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Health News

August 2008

Rights panel issues notice to AIIMS on infant deaths

New Delhi | August 27, 2008

Taking note of the deaths of 49 infants during clinical trials, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Wednesday issued a notice to the health ministry and the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).

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Court pulls up AIDS control agency for faulty HIV kits

New Delhi | August 27, 2008
The Delhi High Court Wednesday came down heavily on the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) for suppressing a World Bank report on faulty HIV kits being used in India.

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Scientific panel formed to check fever that killed over 120

Lucknow | August 27, 2008
A panel of scientists, including experts from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, has been formed to contain a mysterious fever that has claimed over 120 lives in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur division in the last three weeks, an official said Wednesday.

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Doctors defer resignation

Bhubaneshwar | August 27, 2008

The Orissa Medical Services Association (OMSA) which threatened that 2700 government doctors would not attend patients from August 27 by tendering mass resignation deferred the day to August 31 in wake of large scale violence in Kandhamal district.

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Restrict medical insurance to accredited hospitals: quality council

New Delhi | August 27, 2008

Soon, people will need to avail treatment only at accredited hospitals if they want to claim medical insurance benefits, if the Quality Council of India (QCI) has its way.

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Malaria claims 270 lives in a year mostly in endemic tribal belts

New Delhi | August 26, 2008

The country is in the grip of a severe spell of communicable diseases, with over 270 people having died of malaria and 15 of dengue. Chikungunya cases have also increased over last year’s figures.

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Mysterious disease claims 120 lives in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow | August 26, 2008
Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh is fighting a deadly scourge - a mysterious disease that has claimed about 120 lives in the last three weeks.

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Nepal's Manipal college caught in HIV test kit controversy

Kathmandu | August 26, 2008
The Manipal College of Medical Sciences, one of the premier teaching institutes in Nepal run by India's Pai business group, is in the eye of a storm after an infant born there was found to be HIV positive.

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Bihar plans 'healthy dose' for its employees

Patna | August 26, 2008

Decades old Bihar Medical attendence and reimbursement rule for state government employees is likely to be replaced by a new attractive rule that will enable employees to avail modern, hi-tech medical facilities at the state of the art hospitals like Appollo,Max and others across the country.

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Surrogacy a booming business in India

Mumbai | August 26, 2008

Surrogacy in India is estimated to be a US $445 million business with the country being the foremost in the world for the practice because of the low cost of treatment and the ready availability of women willing to rent their wombs to childless couples.

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Delhi needs 12,500 more doctors: Industry body

New Delhi | August 26, 2008

It's not just villages in the country which are facing healthcare problems due to lack of medical practioners. A fresh study by an industry lobby on Monday revealed that the national capital is facing a shortage of 12,500 doctors.

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Cholera threat in Delhi, over 450 cases reported

New Delhi | August 26, 2008

The Government of Delhi has informed that India's capital state was facing the menace of dreadful disease cholera with the city reporting 450 cases this year.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi apprehended on Monday that the situation may worsen in the wake of the recent floods in Yamuna.

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HLL, ILFS ink MoU for medical park

25 August 2008

Hindustan Latex (HLL)has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) for developing an integrated medical devices and diagnostic manufacturing park (MediPark) at Chengalpet near Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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Technology can deliver cheaper healthcare, says Intel chief

25 August 2008

Intel chief Craig Barrett has drawn his attention to an Indian organisation to bring home the point of technology, making it possible to deliver affordable healthcare.

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Gujarat, GE Healthcare ties up to upgrade med tech

25 August 2008

Global healthcare equipment maker GE Healthcare, an arm of General Electric Company (GE), and the Gujarat government have tied up in a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership (PPP) to upgrade medical technology in the state.

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Govt asks NPPA to collect data on price of medical devices

25 August 2008

Diagnosis and treatment of diseases may soon become less expensive. In a move to bring expensive medical devices such as stents, catheters, orthopaedic implants and heart valves under the price negotiation, the government has asked the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to collect data on price, supply and availability of medical devices in the country.

