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Health News

September 2008

MP's Curse : 350 malnourished children in hospitals

Bhopal | September 15, 2008

Even as the number of malnourished children in Khandwa hospital and two other hospitals in the district rose to around 150 by Monday, other areas in Madhya Pradesh reported about 200 children being admitted in government-run Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres.

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MP admits 48,000 kids malnourished, denies deaths

Bhopal | September 23, 2008

The Government of Madhya Pradesh has admitted to having 48,000 malnourished kids in the central Indian state but denied that the death of 93 children in past four months were due to malnutrition, a minister claimed here on Tuesday.

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Ambumani assures West Bengal vaccine supply

New Delhi | September 24, 2008

Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Tuesday said sufficient supply of vaccines would be made to West Bengal by October This would ensure a regular vaccine calendar, he told an all-party delegation from West Bengal, led by Health Minister Surjya Kanta Mishra, here.

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Health insurance extended to construction workers

New Delhi | September 24, 2008

The Centre has decided to extend the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana to construction workers. This is expected to benefit 2.6 crore people. Minister of State for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes said the premium would be paid from funds collected by welfare boards under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996.

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Railways telemedicine facility in Ranchi soon

Ranchi | September 24, 2008

Ranchi would soon be brought under the telemedicine network of the Indian Railways. A team of the Konkan Railway, which is running the project for the Indian Railways, recently visited Ranchi to extend the facility to the travellers and the railway employees needing expert medical advice.

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Creating awareness of women's health

Puducherry | September 25, 2008

Paediatricians and doctors from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research spoke on reproductive health of women and psychological changes in girls as part of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan's guidance and counselling programme for school students, Government Middle School at Okpalayam.

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Diseases hit thousands of Orissa flood victims

Bhubaneshwar | September 25, 2008

Thousands of people in Orissa are now suffering from water borne diseases due to the floods that have devastated large part of the state, with the death toll on Thursday rising to 50 after two more deaths were reported.

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Acute equipment shortage in Srinagar Hospital

Srinagar | September 26, 2008
The department for children at the hospital here where 17 babies died in a span of two months is facing an acute shortage of equipment, a doctor said here Friday. He also said the issue of equipment purchase for the department had been raised in the state legislative assembly.

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GE spearheads affordable healthcare for all in rural India

Bangalore | September 27, 2008

General Electric (GE) Healthcare has embarked on an ambitious mission to take modern healthcare to semi-urban and rural areas of India, make treatment affordable and disseminate the message that prevention is better than cure.

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New UNFPA initiative to boost midwifery

New York | September 23, 2008

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) have launched a new initiative to tackle the severe lack of midwives in developing countries.

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Call to make eradication of iron deficiency a national programme

Puducherry | September 20, 2008


Speakers at the 49th annual conference of the Indian Society of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine (ISHTM) stressed the importance of eradicating iron deficiency in the country.

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HC notice to MP govt on child deaths

Bhopal | September 22, 2008

Child deaths due to malnutrition have turned a nemesis for the central Indian state Madhya Pradesh. A day after a Supreme Court panel reprimanded it for neglecting the health of children, the Madhya Pradesh High Court has pulled up the state government for over 160 alleged child deaths.

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Health care access, cost matter: Ansari

Chennai | September 21, 2008

Health need not be transformed into a tradable quantity as a result of the switch to market orientation and advocacy to review the role of the public sector. The government would continue to be looked on as the prime provider of tertiary and secondary health care by the poorer segments,

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Hospital foundation stone laid

New Delhi | September 22, 2008

Delhi Health Minister Yoganand Shastri laid the foundation stone of a 50-bed Mother and Child Hospital at Baprola here on Sunday. The Government was striving hard to make available the best advanced health care facilities to the people by commissioning hospitals at reasonable distances.

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Primary health still lowest priority for states

New Delhi | September 22, 2008

About 50 percent of posts of specialists at various community health centres (CHCs) are lying vacant in India, says a report by industry lobby Assocham, indicating that primary health still remains the lowest priority of state governments.

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Central government takes on Uttar Pradesh over immunization

Lucknow | September 22, 2008
The Uttar Pradesh government's health machinery is cooking up statistics so that it can attack the central government, the health ministry in New Delhi has alleged.

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Apollo Hospitals to set up 250 small health centres

Agartala | September 22, 2008
The Tamil Nadu-based Apollo Hospitals group will set up 250 small hospitals across the country including the north-east by 2013, a senior company official said here Monday.

