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Health News

November 2011

Foreign aid to fight HIV, TB and malaria dries up

New Delhi: 25th November 2011

India might have to bear the burden of funding expensive treatments like second-line drugs for HIV patients and DOTS, plus for those suffering from multi-drug resistant TB. Global Fund, one of the biggest financers of India’s drive against the three killer diseases — AIDS, TB and malaria — has run out of money to pay for new programmes for the next two years due to the global economic downturn. India, which has received over $1.7 billion from the Global Fund to run several of its HIV, malaria and TB projects, has no choice but to look at its domestic budget to finance the initiatives.

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Erasing the stigma of HIV

New Delhi: 30th November 2011

Calling for a continued and expanded effort to protect and support Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM), transgender and ‘hijra' community in the country, the India HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance India) has emphasised the need for sustained investment and support to ensure that the spotlight is on this marginalised group.

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Creating awareness about HIV-TB co-infection, training counselor

New Delhi: 30th November 2011

To create awareness on HIV-TB co-infection among People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV), non-government organisation Global Health Advocates, India, organised a workshop, ‘TB-HIV Patient Advocates Workshop', on Tuesday to train this group as treatment educators and counsellors to work with the community.

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HIV rate dropping in city: 4,440 last year, 3,228 this year

Pune: 29th November 2011

This year Pune showed fewer new HIV infections compared to last year. A total of 3,228 new HIV infections were detected from January till October this year as against 4,440 last year, according to Pune State AIDS Control Society (PSACS). From January till October this year, out of 83,649 samples that were tested, 3,228 new HIV cases were detected, said PSACS nodal officer Dr R R Bamble. Of these, 1,614 men, 1,420 women, 179 children and 15 eunuchs tested positive.

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Bringing positive life to positive children

Belgaum (Karnataka) |29th November , 2011

They sit on a mat in a modest building, innocent eyes wandering while a blackboard in the background reads "all is well". Parvati and Amar (names changed) are as talented and active as anyone else their age but have been discarded by their kin for being HIV positive. Parvati is a student of Class 6 in a Karnataka government school and has been the topper of her class while Amar is the captain of his school.

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Panel on health coverage addresses World Bank concerns

New Delhi: 28th November 2011

The High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage for India on Sunday held a brainstorming session here to address concerns raised by the World Bank over some of the recommendations in its report for the 12th Five Year Plan. Among the issues raised were marginalisation of the private sector and the “elimination of intermediation by insurance companies.”

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Free sanitary napkins for students in government schools

New Delhi |28th November, 2011

In order to promote personal hygiene among young girls, the Delhi government Monday launched a scheme to distribute free sanitary napkins to girls studying in Classes 6 to 12. Introducing the Kishori scheme, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the Delhi government and its aided schools will distribute free sanitary napkins every month to young girls studying in Classes 6 to 12.

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India, Bulgaria ink healthcare deal

New Delhi |28th November, 2011

India and Bulgaria signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on healthcare and medicine here Monday to increase cooperation in the sector, a statement said. The deal was signed by Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and his Bulgarian counterpart Stefan Konstantinov. "Each country can learn from the experiences of the other and share best practices and success stories. The MoU would inter alia cover issues of medical services, public health and prophylactics (preventive medicine), medical science and training of medical personnel," Azad said in a statement.

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Soon, policy on free treatment for poor

New Delhi: 27th November 2011

The Centre has informed the Delhi high court that it has framed a policy for free treatment of the poor by the hospitals that had received land at concessional rates. Appearing for the central government recently, advocate S K Dubey submitted before a bench of acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw that the policy, approved by the urban development ministry, has been sent to the law ministry for its vetting before issuing a notification.

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HIV infections fall 56% in 4 years

New Delhi: 22nd November 2011

In India, new HIV infections fell by 56% between 2006-10. India says it has overshot treatment targets for 2012 — with 4.48 lakh HIV positive patients on the lifesaving anti-retroviral therapy at present, against the target of 3.4 lakh. The UNAIDS HIV AIDS report 2011 released on Monday said that in India, 20-40% of the eligible HIV population was actually receiving ART — one of the lowest HIV treatment coverage in the world. It added that less than 40% of pregnant women had access to ART to prevent new HIV infections among children.

