Health News Update
Health News Update January 25, 2007
Madhya Pradesh to provide better food to 'anganwadis'
The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to implement a new nutrition programme for children, and nursing mothers through several 'anganwadis' (mother and centres).
Standard Chartered grants Rs 2.27 crore for eye hospital
Fulfilling its corporate social responsibility, India's largest foreign bank Standard Chartered, today announced a grant of Rs 2.27 crore to Sankar Foundation for setting up a state-of-the-art Rs 15 crore eye hospital at Visakhapatnam to cater to the people of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Orissa and Chattisgarh states.
On January 1, three-year-old Mallappa, son of a construction worker, suffered a serious injury when a van ran over him as he was playing near a pavement in Kanteeravanagar.
Karnataka's free health insurance to poor
Karnataka will spend Rs.350 million to provide health insurance to around 1.2 million families below the poverty line (BPL), Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy announced here Wednesday
Shankar Sada, (40), the head of a seven-member family, allegedly died of starvation on Monday night at Harpur village under Pusa block of Samastipur district. Sada belonged to the Musahar sub-caste and has left behind his wife and five minor children, who, too, are known to be suffering from malnutrition.
The Union Health Ministry intends to ban advertisement of treatment processes under the Drugs and Magical Remedies Act. day.
It's a physical ailment that affects one out of every 12 Indians but has been long ignored.
Utkal Chemists and Druggists' Association (UCDA) on Sunday said that it would extend its cooperation for opening 32 medicine banks in all the 30 districts in the State.
: The State Government will implement a people-oriented health policy, and the Five-Year Plan that begins in March will give top priority to the health sector, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said.
Polio vaccination saves $180 billion for US
Polio vaccination in the US has resulted in a net savings of more than $180 billion, according to a new study.
Plans to make rural service compulsory: Minister
Kerala Health Minister P K Sreemati today said the government would put in place a rule to make rural service compulsory for doctors graduating in the 50 per cent merit quota in the self-financing medical colleges.
Deaths due to measles have fallen by 60 per cent worldwide since 1999, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). This exceeds the United Nations' goal to halve such deaths between the years 2000 and 2005. This is largely due to an unprecedented decline in the deaths in the African region.
Thirty per cent of urban children below 15 years are prone to vision problems, especially myopia, due to enlargement of the posterior segment of the eyes.
The incident of an ayurvedic doctor botching up woman's abortion, resulting in loss of her fertility, has failed to wake up the officials of UT health department from their slumber.
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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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