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Health News

January 2012

Bihar to launch health drive for poor

Patna: 27th January 2012
The Bihar government will launch a three-month-long health drive from Saturday to treat some 10 million poor people. Officials hope to reach out to the poorest of the poor in the rural parts. "The 'Swasthya Chetna Yatra' will end on April 30," Health Minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey said here. Choubey said doctors would go to rural areas which normally lack health facilities, reports IANS. "At the health camps, specialised doctors, yoga trainers and Ayurvedic and Unani experts would be involved," he said.

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Five more babies die at Malda hospital

Kolkata: 24th January 2012

With five more babies dying at the State-run Malda Medical College and Hospital on Monday, the number of children died in the facility over the past week has reached 32. Governor M.K. Narayanan told journalists here that the State government was deeply concerned about the deaths and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was personally looking into the issue. “I do not think there is any belittling of the issue. I think everybody is deeply concerned … We need to improve the facilities and that is something that cannot be changed overnight,” he said.

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Soon, ban on blood tests to detect TB

New Delhi: 24th January 2012

India will soon ban blood tests to detect tuberculosis (TB) that are widely available across the country. An expert group set up by the Drug Controller General of India has found that blood tests are mostly inaccurate for TB detection. It has recommended to the health ministry to immediately ban them.

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Gurgaon admn fails to find home for HIV-positive kids

New Delhi: 24th January 2012

There is no relief for the 13 HIV positive children, including seven girls, rescued last week from Gurgaon after allegations of sexual abuse were made against the owner of the NGO that was sheltering them. The Gurgaon administration has not been able to find a permanent shelter for these children, even as the south Delhi NGO they were shifted to has expressed inability to provide them with permanent accommodation. The NGO says there is not enough space and infrastructure to take them in. The children are aged between six and 12 years, and some of them need special care as they are traumatized, said sources.

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BSF wives offer shelter at AIIMS

New Delhi: 24th January 2012

Days after TOI highlighted the plight of hundreds of patients undergoing treatment at AIIMS and their relatives who had to battle the cold, wives of BSF personnel erected temporary night shelters for them on Monday. The shelters – six tents erected near the AIIMS Trauma Center -- have the capacity to accommodate close to 60 people. It has facilities such as mattresses, blankets, pillows and water for the patients and relative. A TV set has also been provided.

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‘Fifth of human cancers has origin in infections'

Bangalore: 25th January 2012

It may be a little known fact, but a staggering fifth of all human cancers have their origins in infections — viral, bacterial or parasitical, Nobel laureate and professor at German Cancer Research Centre (Heidelberg), Harald zur Hausen, has said. The leading virologist, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering the link between cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV), said that pathogens such as hepatitis B (virus), Helicobacter pylori(bacteria) and Schistosoma (parasite) were also known to cause certain cancers.

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‘Fifth of human cancers has origin in infections'

Bangalore: 25th January 2012

It may be a little known fact, but a staggering fifth of all human cancers have their origins in infections — viral, bacterial or parasitical, Nobel laureate and professor at German Cancer Research Centre (Heidelberg), Harald zur Hausen, has said. The leading virologist, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering the link between cervical cancer and the human papillomavirus (HPV), said that pathogens such as hepatitis B (virus), Helicobacter pylori(bacteria) and Schistosoma (parasite) were also known to cause certain cancers.

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Shelter warmth for patients’ kin

New Delhi: 25th January 2012

For the first time on Monday night, Surender managed to take his mind off two things that had been tormenting him for the last few days. The first being his father’s critical condition, and the other was the excruciating cold that the 14-year-old was braving ever since he brought his father to AIIMS Trauma Center. With a severe head injury, Surender’s father has been admitted at AIIMS since last week. Resident of Jind, Haryana, Surender has been resting at the night shelter, erected by the Border Security Force (BSF) since Monday.

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Zero tolerance for female foeticide, says Sheila

New Dehi: 25th January 2012

The Delhi Government will work in the direction of zero tolerance to female foeticide and provide all opportunities to the girl child so that there is no ground to discriminate between a daughter and son, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said on Tuesday addressing a State level function on the occasion of National Girl Child Day.

