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Family of raped minor made to wait for 12 hours for medical aid

After an eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Thursday, the family members had to roam around for more than 12 hours to get the medical aid for her. The girl was allegedly raped by a minor boy in a village of Jarcha area of Greater Noida.Narrating the ordeal, the victim’s father said that the girl had gone to play outside the house.”It was getting late for lunch. So my wife went to call her but when she couldn’t find her, she immediately raised an alarm. After searching her for more than two hours, a neighbour found her coming out of a nearby house crying. She was bleeding from her private parts and even had blood stains on her clothes,” said the victim’s mother.Police have arrested the accused and he was sent to a juvenile home on Friday.”She told me that while she was playing, one of the neighbour took her along with him on the pretext of candies. He took her to his house and assaulted her. We immediately informed the police,” the father added.According to the police, the incident took place at around 4 pm when she had gone to play.”The girl has been sent for medical examination. The accused was later arrested. During interrogation, the 15-year-old boy confessed to the crime. The boy was produced before the district court and has been sent to the juvenile home,” said Suniti, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.However, the family alleged that the police, along with the minor, had to roam around the district for more than 11 hours after which the medical examination was done at 3:30 am on Friday.”First, she was taken to a local hospital in Jarcha where she was denied medical aid due to staff shortage. Then, she was taken to a hospital in Dadri where she was again denied to be admitted because of no medical kit available. Then she was finally rushed to the district hospital in Noida where the officials denied the medical saying there was no female doctor to attend to the minor her and that she should come in the morning,” stated the father.”I have spoken to the CMO about the matter and he has assured me an enquiry in the case,” informed Suniti.

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Max Hospital in soup again, kin say stents put in patient without permission

The family of a 58-year-old heart patient, who died in the Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, on December 25, has accused the hospital of negligence, a charge that the upscale facility has denied. The family said they will approach Union health minister JP Nadda on Thursday.Earlier on December 8, the Delhi government had cancelled the hospital branch’s license in another case of negligence. The services, however, resumed 10 days later, after the Finance Commissioner stayed the state government’s order.”We will try to reach out to health minister J P Nadda and the chief medical officer of Delhi on Thursday. We want justice. My father was on his feet when he visited the hospital on December 25. He was sweating, so they took him to the emergency ward and an ECG test was conducted. The test revealed that he had blockage in his arteries,” said Sarika, 35, daughter of the deceased Kamlesh Chander.According to the family, the doctors inserted a stent in Chander’s body without informing them. They also said that a senior doctor was supposed to operate upon him but instead a junior doctor performed the surgery.”Even as we were discussing the matter, they came and informed us that stents have been put in his body. They did that without even asking us. Also, the doctor under whose supervision my father was admitted was on leave. A few hours later, my father died. This is fraud and negligence. We demand justice. We are waiting for the autopsy and after that we will organise the funeral,” she said.The family further stated that the hospital gave them a bill of Rs 3 lakh. A police officer said inquest proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC has been initiated,The hospital, however, denied the allegations. “The patient was brought to the emergency (ward) in the afternoon of December 25, complaining of chest pain and breathlessness. There was blockage in three major arteries. The patient was 58 years old and had a history of diabetes, hypertension, and smoking,” the hospital said in its statement. It added: “The family was counselled by Dr Devendra Agarwal, who is a senior consultant and a well-qualified interventional cardiologist. The family was informed that Dr Navin Bhamri was on a leave. The family was fully informed about the diagnosis, the patient’s condition, and the treatment plan at various stages. The documents were signed by the family. Only one stent was used in the angioplasty procedure.”IN THE PAST7-year-old Adya Singh dies of dengue, hospital bills family Rs 16 lakh. On November 20, reacting to a tweet by the child’s uncle, Union Health Minister JP Nadda asked for details and said necessary action will be taken against the hospital.

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Gynaecologist found dead in her Andheri house

“She used to stay with her husband but he was in Chennai for the past few days,” said Paramjit Singh Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX).”

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Thursday 28 December 2017 1:46 ISTMust readOn Day 2, Mumbai commuters warm up to AC localMumbai Metro authorities don’t see the need to increase coaches despite commuter rise<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>A city-based gynaecologist’s decomposing body was found in her Andheri West apartment on Tuesday night. The police said Dr Poonam Satpute was suffering from diabetes and have registered an accidental death report since they do not suspect any foul play. They reached her house after being alerted by her neighbours about a foul smell coming from her flat.The body was sent for postmortem to Dr RN Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle, which has reserved the autopsy report. “There were no injury marks on her body. Since the cause of death is not yet confirmed, we have reserved the final report. Samples have been sent for chemical analysis,” a doctor from the postmortem team said. “She used to stay with her husband but he was in Chennai for the past few days,” said Paramjit Singh Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX).

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Talkathon on doctors’ strike continues

Plight of hapless patients extend for another day as government doctors spent Tuesday in talks. Three ministers of the government and several rounds of talks could not convince the agitating doctors till late evening. The talks are scheduled to be resumed at Zanana Hospital at 11am on Wednesday.Meanwhile earlier the government declared a deadline for doctors to join duty by Tuesday midnight though showed signs of avoiding arrest for some more time as talks apparently were heading towards consensus. However, the issue of withdrawal of transfer orders of doctor leaders remains an issue of contention. “I request all doctors to finish the strike and resume their duties as soon as possible. This is to ensure that patients are not affected by the issue. I also urge them to leave the decision on chief minister Vasundhara Raje, and I request the government to give back the assignments and duties to the doctors,” Kilak told media.Even as some doctors evading the association call responded on duty during the day, many continued with the strike. Earlier in the day, the first meeting took place early in the morning at PWD minister, Yunus Khan’s residence. This was followed by a second round of meeting which involved BJP state president Ashok Parnami, Rajasthan health minister Kali Charan Saraf, in addition to Khan.The third round took place late in the evening at state minister Ajay Kilak’s residence. This meeting was attended by Medical state minister, Banshidhar Bajiya, Saraf, Khan, and Dr Lakshman Ola, vice-president, All Rajasthan in Service Doctor Association. The final meeting happened at Parnami’s residence.Ola confirmed resuming of services on Wednesday, if the government promises no arrests. Parnami also agreed for reconciliation and assured complete cooperation towards the doctors.Notably, Rajasthan high court, on Monday, had given orders which allowed the state government to take decisions as it deems fit, in case the doctors do not show up for duties in next 24hrs.According to officials from the health department, there are about 7,000 doctors providing services in the state. Out of these, about 2,000 were already on duties, irrespective of strike, and abut 1,500 are expected to join by Wednesday morning.

