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Health News

June 2009

Haryana docs convicted, can’t be jailed - Medics Guilty Of Gender Test Of Foetus Set To Walk Free As State Fails To Notify Act

Chandigarh | June 23, 2009

A huge state boo-boo in failing to notify the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act in the official gazette threatens to undo Haryana’s claim of being the first state in the country to convict a doctor under the Act. And now because of the government goof-up, different courts in the state have been forced to acquit five people booked under the Act, while 60 other medical practitioners caught in the past 12 years await their turn to walk free.


Healthcare fails to get a booster dose

New Delhi | June 23, 2009

New deadlines for old projects and a quick update on projects which started last year were all that the health sector merited in Delhi budget 2009-10. The proposed outlay of Rs 1,019 for the health sector, which was 9.75% of the total, was less than the amount the government spent in the last financial year on the sector. The Delhi government had allocated Rs 873 crore for the sector in 2008-09, which was revised to Rs 1,112 crore later.


Tripura campaign to improve lot of girls

Agartala |June 23, 2009

In a move to improve the status of the girl child, the Tripura government that recently announced a special economic package for poor families with two daughters. The campaign will address the entire gamut of issues, including immunisation, gender bias and the need to improve the sex ratio.


Truth behind rising infant deaths in city

Delhi | June 24, 2009

Buried in the Economic Survey for Delhi released on Friday was a statistic that showed that infant mortality rate (IMR) in the capital climbed by 50% per year between 2005 and 2007, making Delhi the only state in the country. What actually explains this shameful trend is a slew of factors like the rising number of urban poor, a crumbling public health system and floundering welfare schemes like the Integrated Child Development Services. With the government’s network in a shambles and private care being expensive, a good section of the city’s population is thus deprived of proper healthcare.


Concern over maternal, infant mortality rate

Bhubaneshwar | June 24, 2009

Experts expressed concerns over high maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate in Orissa and called upon implementing agencies to work on mission mode to reduce these rates. Orissa earned dubious distinction for 358 deaths of mothers per every 100000 live births and death of 65 newborn babies per every 1000 live births.


Why foreign advice on malnutrition, ask Madhya Pradesh activists

Bhopal |June 25, 2009

First the Madhya Pradesh government turned a blind eye to the acute problem of malnutrition among children and now it is taking the advice of foreign agencies to combat it, say angry activists who have been in the field for a long time. These activists disapprove of Thai nutrition expert Kraisid Tontisirin's visit here earlier this week and say the state has enough manpower and skill to handle the problem on its own.


Incentives to make healthcare accessible in J&K

New Delhi | June 26, 2009

Incentives could be given to doctors and paramedics to urgently fill the vacancies in Jammu and Kashmir, where government hospitals face the dearth of health specialists, India's Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has said. The government's priority was to make health facilities available to the people living in far-flung areas of the state and the vacancies in the state health sector should be filled up through the process of "urgent recruitment of doctors or taking the private sector doctors on contract basis by the state government".


Success story: Govt’s sex education on call is a nationwide hit

New Delhi | June 28, 2009

With sex education running into roadblocks in many states, the Centre evolved a new way of getting sexual health messages across: outsourcing. Launched in June last year by the Ministry of Health’s Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (JSK), the centre has answered 50,961 queries within one year. The conversations are in English and Hindi. The popularity of the scheme is burgeoning, especially in India’s rural hinterland, and there have been demands to set up regional centres in other parts of the country.


Six women die in Bhopal hospital in less than two days

Bhopal | June 29, 2009
The deteriorating condition of government hospitals in the city fell to another abysmal low when six women died in the Sultania Women’s Hospital in the last two days . Complicacies during child birth, heavy internal bleeding, disseminated intra-vascular coagulation (DIC) and other post-natal complicacies were cited as reasons for the fatalities.


Women, babies left in the lurch

Kantapahari(Paschim Medinipur district) | June 29, 2009

Due to the ongoing war-like situation between the security forces and the Maoists, almost all health centres in the region have shut down and there is no doctor or medical staff left to attend to pregnant women and newborns. Also, the relief camp does not have any arrangement to transfer them to a hospital when they go into labour.


Healthcare hit by large influx’

New Delhi | June 20, 2009

The fact that the city doesn’t have adequate number of beds for the existing population and with the large hospitals facing the brunt of the healthcare demand, it becomes obvious that something drastic needs to be done soon. Health minister Kiran Walia, agrees. ‘‘We’ve been concentrating on healthcare for some time now, including introducing Anganwadi and healthcare workers. Special schemes like the Janani Suraksha Yojna and the Mamta schemes are also functional. But all efforts get neutralised in the face of the large influx of migrants into the city.’’


