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  • Anita Gulati
    *Health News Update – 30th June 2012* *Govt-NGO partnership for AIDS to continue* Chennai: 30th June, 2012 The AIDS Prevention and Control (APAC) project,
    Message 1 of 112 , Jul 2, 2012
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      Health News Update – 30th June 2012


      Govt-NGO partnership for AIDS to continue

      Chennai: 30th June, 2012

      The AIDS Prevention and Control (APAC) project, managed by non-governmental organisation Voluntary Health Services, has transferred its AIDS-related projects to the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society, as their Phase-III project has now been completed. The transferred programmes include involving education and skill training of female sex workers, homosexuals and injecting drug users.



      Rajasthan to distribute 200 new drugs free

      Jaipur: 29th June 2012

      Carrying forward a popular health initiative, Rajasthan has decided to distribute 200 new generic drugs free of cost at government-run hospitals to benefit millions of patients in the state. Under the Chief Minister's Free Medicine Scheme launched Oct 2 last year, 414 most-used drugs and surgical instruments are at present available at 14,964 distribution centres in government health centres, dispensaries and hospitals across the state.



      Ten-year rural posting compulsory for J&K doctors

      Jammu: 28th June 2012

      Serving a rural posting has been made compulsory for government doctors in Jammu and Kashmir to better address the problems of the people in far-flung areas.  "I have made a minimum posting of 10 years in rural areas compulsory for every doctor in the state or else they will not get service benefits at the time of retirement," Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma told IANS.



      Jharkhand mulls Rs 179 cr health upgrade plan

      Ranchi: 27th June 2012

      Medical and healthcare facilities in Jharkhand is up for a major overhaul. After processing regularisation of over 900 contractual doctors, the State Government has proposed Rs 179 crore plans to build over 7298 hospitals across 24 districts as per the yardsticks stipulated by the Medical Council of India (MCI).



      Woman dies after delivery

      NAGERCOI: June 27, 2012

      A woman died after delivering a girl baby in a Primary Health Centre at Rajakkamangalamthurai in the early hours of Tuesday. According to sources, Kalai Selvi (29), Andarkulam near Nagercoil, was admitted to Rajakkamangalam PHC for delivery.



      Bhopal disaster hospital turns cash cow for docs

      New Delhi: 27th June 2012

      Doctors are earning crores out of treating private patients at the Bhopal Memorial and Research Centre — a hospital set up on orders of the Supreme Court to serve the gas tragedy victims free of cost. In 1991, the SC ordered that a 500-bed speciality hospital be set up at the cost of Union Carbide for free lifetime treatment of more than 5 lakh gas tragedy victims. http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=TOINEW&BaseHref=CAP/2012/06/27&PageLabel=12&EntityId=Ar01200&ViewMode=HTML


      Traitor tag for forced abortion couple

      Beijing: 27th June 2012

      China’s one-child policy came under fire from the country’s internet users when the father of a baby, who was forcibly aborted in Shaanxi province, went into hiding. The incident came as an embarrassment to the Shaanxi government with reports saying the father was beaten up by people angry with his decision to abort the baby. His wife was labelled a traitor.



      Govt to provide free ambulance service for encephalitis patients

      Lucknow: 26th June 2012

      In order to control the spread of encephalitis in eastern Uttar Pradesh, the state government has decided to provide free-of-cost ambulance service to all encephalitis patients between July 15 and November 15. All the community health centres in Gorakhpur and Basti divisions have been provided with an ambulance each. Pediatricians have also been posted for the encephalitis season.



      Eyeing small town India, subsidised condom set to be trendier

      New Delhi: 25th June 2012

      Deluxe Nirodh, a subsidised condom that originally began as a family planning measure under a government initiative, is now eyeing smaller cities and towns to save the brand's fading face in a multi-million rupee market by repositioning the product with more "intense" advertisements - albeit not too sexual in content. The move came after it was found that costlier condoms are cornering a major market share.



      EWS beds: Govt to fine hospitals flouting norms

      New Delhi: 24th June 2012

      Top private hospitals in Delhi, which had obtained land on concessional rates, may now have to shell out a heavy penalty for denying free treatment to poor patients. In a rare move, the Delhi government has hired chartered accountants for calculating the profits made by 43 private hospitals by not providing free treatment to the poor from the time of their inception.



      Centre To Bear 75% Of Cost Of Facility To Be Available At All Govt Hospitals

      New Delhi: 23rd June 2012

      India’s ambitious policy to provide free medicines to all patients attending a government health facility across the country will be rolled out from October. Backed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself, the free-medicines-for-all scheme — being referred to as the “real game changer” — has received its first financial allocation of Rs 100 crore from the Planning Commission for 2012-13. http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=TOINEW&BaseHref=CAP/2012/06/23&PageLabel=9&EntityId=Ar00900&ViewMode=HTML


      Cashless care for accident victims

      New Delhi: 22nd June 2012

      The government will roll out the country’s first project for cashless treatment of road accident victims in August on the Pathankot-Amritsar stretch — the national highway linking the Golden Temple and Vaishno Devi. In this pilot project, the government will bear all medical expenses during the first 48 hours of hospitalization of road accident victims.



      Girl child under duress in Rajasthan

      Jaipur: 22nd June 2012

      Four suspected cases of female infanticide in Jaisalmer this month. In a severe blow to the Rajasthan government’s campaign to save the girl child, four suspected cases of female infanticide have come up in Jaisalmer district since early this month. The shocking cases involve newborn girls either being starved to death or left to die without medical treatment during sickness.