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New law to replace 111-year-old Epidemic Act

New Delhi | September 25, 2008

The Government of India will soon replace the 111-year-old Epidemic Act by a stringent new law, which will be able to effectively fight epidemics and new age diseases like HIV/AIDS, severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and bio-terrorism by punishing those whose negligence leads to an epidemic.

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Govt puts clinical research approvals on fast lane

September 22, 2008

The government has begun speeding up approvals in the area of clinical research which is set to boom in India, say top industry sources. The clinical research industry in India is currently USD 200 million, but is expected to reach USD 1.5 billion in just two years.

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CSIR launches collaborative research for anti-TB drugs

22 September 2008

India recently launched a unique collaborative programme to discover drugs for infectious diseases common to the developing countries. The 'Open Source Drug Discovery' (OSDD) programme, launched by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), aims to build a consortium of global researchers and bypass the patent regime, which makes drugs expensive.

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Doctors forego pay to serve the flood- hit

New Delhi | September 22, 2008

On being refused permission to work as volunteers in the flood-hit districts of Bihar, 18 doctors from AIIMS took leave from hospital and did what their hearts wanted them to do, on their own time

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Punjab faces shortage of nurses

Chandigarh | September 19, 2008

Despite having over a hundred nursing schools and colleges, Punjab is facing an acute shortage of nursing staff in its hospitals, as most nurses tend to choose better pay packages abroad.

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MP refuses to admit malnourishment deaths

Bhopal | September 18, 2008

The state government is manipulating the reasons for death saying that children have died due to heat stroke, food poisoning and viral encephalitis. The deaths were reported from Satna and Khandwa. As many as 97,223 children in the zero-1 year age group have died between April 2005 and July 2008, according to the state government's own records.

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Chhattisgarh to get Rs 300 Cr cancer hospital

Raipur | September 17, 2008

The Bharat Aluminium Company (Balco) will spend Rs 300 crore in building a cancer hospital and research centre here, officials said on Wednesday. Chhattisgarh has an estimated population of 20.08 million but lacks medical and health care facilities. Balco has assured the state government that it will treat poor people for free at its hospital.

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CSIR initiative to develop low-cost TB medicines

New Delhi| September 17, 2008
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research on Monday launched a new initiative to develop low cost drugs for infectious diseases like tuberculosis that afflict mainly the poor in India and other developing countries. Big pharmaceutical companies do not spare much resources for these for want of adequate returns.

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Himachal Pradesh tops in education, health

Shimla | September 16, 2008

Himachal Pradesh has been once again ranked the best-governed state in the country with regard to progress in road connectivity and social sectors like education and health, an official statement said Tuesday.

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No more sex ads

New Delhi | September 19, 2008

Internet giants Google and Microsoft have pulled adverts for sex selection products and other services considered illegal in India after being threatened with legal action, activists said on Thursday.

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Response by blood donors overwhelms hospital

New Delhi | September 19, 2008

In Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital alone where most of the victims were admitted, the blood bank has collected about 500 units of blood since Saturday.

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This isn't what the doctor ordered

September 19, 2008

For most Indians branded drugs are out of reach. So the possibilities of consuming fake drugs cannot be ruled out as year after year India continues topping the list for producing spurious medicines.

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Health insurance for one crore people

Thiruvananthapuram | September 16, 2008
The State will set yet another example for the country when a comprehensive health insurance scheme, implemented jointly by the Union and the State governments, becomes operational on October 2, providing coverage to roughly one-third of the State population

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Sophisticated ambulances just a call away in Tamil Nadu

Chennai | September 15, 2008

Tamil Nadu will have a fleet of modern and sophisticated ambulances for handling emergency situations, which can be availed dialling 108.

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Uttar Pradesh receives 'unfit' Japanese Encephalitis vaccines

Lucknow | September 15, 2008
Already delayed by over three months, the vaccination against the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) disease in Uttar Pradesh has suffered yet another blow with the health officials here alleging supply of 'unfit' vaccine stocks sent from the Union Health Ministry.

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Japanese Encephalitis kills three more in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow | September 14, 2008
Japanese Encephalitis claimed three more lives at BRD medical college and hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur district in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll in the region to 217 since June, an official said Sunday.