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Swine flu virus spread fastest in capital: Report

New Delhi: 22nd November 2011

Transmission of the deadly H1N1 swine flu virus was the fastest in the national capital, while the infection was most fatal in Maharashtra. The first-of-its-kind analysis to understand the transmission dynamics of the pandemic influenza that hit India has found that the doubling time (time span in which the number of people infected doubled) was the lowest in Delhi (8.89 days), and highest in Rajasthan (25.67 days).

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Medical shops selling drugs sans pharmacists

Hyderabad: 22nd November 2011

In State-wide raids on 406 retail medical shops by Drugs Control Administration officials on Monday, 281 of them were found to be selling medicines in the absence of registered pharmacists or without bills. The State-wide inspection was launched after it came to the notice of Drugs Control Administration that the services of registered pharmacists were not available to the consumers while prescription medicines were being sold in retail pharmacies.

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Anti-measles drive by Centre to cover 13 crore children

New Delhi: 23rd November 2011

“We aim to immunise all children in the age group of nine months to 10 years irrespective of their immunisation status. This is part of the Central Government's massive anti-measles catch-up vaccination drive that will try and cover more than 13 crore children in 14 vulnerable States,” said Union Health and Family Welfare Deputy Commissioner (Immunisation) Dr. Pradeep Haldar.

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259 dispensary panels to de-congest hospitals

New Delhi: 23rd November 2011

The Delhi Government has decided to constitute nine district-level Rogi Kalyan Samitis under the chairmanship of area MLAs for improving the maintenance and upkeep of health infrastructure at the grassroots level. It has also decided to constitute 259 dispensary-level committees to improve the functioning at the local level and de-congest major hospitals.

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"India needs to increase healthcare allocation"

New Delhi: 23rd November 2011

Seeking higher spending on health services, social activist Shabana Azmi said that the high maternal and infant mortality rate was a blot on India's image. “The number of pregnant women dying in the country is more than the total number of women's death in Europe in a year," Azmi said at the launch of 'No Child Born to Die' campaign by NGO Save the Children.

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Orissa plans fund for treatment of poor people

Bhuwaneswar: 24th November 2011

Orissa government has decided to create a fund to provide financial assistance to poor people for treatment of chronic diseases. The decision was taken at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here, a senior functionary of the Chief Minister's office said, reports IANS.

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Apollo Hospitals to launch 100 clinics to treat diabetes

Chennai: 24th November 2011

Apollo Hospitals on Wednesday launched an integrated diabetes management programme with a promise that 100 clinics will come up in the next three months. While 65 clinics would be “stand-alones,” the rest would be attached to hospitals. Launching the clinics here, founder-chairman Prathap C. Reddy said that the move was in the context of the major impact that non-communicable diseases have had on the country's economy. According to him, the programme would help bring down the cost of treatment for the patient. An integrated programme would ensure that the disease is managed effectively and reduced the risks of complications by offering specialist consultation, Dr. Reddy added.

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NACO against home testing

New Delhi: 22nd November 2011

India will not allow home testing for HIV. The country’s National AIDS Control Organization is against allowing finger pricks or mouth swabs to be used by individuals to know their HIV status. A variety of tests are now available which can produce results in 1-20 minutes. The cost of these tests are also low. However, NACO says its policy is clear — testing will have to accompany pre-testing and post-result counselling. “Self-testing is against Indian national treatment guidelines. We don’t allow it,” a NACO official said.

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Rly stations to get medical rooms, 24x7 ambulances

New Delhi: 20th November 2011

Two days after a passenger bled to death after falling into the gap between a platform and a train at Nizamuddin station, receiving little medical help, Northern Railway on Saturday directed all five stations in Delhi to ensure basic emergency services — including a 24x7 ambulance and an “emergency equipment room” containing a stretcher, wheelchair and a gas-cutter among other facilities.

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HC directs pvt eye hospital to pay compensation to 66 people

Chennai: 15th November 2011

The Madras High Court today directed a private eye hospital to pay a compensation of Rs one lakh each to 66 people who became blind following treatment in a free eye camp conducted by it in 2008. On a PIL filed by rights activist Raghu demanding action against the hospital, the First Bench comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam directed the Perambalur-based Joseph Eye Hospital to pay the compensation to all the victims within two months.