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Malaria deaths haunt Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal | August 25, 2008

As many as 42 people including 24 children have died of malaria in the past one month in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh, NGO activists said. The health department officials have still not woken up," Uma Chaturvedi of Saharia Mukti Morcha said.

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Dearth of docs, nurses, a challenge for India: PM

Jorhat (Assam) | August 25, 2008

Indian Prime minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said that shortage of doctors and nurses was the biggest hurdle as India sought to provide adequate healthcare facilities to the people.

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Sheila lays foundation for 200-bed hospital

New Delhi | August 24, 2008

The Chief Minister said the hospital would provide health care to a large number of people, including the poor, pregnant women and senior citizens. It would be developed as a multi-disciplinary hospital with various medical, nursing, para-medical and other ancillary services.

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Centre weighs special drug stores for poor

22 August 2008

The government plans to launch special drug stores that will sell generic medicines as part of its efforts to provide affordable medicines to poorer sections of the society. The idea to provide cheaper but good-quality medicines to less privileged is in line with the UPA's Common Minimum Programme.

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Ramadoss reiterates commitment to homosexual rights

New Delhi | August 22, 2008
Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss Friday reiterated his commitment towards advocating the rights of homosexuals, saying that it was necessary to decriminalise sex between two men to check the spread of HIV/AIDS.

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Photo exhibition to humanize AIDS, reduce stigma

New Delhi | August 22, 2008
Vividly depicting the lives of sex workers, trans-genders, drug users and truck drivers afflicted by the HIV/AIDS virus, a unique photo exhibition opened Friday seeking to humanise - and reduce discrimination against - the global scourge.

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Indian penal code impeding AIDs control interventions

New Delhi | August 22, 2008
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Anubmani Ramadoss today said that the Health Ministry is lobbying with concerned agencies for removal of Section 377 of Indian Penal Code as it is impeding the Government's AIDS control measures.

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Babies' death in AIIMS clinical trials open Pandora's box

Bangalore | August 22, 2008
The death of 49 babies in clinical trials at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi may have opened a Pandora's box as two of the trial drugs have never been tried on patients below 18 years, an expert said.

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Kashmir faces life-saving drugs shortage

Srinagar | August 22, 2008

Kashmir is currently facing shortage of many life-saving drugs, as supply is disrupted due to protests at many places on the Jammu-Srinagar highway

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Villagers say mysterious disease killing people

Patna | August 22, 2008
Villagers in Bihar's East Champaran district Friday claimed that eight people have died in the past 10 days of a disease that doctors have been unable to diagnose.

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Medical varsity at Thrissur in Kerala soon

Thiruvananthapuram | August 21, 2008

The Government of Kerala on Thursday gave the green signal for setting up a medical university in Thrissur that would include allopathy, ayurveda, homoeopathy, siddha, and unani systems of medicine."

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Leptospirosis disease hits Surat

Surat | August 21, 2008
Surat city in Gujarat has been hit by Leptospirosis disease, a bacterial illness passed on through the urine of infected animals in water, soil or vegetation following days of flooding.

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Pilot project in Maharashtra sets example for health ministry

New Delhi | August 21, 2008
After the success of the Safe Adolescent Transition and Health Initiative (SATHI) pilot project in Maharashtra, the ministry of health has decided to look into scaling up of this project into other states as well.

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Top health spenders fail in key areas: Assocham

Raipur | August 20, 2008
The study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) said the top 10 states in health spending ranked low in indicators like infant mortality, death rate and availability of health institutions per million people.

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Three-fold rise in dengue cases

New Delhi | August 20, 2008

The number of dengue cases reported so far this year is three times more than those reported during the same period last year, said MCD officials on Tuesday.

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Woman gives birth outside health centre, inquiry initiated

Lucknow | August 20, 2008
A 25-year-old woman gave birth to a still-born child outside a community health centre (CHC) in Uttar Pradesh after she was denied admission there. An inquiry has been initiated into the case.