Rights violation in govt home - Conditions Pathetic, Inhuman & Unhygienic: DCPCR Report

New Delhi | June 22, 2009

As many as 75 inmates died between 2004 and 2008 at Rohini’s Asha Kiran Complex — the lone state government-run complex of homes for mentally challenged men, women and children. A majority of these deaths were caused by epileptic seizures indicating neglect in terms of healthcare on the part of the authorities. Children were suffering from tuberculosis, seizures, skin diseases among others due to gross overcrowding, lack of hygiene and pathetic sanitary conditions. To look after 750 inmates, the complex had just one doctor, two nurses and two hospital attendants.


‘Regulate sale of drugs’

New Delhi | June 22, 2009

The State Drug Controller is getting strict about sale of prescription drugs and misleading advertisements and has called for better coordination among doctors, chemists and drug control inspectors. The Delhi Medical Council is also looking at creating a better coordination system between various organisations to encourage responsible sale of drugs and immediate reporting of “illegal” sale.


Woman paraded in hospital with HIV+ label on forehead

Rajkot | June 21, 2009

An HIV-positive woman was branded as one at a government hospital in Jamnagar on Saturday and paraded through the wards to ‘‘warn other patients about her status’’. Nurses at the Guru Govind Singh Hospital stuck a label that read ‘HIV Serum positive’ on her forehead. Labels are pasted on foreheads of dead bodies after post-mortem.


Delhi’s infant mortality doubles in two years

New Delhi | June 20, 2009

In India’s showpiece capital, the number of children dying within the first year of birth has almost doubled in the past two years, according to the Delhi government’s own statistics. Data released in the Economic Survey of Delhi for 2008-2009 shows that the infant mortality rate in 2007 was 25.4 deaths per 1,000 children between the ages of 0 and 1 years, compared to 12.9 in 2006 and 18.1 in 2005.


Delhi hospital seeks exemption from treating poor free

New Delhi | June 18, 2009

The multi-speciality Rockland Hospital Thursday approached Delhi High Court seeking exemption from giving free treatment to poor patients as it had already paid the full amount for the land to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). In the plea, Rockland Hospital, located in Qutab Institutional Area, submitted that the land allotted to them by the DDA was not given on any concessional rate and they have paid all the dues and should thus be exempted from giving free treatment to poor patients.


Rs.1.75 crore to check vector-borne diseases

Chandigarh | June 18, 2009
The Centre has sanctioned a Rs.1.75-crore scheme for Haryana under the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme for prevention of vector-borne diseases like Malaria, Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Chikungunia in the State, Director Health Services (Malaria) Satbir Chaudhry said on Wednesday.


Maternal mortality rate declines by 15 percent in Bihar

Patna |June 17, 2009

The maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Bihar has fallen by about 15 percent, as more and more women are opting for institutional deliveries. Women have also been demanding improvement in health services and infrastructure, according to official figures released here Wednesday. The MMR, maternal death per lakh live births in Bihar decreased from 371 in 2001-03 to 312 in 2004-06.


Sterilise hospitals of unregistered docs: Court

New Delhi | June 17, 2009

A city court has ruled that unqualified doctors cannot be allowed to jeopardise lives of patients, while rejecting the anticipatory bail of a doctor who was working without registering with the Medical Council of India (MCI). The court also directed the Delhi Medical Council Secretary to take appropriate action against hospitals which generate such employments.


Polio type 2 detected

Patna | June 11, 2009

Type two Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus (VDPV) has been detected in a two-year-old boy in Bihar’s East Champaran district, officials in the State polio department said here on Wednesday. A few days ago a child in Dibrugarh district of Assam was found having type one VDPV.


24 students graduate as Asia's first HIV workers

New Delhi |June 08, 2009

The 24 students were Monday conferred the HIV Medics degree by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) during a convocation held at the American Center here. The HIV medics are para-professional health care workers trained to assist clinicians in the provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for people living with HIV. The programme was launched by the US based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) last year to train people as HIV health care workers in the country.