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VHS to provide multi-disciplinary care for the differently abled

Chennai: 26th January 2012

The Voluntary Health Services (VHS) on Wednesday launched agreements to provide differently abled sections, especially children, access to multi-disciplinary care at its hospital complex in Taramani. Around 2,000 disabled persons under the folds of the Spastic Society of Tamil Nadu and The Tamil Nadu Handicapped Federations' Trust have been enrolled as members in The Dr. K.S. Sanjivi Medical Aid Plan, one of the earliest forms of health insurance extended in these parts.

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Social mobilisation, the key to equitable health care: Binayak Sen

Chennai: 26th January 2012

Social mobilisation is going to be an important factor in how the country will be able to leverage developments in the health care sector, Binayak Sen, social activist, has said. Health care in India is on the brink of several key developments and social mobilisation will indicate how we are able to take this forward. The High Level Expert Group on Universalisation of Healthcare has suggested that the government raise the percentage of GDP spent on health from 1.1 per cent to 2.5 per cent, a substantial increase in funding.

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Two female fetuses found in CP dustbins, probe on

New Delhi: 26th January 2012

Even as the Capital observed the Girl Child Day, Delhi Police on Wednesday disclosed that two female foetuses were found in Connaught Place over the last two days. Police said both the foetuses were wrapped in cloth and were found in dustbins. One of them had a tag of government-run Kalawati Saran Hospital, and investigation revealed that the address of parents provided to the hospital was fake.

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Assam launches scheme for pregnant mothers

Guwahati: 31st January 2012
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday launched an Assam government scheme entitling all pregnant women to free delivery — including caesarean section —in public health institutions. The "Janani Sishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK)" also provides for free transport from home to institution, between facilities in case of a referral and a drop back home.

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Sari cancer poses threat to women: Docs

Chennai: 30th January 2012

The next time you drape a sari, you might want to re-tie that petticoat knot. According to an article in the November issue of the Journal of the Indian Medical Association, doctors at Grant Medical College in Mumbai have reported cases of what they are referring to as sari cancer.

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AIDS awareness has gone up: study

Chennai: 29th January 2012

With the results of the Behavioural Surveillance Survey (BSS) Wave XIII showing overall progress in terms of awareness on HIV/AIDS, the concerns that have to be addressed include eradicating misconceptions, and increasing condom usage among regular partners. Presenting a set of recommendations at a function to disseminate the results of the BSS, conducted by AIDS Prevention and Control Project (APAC), VHS, it was stressed that utilisation of counselling services needs to be strengthened.

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MBBS can’t treat cancer, panel told

Mumbai: 29th January 2012

An MBBS doctor can neither treat nor dispense medicines to a cancer patient, director of medical education P H Shringare and director of public health Suresh Gupta have told Aurangabad information commissioner D B Deshpande. TOI had reported on December 27 that, following an RTI appeal, the commissioner had summoned Shringare and Gupta on the issue.

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WHO meet adopts mental health resolution

New Delhi: 24th January 2012

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has adopted a resolution that focuses on the global burden of mental disorders and the need for a comprehensive, coordinated response from health and social sectors at the country level. United States of America and Switzerland supported the resolution moved by India at the just-concluded 130{+t}{+h}executive board meeting of the WHO.

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16k crore to fight cancer in 12th plan

New Delhi: 27th January 2012

With cancer cases rocketing in India, the Union health ministry has prepared a Rs 15,855-crore plan for its early diagnosis and treatment over the next five years. This is the largest chunk of India’s overall budget for non-communicable diseases (Rs 58,000 crore — a 500% increase from the 11th Plan). By 2017, India plans to open two national cancer institutes, 20 state cancer institutes along with supporting 100 tertiary cancer centres.

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‘AIDS patients could seek legal aid'

Erode: 24th January 2012

Principal District Judge K. Jayasankaran has said AIDS patients could seek legal aid in case of denial of their rights, and called upon people from all sections of society to treat persons having the virus with respect. He was inaugurating the legal aid clinic at the Erode Government Hospital premises on Monday. If the persons living with HIV were denied of their rights, they could approach the legal aid clinic for consultation and solution.

