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Health News

June 2008

Maharashtra move to cut drug prices

Mumbai | June 30, 2008
The Maharashtra government will soon direct all municipal corporations to waive octroi on drugs, so that their prices come down.

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Health sector in Koraput district encounters a major setback

June 15, 2008
KORAPUT: Lack of proper communication, coordination and understanding between the district level officials and Zilla Parishad has resulted in the return of Rs.12 cr. without being spent causing a serious loss to the health services in Koraput district.

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A new health scheme for BPL families

June 14, 2008
LUCKNOW: Nearly 99 lakh families living below the poverty line (BPL) in Uttar Pradesh can look forward to getting quality medical care under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) in hospitals of their choice, including private nursing homes, from this coming July 1.

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Era of cheap drugs may be over

13 Jun 2008, IST, Rupali Mukherjee & Prabhakar Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: Ranbaxy's takeover by a Japanese multinational poses a big threat to the survival of the domestic generic industry, which is credited with supplying affordable drugs for millions around the world.

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Quality check of hospitals is needed

13 Jun 2008, IST, Rucha Biju Chitrodia,TNN
Can a patient in this country access information about a particular hospital's quality of service? And if dissatisfied, can one report the grievance to a dedicated authority, other than the consumer forum? Apparently not.

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Shortage of doctors hits India's health mission

13 Jun 2008, Rajeev Ranjan Roy
New Delhi: The ambitious National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) launched by the Government of India to provide medicare facilities in villages has failed to yield results due to shortage of doctors and paramedics.

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Rise in polio cases in Bihar

June 12, 2008
Patna: While the campaign against polio moves up to top gear countrywide, Bihar has reported 182 fresh cases this year.

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Daiichi Sankyo buys stake in Ranbaxy

June 12, 2008
New Delhi: In the largest-ever deal in the Indian pharma industry, Japanese drug firm Daiichi Sankyo on Wednesday announced the acquisition of a majority stake in domestic major Ranbaxy for over Rs. 15,000 crore.

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Now a call centre for reproductive health

June 11, 2008
NEW DELHI:The government has launched a call centre — first of its kind in the country — where people can anonymously put queries on reproductive health, sexual diseases and abortion to get answers from trained executives and doctors.

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2 mobile hospitals flagged off

June 11, 2008
NEW DELHI: Union Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chaudhary flagged off two "Smile on Wheels" mobile hospitals here in the Capital on Tuesday that will take health care facilities to the doorsteps of the poor and the needy.

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Where birth attendant is the only hope

June 11, 2008
KORAPUT: Institutional delivery is something that is unheard of in this village. Tucked away in a remote area in Kotpad block in the district, not a single woman in Tentulipadar has ever been to a hospital or any recognised institution to give birth to a child.

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Birth, death certificates to be issued online

June 10, 2008
Birth certificates also to be handed over to mothers at PHCs

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By 2010, govt plans to get 10,000 high-end ambulances

7 Jun 2008, IST, Kounteya Sinha,TNN
NEW DELHI: The government plans to create emergency trauma care facilities along 13,000km of national highways, covering the Golden Quadrilateral and the north-south and east-west corridors.

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Accident victim lies unattended for 40 mins

7 Jun 2008, IST,TNN
KOLKATA: A 52-year-old accident victim lay bleeding merely a couple of metres away from the Baguiati traffic guard for more than half-an-hour on Friday.

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Govt pills turn bitter for Jharkhand doctors

June 5, 2008
The Jharkhand government has sacked over 300 agitating contractual doctors working with the state health department.

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Kasauli's Central Research Institute to be restructured

Shimla | June 04, 2008 IST
The central government has finally agreed to restructure the 102-year-old Central Research Institute at Kasauli town in Himachal Pradesh that was manufacturing vaccines against several diseases.

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Arsenic contamination affects West Bengal's rural areas

Kolkata | June 04, 2008 IST
Kartik Biswas, a research scholar working on environmental issues, did not know the fatal effect of arsenic contamination. By the time he realised it, he had already lost six members of his family, including his parents.

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Malaria hits Assam, alert sounded

Guwahati | June 03, 2008 IST
At least 27 people have died of malaria in northeastern India's Assam state during the past few weeks forcing health authorities to sound an alert in parts of the state, officials said Tuesday.

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Spiralling costs and indifferent health care

June 3, 2008
Despite being an essential service, the health care sector is no exception to the blistering price rise that has severely affected quality of life. In a country with high out-of-pocket expenditures on health, increasing costs mean the common man has to bear a heavier burden.

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The price people won’t pay

June 3, 2008
How the increase in the cost of medicine forces patients to go off treatment

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Assocham survey: medical tourism will fetch Rs. 8,000 crore

June 2, 2008
NEW DELHI: India will earn over Rs. 8,000 crore in foreign exchange through medical tourism by 2012, according to a study conducted by the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Drug units suffer as controller post lies vacant

June 2, 2008
CUTTACK: The post of State Drugs Controller lying vacant for the last two months has put Orissa pharmaceutical manufacturers in some deep trouble.

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