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Health News

December 2008

Move for better health care to Assam tea workers

Guwahati | December 21, 2008

The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Assam has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with 23 tea gardens in Assam under Public Private Partnership (PPP) to provide better health care facility to the tea garden workers and non-workers

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In Bihar, oral polio vaccines find place in bush!

Patna | December 24, 2008

Nearly 100 polio vaccine vials were found dumped outside a district hospital in Bihar, raising questions over the conduct of the immunisation drive to eradicate the crippling disease in the state. The vaccine vials, due to expire in 2009, were found dumped near a bush adjacent to the district malaria office in the premises of Chapra Sadar district hospital in Saran district.

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‘Poor healthcare a concern in rural Koraput’

Bhubaneshwar | December 28, 2008
Poor healthcare continued to be a concern for people living in rural pockets of Koraput district, finds a survey. A Citizen Report Card (CRC) was prepared basing on the feedback of people in Baipariguda and Kundra block of Koraput district on basic services provided by panchayats such as drinking water, health, sanitation, road, street lights and other women and child development programmes.

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50 years of quality medicare to common man

The VHS sought to bridge the wide gap that existed between health care in the government sector, accessed by the poor, and expensive treatment in the corporate hospitals, affordable only to a few. “The middle class had nowhere to go. VHS evolved as a model to provide quality care that was dependent not on the purse of the individual, but his or her illness,” says N.S. Murali, secretary, who has been with the institution since its inception.

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Bill to monitor hospitals soon

Thiruvananthapuram | December 29, 2008

Law Department sources told The Hindu here that the model legislation was aimed at curbing vandalism against government and private hospitals as well as monitor the quality of the service being offered. This was being mooted in the context of increasing instances of mob attacks and complaints about casualties due to alleged medical negligence.

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International assistance for Chandigarh NGO

Chandigarh | December 29, 2008
Appreciating the pioneering work of empowering people to resolve their issues, U.S. based Global Fund for Children (GFC) has decided to provide financial aid and assist the Chandigarh-based Non-government organisation, Developing of Indigenous Resources (DIR), to achieve the latter’s goals of reducing death rates and improving health among the economically weaker sections living in the slums around Chandigarh

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India mulls medical devices legislation

New Delhi | December 17, 2008

The Government of India is working on a medical devices legislation, in order to standardise the quality of Indian manufactured medical devices, says Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Kapil Sibal. at the 5th India Health Summit: Optimising Healthcare Delivery in India: A Patient Centric Approach, jointly organised here today by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Indian Healthcare Federation

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Need to build alternative systems in healthcare infrastructure

Mumbai | December 10, 2008
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) Chairman said at the Health Insurance Summit 2008 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), that low consumer awareness and insufficient healthcare infrastructure are the major hindrances to widen the reach of healthcare insurance in India. Therefore, there is an urgent need to build alternative systems to take care of the deficit in healthcare infrastructure here.

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Punjab to have two medi-cities with rural focus

Chandigarh | December 11, 2008

Punjab's Mohali and Hoshiarpur districts would by next year have two medi-cities focusing on the needs of the rural populace. The Rayat-Bahra group, which is running a chain of educational institutes in Punjab, will invest Rs 500 crore to set up the two medi-cities, a top official of the group said.

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Delhi to have second AIIMS campus: Ramadoss

New Delhi | December 12, 2008

The national capital will get a second campus of the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) once land is made available for this but there is no proposal to open a similar facility in the northeast, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said on Friday.

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India tackling malnourishment among kids: Minister

New Delhi | December 16, 2008

With 40 per cent children below the age of five suffering from malnourishment, the Government of India is taking a slew of measures to tackle the problem, including conducting programmes for nutrition awareness. Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury told the Rajya sabha on Monday that malnutrition is a multi-faceted problem and determinants of which vary from food insecurity, female illiteracy, poor access to health care, immunisation, unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.

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India prioritizing malnutrition can reduce hunger globally, says WFP

New Delhi | December 18, 2008
The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) is of the view that Indian's commitment to accord priority to malnutrition can make a significant contribution to the global fight against malnourishment and hunger.

