres in Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Bhilwara and Rajsamand districts.

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