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TOI-Pfizer diabetes initiative in 60 locations

Kolkata: 15th November 2011

The Pfizer and The Times of India diabetes initiative was launched in 60 different locations across India, including Kolkata, on Monday. Among the programmes organized in Kolkata were a walkathon, nutrition workshop and an interactive session with doctors. Three monuments in Kolkata — Victoria Memorial, Vidyasagar Setu and Rabindra Setu — have been illuminated in blue light as part of the initiative. Over 400 students, doctors, diabetics, health workers, pharmaceutical company executives and others participated in the walkathon from Victoria Memorial to Rotary Sadan in the morning, organized by the Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India.

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Free treatment to poor: Govt shifts gaze to own hospitals

New Delhi: 16th November 2011

After sending notices to private hospitals, which are not providing free treatment to poor patients in line with a Supreme Court order, the Delhi government has decided to bring its own hospitals under the scanner. At a meeting with nodal officers of government hospitals, Health department officials told them to increase the number of referrals involving poor patients.

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SoBo records more abortions than rest of city

Mumbai: 16th November 2011

The number of pregnancies terminated in south Mumbai is higher than in the rest of the city. While some health experts feel this could be a reflection of better access to healthcare in the city’s older and well-established parts, others were of the opinion that it could be an oblique indicator of gender-selected abortions. The island city has, after all, fewer girls to boys in the 0-6 age group in comparison to the suburbs.

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Assam launches HPV vaccination project

Guwahati: 16th November 2011

The Assam government has launched a pilot project to vaccinate girls against human papiloma virus (HPV) causing cervical cancer. Under the project, 300 girls in the age group of 13 to 26 years would be vaccinated in the first phase. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended vaccine, will be administered to the target group, State Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanata Biswa Sarma said.

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West Bengal sets up health task force

Kolkata: 17th November 2011

Alarmed by a series of deaths of kids, the West Bengal Government has set up a task force to overhaul the resources and infrastructure at the government-run hospitals across the State. Headed by a noted paediatrician Tridib Banerjee, the four-member taskforce also comprising the officials of Health Department, will make sure that appropriate medical attention is given to every child coming to hospitals.

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Prices of 348 essential drugs to be controlled

New Delhi: 18th November 2011

The Centre on Thursday responded to the Supreme Court’s concern over spiralling prices of essential medicines and promised to do all it could to put under a strict price control regime all 348 drugs included in the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), 2011. A bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya had, in the last hearing, expressed concern over the shrinking list of medicines under the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) and had sought the Centre’s response on bringing NLEM medicines under price control regime

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Health spend set to double in 12th Plan

New Delhi: 19th November 2011

India’s allocation for health is all set to double. The Planning Commission has decided to increase its spending on health to 2.5% of the GDP in the 12th Five Year Plan that starts next year. This is in accordance with the recommendation made by the High Level Expert Group on universal health coverage that was constituted by the Commission. Syeda Hamid, member of the Planning Commission, said, “Nearly 2.5% of the GDP will be used in health sector during the next plan period. This will be a big jump.”

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ICMR to develop economical diabetes test strip

New Delhi: 8th November 2011

India’s premier health research body—Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) — has been tasked with developing affordable test strips for diabetes. "Diabetes is highly prevalent in the country and the strip to measure sugar level is imported as it is patented abroad. It costs Rs 30. We have now assigned the task to ICMR to develop a strip for diabetes," Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

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ICMR to develop economical diabetes test strip

New Delhi: 8th November 2011

India’s premier health research body—Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) — has been tasked with developing affordable test strips for diabetes. "Diabetes is highly prevalent in the country and the strip to measure sugar level is imported as it is patented abroad. It costs Rs 30. We have now assigned the task to ICMR to develop a strip for diabetes," Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

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A promising tool in cancer fight: Light

London: 8th November 2011

Scientists claim to have discovered a “promising” tool in the fight against cancer — light, which could lead to a highly targeted treatment without damaging the surrounding tissues. Researchers at the national cancer institute in Maryland showed how a drug could be created which sticks to tumours, but is only activated when hit by specific waves of light.