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Evidence often insufficient for conviction

Chandigarh | December 18, 2008
In a society biased towards male progeny, unchecked technology has boosted the prevalence of female foeticide in Punjab. Most of the clinics in small towns of Punjab undertake sex-determination tests for Rs.1,200 and inform the sex of the child by asking the pregnant lady to ‘start knitting pink/blue socks’, with pink standing for a girl and blue for a boy.

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Haryana focus on affordable health care services for all

Chandigarh | December 17, 2008
The Haryana Government has decided to adopt three-pronged strategy to provide qualitative and affordable health care services to the people in the State, an official spokesman said here on Tuesday. He disclosed that essential medicines would be provided free of cost to all OPD/Casualty patients and deliveries by the Health institutions.

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'Healthcare sector will expand, create more jobs'

New Delhi | December 17, 2008

Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Tuesday said that the country's healthcare sector would expand further and create more job opportunities as it is the only sector not being affected by the global meltdown. Ramadoss said that human resources were the biggest challenge before the healthcare sector as the country needs large number of doctors, paramedics and nurses and experts in super speciality areas.

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No truth in reports of polio vaccine death: K'taka

Bangalore | December 23, 2008

A day after hundreds of panicky parents thronged hospitals after reports that a child given polio drops had died, the Karnataka government said on Monday it was only a rumour and there had been no adverse effect on children given the polio drops on Sunday.

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Free treatment to poor in only six Delhi hospitals

New Delhi | December 22, 2008

Only six of the nearly 40 hospitals in the Indian capital provide free treatment to poor patients, a Delhi government affidavit to the city High Court has revealed. Filing the affidavit, the government said that between July and September this year, out of 37 hospitals, only six abided by the court's direction of giving free treatment to poor patients—a pre-condition for getting land at subsidised rates

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Rural Bihar to get modern medical facilities

Patna | December 26, 2008

In a bid to inject fresh life into Bihar’s rural medicare system, the State Government has taken a major policy decision by upgrading the existing 533 primary health centres into community health centres equipped with all modern medical gadgets.

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‘Poor healthcare a concern in rural Koraput’

Bhubaneshwar | December 28, 2008
Poor healthcare continued to be a concern for people living in rural pockets of Koraput district, finds a survey. A Citizen Report Card (CRC) was prepared basing on the feedback of people in Baipariguda and Kundra block of Koraput district on basic services provided by panchayats such as drinking water, health, sanitation, road, street lights and other women and child development programmes.

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In Bihar, oral polio vaccines find place in bush!

Patna | December 24, 2008

Nearly 100 polio vaccine vials were found dumped outside a district hospital in Bihar, raising questions over the conduct of the immunisation drive to eradicate the crippling disease in the state. The vaccine vials, due to expire in 2009, were found dumped near a bush adjacent to the district malaria office in the premises of Chapra Sadar district hospital in Saran district.

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No truth in reports of polio vaccine death: K'taka

Bangalore | December 23, 2008

A day after hundreds of panicky parents thronged hospitals after reports that a child given polio drops had died, the Karnataka government said on Monday it was only a rumour and there had been no adverse effect on children given the polio drops on Sunday.

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Free treatment to poor in only six Delhi hospitals

New Delhi | December 22, 2008

Only six of the nearly 40 hospitals in the Indian capital provide free treatment to poor patients, a Delhi government affidavit to the city High Court has revealed. Filing the affidavit, the government said that between July and September this year, out of 37 hospitals, only six abided by the court's direction of giving free treatment to poor patients—a pre-condition for getting land at subsidised rates

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Rural Bihar to get modern medical facilities

Patna | December 26, 2008

In a bid to inject fresh life into Bihar’s rural medicare system, the State Government has taken a major policy decision by upgrading the existing 533 primary health centres into community health centres equipped with all modern medical gadgets.

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Focus on higher dose of health facilities

Jaipur | December 24, 2008

Newly inducted Rajasthan Medical and Health Minister Aimaduddin Ahmed Khan on Tuesday said his department would render quality health care services to the people and function with sensitivity to the issues directly affecting the public health and hygiene.