      Haryana opens clinics for adolescents

      Chandigarh: 22nd June 2012

      With a view to focus on the healthcare needs of adolescents, the Haryana health department has made 70 Adolescent Friendly Health Clinics (AFHCs) functional in 20 districts of the state, with immediate effect. These AFHCs have been opened either at district hospitals or at community health centres. “AFHCs have been started on the basis of ‘fixed day-fixed hour’ basis. These would run on every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.



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    • Anita Gulati
      *Health News Update û 23rd November 2013* *Ministries consulted on Assisted Reproduction Technology Bill* New Delhi: 23rd November 2013 The government is
      Message 112 of 112 , Nov 24, 2013
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        Health News Update – 23rd November 2013


        Ministries consulted on Assisted Reproduction Technology Bill

        New Delhi: 23rd November 2013

        The government is making modifications to the draft Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2013, to accommodate suggestions made by different Ministries and departments. The concerned departments and Ministries have reverted with their comments to the draft Cabinet note and the draft ART (Regulation) Bill. “Currently, the Department of Health Research is examining and evaluating the comments and [accordingly], clarifications, modifications, deletions and additions to the draft Bill would be made,” an officer of the Department of Health Research said. 


        Videorecording of consent for clinical trials mandatory

        New Delhi: 23rd November 2013

        The Union Health Ministry has made audio-visual recording of the informed consent of each subject mandatory in a clinical trial. This is in addition to obtaining his/her written consent. This decision comes in the wake of the Supreme Court pulling up the Ministry for lack of transparency in clinical trials.In its October 21, 2013, order on a writ petition filed by an NGO, the Swasthya Adhikar Manch, Indore, the court said with respect to five global clinical trials, which was approved by the Drugs Controller-General of India (DCGI) office from January 1, 2013, to August 31, 2013, an appropriate provision should be made or administrative direction issued, ensuring that audio-visual recording of the informed consent process was done and the documentation preserved, adhering to confidentiality principles.


        Woman's death: Bargarh hospital orders inquiry

        Bhubaneswar: 22nd November 2013

        A woman died of excessive bleeding after a family planning operation at a camp in the Bargarh district headquarters hospital, around 350 km from here. Her family members lodged a police complaint at Bargarh town police station, alleging negligence, while the hospital has ordered an inquiry.


        Cadila Pharma launches new lung cancer drug

        New Delhi: 22nd November 2013

        Cadila Pharmaceuticals, on Thursday, launched a new lung cancer drug, Mycidac-C. The drug is priced at Rs.40,000 for a 10-course injection, much cheaper than the drugs manufactured and sold in the market by multinational companies at present. The drug, which will be available in the market in India early next month, has been developed by Cadila after 15 years of research. The new drug has been licensed and approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).


        Pilot project on malnutrition to be launched in Karimnagar

        Hyderabad: 22nd November 2013

        A nationwide research and action programme will be launched in 200 backward districts to gather data on malnutrition, Director General of Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary for Health Research, V.M. Katoch, said on Thursday.The pilot project for the programme, involving Central institutions like National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and local medical colleges and agricultural universities, will be launched in Karimnagar soon.


        Haryana to train health workers over cellphones

        Chandigarh: 21st November 2013

        Soon health workers of Haryana would be trained over mobile phones. There would be no need for hiring teachers, infrastructure and tests as health workers would be trained in different modules of medicines and diseases by using a speech-based service that is being provided by a Tamil Nadu-based start-up.


        HIV infection numbers stagnant in the past five years: report

        New Delhi: 20th November 2013

        A significant progress has been seen in a number of countries in Asia and the Pacific in reducing new HIV infections by over 50 per cent since 2001, but the impact appears to be slowing down with overall numbers across the region remaining largely unchanged in the past five years, a latest UN report has said. It also warns of emerging epidemics in some countries, including Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines.


        Karnataka govt tops midday meal rankings

        New Delhi: 19th November 2013

        Karnataka has topped the first ever ranking of state governments on the basis of their performance and implementation of the midday meal scheme with a total score of 77.79 per cent, followed by Punjab (76.81 per cent), Daman & Diu (71.40 per cent) and Himachal Pradesh (71.31 per cent). Bihar, where a number of children died after a midday meal earlier this year, came fifth with 70.36 per cent.


        Dengue case count 5,115, highest in three years

        New Delhi: 19th November 2013

        With over 100 cases detected in the city in the past few days, the number of dengue patients this year crossed 5,000, following a lull over the past two weeks. Till November 16, there were 5,115 dengue cases in the capital, according to data collected by Delhi's civic officials.


        HC asks Assam to follow guidelines to prevent AIDS

        Guwahati: 18th November 2013

        The Gauhati High Court on Saturday asked the Assam government to strictly follow the directions passed earlier on prevention and control of AIDS. It was hearing a suo motu PIL it had registered following media reports on five persons contracting HIV after being given contaminated blood at a hospital.


        Centre sanctions 2,400 sub-health units under NRHM 
        Srinagar: 18th November 2013
        Minister of State for Health Shabir Ahmad Khan today said the Centre had sanctioned 2,400 sub-health units under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) for the state. He said this while chairing a review meeting of officials of the Health Department. The officials informed the minister that the health institutions of the Valley had treated 58,67,293 Out-patient Department (OPD) patients, while 3,14,220 In-patient Department (IPD) patients were treated till October 2013.


        Couple fight for justice after death of newborn

        Bagalkot: 18th November 2013

        For the last one year, Mahesh Sankinmath and his wife Geeta have been running from pillar to post seeking justice after losing their five-day-old baby in a private hospital here. The couple have accused doctors at Telsang Maternity Hospital of negligence resulting in the death of their second child, born after seven years of their first son.


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