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70% cancer cases reported at PGI involve breast and cervix

Chandigarh: 8th November 2011

Of the total number of cancer cases reported from PGI annually, over 70 per cent are breast and cervix cases. Most of these are reported among the urban population of the city and the surrounding areas of Punjab, Haryana , Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

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At AIIMS, infections claiming fewer lives

NewDelhi:14th November 2011

A recent report by AIIMS Trauma Centre shows that there has been a fall in the number of fatalities due to infection contracted in the hospital. Nevertheless, 43 patients died in September due to infection contracted in the hospital. Twenty-eight of them were admitted in neurosurgery department while 15 were admitted in the general surgery unit. The most common cause of death was ventilator-associated pneumonia. Chief of the centre Dr M C Misra said that those who died were critically ill patients.

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1 in 5 Indians hit by diabetes & high BP

Mumbai: 8th November 2011

One in every five Indian adults living in urban cities suffers not only from hypertension but also diabetes. In Maharashtra, one in three persons is struck by the twin epidemic. These are some of the highlights of India’s largest clinic-based survey to assess the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension. The findings of the study, called Screening India’s Twin Epidemic were announced on Monday.

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Make cancer a notifiable disease: Scientists

New Delhi: 10th November 2011

India recorded 9.8 lakh new cases of cancer last year, an increase of about 80,000 new cases as compared to 2009. Top cancer scientists from across the country along with Union health ministry officials and experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) met at the annual review meeting of the National Cancer Registry Programme in Guwahati last week to discuss the worrying trend.

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New TB drug less toxic, show pre-clinical trials

Chandigarh: 10th November 2011

The University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences said it has been successful in developing a nano delivery system that is a more effective and less toxic alternative to existing tuberculosis therapy. With the aim of reducing its duration, dosage and side-effects, a team of two senior research fellows, under the guidance of a senior faculty member at UIPS, has been able to come up with this modified drug combination.

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India to launch nutrition campaign soon

New Delhi: 14th November 2011

The government will soon launch a campaign to promote nutrition, with special focus on children, on the lines of the polio vaccination programme. "Nutrition is a major challenge and a serious concern. So, like the pulse polio programme, the government will also run a programme to spread awareness on nutrition," Women and Child Development Secretary DK Sikri saidat an event here.

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Thyroid screening must for pregnant women: MAMC

New Delhi: 14th November 2011

Finding the prevalence of hypothyroidism in women in the city at over 14 per cent in the first three months of pregnancy in a study, doctors have recommended that Delhi government introduce compulsory thyroid screening for pregnant women.

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Obtain birth certificate for free, faster at MCD hospital

New Delhi: 14th November 2011

Under a new scheme launched today at an MCD hospital, birth certificates will now be issued free of cost at the time of the newborn baby's discharge from the hospital and that too without any application. The scheme was launched by Municipal Commissioner K S Mehra at Kasturba hospital situated in Old Delhi. The birth certificates at this hospital will be issued within 10 days of the delivery or at the time of discharge from the hospital, whichever is earlier, absolutely free of cost, Mr Mehra said in a statement.

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CMS must for those with diabetes, planning pregnancy

Kolkata: 14th November 2011

Continuous MonitoringSystem (CGMS) for patients having diabetes and planning pregnancy is what necessary to get a correct picture of their blood sugar, endocrinologists today suggested. If a patient with diabetes is planning pregnancy, it is absolutely vital that blood sugar is very tightly controlled throughout the pregnancy period, noted endocrinologists said at a seminar, held on the occasion of World Diabetes Day.

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Diabetes patients get networking site

Noida: 14th November 2011

Patients suffering from diabetes can now connect easily with doctors and other patients in the virtual world and create more awareness with the launch of the first social networking site on the eve of World Diabetic Day.

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Children fight diabetes, obesity with awareness

New Delhi: 14th November 2011

They’ve been stereotyped as couch potatoes, obese and susceptible to adulthood diseases like diabetes, but urban children are learning to fight back with awareness, self-control and a zeal for fitness.