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Over 94,000 covered in first phase of polio campaign

Puducherry | December 22, 2008

In the first phase of the intensified pulse polio campaign on Sunday, the Health Department covered as many as 94,577 children in the 0-5 age group in the four regions of the Union Territory. In the Puducherry region alone, the department covered as many as 73,438 children.

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75,000 children given polio drops

Chandigarh | December 22, 2008

The Chandigarh Administration’s Health Department here on Sunday provided oral polio vaccine to children in the age group of 0-5 years. More than 75,000 children were given anti polio drops by end of the day

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50 years of quality medicare to common man

The VHS sought to bridge the wide gap that existed between health care in the government sector, accessed by the poor, and expensive treatment in the corporate hospitals, affordable only to a few. “The middle class had nowhere to go. VHS evolved as a model to provide quality care that was dependent not on the purse of the individual, but his or her illness,” says N.S. Murali, secretary, who has been with the institution since its inception.

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'India prioritising national healthcare needs'

New Delhi | December 17, 2008

The government is now planning to prioritise the national healthcare needs so that a better mechanism could be put in place to improve the entire healthcare delivery system in the country, a senior Health Ministry official said.

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Focus on higher dose of health facilities

Jaipur | December 24, 2008

Newly inducted Rajasthan Medical and Health Minister Aimaduddin Ahmed Khan on Tuesday said his department would render quality health care services to the people and function with sensitivity to the issues directly affecting the public health and hygiene.

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Over 94,000 covered in first phase of polio campaign

Puducherry | December 22, 2008

In the first phase of the intensified pulse polio campaign on Sunday, the Health Department covered as many as 94,577 children in the 0-5 age group in the four regions of the Union Territory. In the Puducherry region alone, the department covered as many as 73,438 children.

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75,000 children given polio drops

Chandigarh | December 22, 2008

The Chandigarh Administration’s Health Department here on Sunday provided oral polio vaccine to children in the age group of 0-5 years. More than 75,000 children were given anti polio drops by end of the day

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Move for better health care to Assam tea workers

Guwahati | December 21, 2008

The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Assam has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with 23 tea gardens in Assam under Public Private Partnership (PPP) to provide better health care facility to the tea garden workers and non-workers

Read more...

International assistance for Chandigarh NGO

Chandigarh | December 29, 2008
Appreciating the pioneering work of empowering people to resolve their issues, U.S. based Global Fund for Children (GFC) has decided to provide financial aid and assist the Chandigarh-based Non-government organisation, Developing of Indigenous Resources (DIR), to achieve the latter’s goals of reducing death rates and improving health among the economically weaker sections living in the slums around Chandigarh

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Anti-malaria shot may be a reality in 4 yrs

New Delhi | December 10, 2008
A vaccine against malaria, the world's most notorious vector-borne disease, is finally in sight and could become a reality in four years time. Two separate trials of the promising candidate vaccine RTSS/AS on children, as young as eight weeks old in Africa, have found that it reduced clinical malaria incidents by nearly 65%.

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No probe into doctor-pharma nexus: Ramadoss

New Delhi | December 17, 2008

In a rather weak response to TOI's expose on how pharma companies were plying doctors with expensive freebies in return for prescribing medicines produced by them, Union health minister A Ramadoss said doctors should follow their personal code of conduct and refrain from "accepting perks or bribes".


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Knocking on slum doors for AIDS awareness, testing

New Delhi | December 10, 2008

The narrow alleyways that serve as kitchens, playgrounds and open drains all at once are unusually quiet. Gulping down fears, a few expectant mothers and adolescents walk in and out of the single room HIV-AIDS testing centre set up at a small gurdwara in the heart of a shanty in east Delhi. This was the scene in the Kalyanpuri area where NGO Soubhagya organised an AIDS testing and awareness camp last week along with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).