A poor man diagnosed HIV positive forced to leave hospital

Patna | June 09, 2009

A 40-year old poor man, diagnosed with HIV/AIDS was forced by authorities of a government hospital in the Bihar capital to leave and advised to stay at his residence. Bhola Paswan, an unemployed Dalit man, was forced to leave the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital here soon after he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. In the last one year, there were several such cases reported in local dailies that hospital authorities had refused to admit a man or woman diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and forced them to leave without treatment.


Chinese passing off fake drugs as ‘made in India’

New Delhi | June 09, 2009

Are fake drugs manufactured in China being pushed into various African countries with the ‘Made in India’ tag? The Indian government has long suspected this, but it now has definite evidence for the first time. Last week, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) of Nigeria issued a press release stating that a large consignment of fake anti-malarial generic pharmaceuticals labelled ‘Made in India’ were, in fact, found to have been produced in China.


Delhi sets up 10 teams to deal with swine flu

New Delhi |June 09, 2009

Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia Tuesday said that 10 multi-disciplinary teams of experts had been set up to probe and confirm the outbreak of influenza A(H1N1) infection in the Indian capital Walia said three hospitals - the quarantine unit at the international airport, Ram Manohar Lohia hospital and the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital - were fully functional for treating swine flu. Ten other hospitals were preparing themselves. The minister said 10 million units of doses of Tamiflu drug were available and more quantities could be ordered, if needed.


Court asks doctors to decide on abortion for rape victim

Chandigarh |June 09, 2009

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Tuesday ordered the setting up of a special committee of doctors to decide on terminating the pregnancy of a 19-year-old mentally challenged rape victim as she does not have a guardian. Worried over the victim's condition and absence of any guardian, the administration had filed a writ petition in the high court seeking permission for the abortion.


Haryana free of leprosy

Chandigarh | June 10, 2009
Haryana has achieved “Elimination of Leprosy” status which is determined if the incidence of this affliction is less than one case per 10,000 of population in the State. Stating that the National Leprosy Eradication Programme was one of the most successful national health programmes in Haryana, Ms. Gupta said the Health Department would create mass awareness about leprosy treatment and eradication


Probe into Indian health projects exposed corruption: World Bank

Washington |June 10, 2009
Citing a large-scale review of projects in India' s health sector, a new World Bank report says it has helped it make significant headway in the fight against corruption during Fiscal Year 2008. The report noted that completion of the review of projects in India's health sector had led to simultaneous implementation of the 18 recommendations of an Independent Review Panel, headed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.


Doctors on strike after attack by patient's relatives

Hyderabad |June 10, 2009

Juniors doctors at a government-run hospital in this Andhra Pradesh capital struck work Wednesday to protest an attack on them by the relatives of a pregnant woman who died while being treated. Demanding action against those involved in the attack, doctors at the Gandhi Hospital struck work and staged a protest in front of the hospital premises. The services in one of the biggest hospitals in the state were affected by the strike.


NALCO holds mobile health camp

Koraput | June 11, 2009
A mobile health camp was organised by NALCO in Puturaghati, a near-by village of M&R Complex, Damanjodi. A team of doctors, headed by M.S. Rao from NALCO Hospital, offered on-the-spot treatment to more than 130 patients. Medicines were also distributed among the villagers at the health camp. This was the third medical camp in the recent times after the camps at Bariguda and Bhitara Marichamal villages.


Bihar signs MoU with Red Cross

Patna | June 11, 2009
The Bihar Government on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Red Cross with the objective of setting up blood banks in 17 district hospitals across the State. Apart from the provision of services such as 24-hours electricity supply, there would be regular blood checks for testing the bacterial presence of diseases like HIV 1 and 2, Hepatitis B, C and Malaria.


Need to promote universal birth registration

New Delhi | June 11, 2009
Emphasising the need to promote universal birth registration by NGOs and civil society organisations, Deputy Registrar-General of India Bhaskar Mishra on Wednesday said that to reach the goal of 100 per cent registration there was a need to seriously tackle the areas of exclusion and disparity that often leave the poorest and most vulnerable children even more disadvantaged.


New Madhya Pradesh initiative to address malnourishment

Bhopal | June 12, 2009

At the directive of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Development Department is formulating a scheme to address severe malnourishment extant in several pockets of the State. The scheme envisages various activities in the 250 select villages like ensuring basic facilities in the anganwadi centres, consistency in health services, fortification of pre-school education, community participation and post-implementation monitoring.