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Enhance staff health package, govts told

New Delhi | August 21, 2008

Delhi HC has recommended that the Central and Delhi government enhance their reimbursement package allowed to employees for treatment.

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Docs thrashed, strike in DDU

New Delhi | August 20, 2008

Dead Patient’s Kin Vent Ire On Doctors & Nurses Of Hospital. All services, including emergency, came to a complete halt at the Deen Dayal Upadhayay Hospital after resident doctors went on an indefinite strike on Tuesday morning.

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Toll free number to report epidemic outbreak in UP

Lucknow | August 20, 2008

The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has urged the rural population of Uttar Pradesh to call its toll free number 1075 in case of an epidemic outbreak. The calls are attended by the central alert centre of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) located in Delhi, reports IANS.

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Maharashtra has a long way to go in healthcare

Mumbai | August 20, 2008

While Maharashtra is wealthier than the nation as a whole based on the wealth index, persistent malnutrition and widespread anaemia continue to be a significant problem for children and adults in the State.

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Malaria death toll reaches 16 in Kanpur

Kanpur | August 20, 2008

As the toll increased to 16 due to Malaria out-break in around 150 villages of Kanpur, the health department on Tuesday suspended 36 staff and initiated departmental inquiry against 24 others, including four doctors for their ‘carelessness’.

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Private sector roped in for new contraceptive promotion

New Delhi | August 19, 2008

Government has involved the private sector in promoting the use of a technically superior version of the intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUCD) that has a life span of 10 years.

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Concern over high infant mortality rate in some districts

Chennai | August 18, 2008

Even as the State averages an infant mortality rate (number of deaths per 1000 live births) of 37, well below the national average of 57, the recently released statistics from the Sample Registration Survey (SRS) show that there are pockets in Tamil Nadu where the IMR is as high as 54

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Condom ringtone rocks mobile users

New Delhi | August 19, 2008
The "Condom a cappella" ringtone features in a new advertisement campaign launched earlier this year, as part of a two-year project of using the mass media to make condom use more acceptable.

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New law to inject fairness in Bihar pharmacy trade

Patna | August 18, 2008

The vast medicine market in eastern India state Bihar is ready to be injected with a new set of legislations to ensure transparency in the pharmacy trade and boost state exchequer substantially

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Medical waste disposal in a mess

New Delhi | August 18, 2008

A local NGO has come out with a report that most hospitals are not dealing with their waste according to the set guidelines and a substantial part of articles like used syringes are finding their way back into the market without treatment.

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Govt hospital to go PPP way has spent Rs 5 cr

New Delhi | August 17, 2008

The state government’s intention to opt for public-private-partnership module in its hospitals is expressly aimed at reducing financial and other burden on the government, alongwith improvement of services. However, the purpose seems to have been completely defeated as far as the 300-bed Janakpuri Superspeciality Hospital.

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Hospitals run out of DPT vials

New Delhi | August 17, 2008

For the past one and a half months, most Delhi government hospitals have had no supply of DPT vial, which is a mixture of three vaccines — diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus — and is one of the important vaccines given as part of routine immunisation to infants.

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AIDS vaccine trial results encouraging

Chennai | August 16, 2008

The final results of Phase I Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA)-based AIDS vaccine trial conducted at the Tuberculosis Research Centre (TRC) here and made available exclusively to this Correspondent, show that the vaccine is safe. Its ability to elicit HIV-specific immune responses in the volunteers was modest.

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Infant deaths fall by 35 per cent

Raipur | August 16, 2008

Chhattisgarh, being one of India’s least developed states is also the place where infant mortality has plummeted to 59 deaths for every 1,000 children born — from 84 deaths eight years ago.

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India's first charity book on AIDS released

Kolkata | Aug 13, 2008

A compilation of writings of some of India best known authors like Salman Rushdie, Kiran Desai, Vikram Seth, Shobhaa De and Sunil Ganguly - "AIDS sutra: Untold Stories from India" - was released here Wednesday to highlight the rarely heard stories of those affected with the fatal disease.