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Government employees' health scheme liberalised

New Delhi: 24th January 2012

The Delhi Cabinet on Monday decided to liberalise the Delhi Government Employees Health Scheme for former MLAs, former Metropolitan Councillors, retired judges of High Court , IAS officers and DANICS officers. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who chaired the meeting, said the Delhi Government Employees Health Scheme (DGEHS) introduced in the year 1997 for providing medical facilities to Government Employees, pensioners and their families on the lines of Central Government Health Scheme was modified several times to bring sitting MLAs as well as Ex-MLAs of the State Assembly under the ambit of the scheme and extension of DGEHS facilities in NCR and outside Delhi to them.

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Sale of used ultrasound machines to be monitored

New Delhi: 24th January 2012

As India prepares to observe Tuesday as the National Girl Child Day, the Central Supervisory Board — set up under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 — has decided to monitor the disposal and sale of used or re-assembled ultrasound machines to prevent the technology being misused for sex determination.

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‘Food security must focus on children'

Bhopal: 23rd January 2012

Convention suggests steps to combat malnutrition. The second “national convention on children's right to food” concluded here on Sunday with a call to link anti-malnutrition strategies to inflationary indices. The three-day convention in which about 1,000 delegates from 21 States participated, adopted a 25-point “charter” on combating malnutrition.

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More couples adopting family planning measures

New Delhi: 16th January 2012

The total number of family planning acceptors in the country has increased by 3.5 per cent between 2010 and 2011. Latest official statistics have shown that condom is the most preferred method of family planning while sterilisations the least adopted means. The comparative figures between April and September 2010 and 2011 put the number of couples adopting some method for family planning, including spacing methods, is close to 24 million, with at least 15 million preferring condoms to any other means.

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13L kids in India die before 1 st b’day

16th January 2012
Over 55,000 women die due to child birth in India every year. Of the total children born in one year, a mind-boggling 13 lakh die before they reach their first birthdays, most of them within a few weeks of entering this world. Another indicator the world watches is how many children don’t survive beyond five years of age. In India, every year, over 16 lakh children die before their fifth birthday.

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War on TB to get 5,825cr govt support

New Delhi: 18th January 2012
India, which holds the unenviable record of being the world’s tuberculosis capital, is set to increase financial allocation for its fight against the air-borne disease by over 400%. As against Rs 1,440-crore budget for TB control in the 11 th five year Plan, the health ministry’s working group has prepared a Rs 5,825-crore programme for the 12 th Plan. India accounts for one-fifth (21%) of the global incidence, or an estimated 2 million cases.

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AIIMS to introduce complaint box at drug store on campus

New Delhi: 18th January 2012
In a move to check any discrepancy in medicine distribution, All India Institute of Medical Sciences will introduce a complaint and suggestion box at its first ever pharmacy shop on the hospital campus. AIIMS is the first government hospital to start a 24x7 pharmacy shop inside its premises that provides all medicines and surgical consumables prescribed by its doctors to the OPD patient at a 56 per cent discount on MRP across the board.

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Killer TB theory ‘premature’: Govt

Mumbai: 19th January 2012
It’s not totally drugresistant tuberculosis but XXDR TB that has hit Mumbai. After over 10 days of hectic activity, union health officials on Wednesday pronounced that Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital had been “premature” in labelling 12 patients as TDR-TB patients.

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Despite abortion laws, 66% of Indians use unsafe route

New Delhi: 19th January 2012
Unsafe abortions have become rampant in India. The country recorded 6.5 million abortions in 2008, of which 66% or two-thirds were deemed unsafe. India also recorded the major chunk of the abortions that took place in the region (south and central Asia) — 6.5 million of the total 10.5 million.

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WHO: 66% of abortions in India unsafe

New Delhi: 19th January 2012
Two out of three abortions in India are unsafe, and India contributes to most abortions in south and central Asia (6.5 million of total 10.5 million), says the latest report of the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute, New York.

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Health Minister takes government doctors to task

Kurnool: 23rd January 2012

Minister for Medical and Health D.L. Ravindra Reddy on Sunday took to task the government doctors charging them with indulging in unprofessional and unethical practices. Addressing a meeting after inaugurating the oxygen plant and 500 kva substation on the premises of the general hospital here along with his ministerial colleagues T.G.Venkatesh and E.Pratap Reddy, he said several complaints were received against the serving doctors from the public.