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Join Naxalites so we can shoot you, MoS Hansraj Ahir tells docs on leave

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir on Monday was so inflamed with the absence of a civil surgeon at an inauguration ceremony in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district on Christmas Day that he suggested that absentee doctors should turn into Naxalites so they can be shot dead since they clearly didn’t have any regard for democratically elected leaders.Ahir made the statement while inaugurating the Amrut Dindayal medical store on the birthday of former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee. “I am a minister chosen by democracy. Despite knowing that I am coming to Chandrapur, what’s the point of going on leave?If there is no faith in democracy, join Naxalism. We will pump bullets into them.” Chandrapur is a Naxal-affected area in western Maharashtra.When DNA contacted the minister, he justified his comment saying that the doctor was the organiser of the event and should have been present. “Have you ever heard of the organiser being absent at his own function? So I said what I did. What’s so controversial about it?” he said, refusing to withdraw his remark.Ahir said government medical officers should behave decorously with elected representatives. “They cannot get away with everything. If they are government servants, they have to believe in democracy and work accordingly,” he said.The Opposition condemned Ahir’s statement. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said the BJP minister spoke of democracy with a dictatorial mindset. “The minister should be booked under section 506 of IPC. Immediate action should be taken against him,” Malik said. The section pertains to to criminal intimidation.Congress MLA Vijay Wadettiwar said the remark from a union minister was “very unfortunate”. “We strongly condemn it. If any doctor is going on leave on a public holiday, what is the big deal? Doctors are entitled to a family life. The minister should withdraw his statement and apologise to the medical fraternity which tirelessly works for the people.”Dr Jayesh Lele, president of the Indian Medical Association, stated that ministers can make any statement and get away.

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Doctors strike: Rajasthan HC to open today

Despite being a winter vacation, Rajasthan High Court will open on public holiday of Christmas for the hearing of ongoing government doctors strike. It is probably for the first time that the high court will open on a public holiday during winter vacation. The issue is, however, concerned to public health and large and same was pleaded before the court by advocate Abhinav Sharma.The lawyer submitted to the court that the government doctors have not returned to work despite court orders and now the private doctors too have warned to keep services suspended for a day in support of them. This has created a major concern for public health as patients needing medical assistance will be devoid of due treatment.”It’s just due to whims of a doctor leader that is responsible for the suffering of patients at state, this should not be allowed and I have requested the court regarding the same,” Abhinav Sharma said to DNA.Chief justice of Rajasthan High Court, Pradeep Nandrajog in consideration of the appeal has constituted a special bench that would hear Abhinav Sharma’s plea on Christmas morning this Monday. Even as the court will discuss out merit’s of the plea, the court has already shown its consideration to the gravity of the situation.Nearly 80 per cent of the government doctors at Rajasthan have been boycotting work for over a week following differences with the health department. Implementation of Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) has also been unable to bring doctors back on duty. Meanwhile, the doctors association have been blaming the health minister for backing out of the agreement reached after the previous agitation.Abhinav Sharma, meanwhile, also claimed that government doctors willing to return to work are being threatened by the leader of the agitation and claimed to produce evidence of the same at court during the hearing on Monday.

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AIIMS doctors write to PM Modi for redress of safety & infra issues

Resident doctors of AIIMS backed protests by their counterparts in Rajasthan for higher pay and promotions, and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “live their life for a day” to understand their stress.The AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) wrote to the PM on Sunday and urged him to understand the pressure on doctors at government hospitals due to poor infrastructure and misbehaviour of patients’ families and attendants during emergency situations.”We are lucky to have an active PM like you… Now RDA AIIMS requests you to put (on) white apron and spend one day as a government doctor to understand the tremendous amount of pressure we face, the agony of patients who did not get treatment, the dying healthcare system due to lack of resources and infrastructure,” AIIMS RDA president Harjit Singh Bhatti wrote in the letter.He said it will also set an example to ministers who level allegations against doctors for cheap publicity. “Your one day as a government doctor can be a turning point for the healthcare system as it will restore faith in the medical profession,” the letter read.THEIR GRIEVANCESThe docs urged the PM to understand the pressure on them at govt hospitals due to poor infrastructure and misbehaviour of patients’ families during emergencies.

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Shocker from Gurugram! Medanta Hospital charges Rs 16 lakh for dengue treatment, child dies

The series of shocking incidents in the hospitals from Delhi-NCR are no close to stopping. In another bizzare episode, it’s Gurugram’s Medanta hospital, which is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The hospital has reportedly charged around Rs 16 lakh for the treatment that continued for 21 days from the family of an eight-year-old boy, who was suffering from Dengue. The child, however, later on died. As the reports suggest, the boy’s family shifted him to a different hospital after Medanta hospital charged them an exorbitant amount. Also readFortis raked in moolah of up to 1,737% in Adya Singh case: NPPA”My child was there in the hospital for 21 days, the hospital gave us a bill of Rs 15.88 lakh. We had to request people for money; the hospital has looted us in the name of treatment,” the father of the eight-year-old said.Earlier, Fortis hospital in Gurugram billed a family close to 16 lakhs in 15 days as their baby girl Adya succumbed to dengue shock syndrome, post which Union Health Minister JP Nadda asked for an inquiry to be instituted to investigate the case.Also readComplaint of overcharging against Fortis Gurgaon and the Park HospitalDNA had first reported the story of deceased baby Adya on November 20. The story can be read here. However, the hospital has refuted the allegations levelled by the family. According to the hospital, the girl was admitted with dengue shock syndrome and her condition was extremely serious. “The girl came to us without the medical advice of the previous hospital. As soon as she came to us, we had incubated her. On September 14, she was put off the ventilator as suggested by the family and against the doctor’s advice,” said a senior doctor from Fortis hospital. Also readDengue Death Costing Rs 16 lakh: Investigation nails unethical acts of Fortis Explaining the situation further, the doctor added that a multi-disciplinary team of doctors was formed to look into the case. “Clearly, everything is planned. The girl passed away on September 14 and the family is making the false allegations after two months,” added the doctor. Jayant ended up paying the highest for expensive branded drugs, close to Rs 4 lakh when cheaper options for drugs were available. Cost of Medical consumables including up to 2700 gloves billed at Rs 17,142 came up to a whopping Rs 2.73 lakh, while medical investigations including blood tests cost him another Rs 2.17 lakh. Diagnostics are though billed separately from investigations, adding another Rs 29, 290.