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Notice to search engines for ads on sex determination

NEW DELHI | Aug 14, 2008

Popular web search engines run by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo appear to have cocked a snook at the Supreme Court order directing the Centre and state governments to strictly implement the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act banning sex determination of fetus.

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Mentally ill woman kept chained for 15 years

Jagatsinghpur (Orissa) | 13 Aug 2008
Kamala Sethi, 26, has spent 15 years chained to a pole by her family that cannot afford medical treatment for her mental illness. The couple said they appealed to the administration and some NGOs for help but to no avail.

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Kerala reserves job for HIV positive candidate

Thiruvananthapuram | Aug 13, 2008

Kerala has become the first Indian state to reserve a government job for HIV positive candidates, a move lauded by NGOs. This project for which the post has been sanctioned is fully funded by the National AIDS Control Society and the post has been sanctioned for every state.

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Now, HIV+ get insurance cover

New Delhi | Aug 13, 2008

In a first, over 250 people living with HIV got group health insurance under an innovative initiative introduced by the NGO Population Services International in partnership with Star Health and Allied Insurance Company and the Karnataka Network for Positive People (KNP+).

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“Punish those assaulting medical professionals”

Puducherry | Aug 12, 2008

Functionaries of the Puducherry unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday submitted a memorandum to Lieutenant Governor Govind Singh Gurjar demanding introduction of “strict laws to punish those indulging in violence against medical professionals”.

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Over a million malnourished kids in M.P., say experts

BHOPAL | Aug 12, 2008

Global experts on management of severe acute malnutrition Michael Golden and Yvonne Grellety on Monday said here that over a million children in Madhya Pradesh were “severely wasted (undernourished) and the hospitals, health centres and nutrition rehabilitation centres (NRCs) do not have the capacity to treat this number of children.

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Now doctors at the click of a mouse

Bhubaneshwar | Aug 12, 2008

Reaching out to a doctor will soon become an easy task for those residing or visiting the capital city. The State government is all set to come out with a detailed database on doctors and health facilities presently available in Bhubaneswar. NRHM to upload the WMDI format in a week.It will come in handy for Asha workers.

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UP to set up special burn units in govt hospitals

Lucknow | Aug 12, 2008

The Government of Uttar Pradesh will set up specialised cells with Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at government-run hospitals in various districts exclusively for treating burn patients.These units equipped with temperature regulation facilities is ideally required for treating the patients.

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Four institutes to train 614 districts on health management

New Delhi | Aug 12, 2008

To boost the rural health delivery mechanism, the government has handpicked four institutes that will train all district medical authorities in India on hospital management. The health ministry says the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has been doing a good job, but there is a need to enhance the skill set of people at the district level.

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Phase I prime-boost HIV vaccine trial planned

CHENNAI |Aug 11, 2008

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), a New York based organisation, along with the ICMR and NACO, is planning to conduct Phase I HIV prime-boost vaccine trials in Chennai and Pune.

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Sam Pitroda unveils India's health vision

New Delhi | Aug 11, 2008

A health vision for India that gives due attention to traditional forms and practices of medicine and uses technology to create a national IT network for health in India has been unveiled by National Knowledge Commission Chairman Sam Pitroda.

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Paediatricians’ initiative to turn 100 city schools ‘child-friendly’

Kochi | Aug 09, 2008

An initiative of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) in partnership with the National Rural Health Mission and the Ernakulam district administration, the project aims to create a healthy environment for schoolchildren, both in the government and private sectors.

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All Delhi Government hospitals to go online soon, says Sheila

New Delhi | Aug 08, 2008

All Delhi Government hospitals will soon be connected through the Internet so that availability of beds at the State level could be known to facilitate admission of patients and they could be looked after in a better way, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said at a function organised at Maulana Azad Medical College here on Thursday.

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UN envoy lauds $520 million boost to fight malaria in India

United Nations | Aug 08, 2008

The new $520.75 million scheme - designed by the Indian government, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria - will provide prevention services through bed nets and spraying and treatment to over 100 million people in India.