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Govt hospitals fail to cater to citizens' needs

Gurgaon: 22nd January 2012

Despite phenonmenonal development and technical growth, the healthcare facilities in Gurgaon are a far cry from what are expected in a world-class city. While the city houses some swanky private hospitals, the government healthcare centres are mostly in a pathetic condition. The government hospitals in Gurgaon remain ill-equipped to handle serious emergency cases, despite the state sanctioning crores of rupees for the development of these hospitals.

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Soon, national body to procure, distribute organs

New Delhi: 22nd January 2012
After allowing swapping of organs, India is working on another landmark step in organ transplantation: a single apex national organization that will procure and distribute human organs. Union health ministry is setting up the autonomous National Organ Procurement and Distribution Organization (NOPDO) at the Centre and 10 State Organ Procurement and Distribution Organization (SOPDO) under the country’s new National Organ Transplant Programme (NOTP).

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Unprotected oral sex may cause head, neck cancer

New Delhi: 22nd January 2012
Can HPV, a virus associated with cervical cancer in women, be transmitted sexually? New research and clinical results show that this can happen if a man has unprotected oral sex with a female partner who is infected with the virus. It can cause cancer of the head and neck, particularly in the upper throat. In the past few years, experts say, many such cases have been reported from European countries.

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A rare job for a woman doctor

New Delhi: 16th January 2012

In a country where women bear the brunt of family planning responsibilities through tubectomy, women specializing in NSV are a rare breed. Dr Kaur has shown that with tenacity and a good, clean procedure, it is possible to buck the trend. A national and state trainer of trainers on NSV, she has done over one lakh NSV procedures. In her home town, Amritsar, 45 per cent of the sterilizations are of men and to a large extent the credit goes to her. She is also the national and state level trainer for tubectomy, IUD and emergency contraception but quite clearly her passion is NSV because, she maintains, it is the safest, quickest, cheapest and most painless procedure. NSV is a brand name, she announces.

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Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital: Three on one

New Delhi: 19th January 2012

It is the only largescale Delhi government hospital in West Delhi, all the way till Dwarka. The 650-bed Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital deals with around 5,000 patients daily on an OPD basis and admits three times its bed strength. The hospital also acts as the first referral centre for the 10,000 odd prisoners lodged in Tihar Jail.

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SC: Build night shelters in all govt hospitals

New Delhi: 17th January 2012
The Supreme Court on Monday urged the Delhi government to take stepstosetupnightsheltersin and around all government hospitals in the city to protect patientsandrelativesfromthe biting cold and expressed happiness over the prompt action taken by All India Institute of Medical Sciences in this regard. A bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Dipak Misra said poor people requiring specialized treatment came to Delhi from all over the country.

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Barrack-room surgery in Bihar's backwaters

23rd January 2012

About a fortnight ago, as the sun was setting late one cold Saturday afternoon, a crowd steadily trooped into the premises of a State-run middle school in the backwaters of north-eastern Bihar. The group, comprising mostly of indigent, illiterate women, hailed from the extremely backward classes (EBC)-dominated hamlet of Kaparfora in Araria district and had assembled in anticipation of a sterilisation camp to be conducted by an NGO. After a long wait, eyewitnesses said, the tubectomy (or tubal ligation surgeries) commenced after dusk, lasting barely a couple of hours.

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Eradicating polio a great feat by India, says WHO

New Delhi: 14th January 2012

India’s success in controlling polio — not reporting a single case of the crippling disease in 12 months — has been lauded by the World Health Organization (WHO). Calling it “India’s greatest public health achievement”, the WHO said the number of polio-endemic countries — those which have never stopped indigenous wild poliovirus transmission — could soon be reduced to a historical low of three: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

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42 % Indian kids under 5 malnourished: Report

New Delhi: 11th Januray 2012

Over 40 per cent of children under five in 100 focus districts in India are underweight — double the average for sub-Saharan Africa — and 59 per cent stunted, reveals a survey report on hunger and malnutrition. "In the 100 focus districts, 42 per cent of children under five are underweight and 59 per cent are stunted," says the report by HUNGaMA (Hunger and Malnutrition).