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Panel seals fate of 3 vaccine units

New Delhi | December 18, 2008
It's now almost certain that the Central Research Institute (Kasauli), Pasteur Institute of India (Coonoor) and BCG Lab (Chennai) will not manufacture vaccines anymore. The fate of these three public sector vaccine units has almost been sealed with the Union health ministry's expert committee saying in its latest report that these facilities have inherent problems for renovation and "cannot be renovated to meet the expectation of the current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards and vaccine cannot be manufactured."

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Need to build alternative systems in healthcare infrastructure

Mumbai | December 10, 2008
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) Chairman said at the Health Insurance Summit 2008 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), that low consumer awareness and insufficient healthcare infrastructure are the major hindrances to widen the reach of healthcare insurance in India. Therefore, there is an urgent need to build alternative systems to take care of the deficit in healthcare infrastructure here.

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Tension at hospital

Cuttack | December 10, 2008

Even as the State government is planning to bring out a legislation to protect the doctors on duty from public assaults, tension prevailed at the SCB Medical College and Hospital here on Tuesday over an alleged scuffle between some house surgeons and attendants of a patient

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Over 93,000 children to be immunised against polio

Puducherry | December 20, 2008
The first phase of the intensified pulse polio immunisation programme will be held on Sunday in all the four regions of the Union Territory. The Health Department plans to immunise as many as 93,512 children in the 0-5 age group.

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WHO calls for greater attention to curb HIV/AIDS

New Delhi | December 02, 2008

Injecting drug users (IDUs) and men who have sex with men (MSM) require particular attention in the fight against HIV/AIDS and HIV continues to be a major public health problem in the South East Asia Region, with the highest incidence among sex workers and their clients, MSMs and IDUs ,” according to World Health Organisation South East Asia Regional office director Samlee Plianbangchang.

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Law ministry changes violate letter and spirit of HIV/AIDS Bill, allege CSOs

CSOs engaged in drafting the HIV/AIDS Bill allege that the Union law ministry has deleted important chapters in the draft Bill that advocated a rights-based approach, and introduced new measures such as mandatory testing and identification of HIV-positive people that violate people’s rights

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India needs INR 60,000 cr by 2013 in healthcare

December 03, 2008

India needs an investment of up to INR 60,000 crore (INR 600 billion) over the next five years to meet demands in the healthcare sector alone, according to a consultancy firm Feedback Ventures. "Currently, there are 1.5 beds available for every 1,000 people, while the global average stands at 3.3 beds per 1,000 persons

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Himachal gets Rs 99 Cr under NRHM

Shimla | December 01, 2008

The central government has sanctioned Rs 99 crore under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the Himachal Pradesh to accelerate work on this mission and improve rural health. Stating this at a review meeting of the Health Department here, state Health Minister Rajeev Bindal said that Rogi Kalyan Samitis have been constituted in as many as 437 health institutions in the state.

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Economic crisis no excuse for cutting back on AIDS funding: APACHA

In a statement made on World AIDS Day, the Asian People’s Alliance for Combating HIV and AIDS (APACHA) reminded governments worldwide of their commitments to AIDS funding, and called on governments worldwide not to make the global economic crisis an excuse for cutting back on their commitments to funding AIDS programmes.

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Priority for education and health care in MCD budget

New Delhi | December 06, 2008

Delhi Municipal Commissioner K. S. Mehra presented revised budget estimates for the current financial year and budget estimates for the next fiscal in respect of the general wing and slum and jhuggi-jhonpri wing of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Friday. The increased expenditure has been allocated towards priority areas of education, healthcare and sanitation with education leading the tally with a proposed budgetary allocation of Rs.1,170 crore for the next financial year, followed by general administration (Rs. 967 crore), sanitation (Rs. 889 crore),and public health (Rs. 742 crore).

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U.N., Plan panel convergence to achieve MDGs

New Delhi | December 06, 2008

The Planning Commission and the United Nations on Friday signed a joint programme on convergence to help India’s backward districts achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs) with better utilisation of government resources. As part of the joint programme, the U.N. has committed about $ 15 million for select backward districts in seven States with low Human Development Indices.

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Early HIV testing, treatment can save newborn lives: UN report

New York | December 05, 2008

Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the prospects for survival of newborn babies exposed to HIV, according to a report released by four United Nations agencies.