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16-year-old girl shot at by friend dies

A 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly shot in her head by a 17-year-old boy, succumbed to her injuries at a private hospital in Noida late on Thursday night. The body has been sent for post-mortem. The accused boy, who shot himself as well, is yet to gain conciousness, the police said, while adding murder charges against him.”Two bullets had pierced the girl’s skull and caused major damage to her brain. She was brought in a state of coma and her chances of survival were very less. We tried our best to save her but could not,” a senior doctor said.Police said the boy and the girl were friends and had had an altercation. The boy, son of a property dealer, and the girl, daughter of an engineer, studied at the same tuition centre in Vasundhara’s Sector-2C.

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Pune | 6, including 5 minors, arrested for sexually abusing 8-year-old girl

An eight year old girl was allegedly raped by six boys including five minor and a 19 year old in Kondhwa area. After mother of the victim approached Kondhwa police, the 19-year-old was arrested and the five minor boys were sent to observation home.According to Kondhwa police, all the six boys booked for raping the minor are known to the victim’s family. The girl would go to play with them when they sexually assaulted her.Inspector (crime) S Shinde of Kondhwa police told DNA, “Out of the six boys detained on Thursday, one is major and he is 19 year old. The other boys are 10 and 11 year old. According to the mother of the victim, these boys would take the girl to play with them where they would sexually assault her.”According to the statement given by the mother of the victim to police, the girl started complaining about pain in abdomen after which she was taken to a doctor. During the medical examination, doctor found out that the girl was being sexually abused.”Since the girl is small, she could not explain about the incident. When asked her about the activities the boys would do with her, she explained all the details,” Shinde said.Along the section of rape under section 376 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), the police have also slapped relevant sections of the protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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Suhaib Ilyasi kept trying to explain away wife’s murder as suicide

Celebrity husband, strained relations with the wife followed by her murder are all elements of a Bollywood thriller. But this plot was very much true to real life, and more particularly the life of TV serial producer and anchor Suhaib Ilyasi.Ilyasi, who shot to fame from the crime drama show India’s Most Wanted, had murdered his wife at their east Delhi residence in 2000 and tried to cover it up as a suicide . The theories he put forth could have been taken from the many real life crime stories on his show.However, the court found several loopholes in the suicide theory given by Ilyasi thereby convicting him and sentencing him to life imprisonment on Wednesday.After the judgment was announced the TV anchor shouted “Injustice” in the courtroom.According to the theory given by Ilyasi, he had an altercation with his wife Anju on the day of the incident following which she took out a revolver and threatened to kill herself. But Suhaib snatched it and threw it on the bed.He then claimed Anju rushed to the kitchen and brought out a knife and stabbed herself. The court however was unimpressed and stated that if Ilyasi had snatched away the revolver then why had he offered no resistance when she was stabbing herself.”If accused could have snatched the revolver from the hand of deceased, he could have also snatched the knife, which was brought by deceased from the kitchen. During inquest proceedings, the revolver was found on the shelf,” the court said.Ilyasi also claimed that the suicide bid had come after a quarrel. But the court kept in mind the evidence of two barbers who had come to the house of the convict to cut his hair. The barbers stated that they did not hear any noise or sounds of fighting between the couple.The court also found that Ilyasi tried to hide his wife’s critical injury when she was taken to Virmani Hospital. It said the accused did not tell the doctor about the injury on the abdomen and just said “isne kuch kha liya hai” (she has eaten something)”In his statement he had said that there was a white mark on the abdomen, there was no blood. However there were blood spots at different places inside the house, which Ilyasi stated was ‘menstrual blood’ but the forensic report contradicted this.”The accused had given a statement to an officer as being a complainant, that the blood did not come out of the wound and instead a white liquid was seen. However, when the officer reached there, he saw the blood on the abdomen of the deceased, whereafter, he tied an old vest on her wound,” the court said.The judge held that no logical explanation was offered by the accused as to why he did not inform the doctor as to the exact facts regarding her injuries.”As per medical evidence, there are two stab wounds on the abdomen of deceased. Why did the accused not stop the deceased from stabbing herself before giving the first blow and even thereafter, when she gave the second blow, are the further questions, which were required to be answered in clear terms, however, no explanation regarding this has ever been offered by the accused,” the court said.TIMELINEJanuary 10, 2000: Anju Ilyasi was found dead at their East Delhi residence with multiple stab wounds and was rushed to a Virmani Hospital and then to AIIMS with stab wounds. She was declared dead on arrival. The couple had allegedly fought before her death.Anju’s autopsy report, however, couldn’t establish if it was a suicide or murder. Her death was treated as a suicide.March 2000: Anju’s sister Rashmi Singh and her mother Rukma accused Ilyasi of torturing Anju for dowry and also filed an FIR against him. Her sister and mother allegedly told the investigators that Anju was driven to suicide by her husband.2003 Trial court frames charges under Section 498A and 304 against Ilyasi.May 2003 Trial began.Ilyasi was also arrested for dowry harassment but he vehemently denied these charges at the time.Later, Rukma moved an application in the trial court seeking inclusion of murder charges against Suhaib but it was dismissed in 2011. She then moved the high court, which ordered framing of murder charges against Suhaib in August 2014.Dec 16: Ilyasi was was convicted for murdering his wife.Dec 20: He was sentenced to life imprisonment

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Three die as car burst into flames

Two women and one child died when the car in which they were travelling burst into flames on the road going to Bakhasar of Barmer from Chitalwana of Jalore on Tuesday.The car driver, Deeparam Prajapat, a resident of Seswa village in Chitalwana area of Jalore, was returning home on Tuesday afternoon after showing his sick child to a doctor when the car caught fire. The bystanders tried to extinguish the fire by water and took out two children from the car, However, Deeparam’s wife and her relative who were sitting in the back seat could not be saved.After getting the information, Chitalwana police reached the spot, but by then, the women had died. Deeparam and his two sons were taken to the hospital where one of his sons died. Deeparam and his other son were referred to Gujarat after first aid. The caseThe car driver, Deeparam Prajapat, a resident of Seswa village in Chitalwana area of Jalore, was returning home on Tuesday afternoon after showing his sick child to a doctor when the car caught fire. The bystanders tried to extinguish the fire by water and took out two children from the car, However, Deeparam’s wife and her relative who were sitting in the back seat could not be saved. fter getting the information, Chitalwana police reached the spot, but by then, the women had died.