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Indian NGO gets international award for battling AIDS

New Delhi/Mexico City | Aug 08, 2008

A Mumbai-based NGO working for the rights of sex workers was among the five community organisations from India, Ghana, Iran, Malawi and Mexico that received the Red Ribbon Awards for their role in battling HIV/AIDS.

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Ramadoss addresses 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico

Mexico | Aug 08, 2008

Addressing experts and delegates at the17th International Conference on AIDS in Mexico City India's Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss has said that the key to overcoming the HIV epidemic is to take HIV services to those on the margins of society, and "we can only do that in an enabling environment."

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Rs.1.62 bn set aside for adolescent girls' health

New Delhi | Aug 08, 2008

The government Friday decided to release Rs.1.62 billion to improve the health condition of adolescent girls. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its approval for continuation of the nutrition programme for adolescent girls (NPAG) in the 2008-09 fiscal in 51 districts on a pilot basis

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Gynaecologists support Mumbai couple on abortion

New Delhi | Aug 06, 2008

The government may think differently, but gynaecologists in India as well as other parts of the world have expressed support for the Mumbai couple whose request to abort their 25-week-old foetus with a congenial heart block was turned down by a court.

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Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana launched in Bihar

Patna | Aug 8, 2008

The 'Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana' envisaging provision of death and disability insurance cover to rural landless household was formally launched in eastern Indian state Bihar on Thursday. The scheme will benefit about 12 million BPL families in the state

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Explain sex in educational module, say activists

New Delhi | Aug 8, 2008

Health activists in India have called upon the government to shed its morality and elaborate unsafe sexual practices to create awareness among young students. Activists allege that the NACO material is inadequate and strengthens the sense of shame and fear that surrounds sex and sexuality.

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Jharkhand to launch Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna

Ranchi | Aug 8, 2008

Nearly seven lakh families below poverty line (BPL) of seven Jharkhand districts would soon have health insurance cover. The State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of India for execution of the scheme in a phased manner

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Andhra to set up 5 nursing schools

Hyderabad | Aug 7, 2008

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to start five nursing schools at Sanathnagar, Nacharam, Ramachandrapuram, Tirupati and Visakhaptnam in the southern Indian state as there is a great demand for nurses in the hospital services

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WHO, WB to enhance global health investments

Mexico City | Aug 6, 2008

In an effort to gather evidence and provide technical guidance in global health investments, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Bank have agreed to join forces in collaboration with a wide range of interested stakeholders. Both will generate knowledge and work with countries to improve their approaches and share lessons at the regional and global levels for health initiatives

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American undergoes rare backbone surgery in Gurgaon

Gurgaon | Aug 06, 2008

Indian doctors have successfully operated upon an American national and replaced four discs from his backbone at one go, a rare feat that doctors here claim to be the "first in Asia".

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How maternal deaths following cesarean can be reduced

Washington | Aug 05, 2008

Researchers have suggested a medical procedure that can lower the rate of maternal deaths following cesarean delivery. The study found that maternal deaths attributable to cesarean delivery could be lowered by universal use of thromboembolism prophylaxis for patients.

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International advisory panel meets Ramadoss

New Delhi | Aug 05, 2008

International Advisory Panel (IAP) of National Rural Health Mission led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs met the Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Anubmani Ramadoss, here today. The panel expressed happiness over the strides made by NRHM, particularly in the areas of Reproductive and Child Health, Development of Health Infrastructure and revamping the health system.

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Broader discussion on abortion laws to be held

New Delhi | Aug 05, 2008

Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Monday said the government would hold a broader discussion on abortion laws and issues such as euthanasia to address “grey areas.” A final decision would be taken on the outcome of the discussions, he said reacting to the Bombay High Court verdict dismissing Niketa Mehta’s plea for aborting her 26-week foetus after doctors informed her that the child suffered from a congenital heart ailment.

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Health campaign for women launched

New Delhi | Aug 05, 2008

Delhi Mayor Arti Mehra launched a ‘Healthy Woman Campaign’ at a ‘Hariyali Teez Milan’ festival organised by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi at her residence on Monday. During the fortnight-long campaign, various diagnostic and treatment facilities would be provided at all maternity and child welfare centres of the MCD.