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Depression a high risk factor in heart ailments

New Delhi: 13th November 2011

Depression is a significant but independent risk factor for both first heart attack and cardiovascular mortality, said Heart Care Foundation of India president Dr. K.K. Aggarwal here on Saturday. “Depression has been found to be associated with an approximately 3-4 fold increase in the risk of subsequent cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. Prevalence of major depression in individuals with coronary artery disease is estimated to range from 15-23 per cent.”

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Paracetamol combo drugs to carry warning

Pune: 12th November 2011

Manufacturer of paracetamol combination products will now have to print a statutory warning on the drug boxes stating “Taking more than the daily dose of paracetamol may cause serious liver damage or allergic reactions”.

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Jharkhand to launch anti-measles campaign

Ranchi: 11th November 2011

A measles vaccination campaign covering 57 lakh children in 19 districts of Jharkhand is set to begin on November 18, a statement said on Thursday. Being organised by the state government and Unicef, the drive will vaccinate children in the age group of 9 months to 10 years.

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Doctors to treat blood disorder based on norms for Indian patients

Chandigarh: 11th November 2011

Doctors across the country who had no choice but to treat Low Platelet Disorders according to western guidelines, can now treat the disorder based on national guidelines made specifically for Indian patients.

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200th Pakistani gets new liver at hospital

New Delhi: 5th November 2011

Ten-year-old Shehyar, a resident of Karachi, has become the 200th Pakistani patient to undergo liver transplant at Apollo Hospital in the last six years. Hospital authorities say Pakistanis prefer India for specialized treatment despite the strained relationship between the countries.

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Sealed Junagadh blood bank reopens within 24 hours

Rajkot: 5th November 2011

Within 24 hours after it was sealed, Junagadh Civil Hospital’s blood bank reopened after clearance from the Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA).
The blood bank was sealed on Wednesday evening following an FDCA notice which said it was deficient in its functioning.

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Medical negligence: Doctors seek exemption from appearing in court

Kolkata: 5th November 2011

Seventeen doctor-members of the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) on Friday filed a petition for exemption from personal appearance in the court in connection with the medical negligence death of Anuradha Saha, wife of NRI doctor Kunal Saha. The doctors in their petition stated that they be granted exemption from appearing in the court as they were busy with their professional work.

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Two Health officials suspended over high purchases

New Delhi: 5th November 2011

The Delhi Government on Friday suspended two senior officials from the Health department for irregularities in purchases for hospitals in 2010. This included the former Director of Health Services(DHS) who headed the Directorate of Health Services in Delhi, during the Commonwealth Games.

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To raise funds for spinal injury centre, Nepal editor on 1100-mile journey

Lucknow: 6th November 2011

The sky blue coloured 1973 model Volkswagen Beetle from Nepal drove to Lucknow on Saturday evening. Mascot for the spinal injury centre of the Himalayan country, the car will travel all the way up to Pakistan with a purpose - to raise funds and create awareness about spinal injury in the three countries.

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NRHM scam: NGO offices among 10 places raided by CBI in Lucknow

Lucknow: 6th November 2011

The CBI today conducted simultaneous search at 10 places in Lucknow including offices of Lucknow-based non-government organisations (NGOs) and trusts in connection with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam case.

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Treatment for poor: Govt to get tough with pvt hospitals

New Delhi: 7th November 2011

After the Supreme Court said that private hospitals in the National Capital must provide free treatment to poor patients in lieu of the concessions in getting subsidised land, the Delhi Government has decided to go after the hospitals that have failed to abide by this. The hospitals are obliged to give free medical care to 10 percent of indoor and 25 percent of OPD patients belonging to economically weak section (EWS) of society.

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Hospitals in U.P. to have dedicated ward for Encephalitis

New Delhi: 7th November 2011

Criticised for not doing enough to tackle the spread of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, where hundreds of children die or are disabled every year, the Centre has now approved the setting up of dedicated wards in seven hospitals in the districts worst affected by the deadly infection.

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5% drugs in Indian market sub-standard

New Delhi: 5th November 2011
How many times have you taken a medicine and felt it hasn’t worked at all? It could have been a sub-standard drug.
The Union health ministry says around 5% of drugs in India’s Rs 1,00,000 crore pharmaceutical industry are sub-par drugs. At a conservative estimate, drugs worth about Rs 5,000 crore could be sub-standard — popping them would not have an optimum effect.