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Hooda calls for a movement to increase awareness on AIDS

Chandigarh | December 02, 2008

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday called for a mass movement to create awakening on preventive measures of AIDS. In a message on World AIDS Day, he said 84 Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTCs) had been established in the State. Well-trained counsellors and laboratory technicians had been posted at these centres to provide free counselling and testing services to the patients.

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Global alliance to take on AIDS in South Asia launched

New Delhi | December 02, 2008

On the occasion of World AIDS Day-2008, the Indian Red Cross Society along with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched the “South Asia Red Cross Red Crescent Global Alliance on HIV” on Monday as part of a global effort to scale up HIV programming. The aim is to double the outreach of Red Cross Red Crescent HIV programmes in the region by targeting over 1.5 million people.

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Kolkata AIDS care centre project shelved after protests

Kolkata | December 03, 2008

A bid to set up a community care centre for HIV-positive people here has been temporarily shelved following objections from nearby residents who wrongly believe that the virus might spread to them also, officials said Wednesday.

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Red Ribbon Express tour ends, but long road ahead to curb AIDS

New Delhi | December 01, 2008

The Red Ribbon Express, a special train that has spread awareness among people about AIDS for over a year, concluded its journey here Monday after traversing 27,000 km across 24 states, but India has a long way to go to control the virus that has so far infected 2.5 million people.

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Pension announced for HIV/AIDS patients

Hyderabad | December 02, 2008

More than 40,900 HIV/AIDS patients who are receiving free anti-retroviral therapy would be given pension shortly, Health and Family Welfare Minister S. Chandrasekhar announced here on Monday. He launched ‘Mee Nestam’ IEC campaign, integrated counselling and testing centres under public-private partnership in private nursing homes and hospitals, to mark the World AIDS Day.

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Indo-China tie up in medicine in memory of Kotnis

New Delhi | December 03, 2008

As part of a memorandum of understanding signed between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries in January 2008, a delegation of 10 Chinese doctors arrived in India to study the Indian healthcare system and exchange ideas.

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One-stop online HIV-AIDS data hub launched in Apac

Manila | December 01, 2008

The first-ever one-stop online resource hub providing comprehensive and easy-to-access HIV and AIDS data in Asia and the Pacific has been launched.
The 'Evidence to Action Initiative' provides user-friendly data on most vulnerable population groups, including women, children and young people, disaggregated by age and sex.

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Robust Indian banking system able to fight AIDS

New Delhi | December 01, 2008

Global economic recession will have an adverse impact on funding to fight HIV and AIDS, but India with its robust banking system should not worry too much on this count, a top Unaids official said. The country is home to 2.5 million HIV-positive patients, including 70,000 children below the age of 14.

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Essential drugs out of reach for the poor: WHO

Geneva | December 02, 2008

Lack of availability of essential medicines in the public sector is rising alarmingly, driving patients to pay higher prices in the private sector or go without the medicines, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) study.

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Assam steps up fight against AIDS

Guwahati | December 01, 2008

Thousands of people in India's northeast, where a large number of drug users have sparked fears of a worsening AIDS epidemic, pledged Monday to step up the fight against HIV by spreading awareness about the dreaded virus.

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Patna students call for more awareness on World AIDS Day

Patna | December 01, 2008

Students in Bihar capital Patna city on Monday took out rally to mark World AIDS Day, and called for generating more awareness to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Holding banners and placards on AIDS awareness, college students said they were doing their bit to check the spread of the disease in the country.

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Himachal sets up AIDS tele counselling centre

Shimla | December 02, 2008

The Government of Himachal Pradesh has set up a free tele-counselling centre in the office of state AIDS Control Society on the occasion of World AIDS Day on Monday. The new centre has been linked with AIDS Control Units across the state, a spokesperson of the state Health Department disclosed here on Tuesday.

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HIV prevalence down in high-risk states, but up in low-risk ones

NACO's latest sentinel survey and estimation figures show slightly lower HIV prevalence in high-prevalence states, new pockets of the epidemic among IDUs and MSM, and an increase in HIV prevalence in states like Delhi, Bihar and West Bengal, considered to be low-prevalence states.