Serious efforts needed to curb domestic violence

New Delhi | June 13, 2009
A series of senseless acts of violence perpetrated on women by male members of their family in the Capital in the past few days have once again highlighted the need for more serious and determined efforts to tackle domestic violence, the most prevalent yet relatively hidden and ignored form of violence against women and girls.


3 mn blood units short in tackling health emergencies

New Delhi | June 14, 2009

India needs around nine million units of blood every year to tackle several health related problems but faces a shortage of at least 33 percent. According to the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohematology (ISBTI) as against the requirement, the annual collection in India is mere six million units of blood.


China to check on fake ‘Made in India’ drugs

Beijing | June 14, 2009

China’s State Food and Drug Administration has begun an investigation into an allegation by Nigeria that a consignment of drugs labelled ‘Made in India’ were actually fake pharmaceuticals produced in China, a SFDA spokesperson has said. The statement shows SFDA headquarters in Beijing does not fully trust its provincial units to carry out monitoring and investigation into the concerned company. It came soon after the SFDA hit out against a report in a British daily saying that fake Chinese drugs are flooding the United Kingdom.


Now, all human clinical trials to be registered

Bangalore | June 15, 2009

In a significant move aimed at making clinical trials on human beings more ethical and transparent, the Drugs Controller of India has ruled for the first time that all clinical trials taking place across the country in all areas of health — new drugs, treatments, therapies, surgical procedures and new medical devices — must be compulsorily registered. The rule will come into effect on Monday.


He died waiting for treatment – Labourer shuttled between hospitals for 6 hours but no one took him in

New Delhi | June 15, 2009

After shuttling between hospitals for over 6 hours, Kailash Chand a daily wage labourer from Bhagalpur succumbed to injuries on Saturday. He had fallen from the under construction building where he was working. The dismal failure of the state’s health system ensured a different fate for him.


Uttar Pradesh Government to hire private medicos

Lucknow | June 15, 2009

Uttar Pradesh will rope in private doctors to meet a shortage of 5,000 medicos in the State provincial medical service. As per the decision, private medicos can offer their services to government hospitals, primary and community health centres on a daily or monthly basis. The remuneration norms have been fixed.


Focus on tackling leprosy, says WHO

New Delhi | June 04, 2009

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has impressed upon its member states to focus on reducing the rate of new leprosy cases with grade 2 disabilities per 1,00,000 population by at least 35 per cent by the end of 2015. This was decided at the recent Global Leprosy Programme Managers’ meeting at the WHO South-East Asia Regional Office here. The current strategy focuses on timely detection and treatment with multi-drug therapy (MDT) and quality patient care that is equitably distributed, affordable and easily accessible.


Uttar Pradesh to go head hunting in colleges for doctors

Lucknow | June 07, 2009

The Uttar Pradesh government is planning campus recruitment of doctors to fill nearly 5,000 vacancies in the state's provincial medical services. "The move will enable us deliver better health facilities across the state, particularly in the rural areas, where people rely on community and primary health centres for medical treatment,'' Director General (Medical and Health) I.S. Srivastava said.


Village boycotts polio campaign to protest civic conditions

Lucknow |June 05, 2009

Residents of Sarvat – a muslim-dominated village in the Muzaffarnagar district, in Lucknow boycotted the ongoing pulse polio vaccination drive on May 24 to protest the authorities' indifference to poor civic conditions in their area. They said they will continue their protest till their complaints about poor sanitation, contaminated water supply, and lack of garbage disposal facilities are addressed


A snub for Ramadoss: Vaccine PSUs to restart

New Delhi | : June 05, 2009

In keeping with the plan to revive PSU vaccine manufacturers, Central Research Institute (Kasauli), one of India’s oldest vaccine manufacturing units, will restart in 14-18 months time. CRI is one of the three public sector units where vaccine production has been stalled since January 15, 2008 because of failure to comply with WHO’s GMP norms. Former health minister A Ramadoss had planned to turn the three institutes — CRI, BCG Vaccine Laboratory (Chennai) and Pasteur Institute of India (Coonoor) into central drug testing laboratories.


State lags behind in tackling diseases

Thiruvananthapuram | June 05, 2009

The preparedness of the State in handling public health emergencies is being put to test as more cases of suspected influenza A H1N1 infection is being reported. However, though the level of alertness has gone up, the same cannot be said about the State’s level of preparedness. When it comes to the management of infectious diseases, the State does not have adequate infrastructure or human resources to tackle emergencies.


End of low-cost health care?

