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Health News

January 2010

Health institutions to come up on vacant railway land

New Delhi | Jan 14, 2010

The Union Railway Ministry and the Health Ministry are looking at the possibility of setting up health-related institutions and infrastructure at over 600 locations across the country on vacant land available with the Railways. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad discussed the issue on Monday and outlined a blueprint for effective and innovative use of railway land by setting up various tiers of health care facilities and colleges.


ASHA workers to be trained for tuberculosis eradication

New Delhi | Jan 12, 2010

Workers of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) who are involved in reproductive health care of women and children in the rural areas will now be trained for the multi-drug resistant tuberculosis eradication programme in North-East Delhi. Under the DOTS-Plus scheme, ASHA workers will be trained and employed for the MDR-TB eradication programme. As of now ASHA workers are implementing various activities in the primary health sector in the rural areas under the National Rural Health Mission. But considering their reach and achievements, their role has become important in tackling other diseases as well.


Shorten MBBS course to three years

New Delhi | Jan 11, 2010

Almost 80 per cent of the rural population is without access to basic public health and this fact should be considered seriously. Voicing concern over the poor state of rural health services, the Delhi High Court has asked the Health Ministry to consider launching a special medical course of three years to bring out doctors to man primary healthcare centres in the country. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked the Union Health Ministry and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to consider changing the MBBS curriculum so that basic health facilities can be provided to the rural populace.


A DROP FOR LIFE: Launching today: Bivalent oral vaccine against polio

New Delhi | Jan 10, 2010

A new weapon will now lead the country’s fight against polio. On Sunday, the government will launch a first-of-its-kind bivalent oral polio vaccine (BOPV), a single drop to protect against two deadly strains of polio presently existing in the country — P1 and P3. The vaccine currently being used in the country is a monovalent one. It protects against a single strain causing the crippling disease. BOPV will be launched first in Bihar on Sunday followed by Uttar Pradesh, two of the worst affected states with polio.


Orissa to reduce high malaria mortality rate

Bhubaneswar | Jan 07, 2010

The malaria mortality rate will be reduced to below four per cent in the next five years in Orissa where 239 people died of the disease last year, state health minister said. "The malaria mortality rate came down to 15 per cent till July 2009. But the mortality rate is still high, as about 239 died last year. We are aiming to reduce the mortality in the next five years," Health and Family Welfare Minister of Orissa Prasanna Acharya said. The minister said the government has launched special programmes and will engage voluntary organisations for awareness campaigns.


Women’s groups urge Moily to amend sexual violence laws

New Delhi | Jan 06, 2010

Women’s groups, organisations and individuals have appealed to Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily to amend the laws on sexual violence at the earliest, arguing that there is an urgent need for strict and exemplary action against any state functionaries who conspire to deny justice to victims of sexual violence. The organisations and individuals, coming under the banner of ANHAD, called for a time-bound national discussion on ways to democratically advance law reforms.


Madhya Pradesh to streamline healthcare supplies

Bhopal | Jan 06, 2010

In its bid to stem delays in drug an equipment supplies in state hospitals and health care centers, the Government of Madhya Pradesh has decided to take stringent actions against vendors who fail to meet the supply deadline. According to sources, the Government of Madhya Pradesh would be soon implementing the policy that is aimed at making the entire process of medical supplies, from purchase of medicines to payments against the purchases, time-bound.


136 mobile health units for slums

New Delhi | Jan 04, 2010

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has granted approval to the proposal of deployment of 136 mobile health units in jhuggi jhonpri and slum clusters of the city. The proposal was given the go-ahead at the MCD Standing Committee this past Wednesday. “The project would be implemented by Keshav Dharmarth Trust. It would provide 136 mobile health units comprising 24 mobile health ambulances, 105 mobile health clinics and seven mobile health hospitals,” an MCD official said.


Thanks to health mission, vacancies don’t ail rural India

New Delhi | Jan 03, 2010

Acknowledging the difference the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has made to the health care system, the third Common Review Mission (CRM) says many States have come up with innovations for attracting and retaining professionals in public service in rural and remote areas. While most States focus on financial incentives, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan have created a special cadre for whom financial and non-financial incentives are offered. Regulatory mechanisms of rural service bonds for medical students and pre-postgraduate mandatory qualification have helped in a big way.


No free drugs under rural health mission

New Delhi | Jan 02, 2010

No State provides free medicines to below the poverty line (BPL) patients under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). “The insufficiency of drugs and thereby the imperative of prescribing medicines from outside continue widely. This could also be linked to insufficiency of understanding of the essential drug concept,” says the third report of the Common Review Mission (CRM) on the NRHM. The CRM points out while most States seem sensitive to the issue of availability of drug especially for BPL patients, irrational prescribing higher order medicines, instead of basic generic preparations, has been reported.


CAG finds irregularities in health scheme

Bhopal | Jan 02, 2010

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s latest report on the National Rural Health Mission has cited irregularities in implementation of the scheme in Madhya Pradesh and exposed massive infrastructural inadequacies. It exposes lack of basic infrastructure like telephones and electricity along with bad surroundings, lack of cleanliness, absence of separate utilities for men and women, lack of sewerage and medical waste disposal facilities in a large number of the State’s health sub-centres, public health centres and community health centres.


1000 children fail to get polio dose

Farrukhabad (U.P.) | Jan 01, 2010

Despite a huge sum being spent on polio eradication drive, there are about 1000 children in the district who could not be administered the dose this year following stiff resistance from their parents, a senior official said. “All efforts are made to ensure that every child below the age of five is covered in Pulse Polio Campaign. Yet there are around 1000 children in the district who could not be administered the dose this year due to resistance from their parents,” incharge of the Pulse Polio drive and deputy CMO, Dr. Rajveer, said.