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Assam to launch Janani Shishu Suraksha programme

Guwahati:11th January 2012

Aimed at improving the health condition of pregnant women and newborn babies, the "Janani Shishu Suraksha" programme, would be launched in Assam on January 30 this month. Under the scheme, free transport, diet, drugs and diagnostics to all pregnant women and sick newborns across the state would be provided, Assam’s NRHM Mission Director Prateek Hajela said. The scheme is likely to promote institutional delivery and eliminate out-of-pocket expenses which act as a barrier in seeking institutional care.

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Unorganised workforce under health insurance plan

New Delhi: 12th January 2012

The Union Cabinet on Thursday brought workers in the unorganised sector under the cover of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) through which they are entitled to smart card-based cashless health insurance cover of Rs 30,000 per family every year. The cabinet extended the benefits of the scheme to building and other construction workers, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) beneficiaries, street vendors, beedi workers and domestic workers, an official release said, reports IANS.

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Dengue outbreak alert in capital district

Thiruvananthapuram: January 13, 2012

The district health administration has sounded a high alert about the possibility of an outbreak of vector-borne infectious diseases in many parts of the district, especially the Corporation wards, where the vector density index has reached explosive proportions. The coastal areas of the district, including Vallakkadavu, Poonthura, Vizhinjam, Pulluvila, and pockets in Anayara, Kadakampally, Vattiyoorkavu, Beemapally were specifically at risk as clusters of dengue cases were being reported from these areas since December, officials said.

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Rural India beats cities in sex tests

New Delhi:14th January 2012

Did you think sexselection was more prevalent in urban homes? Think again. An analysis of Census 2011 by the Union health ministry on the eve of the crucial meeting of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act’s (PC & PNDT Act) Central Supervisory Board (CSB) has shown that the hideous crime against a girl child has become more prevalent among families in rural India.

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Kolkata hospitals slam doors on dying woman

Kolkata: 14th January 2012

A woman was allegedly turned away by two government hospitals and bled to death after giving birth to twins. Her family shuttled between Chittaranjan Sishu Sadan and Sambhunath Pandit Hospital in Kolkata — with her screaming in the back of a taxi — but couldn’t find a doctor willing to take her in. After two hours of frantic search, someone at the Sishu Sadan checked her pulse and said: “She is dead, take her out of here.”

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Out in cold at AIIMS, sick finally tuck in for night

New Delhi: 14th January 2012

There’s warm news for patients forced to stay out in the cold at AIIMS. A night shelter has been opened on the hospital campus. It’s no makeshift arrangement, but a concrete, well-ventilated structure that even has cellphone charging points. On Friday, within hours of the opening, over 50 patients and attendants retired for the night here.

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Out in cold at AIIMS, sick finally tuck in for night

New Delhi: 14th January 2012

There’s warm news for patients forced to stay out in the cold at AIIMS. A night shelter has been opened on the hospital campus. It’s no makeshift arrangement, but a concrete, well-ventilated structure that even has cellphone charging points. On Friday, within hours of the opening, over 50 patients and attendants retired for the night here.

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Drug-resistant TB patients set to be isolated in Maha

Mumbai: 15th January 2012

The state government has decided to shift patients with totally drug-resistant tuberculosis (TDR-TB) to a sanatorium in Jaysingpur near Maharashtra’s Sangli. A central team of TB experts will assess the patients on Monday before they leave the city. The move taints India’s glorious public health moment: a year without a single polio case. State doctors were busy on Saturday working out quarantine plans to contain one of the worst health disasters—the emergence of totally drug resistant tuberculosis (TDR-TB) in Mumbai.

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Bengal hospital gets clean chit in patient denial case

Kolkata: 15th January 2012

The West Bengal government Sunday gave a clean chit to a state-run city hospital following allegations that a pregnant woman died allegedly after she was denied admission there. "As per initial probe reports, prima facie it appears that no pregnant woman seeking admission came to Chittaranjan Seva Sadan (CSS), as such there cannot be any patient refusal," Health Secretary Sanjay Mitra told media persons at the Writers' Buildings state secretariat here. `

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Free medicine distribution

Bijapur: 15th January 2012


The district administration will distribute free medicines to people affected by elephantiasis from January 23. In a press release, Deputy Commissioner Shivyogi Kalasad asked officials to set up task forces in each taluk to monitor the distribution of medicines. There were reports of people showing symptoms of the disease in Sindagi, Indi, Muddebihal and Basavanbagewadi taluks and medicines will have to be distributed to 13,70,095 persons in these districts, the release added. Mr. Kalasad said that these medicines should not be given to pregnant women and children aged less than two.