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Rise in diarrhoea cases in district

Koraput, Orissa | Aug 05, 2008

The district administration is worried over the rise in deaths due to diarrhoea.
21 death cases were reported from Dasmantpur block alone in the last 15 days. The village, though situated at a distance of 10 km from the block headquarters, faces difficulties in transporting patients, especially in the rainy season, for the flow of water in the Kurlu river.

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Lack of medical aid worsens crisis

Chandigarh | Aug 05, 2008

The stampede at Naina Devi temple on Sunday which left hundreds crying for medical attention is a grim reminder of the lack of basic facilities like medical care and communication in the region. The nearest hospital — which is in Bilaspur — is 70 km away and there is only one government primary health centre near the temple.

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New target for malaria drugs identified

Washington | Aug 05, 2008

A new study has identified one of the tricks malaria uses to hide from immune proteins - a finding that may help in future drug development.

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Doctors' plan to shield children from sexual abuse

Kozhikode | Aug 05, 2008

A group of doctors here has come out with an action plan to sensitise parents and teachers to protect children from sexual abuse, incidents of which are on the rise and often unreported, they say

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India gets WB aid to combat malaria, kala azar

Washington | Aug 4, 2008

The World Bank has approved a US $520.75 million credit to India for the country's effort in combating three diseases— Malaria, Kala Azar and Polio—still killing thousands of Indians each year and affecting millions in poor and tribal communities.

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Doctors pour out their woes before the Minister

Koraput| Aug 04, 2008

Several drugs that are of no use have been piled up in the Primary Health Centres, while acquiring those required for treating the poor remains a distant dream. The doctors of Koraput district poured their woes before the Health Minister Sanatan Bishi during an interaction in the district headquarters hospital at Koraput on Saturday.

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Tribal women prone to urinary tract problems

Berhampur | Aug 04, 2008

Tribal women living remote areas are still prone to serious urinary tract problems during pregnancy, opined experts at a regional workshop of the Urological Society of India (USI) organised in the MKCG medical college campus in the city.

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Need to amend abortion law, say experts

New Delhi | Aug 04, 2008

Terming as "irrational and unfortunate" a Mumbai court's rejection of a young couple's plea to allow abortion of their 25-week unborn child detected with cardiac complications, members of the civil society and the legal community Monday reiterated their demand for changes in the abortion law.

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IFC to invest Rs.550 mn in Delhi hospital

New Delhi | Aug 04, 2008

The Washington-based International Financial Corp (IFC), a member of the World Bank group, announced Monday that it will invest Rs.550 million ($13.1 million) in a Delhi hospital to expand its facilities and help open a hospital in Haryana.

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Court rejects plea to abort foetus with heart defects

Mumbai | Aug 04, 2008

The Bombay High Court Monday rejected a plea by a Mumbai couple seeking to abort their 25-week unborn child who was found to have congenital heart defects - a case that had generated intense debate over ethical implications of the law on abortion

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Fourth meeting of mission steering group of NRHM today

New Delhi | Aug 04, 2008

The fourth meeting of the Mission Steering Group (MSG) of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) will be held here today. Apart from reviewing the progress of the mission so far, the Group will also discuss human resource augmentation for Disease Surveillance System.

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Junior doctors in Madhya Pradesh resume duty

Bhopal | Aug 04, 2008

As many as 12,500 junior doctors of five medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh, who had called off their five-day-old agitation Saturday on the directives of the high court and later tendered their resignations en masse, returned to work Monday.

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Diarrhoea claims 17 lives in Jharkhand

Ranchi | Aug 04, 2008

At least 17 people have died of diarrhoea in Jharkhand in the past two weeks. 14 of those who succumbed to the illness were from Bundu village in Keredari block of Hazaribagh district. Of them, seven died Saturday.

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A call centre with a difference

New Delhi | Aug 03, 2008

Encouraged by the popularity of its call centre providing information on reproductive and child health and family planning, the Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (National Population Stabilisation Fund) is hoping for private participation and cooperation from educational institutions for taking the concept to a larger population now.