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Condom vending machines to be installed in call centres

Hyderabad | September 12, 2008
With the HIV/AIDS threat rising to IT companies and call centres, the Andhra Pradesh Sate AIDS Control Society (APSACS) plans to install condom vending machines in their campuses.

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Madhya Pradesh admits 48,000 kids malnourished, denies deaths

Bhopal | September 23, 2008
Madhya Pradesh has admitted to having 48,000 malnourished kids in the state but the death of 93 children in past four months were "in no way related to malnutrition", a minister claimed here Tuesday.

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Church against relaxing abortion law

Kochi | September 19, 2008

The Central government's move to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 to increase the length of terminable pregnancy from 20 months to 24 months has been opposed by Kerala's Catholic Church on ethical grounds, while doctors and feminists laud it on medical and pro-choice grounds.

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8.5 lakh children given polio drops in Haryana

Chandigarh | September 08, 2008

As many as 8.5 lakh children below the age of five were administered polio drops in Haryana on the first day of the second mop-up immunisation campaign for polio eradication undertaken on Sunday in the districts of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Mewat and Rewari.

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AMU docs to provide free service to flood victims in Bihar

Aligarh | September 12, 2008

The Aligarh Muslim University will organise free medical camps in flood-devastated Bihar, a university official said Friday.

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Centre to allot Rs.150 cr. for Madurai hospital

Madurai | September 07, 2008

The Central Government has planned to allot Rs.150 crore for the expansion project of Government Rajaji Hospital here to provide sophisticated medical facilities matching international standards, according to Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Anbumani Ramadoss.

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WHO helping flood victims

NEW DELHI | September 2008

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is working closely with the governments of India and Nepal to minimise the risk of disease outbreaks and provide basic healthcare for the millions affected by floods

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Nearly six million Delhiites vulnerable to TB

New Delhi | September 07, 2008

Nearly six million Delhiites of its population of 15 million are vulnerable to tuberculosis, a health ministry official said.

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Apex court to the rescue of mentally ill undertrials

New Delhi | September 06, 2008

The Supreme Court has ordered release of undertrial prisoners languishing in mental hospitals for years if their stay exceeded the maximum period of sentence for the offences they were charged with

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PM calls for PPP to ensure healthcare delivery

Chennai | September 05, 2008

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday called for a new initiative involving the private sector and the government in ensuring that healthcare services were optimally delivered across the country.

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Mobile maternity homes in flood-hit Bihar areas!

Patna | September 05, 2008

Mobile maternity homes! It may sounds bizarre, but it is true. The Government of Bihar has set up mobile maternity homes in five worst flood affected districts of north Bihar to take care of pregnant women.

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Healthcare facilities in Punjab to improve soon

Chandigarh | September 05, 2008

Healthcare is a priority for the Punjab government and many big corporate units of India have shown interest in building ultra modern hospitals in the state, Member of Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal said here on Friday.

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Female foeticide continues in Delhi, reveals study

NEW DELHI | September 05, 2008

Illegal sex selection and female foeticide continues in the Capital, according to a new study by non-government organisation Centre for Social Research. The study, supported by the Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare, investigates the social, economical and policy related causes that are leading to an alarming low sex ratio in the Capital.

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Delhi to soon have drug counselling centres

New Delhi | September 04, 2008

The Government of Delhi will set up counselling centres for the prevention of drug abuse in various parts of the Indian capital to bring forceful awareness about prevention, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said.

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Bangalore to get hi-tech ambulance service

Bangalore | September 08, 2008

The ambulances will be equipped with stretchers, wheel-chairs, ventilators and defibrillators, and rescue tools to conduct emergency operations

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"A new regulation will make blood banks safer"

September 08, 2008

Accepting that Bihar is a high risk HIV region, the state AIDS Control Society Project Director Dr Birendra Prasad Yadav indicates that the government is planning to tame the blood banks soon

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India not on path to achieve UN millennium goals

New Delhi | September 12, 2008
Halfway into the period timeline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) suggested by the UN, India seems to be slipping on most of the eight goals, as per the latest findings of the international organisation.

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Maldives wary of Indian labourers with TB, HIV/AIDS: Health minister

New Delhi | September 12, 2008
The tiny island nation of Maldives is now wary of Indian labourers who could spread tuberculosis (TB) and the dreaded HIV/AIDS among its people.