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‘Speech is a right and not a privilege’

A doctor in India has created a simple device which is helping throat cancer patients to speak again – and it only costs $1.

Health services cripple, as doctors-Rajasthan govt in battle of attrition

Indefinite strike call by the in-service government doctors on Saturday severely hampered the health services at government health facilities across the state. The doctors posted in District Hospitals, Sub Divisional Hospitals, Community Health Centers (CHCs) and Primary Health Centers (PHCs) remained absent after declaring an indefinite strike, 48 hours prior to the given ultimatum.Meanwhile, the government remained firm on its stand and arrest of doctors continued on the second day. Doctors have called the government action the “Rowlatt Act”.Till Saturday evening, as per the state police headquarters, 52 doctors were arrested across the state for not attending their duties as the Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) is in force. The arrests were made in various districts including Ajmer, Sriganganagar, Bundi, Kota, Karauli, Dholpur, Swai Madhopur, Jhunjhunu, Jhalawar, Jaislamer, Tonk, Barmer and Bhilwara. Though, no doctor was arrested in Jaipur, the police raids were going on to nab the agitating doctors.It is worth mentioning that after the announcement of indefinite strike from December 18 made by the All Rajasthan In Service Doctors Association (ARISDA), state government has already extended RESM, imposed in September for next three months. This is the reason why the office-bearers of ARISDA, including main leaders of the agitation, have gone underground and switched off their mobile phones. However, these leaders are seeking support for the agitation social media.In an another development, the resident doctors have extended their support to in-service doctors’ agitation. In a statement, the Jaipur Association of Resident Doctors (JARD) said that any repressive action against the agitating doctors, resident doctors associated with JARD will also go on indefinite leave from December 18. In Jodhpur many doctors boycotted the work on Saturday to protest against the arrest of doctors. Jodhpur Collector Dr Ravi Kumar Surpur said that if the doctors refuse to resume their duties they will be arrested RESMA Act. He said that arrangements have been made to take the services of the doctors of Railways, AIIMS, army and BSF. He said that during the strike period AYUSH doctors will be deployed at primary health centres. Instructions have been issued to the ANM and other medical personnel to provide immediate treatment and refer serious patients to the district and medical colleges. He said that all relevant senior officers and police officers have been given instructions to take action against the striking doctors.

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Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital staff accused of negligence

Sudha Rao, 68, breathed her last on December 9 at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, following a one-and-half month long treatment after brain stroke. While her family doesn’t blame the hospital for her death, they believe the hospital did not take proper care of her despite charging them Rs 9 lakh.Rao’s son Hemant has been doing the rounds of the police station and hospital seeking a medical investigation into her death. They even refused to take possession of the body for the final rites as they wanted the hospital to properly investigate her death. “We have been running from pillar to post so that the hospital can at least accept that there were lapses,” says Pathik Muni, a relative of Rao.”Three days after her admission, she was slated to be discharged. But I requested the hospital to keep her in general ward for a few days because travelling to her to the hospital for physiotherapy and dialysis on a daily basis would have been inconvenient for her. She was later shifted to the Intensive Care Unit after suffering from pulmonary oedema. It was from here on that the staff was careless in her treatment,” Hemant said.Hemant said Rao was put on a wrong diet plan by the dietician when she was in the ICU. “Her weight on the diet paper showed 90 kg, but her actual weight was 73 kg. We brought this to the doctors’ attention and they agreed that 1,000 ml of water per day can be reduced from her liquid diet. It all led to fresh frozen plasma and blood transfusion,” he said.The hospital authorities did not respond to emails and calls by this correspondent.DOCUMENTS SOUGHTInvestigation report including X-ray, MRI, CT scan and other findings of the patient. Doctor’s reports including daily notes of visits Diet chart List of medicines used and procedures done THE CHARGESThe patient was put on 2000ml/day liquid diet with her assumed weight of 90 kg when her real weight was 73 kg. It was later reduced to 1000 ml/day On December 4, the doctor prescribed vitamin K injection, which was given seven hours later.

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Mumbai: 20 doctors separate this lucky conjoined twins in 12 hours surgery

For Seetal Zalte and her husband Sagar, the 13 hours they spent outside an operation theatre in city-based BJ Wadia Hospital on Tuesday seemed endless.However, at 5 PM, the agonising wait seemed worthwhile when a doctor broke the news that Love and Prince, over one-year-old conjoined twins of the couple, had been successfully separated by a team of 20 doctors following a complex surgery.Love and Prince now lie in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of the hospital in separate cots.Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Hospitals, said the twins were conjoined at the abdomen and hip and both had a common liver, intestine and urinary bladder.”It was a unique surgery that involved a team of 20 doctors who planned and performed the 12-hour long complex and complicated surgery successfully on December 12,” Dr Bodhanwala told reporters here.The couple first learnt about the anomaly in the 24th week of Seetal’s pregnancy when a scan conducted at Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital showed that the twins were fused waist down.They were born conjoined with a fused liver, intestine, urinary bladder, and chest bone to Zaltes, residents of suburban Ghatkopar, in September 2016.According to Dr Bodhanwala, the Zaltes were counselled about the medical condition of the conjoined twins, but they decided to go ahead with the delivery.Following the birth of Love and Prince, the doctors decided to wait for at least six months before conducting a surgery to separate them.The boys were fused in such a way that they faced each other. However, they had two individual sets of hands and legs, separate brain, lungs and heart.”Medical staff at the hospital ensured that the parents were counselled about the condition of the twins before delivery and a decision was taken to deliver the twins at Wadia Hospital itself,” Dr Bodhanwala said.Dr Bodhanwala said Love and Prince will be kept under observation for a few days.However, it is a long journey ahead for Love and Prince and their parents.According to Dr Bodhanwala, Love and Prince will have to undergo multiple surgeries to ensure they remain healthy and fit enough to survive.For doctors, the most challenging part of the surgery was to provide skin to cover both the children, she said.Seetal Zalte is obviously exalted though she is aware about the challenges ahead.She recalled that the doctors at Wadia Maternity Hospital had apprised them about the possible outcomes of the surgery.”They told us that separation surgeries are possible and children can go on to live normal lives. The doctors at Wadia hospital explained me every minute detail on the day of the surgery. We did not face any difficulty and have been taking care of them as normal kids,” she said.In June 2014, conjoined twins Riddhi and Siddhi had undergone a separation surgery at the same hospital.

