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Health News

May 2011

NGOs express concern over declining sex ratio

New Delhi | May 02, 2011

Expressing concern over the declining child sex ratio as indicated in the provisional figures of the Census 2011, civil society groups have asked the Centre to take cognizance of the increasing challenges in this area of sex selection and undertake urgent measures to overcome these. As per the figures, the child sex-ratio has further dropped to 914 from 927 in 2001, registering a decline of 13 points.


Haryana bid to provide quality health services

Chandigarh | May 04, 2011

The Haryana Government has decided to introduce a new District Hospital Management System (DHMS) so that people get quality health services and the campaigns of the Health Department are implemented more effectively, Haryana Health Minister Narender Singh said. Presiding over a meeting along with Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ram Kishan Fauji, he directed all the Civil Surgeons to submit the progress reports of their respective districts under the DHMS and said the Department would monitor their performance.


At India's insistence, mental health included as non-communicable disease

New Delhi | May 05, 2011

India achieved a major success on the global platform by pushing for inclusion of mental health in the list of non-communicable diseases. India fought alone to get mental disorders included in the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) list at the just-concluded first Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Non-communicable Disease Control in Moscow. Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad led the Indian delegation to Moscow where the World Health Organisation organised the two-day conference on April 28 and 29.


35% TB patients get wrong dosage : 60% Of Dosages Being Prescribed Violate Standard Guidelines: Study

New Delhi | May 06, 2011

Almost 60% of dosages being prescribed to patients suffering from tuberculosis — the world’s most infectious disease — in India don’t correspond with standard TB treatment guidelines. The figure is nearly twice the average of nine other countries that have a high burden of TB. Researchers have found that there were 70 different first-line TB drug dosages and combinations prevalent in India’s private sector. However, only 14 were necessary.