New Delhi | June 04, 2009
Affordable healthcare may soon become history for Delhi. A proposal to allow certain charitable hospitals to change their ownership or organisational structure without cancelling their lease got the green signal from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday. They are those hospitals that were given land by the DDA at a concessional rate. The decision is likely to have some far-reaching implications on the healthcare sector of Delhi.


F L AG S H I P S C H E M E S - Is the plan working?

June 03, 2009

For decades the government has been running a plethora of programmes to deliver basic amenities which surely should not have taken 60 years to provide. Since the nineties many of these basic tasks were given new shapes and renamed as ‘missions’, ‘campaigns’ etc. The rhetoric was upgraded further when nine of these schemes came to be known as ‘flagship’ schemes. They covered important areas like school education, mid-day meals, rural health, sanitation and drinking water, polio immunization, employment guarantee and care of pre-school children. A snap review of these schemes is enclosed.


Gehlot lays emphasis on health care schemes

Jaipur | June 02, 2009

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has called for immediate steps to reduce maternal and infant mortality ratios, execute heath care services and develop urban infrastructure and resources to benefit large sections of population. He reviewed the progress of the Rajasthan Health System Development Project, National Rural Health Mission and medical education while observing that the Rajiv Gandhi Mobile Units arrangement should be strengthened to provide timely medical services in the remote areas.


Chandigarh starts condom promotion month

Chandigarh | June 02, 2009

First there was a condom bar in the city to increase awareness about safe sex. Then they set up condom depots in the slums and now, authorities have started a condom promotion month targeting vulnerable areas of this Union Territory (UT). The idea is to make people aware and to make the contraceptive available to the at-risk segments of society that are generally ignored in the mainstream awareness drives. The condom promotion month, May 29-June 28, was launched by the non government organisation (NGO) Yuvsatta and the State AIDS Control Society in Chandigarh on Friday.


Finger-prick enough to detect presence of HIV

Sydney | June 01, 2009

Scientists have developed the prototype of a low-cost HIV monitoring test that requires only 30 minutes to produce results. The CD4 rapid test, similar in design to a home pregnancy test, works with a finger-prick blood sample to measure the numbers of CD4+ T-cells in a person's blood. The majority of patients in the developing world do not currently have access to CD4 testing because it is expensive. Where testing facilities exist, it is often difficult for people in rural areas to access them and it can take weeks to obtain results. Currently 33 million people globally have been diagnosed with HIV, many of them in poor countries.


Malaria vaccine could be available by 2011: report

London |June 01, 2009

Advanced trials of a new mosquito medicine that began in Africa last week could lead to the world's first malaria vaccine becoming available as soon as 2011. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) began Phase-III trials of its Mosquirix medicine Wednesday as scientists began injecting 1,200 infants and children in the town of Bagamoyo in Tanzania. Eventually, up to 16,000 patients will be immunised in seven African countries, including Mozambique, Kenya and Malawi.


Vaccine programmes should target HPV, cervical cancer

New Delhi |June 01, 2009

Medical experts have stressed on developing solutions for expansion of vaccine programmes to fight the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes several diseases, including cervical cancer. In the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, around 1.3 billion women aged 15 years or older are at risk of developing cervical cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that every year there are more than 265,000 cases of cervical cancer in these regions. Of these, over 140,000 women die annually.


Delhi’s special initiative for its poor, underprivileged and women

New Delhi | June 03, 2009

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday said the data of 50 lakh vulnerable families of the Capital would be available to the Delhi Government in the coming year to facilitate accurate budgeting and handling of various departmental schemes for them. “Mission Convergence” formed to facilitate integrated delivery of welfare entitlement to the underprivileged citizens in an efficient, transparent, convenient, friendly and cost effective manner would provide social justice in the best coordinated way to ensure that the underprivileged and the poor regularly receive welfare services for both sustainable growth and eradication of poverty.


World class healthcare , absolutely free

Bangalore | June 07, 2009

A super-speciality hospital here has redefined the approach to healthcare by providing world class treatment completely free. Patients referred to Sri Satya Sai Institute for Higher Medical Sciences hospital do not have to come in with a credit card or a cheque book. Treatments, tests, medicines, food and hospital stay are all free.


