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12-digit I-cards for health services in Ballabhgarh

New Delhi: 27th February 2012
In a first, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has given 12-digit Identification Number (ID) to 89,000 inhabitants of Ballabhgarh in Haryana to keep track of health care services being delivered to them. The unique ID keeps a record of immunization, births and deaths among the select populace in the region where the community medicine departmentof the premier medical institute runs its rural health services.

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AIIMS ties up with cops to promote organ donation

New Delhi: 27th February 2012
More than two lakh Indians require organ transplantation annually. However, less than 10% are able to get this timely help. Cadaver donation, which is the biggest source of organs for transplantation, remains as low as 0.1%, say experts.

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‘Our fight against polio finally paying off ’

New Delhi: 29th February 2012
“Today, India stands on the brink of eradicating polio — arguably the greatest public health achievement in its history. When the polio eradication campaign started in 1988, India was reporting around 500 polio cases per day. Since then, more than 4 million children have been saved from paralysis or death. All our hard work is paying off. But the simple truth is that as long as polio exists anywhere in the world, the threat will persist.

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Assam to have special burn care units

Guwahati: 29th February 2012
Three new improvised burn care units are being opened in Assam in Nagaon, Dhubri and Kamrup district in order to improve the state’s preparedness to tackle and prevent burn incidents. The burn care units are being opened as part of a pilot project of Union Ministry of Health taken up in Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.

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MP sterilization drive killed pregnant woman

Bhopal: 26th February 2012
A 35-year-old pregnant women bled to death in Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat district earlier this month while doctors were trying to sterilize her as part of the state government’s vasectomy-sterilization drive. This comes days after CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan was forced to call an urgent video conference last week warning district collectors to “implement family planning only through counselling” amid widespread complaints of forced sterilization.

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India to double outlay on health in 12th Plan

New Delhi: 29th February 2012
In a major boost to the healthcare sector, total government expenditure on health would be increased to 2.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2017, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said. The decision was taken in a meeting held in the PMO on the government's priorities in health sector, particularly over the next five years, reports IANS.

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Bengal plans ICU-on-wheel for critical infants

Kolkata: 27th February 2012

Spurred by the string of deaths of babies, the West Bengal Government has decided to launch mobile intensive care unit (ICU) to ferry new-born babies in critical conditions. The transit ambulance or ICU-on-wheels would carry the sick babies from home to government hospitals with sick new born care units (SNCUs) for treatment.

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Stagnant water causes malaria scare at GMSH 16

Chandigarh: 29th February 2012
Stagnant water in the premises of the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16 is posing a serious threat to patients admitted to the hospital. While the UT Health department is quick to launch a drive to pull up residents who allow stagnant water as it leads to mosquito breeding, it has failed to notice still water on its premises between the nursing institute and the gynaecology OPD.

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Maternity leave for contractual teachers

New Delhi: 28th February 2012

Women teachers appointed on contract by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will now be able to avail of maternity leave for three months, said MCD Education Committee chairman Mahinder Nagpal on Monday. Maternity leave was earlier allowed only for permanent female employees. The facility is likely to benefit as many as 2,500 women teachers who are appointed on contract basis by the MCD, said Mr. Nagpal.

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MCD uses tech to keep tab on TB patients

New Delhi: 29th February 2012
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has provided each of its tuberculosis treatment centres computers to maintain data of patients undergoing DOT therapy. The data will be connected to a main server, allowing the civic agency to monitor those who default on the routine treatment.

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