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Boy’s plight warms hospital’s heart

New Delhi: 10th January 2012

A day after TOI highlighted the plight of Sufiyaan — the 13-year-old with a heart ailment waiting at AIIMS Metro station shivering on a rain-soaked blanket — help poured in from many quarters, including Fortis Escorts Heart Institute where the boy was admitted on Monday night. Sufiyaan, who had been waiting for treatment at AIIMS since January 1, suffers from rheumatic heart disease that has damaged the valves. He will be treated free of cost, said the hospital spokesperson.

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Himachal to improve health services

Shimla: 10th January 2012

Himachal Pradesh has sought special financial assistance from the central government to strengthen health services, an official statement said here. State Health Minister Rajeev Bindal met Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in New Delhi and sought funds for improving medical services in the state. "The state should get a special package as it has succeeded in reducing the infant mortality rate (IMR) and increasing institutional deliveries," the statement quoting Bindal said.

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Assam hospitals to have tele-radiology facilities

Guwahati: 9th January 2012

Assam government has launched a scheme under which all government hospitals would be provided with tele-radiology facilities. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the facility would enable a patient to get reports of CT scan, X-ray or an MRI online. The facilities, first of its kind in the country, would be available in all district hospitals and 30-bed hospitals of the state in the next six-months.

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Nod for ban on portable ultrasound machines

New Delhi: 15th January 2012

The Central Supervisory Board set up under the Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act on Saturday approved a proposal to ban portable ultrasound sonography machines to prevent their misuse for sex determination, particularly in the country's rural areas where the sex ratio has dipped shockingly. At a meeting of the Board held in Mumbai it was also decided that radiologists would now be allowed to register only at two places — within a notified distance. At present, there is no ban on the number of places a radiologist could register at. This helped in procuring ultrasound machines as every machine is registered against a radiologist.

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Govt may adopt stringent law to regularize clinics

New Delhi: 3rd January 2012

The dentist practising in a one-room set-up across the road or the neighbourhood doctor who doles out medicines for fever and chills may be covered under a Central law soon. The Directorate of Health Services (DHS), Delhi Government, is mulling the implementation of Clinical Establishments Act 2010, to regularize clinics and diagnostic centres across the capital. The existing law, Delhi Nursing Homes Registration Act, 1953, covers only 24X7 nursing and hospitals which deal in the allopathic system of medicine.

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Bowring hospital to soon get robotic device to conduct biopsies

Bangalore: 4th January 2012

The State-run Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital will soon have modern CT-guided robotic equipment to conduct biopsies. Hospital authorities, who have submitted a proposal in this regard to the State Government, on Tuesday organised a CME programme on recent trends in CT guided interventions, advancement and benefits of robotic technology in cancer care, followed by a demonstration of the equipment. Addressing presspersons on the sidelines of the programme, Hospital Medical Superintendent Satishchandra said the hospital was keen on procuring the equipment and the process had begun.

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TN to set up Medical Recruitment Board soon

Hyderabad: 5th January 2012


The Tamil Nadu government has decided to constitute an exclusive outfit, first of its kind in the country, for recruitment of doctors and paramedics in the state. The state government has ordered constitution of the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Recruitment Board (TNMSRB) for the purpose. To be headed by an IAS officer in the Additional Secretary cadre (in the Health and Family Welfare department), the Board will make all the recruitments that were made till date through the employment exchange for the directorates of Health and Family Welfare Departments, a top government official said.

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Govt changes norms for cancer docs training

New Delhi: 3rd January 2012

India has found a way to increase the number of doctors specifically to treat cancer. The Union health ministry will soon allow every professor of three disciplines — radiotherapy, medical oncology and surgical oncology — to teach three students as against the existing norm of two. Besides, associate professors across all specialities will be allowed to take two students under their wing as against one as per the present norm. Assistant professors, who qualify to be associate professors, will also be allowed to take one student under their care.