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Cheaper medical treatment for poor in Haryana

Chandigarh | Aug 03, 2008

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has framed policy guidelines to provide treatment at economical rates to the poor in hospitals that have been granted land at subsidised rates

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New vaccine for typhoid launched

Jaipur | Aug 03, 2008

A new vaccine promising full protection against typhoid fever was launched at an Indo-American summit on paediatrics here on Saturday. The vaccine purportedly has the unique potential to trigger the immune mechanism of infants to build up a shield against the disease for the whole life.

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Malnourished children a major concern in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal | Aug 02, 2008

The problem of malnutrition in children is a matter of concern all over the country and particularly so in Madhya Pradesh. About 60 per cent of the State’s children below three years of age are malnourished and only 16 per cent of women are known to be breastfeeding their baby within one hour of birth.

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IGNOU to train paramedics for Delhi

New Delhi | Aug 01, 2008

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will train and prepare hundreds of paramedics in the fields like cardiology, maternal health and hospital administration for hospitals in Delhi.

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Mumbai couple wants abortion, court orders more tests

Mumbai | Aug 01, 2008

The Bombay High Court Friday ordered additional medical tests on a 25-week pregnant woman after the couple petitioned for abortion following doctors' opinion that the child, if born, would have lifelong cardiac problems. Abortions after 20 weeks are not allowed under the law, unless the pregnancy threatens the mother's life.

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Sex worker battles for her sisterhood

New Delhi | Aug 01, 2008

She has seen it all - police brutality, harassment and clients with no knowledge of condom use. Now Kala fights for herself and for the over 5,000 women in the sex trade in Bangalore - for security and better health.

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India plans state-of-art blood transfusion centres

New Delhi | July 31, 2008

The government will set up blood banks in the four metros as Centres of Excellence in Transfusion Medicine at a cost of Rs 468 crore. The Rs 468 crore CoEs will ensure 24 hour availability of blood and will be designed to meet the highest standards of safety, reports IANS, quoting the country's Finance Minister P Chidambaram

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India losing battle against malaria in northeast

Agartala | July 31, 2008

The anti-malarial drugs and injections supplied by the central government have proved to be ineffective, says Tripura Health Minister

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Scientists identify potential therapeutic target for tuberculosis

London | July 31, 2008

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College claim to have identified a potential therapeutic target for tuberculosis. They have found a membrane protein called Rv3671c, which is critical to bacteria's defence against immune cell acidification during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection.

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Major railway Stations should have medical facilities: Court

New Delhi | July 30, 2008

Delhi High Court Wednesday directed railway authorities to provide basic medical facilities at the capital's major stations and also to make them disabled-friendly. The court directed the railway authorities to deploy at least one doctor round-the- clock at all major stations.

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Doctors cannot meet medical reps during public hours

Chandigarh | July 30, 2008

The Punjab government Wednesday directed all doctors in medical institutes and hospitals not to meet any medical representative during public hours.

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Modi orders cctv cameras in hospitals

Gandhinagar | Jul 30, 2008

Shocked by the terror attacks on the hospitals, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has ordered installation of closed circuit television cameras in all the government hospitals and their parking zones in all the major cities and towns in the State immediately.

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New HIV drug offers hope for millions

Washington | July 30, 2008

Scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) say that majority of patients who have not responded to traditional treatments have had good results from a new combination therapy involving raltegravir.

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Police, civic officials face prosecution as mosquitoes breed

New Delhi | Aug 05, 2008

On top of having to grapple with the capital's spiralling crime graph, the Delhi Police are now also facing prosecution as many police stations have been found wanting as far as checking mosquito breeding goes.

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India, China may fail to meet child health goals: Unicef

Bangkok | Aug 05, 2008

India and China, where 2.5 million child deaths were recorded in 2006, need to make "significant strides" in health-related services for children if the UN's millenium development goals are to be met, the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) warned Tuesday.

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