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Chaos at Mumbai government hospitals as victims pour in

Mumbai | November 29, 2008

The Mumbai terror assault, which has left at least 327 people injured and many traumatised, has laid bare the poor state of government hospitals in India's financial capital. Patients are complaining of chaos, inadequate facilities and many are even opting for more expensive private medical institutes.

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India's hijras spread safe sex message in life or death AIDS fight

Madanayakana Halli, Bangalore | November 29, 2008

Excluded from society and persecuted, India's hijras often have little choice but to beg or sell sex for a living and they are doing it safely. For them, whatever the price offered and however insistent the client, no condom means no sex. The spread of AIDS has been in part due to unsafe sexual practices among India's 7.7 million truckers who contract the virus after sex with prostitutes, passing it on when they sleep with their unsuspecting wives back home or even co-drivers.

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Privatisation of Himachal zonal hospitals opposed

Shimla | November 27, 2008

More than 50 non-government organisations, civil society organisations, political parties and mass organisations which have jointly formed a “Mandi Medical College Sangharsh Samiti” for opposing privatisation of the zonal hospitals. They have accused the State Health Minister of confusing the people and telling half-truths.

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No medicines for poor at GTB?

New Delhi | November 26, 2008

Responding to a plea of affected patients, a full bench of the Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked Delhi's Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital to conduct an inquiry on why poor patients are not given free medicines. The Bench questioned why, violating guidelines, doctors prescribed branded medicines instead of pharmacological generics.

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Malnutrition impairing learning

New Delhi | November 26, 2008

Although India is three notches up on the global education index this year, 46 per cent Indian children are malnourished, which have severely affected their learning ability in schools, according to a UN education watchdog report.
Linking malnourishment to learning abilities, the UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report 2008 said on Tuesday malnutrition impaired brain development of about 40 per cent of children in south Asia, including India.

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India building 5 world standard blood banks

New Delhi | November 25, 2008

India is building five world standard blood banks at a cost of Rs 465 crore, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said here on Monday. "There will be four regional blood banks in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata at a cost of Rs 50 crore each and they will be of world standard."

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Three super speciality hospitals in Bihar soon

Patna | November 24, 2008

In an attempt to further improve the health services in Bihar, the state government has decided to confer super speciality status to three of the state-run hospitals in Patna. "Specialist doctors would appointed on contractual basis in these three hospitals," a Health Department official said.

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AIDS-affected persons demand better treatment facilities

Berhampur | December 01, 2008

AIDS patients of the State claim that the Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) centre on the MKCG medical college campus is the only full-fledged functional ART unit in Orissa in contrast to official claims. As per official claims on government website the number of ART centres in the State has been increased from one to three as an initiative against AIDS. But as per AIDS patients the ART centre in the MKCG medical college hospital in Berhampur was the only one running in totality.

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More than 50% rape victims in city minors

New Delhi | November 24, 2008

Girls are said to be safest at home. Not so in Delhi. According to figures provided by Delhi Police (till the end of October), of the total 421 rape cases recorded in the city, a shocking 377 incidents took place inside the safe confines of a home. A rise of nearly 20% over last year. If this is not startling enough, police records show that out of the 509 accused who have been arrested, at least 497 were known to the victim.

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First time after Emergency, male sterilisation looks up

New Delhi | November 23, 2008

For the first time since the Emergency in the mid-1970s, male sterilisation is making something of a comeback. This birth control method that could help check India's rising population had declined in use after instances of forced sterilisation during the Emergency. Latest Health Ministry data from 593 of the total 660 districts in India provided to the Planning Commission records a 118 per cent increase in sterilisation of men in 2007-08 over the 2006-07 figures.

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Malnutrition a bane in grain-rich Punjab

Chandigarh | November 24, 2008

One in every five adults in the age group of 15 to 49 years suffers from malnutrition in Punjab, often referred to as the granary of the country, says a government survey. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) report (2005-06) of Punjab, which was released here on Friday, reveals a sorry picture of the state of health of men, women and children in the state.

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