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Govt to crack down on sex-selection tests

New Delhi: 5th January 2012


Delhi, which recorded one of the most skewed child sex-ratios in provisional Census 2011, is gearing up to crack down aggressively on sex-selection tests. State health minister A K Walia on Wednesday in a meeting with all its deputy commissioners (DCs) decided to launch a massive campaign for better implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC and PNDT Act).

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Dayanand Hospital to issue free birth certificates

New Delhi: 4th January 2012

Swami Dayanand Hospital in Dilshad Garden here has launched a new scheme to issue free copies of birth certificate to mothers whose babies are born at the hospital. The certificates will be issued free of cost within ten days of delivery or at the time of discharge from the hospital, whichever is earlier. No formal application will be required for issuance of the certificate. The Additional Medical Superintendent of the hospital has been invested with statutory powers to sign the certificates to be issued from this hospital.

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AIIMS creates 230 new posts to meet crunch

NewDelhi: 6th January 2012

TheUnion health ministry on Thursday sanctioned the creation of 230 new faculty positions in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to tide over acute faculty crunch. The new posts include 144 assistant professors, five professors, an additional professor, 10 lecturers in nursing and 70 technical personnel. A ministry official said “We have sent the order to the administration of AIIMS. The posts will be filled up soon. It will improve patient service and teaching and take the load off the present faculty.”

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Free treatment still out of reach of poor patients; panel slams govt

New Delhi: 6th January 2012

Poor patients haven’t been able to reap benefits of the free treatment provision in top private hospitals in the city. The monitoring committee looking after the implementation has faulted the government policies vis-à-vis lack of publicity and failure by state-run health institutions to refer the needy. In a letter written to the Directorate of Health Services, Delhi government, committee member Ashok Agarwal has claimed there is complete absence of information to the economically weaker section (EWS) category patients about the facility due to which most beds reserved for them remain unoccupied.

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Strike paralyses outpatient services in private hospitals

Chennai: 6th January 2012

Approximately 26,000 health professionals attached to about 3000 private hospitals stayed away from outpatient services on Thursday throughout the State in response to a call given by the Indian Medical Association - Tamil Nadu State Branch for a one-day strike to protest the murder of Tuticorin anaesthetist T. Sethulakshmi.

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Poor maternal diet can put infant at risk of diabetes

Washington | January 07, 2012

Scientists have now discovered how poor nutrition during pregnancy can put offspring at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other age-related diseases in later life. This finding could lead to new ways of identifying people who are at a higher risk of developing these diseases and might open up targets for treatment. Researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester, found that, in both rats and humans, individuals who experience a poor diet in the womb are less able to store fats correctly in later life.

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Govt to ban portable ultrasound machines?

New Delhi: 7th January 2012

You may have heard of doctors being oncall. But, ever heard of a portable ultrasound machine ? A rising number of portable ultrasound machines are being registered as being “on call”, or the devices could be taken anywhere anytime to conduct an ultrasound test. Delhi was the first state to register such “on-call” portable ultrasound machines, a trend that has now spread across the country. The Union health ministry says the trend is in violation of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC & PNDT Act), which allows ultrasound machines to be portable only within the premises of hospital or clinic registered under the Act.

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24x7 pharmacy opens at AIIMS, offers big savings

New Delhi: 7th January 2012

There’s good news for 10,000-odd patients, who visit AIIMS’ OPD daily. In a first-of-its-kind venture in a government hospital, a 24x7 pharmacy shop opened at the hospital this week has the mandate to provide all medicines and surgical consumables prescribed by an AIIMS doctor to an OPD patient at a 56% discount on MRP across the board.

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Rajasthan gears up to curb sex determination tests

Jaipur: 3rd January 2012

Alarmed over the state's dismal sex ratio, the Rajasthan government is building a network of professional informers to keep an eye on ultrasound clinics that conduct sex determination tests. For each lead, an informer will be paid Rs 25,000. Not only that, if the crime is proven in the court, the informer gets another Rs 25,000. Previously, an individual was given Rs 5,000 if his complaint against an errant ultrasound clinic was found to be true. According to Census 2011, Rajasthan has 883 girls between the ages of 0-6 for every 1,000 boys in the same age group. The child sex ratio in 2001 was 909 per 1,000 males.

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