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Emergency health services on phone in Gujarat

Ahmadabad: 4th November 2011

The state government has planned to start ‘Dial 104’ services to deal with the medical emergencies in villages across the state. The Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas announced that with the help of this facility, people can dial 104 and talk to the paramedics. The paramedics will then guide them about primary action need to be taken in case of any health emergency.

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SMS alerts on birth, death & marriage registration

Vadodara: 1st November 2011

If Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has its way, citizens may be able to get updates regarding their birth, death and marriage certificates over SMS. Those registering the birth of a child may even get reminders regarding the immunization of their child. The facility is being discussed at the health department of VMC after a suggestion was made.

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1st kidney transplant institute in S Guj soon

Surat: 1st November 2011

South Gujarat will have its first kidney transplant institute by 2013. The state government has allotted 12,500 square metres of land for the institute at the New Civil Hospital campus and also sanctioned a primary budget of Rs 1.5 crore.
The new facility will treat all kinds of kidneyrelated diseases and will be made into a multi-special hospital later.

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Medical insurance for rural patients suggested

Vijayawada: 1st November 2011

Medical insurance should be made available to patients getting treated in the rural areas also, Indian Medical Association State president V.S. Prasad has said. Dr. Prasad, who came to install the newly elected office-bearers of the Vijayawada branch of the Association here on Sunday, said that a representation to this effect had been given to Health Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy and he was in favour of it.

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Indians’ medicine bills concern WHO

New Delhi: 2nd November 2011

The World Health Organization (WHO) is worried about Indians’ high out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses to buy medicines. WHO says, 3.2% Indians will fall below the poverty line because of high medical bills. About 70% of Indians spend their entire income on healthcare and purchasing drugs, WHO suggests.

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Gene factor: Why breast cancer risk not high in all

London: 3rd November 2011

Women are not automatically more likely to develop breast cancer if a relative has the high-risk genes, says a new study. An international team has found that mothers, sisters and daughters from breast cancer families with known genetic mutations do not all share the same high risk of developing the disease, the ‘Journal of Clinical Oncology’ reported.

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Newborn washed with acid in WB hospital, dies

Lalbag: 3rd November 2011
The alleged death of a newborn at a government hospital in West Bengal on Monday — because a nurse used acid instead of an antiseptic solution during delivery — has once brought to focus the poor state of healthcare in the state.

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Nurse suspended for crib death

Lalbag (Murshidabad): 4th November 2011

The state health department on Thursday suspended the nurse who attended to the pregnant woman who suffered serious burns after being wiped clean with toxic chemical at the Lalbag sub-division hospital. Health officials did their best to defend the hospital staff and pass the blame on an ayah,against whom a complaint was lodged by the hospital.

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Infant mortality up 18.5% on declining healthcare

New Delhi: 4th November 2011

The state government’s claims of better child healthcare lie exposed. Between 2009 and 2010, the infant mortality rate (children dying within the first year of birth) has increased 18.5% — from 18.96 per thousand to 22.47 per thousand. At the same time, the number of still-births has almost doubled. Experts say the collapse of the public health system is to blame.

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Health Ministry launches measles vaccination drive

New Delhi: 7th November 2011

Concerned over the large number of child deaths due to measles every year, the Centre has launched a massive anti-measles vaccination drive. More than 13 crore children are expected to be covered under the Measles Catch-up Campaign, irrespective of their previous measles vaccination status.

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States ignoring NHRC orders on curbing silicosis

New Delhi: 7th November 2011

The health of hundreds of thousands of mine workers in India is in danger as several states have ignored the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) directives on prevention of silicosis, an incurable lung ailment. "Despite all states being reminded and sent guidelines regarding this malady (silicosis), the overall picture is dismal as state governments are in denial mode," NHRC Member PC Sharma told IANS.

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Govt launches massive anti-measles campaign

New Delhi: 7th November 2011

The Center has launched a large-scale anti-measles campaign to control the large number of deaths by measles every year. More than 13 crore children are expected to be covered under the Measles Catch-up Campaign, irrespective of their previous measles vaccination status.

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