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Shutting hospitals randomly not in public interest, will directly impact patients, says Ficci

Closing down hospitals “randomly” due to individual errors is not in the interest of the public and nation and will directly affect the health and well-being of patients undergoing treatment, Ficci said on Thursday, asking the the media and the government not to “pre-judge” in any case.Ficci’s stand comes against the backdrop of alleged medical negligence and overcharging by two private hospitals recently.While Fortis in Gurgaon came under a cloud because of the death of a 7-year-old girl from dengue and overcharging issues, a premature baby was wrongly declared dead by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh in the national capital.”India is already grappling with extremely low bed density at 1.3 beds per 1,000 population, as compared to WHO recommendation of 3.5 beds. Hence, it is not in the interest of public and nation if hospitals are randomly shut down due to individual errors,” said the industry chamber.It observed that such a move will only widen the gap further and directly affect the health and well-being of patients undergoing treatment in hospitals.”Rational and appropriate action is necessary in case of negligence or failure of the healthcare system based on proper investigation, validation based on the principles of natural justice and not based on emotional outburst,” Ficci said.While the chamber did not name any particular hospital, it asserted that the Indian healthcare industry is concerned and worried over the recent onslaught of negativity generated following a few unfortunate cases.”While we fully support the legal and medico-legal actions that need to be taken against those found guilty by the Medical Council or by legal authorities, our request to the government and public is to give cognisance to the good work carried out by the private healthcare industry that is now being vilified,” Ficci said.It said the need of the hour is to bridge the widening trust deficit between the private healthcare providers and the government as also between the doctor and the patient.”Under the current scenario, expeditious implementation of Standard Treatment Guidelines, Electronic Health Records and Clinical Establishments Act across the country is imperative. The affordability aspect needs to be covered with increasing penetration of health insurance through social and private health insurance schemes,” said the chamber.Max Healthcare on Wednesday moved a “government authority” against the cancellation of licence of its hospital in Shalimar Bagh in north-west Delhi, even as it appealed to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to “reconsider” its decision.

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Redressal panel on anvil after med negligence horror

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday requested the state governments to subsidise emergency treatments in private sector and create a reimbursement mechanism.”No hospital can force their consultants to work on targets, and the choice of drugs and devices should rest with doctors based on a patient’s affordability, not the management’s,” IMA president Dr KK Aggawal said.The recent death of a 7-year-old girl due to dengue at Gurugram’s Fortis Hospital, after which her family was given a bill of Rs 16 lakh, as well as the incident of a prematurely born baby being wrong declared dead at Shalimar Bagh’s Max hospital, have brought the country’s private medical care under scanner.Aggarwal said the doctor-patient trust was experiencing a downward spiral in the country as people have started looking at the medical profession with suspicion. “It is disheartening to see the erosion in trust. We want to make the process more transparent. The doctor to patient ratio in India is skewed due to which doctors are under a lot of stress, and they are also human beings.The IMA chief also announced the formation of IMA Medical Redressal Commission at the state level to engage in social, financial, and quality audits of health care. The commission will have a public man, an IMA office bearer, a former state medical council representative, and two subject experts.”Such a commission shall consider every grievance in a time-bound manner. An appeal to the state commission will be heard by the headquarters of the IMA Medical Redressal Commission, which will also have the power to take suo motu cases,” Aggarwal explained.The professional body of doctors also recommended that medical practitioners prescribe National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) drugs and promote Jan Aushadhi kendras. It further appealed to the governments to classify all disposables under NLEM and non-NLEM categories and cap the price of essential ones.The IMA chief added that the recommendations have been forwarded to the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Delhi Medical Council, to be considered during the bodies’ ethics committee meeting. He said the recommendations would also be sent to chief ministers of all states, including Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

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Kansas shooting hero Ian Grillot who took a bullet for Indian gets TIME magazine salute

Time magazine has honoured Ian Grillot, the US national who took a bullet for an Indian while trying to intervene during a racially-motivated shooting in Kansas early this year.Grillot’s name features in the magazine among “5 Heroes Who Gave Us Hope in 2017.”Grillot, then 24, was injured when he tried to intervene in the shooting by a Navy veteran targeting Indians at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, in February.Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32 , was killed in the shooting that also left his colleague Alok Madasani, critically injured.Also readUS Navy veteran charged with killing an Indian in Kansas City bar pleads not guilty”I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I didn’t do anything,” Grillot said in an article posted by Time on Thursday.The magazine saluted the Kansas man as the “bargoer who stepped into the line of fire.””Without all the prayers and positive support from everybody, I wouldn’t be doing as well as I am right now. It has been a wonderful year and a blessing to be alive,” Grillot told PTI.Earlier this year, Grillot was honoured as ‘A True American Hero’ by the Indian-American community in Houston which raised $100,000 to help him buy a house in his hometown Kansas.Also readWidow of Indian national killed in Kansas bar shooting faced deportationGrillot was watching a televised basketball game at the restaurant when a gunman approached Srinivas and Alok, both 32, and reportedly told them to “get out of my country.”Grillot was shot in the chest in an attempt to keep the assailant from harming others.Adam Purinton of Olathe has been charged with first- degree murder and attempted murder in the assaults.Others saluted by Time included a chef who fed Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico, Houston neighbours who aided a woman having a baby in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and a California dog who refused to leave behind livestock he was guarding as wildfires raged. Also readUS: Indian-American doctor stabbed to death by patient in Kansas

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Haryana govt FIR against Fortis doctor