Need to take health care to the poor, says Azad

New Delhi | May 31, 2009

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday described health as a sector that had not been given “much attention” and asserted that his priority would be to implement the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in “letter and spirit.” He admitted that there were virtually no health care facilities available to the poor in the rural and far-flung areas. The NRHM was one of the important programmes initiated by the United Progressive Alliance. Making a case for speedy launch of the National Urban Health Mission, he said he would push for its early clearance by the Cabinet and funding for the proposal.


Survey reveals poor health care facilities in Sukhinda mining areas

Bhubaneshwar | May 30, 2009
They dug out chromite ore worth more than Rs. 850 crore last year from Sukinda Valley, recently identified as one of the most polluted hotspots of the world. Yet, put together 12 mining authorities managed to appoint only 11 doctors to take care of their 8,500 employees, in addition to thousands of villagers, who were exposed to pollution hazards caused by their mining operations in the high risk zone. Specialised referral treatment is very much inadequate in mines and a baseline health data of mine workers is also not available.


India to focus on developing new vaccines

New Delhi | May 29, 2009

India will focus on developing new vaccines to fight new diseases surfacing worldwide, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said soon after taking charge on Friday. Emphasising that discovering new vaccines has been a challenge worldwide, he said that to fight new diseases and discovering vaccine has been the main focus of medicos and scientists in the past few years. His other priorities include strengthening the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and setting up a National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) for people living in urban slums.


Scam alleged in Madhya Pradesh health scheme

Bhopal |May 25, 2009

The Madhya Pradesh Congress alleged that state health officials have indulged in large scale bungling causing loss of about Rs.3 crore to the state exchequer. A complaint in this regard was submitted to the state ombudsman, Lokayukta. State Congress spokesman K.K. Mishra said about 50 lakh health cards to be distributed to the beneficiaries of the health scheme, Dindayal Antyodaya Upchar Yojana, were printed at exorbitant rates by a health official who is already facing a slew of corruption cases.


No P-1 polio virus in India by year-end: WHO

New Delhi | May 25, 2009

India will be able to eradicate the lethal P-1 polio virus by the end of 2009, with the disease currently confined to parts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the World Health Organisation (WHO) official said on Sunday. India is topping the charts in eradication of the P-1 virus among the four countries - India, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan - still infected with the deadly virus in the world.


Polio programme carried out

New Delhi | May 25, 2009

As part of pulse polio immunisation programme, US Charge d’Affaires Peter Burleigh administered polio drops to children at the MCD Maternity Home in Srinivaspuri here. He was joined by Delhi Mayor Dr. Kanwar Sain, State Health Minister Kiran Walia and Municipal Commissioner K.S. Mehra. Representatives of United States Agency for International Development, World Health Organisation and Rotary Club also administered polio drops to children. The pulse polio programme is aimed at covering 26 lakh children in Delhi. About 32 government agencies and non-government organisations are engaged in the programme.


Free polio corrective surgery camp

New Delhi | May 25, 2009
A free polio corrective surgery camp was organised by Tarun Mitra Parishad at Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya in Geeta Colony on Sunday. Doctors at the camp emphasised the need to vaccinate children at birth to protect them from many diseases. Children afflicted by polio were examined by orthopaedic surgeon Anil Agarwal for corrective surgery. Surgeries will be performed on June 16.


Gujarat hospital launches unique grain for health scheme for poor

Ahmedabad | May 24, 2009

Villagers in Anand and Kheda in Gujarat can now avail medical benefits of up to Rs.5000 at Rs.90 or ten kilograms of food grains. The Shri Krishna Hospital is promoting this unique initiative called the Krupa Arogya Suraksha (KAS) social security scheme. This scheme also provides maternity benefits on completion of ten months of membership without any additional charges.


Slums push up sex ratio

Chandigarh | June 06, 2009
Thanks to the population living in slums, there has been a healthy rise in the sex ratio in Chandigarh. In 2001, the sex ratio was 845 females to 1,000 males. According to a recent survey conducted by the Union Territory’s Health Department, it now stands at 882:1,000. In slums, the sex ratio was 901 females against 1,000 males whereas urban and rural areas recorded 847:1,000 and 853:1,000 respectively.


Parade to sensitise people on health issues and needs

New Delhi | June 01, 2009
A unique Perfect Health Parade was flagged off by Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia from the historic Raj Ghat here on Sunday. Aimed at sensitising people on health needs, the parade comprised tableaux, motorcycles, cycles, street plays and folk dances. A mobile exhibition was also a part of the parade. Presiding over the parade Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta emphasised that every household especially in the jhuggi jhonpri areas should take care of the health of their women and children.