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Health clubs for rural youth in Punjab villages

September 11, 2008
Several non-resident Indians, in cooperation with local residents are promoting health facilities in villages of Doaba region to motivate youth against drug addiction and encourage them to join health clubs and sport activities.

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SE Asian health ministers focus on AIDS

New Delhi| September 11,2008

Combating HIV/AIDS and maternal deaths was the primary focus of the health ministers of Southeast Asian countries, top officials and World Health Organisation (WHO) experts, who met here on Wednesday to discuss key health issues.

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Indian biomedical research gets British funding

New Delhi | September 11, 2008
Biomedical research in India has received a shot in the arm with the Wellcome Trust, Britain's largest health charity, entering into an agreement with the Indian government's biotechnology department to fund cutting-edge research.

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Drug abuse goes up in developing nations

New York| September 10,2008
Developing nations, including parts of East and South-East Asia and the Middle East are witnessing an increased use of synthetic drugs such as amphetamine, methamphetamine (meth) and ecstasy, according to a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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1.5 mn female condoms for Indian sex workers

New Delhi | September 9, 2008
In an effort to empower women in its fight against HIV/AIDS, the National AIDS Control Organisation (Naco) will distribute about 1.5 million female condoms to sex workers in four states this year under a social marketing programme.

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India working on herbal cure for AIDS: Kalam

New Delhi | September 9,2008

Indian and Japanese scientists are working together on nearly 60 plant species and have found 16 plant species which have properties to fight AIDS

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Health services partially affected

Bhubaneshwar | September 08, 2008

Health services across the State were partially affected as members of the Orissa Medical Services Association (OMSA) abstained from their duties protesting against the attack on a doctor posted at Sheragarh Community Health Centre (CHC) in Ganjam district.

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UP forms rapid response teams to fight diseases

Lucknow | September 4, 2008

The Government of Uttar Pradesh constituted rapid response teams (RRTs) to fight any outbreak of infectious diseases and epidemics following floods in the most populous Indian state.

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Hi-tech trauma centre in Uttar Pradesh soon

Lucknow | September 04, 2008

A hi-tech trauma centre will soon be set up in India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh to provide comprehensive treatment, especially for accident victims.

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Scheme to raise awareness among minority women

New Delhi | September 07, 2008

India's Planning Commission is starting a scheme to create awareness among minority women about issues and rights that can empower them socially, educationally and economically, and also teach them the importance of hygiene and sanitation

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India calls for global action against drug abuse

New Delhi | September 10, 2008
India's Women and Child Development Minister called upon all governments, private agencies and NGOs to work together for a drug-free world

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Doctors for flood relief

New Delhi | September 03, 2008
Ready to lend a helping hand to those stranded in the middle of massive floods in Bihar, doctors in Delhi have got together under the umbrella of "Doctors For You" to launch a large-scale flood relief operation

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Singur: Drug crisis looming as stocks dry up

Kolkata | August 30, 2008

Even as the dharna at Singur entered its sixth day on Friday, city hospitals were faced with a shortage of medicines. With consignments stranded on the Durgapur Expressway, several hospitals have already been warned by suppliers that stocks are drying up and the supply could collapse if the roadblock at Singur continues till Monday.

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Poor' quality of construction plagues children's hospital

Mangalore | August 29, 2008

A speciality paediatric hospital that is meant to provide medical care to children of seven nearby districts appears to have run aground even before being formally inaugurated. The district health administration is unable to make the Regional Advanced Paediatric Care Centre fully operational because of the "sub-standard" quality of construction.

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150,000 emergencies handled by Gujarat's '108' project

Ahmedabad | August 29, 2008
If you are in Gujarat and face an emergency, just dial the toll-free number `108' and experts will rush to your help. At least 150,000 emergencies have been handled by a project being run by the state government and the Hyderabad-based Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) in the past one year since its launch.

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Mums-to-be fight Kosi rage

Saharsa | August 30, 2008

The deluge caused by the turbulent Kosi seems to have strengthened marooned people's determination to fight odds. Those rushing to safer places include expectant mothers.


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Mystery disease forces mass exodus from Uttar Pradesh villages

By Asit SrivastavaKanpur | September 01, 2008
Villages around Kanpur, which have seen a mysterious fever claiming over 140 lives in the past four weeks, are now witnessing a mass exodus. In the worst affected Ghaar and Pulandar villages, about 300 families have already moved out.