The Haryana government lodged an FIR on Sunday against the doctor who treated seven-year-old Adya Singh, who succumbed to dengue shock syndrome, at Fortis Hospital in Gurugram.Fortis has been under scanner since it slapped a bill of around Rs 16 lakh on the girl’s family for her hospitalisation of 15 days. Union Health Minister J P Nadda had ordered an inquiry into the incident.A case under section 304, part 2 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code was lodged at Sushant Lok police station against the doctor who worked with the paediatric department. The section carries a maximum punishment of 10 years.”We submitted our inquiry report to the police on November 23, stating that the hospital had overcharged the family of the deceased,” said B K Rajora, chief medical officer of Gurugram Civil Hospital.The complaint was submitted on Saturday and the case was registered on Sunday, the police said. “We have received a 49-page complaint from the health department. A case has been registered,” said a senior police official.On Friday evening, Adya’s father Jayant Singh lodged a complaint with the Gurgaon police alleging that his daughter died because of the doctors’ negligence, and the hospital tried to ‘destroy evidence’ of their wrongdoings.On Thursday, Haryana Health minister Anil Vij ordered Fortis Hospital, Gurgram, be removed from the list of government empanelled hospitals. He also asked the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to look into the possibility of cancelling the hospital’s land lease.A seven-member committee headed by Dr Rajiv Vadhera, Additional Director General of Health Services, stated it was unethical to pull off a patient’s life support especially after she had sought Leave Against Medical Advice (LAMA) from the hospital. It also raises questions on forgery of parents’ signatures for hospital documentation and overpricing of drugs and consumables.Following the indictment by the panel, Vij had said an FIR would be lodged against the private hospital and the licence of its blood bank would be cancelled.The Fortis group had earlier said that all documents, statements and details were made available to the probe team of the Haryana government.

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2 days after cancelling of license, Max hospital docs in dark

The future of nearly 2,000 employees and hundreds of patients in the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh hangs in balance after the Delhi government ordered cancellation of its license two days ago. The employees have still not received any communication from the hospital on what will happen next.”There is no communication from the hospital on what will happen to our job. We are in dark. We cannot apply anywhere else as we have been associated to the incident,” a senior doctor said.The Delhi government on Friday cancelled the license of the hospital branch in connection with a case of gross medical negligence. As per instructions, the hospital can now not admit any new patients nor operate the Out Patient Department (OPD). Those availing treatment from the hospital will be entertained till the time they are cured.Patients admitted in the hospital have also expressed concern over the decision. “There is uncertainty on the issue. We have been coming here for the treatment of my father, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The treatment requires follow-ups with a team of doctors. How will that continue?” rued Shubhi Arora, a resident of Shalimar Bagh.The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) on Saturday termed the Delhi government’s move to cancel the license of the super specialty hospital as “irrational and autocratic”. The doctors’ body said the government should have waited for the Delhi Medical Council’s (DMC) report on the issue, which is expected in a few days. It said it will give a call for a strike, if needed, and will appeal to the government to revoke its decision.Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, said on Sunday that the government has high respect for doctors but it would not hesitate to take strong action against any private hospital found erring.”We want private hospitals. We are not against them. But in case of criminal negligence or in cases of openly looting the patients, the government will not remain silent,” he said while speaking at a public function organised in Mundka.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who opposed the cancellation of the hospital’s licence, also came under attack by Kejriwal, who called the decision a conscience call. “It was shameful that Manoj Tiwari and BJP stood with the Max hospital after the government cancelled its license. It is sad that instead of standing for the interest of the people, BJP and Tiwari stood with the hospital,” he said.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to Delhi government on Tuesday had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with the newborns. The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the death of the child, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.POINT-COUNTERPOINTDMA terms Delhi government’s move to cancel Max’s license irrational and autocratic. Cm Arvind Kejriwal says government will not hesitate to take strong action against any private hospital found erring. Preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to Delhi government finds hospital guilty of not having followed prescribed medical norms.

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Infant death: Probe report reveals unethical acts carried out by Fortis

A probe instituted by the Haryana state government in the alleged case of overcharging and medical negligence of baby Adya by Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) in Gurugram has led to scathing revelations of misconduct by the private hospital. DNA had first reported the story of the deceased baby on November 20.A seven-member committee headed by Dr Rajiv Vadhera, Additional Director General of Health Services, has submitted the report to Haryana state government. DNA accessed a copy of the report which criticises FMRI at various levels.It states that it is unethical to pull off life support from a patient who has sought Leave Against Medical Advice (LAMA) from the hospital. It also raises questions on forging the signatures of the parents on hospital documents and overpricing drugs and consumables.The report notes that on September 14, there was a huge lapse in Adya’s treatment. Life support was pulled off in the ambulance by Fortis doctors while she was being shifted to another hospital. It says that the withdrawal of life support by the hospital staff in the ambulance amounts to negligence and is against the law of the land. “LAMA does not mean that the hospital disowns the patient completely. They must ensure all facilities for transfer/transport them to their home or other hospitals,” said the report.Dr Jitendra Kumar Jakhar, forensic expert from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, was a part of the investigation committee. He observed, “It was unethical for the doctor to stop assisted ventilation without handing over the patient to another specialist or directing the relatives to ventilate the child by means of an ambu-bag.”The investigation committee has recommended that the case be sent to the Medical Council of India for action under (Professional conduct, etiquette, and ethics) Regulations 2002. “Under this all the senior doctors treating the case in PICU like Dr Krishna Chugh, Dr Vikas Taneja, Dr Vikas Verma, and others should be held accountable,” the report states.The report also raises serious questions on how the deceased’s parents were not counselled. While Fortis maintains that the protocol of explaining seriousness to the parent/attendant and putting name and signature of both the doctor and the attendant to whom it was explained was seen in the case record of PICU, the report notes that except on September 12, none of these documents bear the signatures of the parents.”Further, it was noticed that the entire patient record was being maintained on loose sheets and no proper files with page marking were maintained,” it states. “This protocol should not have been ignored in an NABH accredited hospital like FMRI.”The hospital said that while it purchased drugs for Rs 3,33,044, it charged the patient Rs 6,70,126 and took a whopping 108 per cent profit margin. The report noted, “Hospital management looks to be attempting to get maximum profit out of drugs and consumables in the garb of MRP.”

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Indian Overseas Bank officials helped P Chidambaram’s relative to grab hotel, says CBI

The CBI on Friday told the Delhi High Court that the Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) officials have acted in a “hurried manner” to facilitate a woman, related to former union minister P Chidambaram, to allegedly grab a hotel in Tamil Nadu.Justice Mukta Gupta was further told that the officials of a public sector bank had gone ahead with the auction of the Tirupur-based hotel ‘Comfort Inn’ as the then finance minister’s family members wanted to acquire it.The court was hearing a plea filed by K Kathirvel, a doctor by profession who was running the hotel in partnership with his associates, including Padmini, sister of Chidambaram’s wife Nalini.The probe agency in its affidavit, filed in response to the plea, has said, “Normally, in other cases the bankers usually wait for the final order of the higher courts (if it is pending). In this case, it is suspected that the bankers might have acted in favour of Padmini Sivasubramaniam (since dead) based on the pressure at the head office level.” It has alleged that “IOB officials had acted in hurried manner within a day or two to facilitate Padmini Sivasubramaniam in acquiring the hotel” and added that “opportunity was not given to the complainant in the present case”.The CBI said on basis of its findings, it had registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) on November 29 after obtaining approval from the competent authority to look into these aspects.”The enquiry is at the crucial stage of finalisation to unearth the veracity of the allegations/averments mentioned in the complaint,” the agency said and sought time to file their detail report after completion of the investigation.Agreeing with the CBI’s request, the court fixed the matter for May 3 next year.The agency also alleged in its affidavit that the bank officials on May 6, 2008 along with the bidder took possession of the hotel forcefully.Kathirvel, through his counsel Yatinder Chaudhary, has alleged in his plea that he had filed a complaint with the CBI in September 2016 against Chidambaram, his family members and top officials of the IOB for allegedly grabbing his hotel, but the agency had not yet taken any step.The petitioner has said he had filed the complaint with the CBI director after the CBI’s Tamil Nadu unit showed reluctance to entertain it.According to his complaint, in 2007, the ‘Comfort Inn’ hotel in Tirupur, in which he was a partner, was “grabbed” by them with the help of the top management of the IOB.The hotel was worth more than Rs 10 crore and had a loan due of Rs 2.5 crore with the IOB which had declared the loan as a non-performing asset and announced an auction, the complaint has said.Kathirvel had said he had approached the Madras High Court and later the Debt Recovery Tribunal, besides paying Rs 64 lakh to the IOB to avoid an auction and claimed that the bank had promised cancellation of the auction.But later, the bank cheated him and conducted a “farce auction” and allotted the hotel to Padmini at a very “cheap” price of Rs 4.5 crore, he had alleged.

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23 complaints made against Max hospitals in 2017

The Delhi Medical Council (DMC), in 2017, received as many as 23 complaints against various Max hospitals in the Capital. Of these, six were against the Shalimar Bagh branch, which is currently under scanner for mistakenly declaring a newborn baby dead.”As many as 11 cases are still pending and we are investigating them. Most of these cases pertain to medical negligence by doctors. During an investigation, a team of experts questions the accused doctors and nurses, and then listens to the complainant as well. After a rigorous discussion, the matter is moved to the higher authorities,”Dr Girish Tyagi, registrar, DMC, said.According to the data, the highest number of complaints were against the Max hospital in Saket, followed by the one in Shalimar Bagh. Five case were reported from Patparganj and one each from Pitampura and Panchsheel Park. “All these complaints were made by patients or attendants,” Dr Tyagi added.As per the official process, if a person reports a matter to the DMC, the council issues a showcause notice to the doctor and the hospital concerned. If he or she is found guilty, the council registers a complaint with the police. Thereafter, the police have to register an FIR, after which the matter is taken to court.Recently, the council served a notice to the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh for medical negligence. Even after repeated calls and messages, the Max authorities did not respond to the queries sent by DNA.In 2017, the council received a total of 234 complaints against various hospitals in the Capital, of which 82 were moved to the disciplinary committee for action.
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Sri Lankan cricketers ‘right’ to take stand on smog

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Living baby declared dead: Max Hospital terminates services of two docs involved in negligence

Taking strict action against the doctors involved in the alleged negligence where a new born was declared dead, the hospital administration has terminated the services of two doctors. The decision was taken by the hospital authorities after having an initial discussion with the expert committee group formed by Max Hospital.“While the inquiry by the expert group which includes external experts from IMA is still in process, we have decided to terminate the services of the two treating doctors, Dr A P Mehta and Dr Vishal Gupta in the case relating to the twin extreme pre-term babies. This strict action has been taken on the basis of our initial discussions with the expert group and as a reflection of our commitment to higher standards of care. We wish to clarify that this action should not presuppose findings of any lapse by the expert group and should not be construed in any way to be anything other than an expression of our continued commitment to providing quality healthcare,” the hospital said in its statement.Senior doctors investigating the negligence case by Delhi’s Max hospital have raised questions over the gynaecology team of the hospital. Doctors at the hospital in Shalimar Bagh had allegedly declared the baby dead along with his still-born twin and handed over the bodies to the parents in plastic bags.According to the sources, the committee members have expressed concern over the treatment of the mother who came to the hospital on November 28. “The mother came on November 28 and there was no treatment given till November 30. When the doctors knew that it was a premature delivery case, so why no serious medical aid was given earlier. There are some serious lapses in the treatment, and we are still investigating,” said a senior doctor who is a part of the committee.The family alleged that the babies were declared dead after it expressed its inability to pay exorbitant fees for their treatment. The father, Ashish Kumar, was on his way to a cremation ground when he noticed moment in one of the bags.Union Health Minister JP Nadda also directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which a probe was ordered, and a report sought within three days. A case has been registered under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) will also serve a notice to the hospital on Monday over the alleged negligence. Delhi Health Minister on Saturday had said that the hospital might have to lose its license if all the charges will come out to be true.The hospital in its statement on Sunday said “The expert group set up by Max Healthcare to investigate the circumstances and protocols followed regarding the premature delivery (23 weeks/5 months) of twins and subsequent declaration of death at Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh is working swiftly towards concluding their detailed investigations. The investigation is expected to conclude by tomorrow, 4th Dec and findings are expected to be shared thereafter.”A team of experts have been questioning the doctor, nursing staff and the family members and will submit a report on Monday. The role of the family is also being probed. Meanwhile, the baby admitted at a private hospital is critical and under observation.
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Doctors remove 72 coins from man’s stomach in Maharashtra