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Haryana Govt. to fill up doctors' vacancies

Chandigarh | August 30, 2008

The Haryana government has decided to fill up all vacancies of doctors and make it an ongoing process under which applications would be entertained round the year, Health Minister Kartar Devi said here on Friday.

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Dengue helpline set up

New Delhi | August 30, 2008

Realising the panic among the public and the need for reliable and easy access to information, the Heart Care Foundation of India has set up a dengue helpline (9958771177).

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Foundation stone of hospital laid

New Delhi | August 30, 2008

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday laid the foundation stone of the 750-bed Bharat Ratna Indira Gandhi Hospital in Sector 9 of Dwarka Sub-City. The super-speciality hospital would be commissioned in 2010 at an estimated cost of Rs.350 crore. 10 more hospitals planned for Outer Delhi villages

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Scheme to counter sexual offences launched

August 30, 2008
To curb instances of "sexual offences against women and children", the Delhi Police launched a scheme called "Parivartan" in northern part of the city on Friday.

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WHO lauds Kerala for improving health scenario

New Delhi | August 28, 2008
Stressing that inequalities in living standards are responsible for the death of people on a 'grand scale' across the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Thursday said Kerala is really doing well to improve its health scenario.

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Change laws for the sake of the girl child'

Amritsar | August 28, 2008
Using religious sentiments to curb female foeticide in Punjab, which has a skewed sex ratio, is a good initiative, but Harpal Singh, the brain behind this move, feels that other measures like changing the laws are also required to completely uproot this problem.

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Inequities in healthcare claiming millions of lives, says World Health Organisation report

New Delhi | September 02, 2008

A toxic combination of bad policies, economics and politics is largely responsible for a majority of the people in the world being deprived of good health that is biologically possible. Millions of people die globally due to lack of healthcare facilities, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

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Misrepresentation of facts, says AIIMS

New Delhi | September 02, 2008
Condemning the "misinformation campaign" being circulated about it, the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences has said the death of the 49 children as reported by some sections of the media is "misrepresentation of facts."

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299 malaria deaths, 19 dengue deaths this year in India

New Delhi | September 02, 2008

At least 299 people have died due to malaria and 19 others due to dengue across the country so far this year, the health ministry said Tuesday.

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PM to flag off Apollo's expansion in rural, semi urban areas

Chennai | September 02, 2008
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will Friday flag off the city-based Apollo Hospital's programme to set up 25 new hospitals in rural and semi-urban areas over next two years, a top company official said here Tuesday.

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After the floods, Uttar Pradesh grappling infectious diseases

Lucknow | September 02, 2008
With the floods receding in many affected districts of Uttar Pradesh, the state health department is now grappling with infectious diseases. Till date 25,000 cases of malaria and 10,000 of diarrhoea have been reported from the flood-hit areas apart from dysentery, jaundice, dengue and cerebral malaria.

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Multi-specialty hospital in southern Assam soon

Silchar | September 02, 2008

Silchar (Assam): A 450-bed multi-specialty hospital in southern Assam's main commercial city Silchar at a cost of Rs 100 crore will be set up by the Shankaracharya Trust to provide world-class healthcare services to the people in the northeast.

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Free cancer treatment for poor at Gwalior hospital

Gwalior | September 02, 2008
Poor cancer patients in Gwalior can now avail a free treatment at at the district level Jai Arogaya Hospital where two hi-tech imported machines worth rupees 30 million (three crore rupees) have been installed by the Central Government.

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Project to detect lung diseases in State

Thiruvananthapuram | September 01, 2008

The Practical Approach to Lung Health (PAL) Project, aided by the World Health Organisation, will be implemented on a pilot basis in the State from November to detect prevalence of lung diseases.

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Chandigarh geared up to fight drug menace

Chandigarh | September 01, 2008

A nodal agency has been set up by the Chandigarh administration to curb the menace of drug addiction among the youth in the region, a spokesperson of the administration said here Monday.

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Delhi govt steps in to provide free platelets

New Delhi | August 28, 2008

Keeping in mind the rising number of dengue cases and the corresponding demand for platelets, the Delhi government is planning to make platelets available free of cost during the dengue season.


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The ten worst world health inequalities

London | September 01, 2008
In India, 140 of every 1000 children born to the poorest households die before the age of five - and the rate is three times higher than among those born to the richest - of which 45 of every 1000 will die under five, that's one of the conclusions of a three-year analysis of the quality of life around the world.

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