A 50-year-old tribal from Maharashtra’s Palghar district has been successfully operated upon on Thursday by doctors to remove 72 coins that the man had swallowed over a long period due to certain mental ilnesses, doctors said.Dr Amit Kele, who led the team of doctors that operated on Krishna Somalya Sambar, said that Sambar was suffering from a rare case of metallophagia, an impulse to swallow metallic objects.Sambar is a resident of Thoratpada in Talasari taluka of Palghar, he said.Also read263 coins, shaving blades, iron nails removed from man’s stomach in Madhya Pradesh”He is suffering from ‘bezoar’- a gastrointestinal disorder- and ‘pica’- a ompulsive disorder of eating non-nutritional substances- for the past 20 years. This made him a habitual eater of iron and metal coins. Some got flushed out of his system in the natural course of excretion but others remained,” said Kele today.The doctor added that this was causing Sambar problems like vomitting and indigestion.Sambar approached the medical team on Thursday and following an X-ray, the doctors proceeded to operate upon him.The doctor added that the endoscopic surgery lasted for three and a half hours and that Sambar’s condition was now improving. He would soon be discharged from hospital, Kele added.
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2 teachers held for assaulting 4-year-old in posh Kolkata school

After a day-long protest by parents and guardians on Friday, two teachers of a school in south Kolkata have been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a four-year-old child. The two accused were charged with Sections 2 and 4 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act.The father of the kindergarten student said that his daughter, after returning from school on Thursday, had been crying incessantly in pain and there was blood in her urine. “We took her to our family doctor. As soon as the doctor saw it she said she suspected a foul play, and advised us to take her to the police station and file a complaint,” he said. He added that later they were informed that two school teachers had lured the child with chocolate, and took her to the toilet and assaulted her. “I am surprised that we spend lakhs of rupees to get our children admitted to a school like this,” the father said adding that he would not send his daughter to that school again.After filing a police complaint, she was taken to the state-run SSKM hospital where she was kept under treatment overnight. A four-member medical team conducted two medical tests on the child.Since Friday morning, parents and guardians had put up a protest outside the school demanding action against the offenders. The parents alleged that school authorities were trying to hush up the affair.The school Principal said, “I will say that security of our students is our top priority, and we will take adequate measures to ensure that. We will install CCTV cameras inside the school.”BJP and Youth Congress members put up a protest outside Jadavpur Police Station in the evening demanding immediate action.State education minister Partha Chatterjee condemned the incident and said, “The accused would receive strictest punishment.”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that police had taken required steps against offenders.Nabarun De, executive committee member of ICSE council said, “We condemn this strongly but I have heard that the incident had taken place at the Kindergarten section at an address which does not have an affiliation according to the records.” He also said that by the end of this month the council would come out with a safety manual which all the schools would have to abide by.Lawyer of the victim’s father, Priyanka Tibrewal said that they would file a case against the school alleging negligence. “We will file a writ petition to cancel the licence of the school and would also make the council a party because it is not possible that they didn’t know that a school was running without their affiliation,” she said.On November 3, 2014, a similar incident had happened at the same school when a six-year-old who was a participant in a cultural programme of the school was sexually assaulted by the driver and helper of a Volvo bus which was hired to ferry the students to the venue.Parents had put up an agitation at the school demanding installation of CCTV cameras within the school campus but it has still not been done.
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Delhi: Max hospital gives ‘dead’ twins to parents in polythene bag, one found alive

In a shocking incident, premature twins were allegedly declared dead by an upscale private hospital here and handed in a polythene bag to their parents who realised that one of them was alive only when they were on way to perform the last rites.Police have registered a case in the matter under Section 308 of the IPC which governs cases related to attempt to commit culpable homicide and can attract imprisonment of up to seven years. The Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the “criminal negligence” with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promising “strict action”. The parents, who were devastated by the news broken to them by Max Hospital (Shalimar Bagh) yesterday, were shocked when they found one of the twins moving.”We tore the packet, there were 2-3 clothes and polythene bags. The kid was still breathing. We rushed the baby to a nearby nursing home in Pitampura,” the father told reporters. The mother of the twins, born yesterday morning, was brought to the hospital from a nursing home in Paschim Vihar, police said. “An inquiry regarding the said incident is to be initiated and a preliminary report is to be submitted within 72 hours and a final report within a week,” an order, signed by city health minister Satyendar Jain, said. Reacting to the incident, Health Minister JP Nadda said he had directed the Delhi government to look into the matter and take necessary action.Also readFortis and Medanta: 2 cases that show India’s crumbling private healthcare system”Yesterday, we received a call at Shalimar Bagh Police Station. The callers said one Varsha, wife of Ashish, was referred to the Max Hospital from a nursing home in Paschim Vihar on account of possibility of premature delivery.”She was admitted there on November 28. The doctors had told the family that she was serious and the chances of survival of the twins were slim, as she was six months pregnant,” police said in a statement.Varsha had given birth to a boy and a girl. The family was later informed that the twins were stillborn and handed over to the family, police said.The Max Hospital in a statement today said, “It has been brought to our attention that a premature (22 weeks) newborn baby who is reported to be on life support at a nursing home was unfortunately handed over without any sign of life by Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh.” “This baby was one of the twins delivered on November 30 morning. The other baby was stillborn. We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident,” it said. The statement said a detailed enquiry was initiated, pending which, the doctor concerned was asked to proceed on leave immediately and they were in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support.
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Love Jihad case: Hadiya to be taken back to medical college, SC appoints Dean as her guardian

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Monday heard the Kerala love jihad case, with Hadiya alias Akhila present before it. On the last date of hearing, the Supreme Court had asked Hadiya’s father to produce her before it.In front of the Supreme Court, answering question about her future plans, Hadiya said that she wants her freedom back. Hadiya also said she has been in unlawful custody for the last 11 months. Hadiya pledged to be a good doctor but also wanted to be true to her faith. After listening to Hadiya, SC ordered state government to provide protection to her so that she can complete her studies peacefully. However, SC overruled Hadiya’s wish for her husband to be guardian for medical college, and appointed the college dean to do the duty. She will be now taken to Kerala on Tuesday. Earlier, CJI said that he has never seen a case like this, and the bench said normally they would just listen to the woman and take a call, but this is not an ordinary case.
ALSO READ Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Hadiya to appear before Supreme Court, present her side of storyThe 24-year-old, Hadiya, has been in the headlines after she converted to Islam, following her marriage to Shafin Jahan. Jahan moved the apex court in September seeking recall of SC’s earlier order directing National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the matter, which has famously been dubbed as Kerala ‘love jihad’ case. The case reached Supreme Court after Kerala High Court annulled their marriage. Hadiya’s parents have been alleging that her marriage was a case of love jihad, or forceful conversion through marriage.The Highest Court had also asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the alleged link of love Jihad angle to the case.

After Fortis shocker, it’s Medanta now

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Inflated medical bills have come back to haunt Delhiites again. After parents at Fortis were in for a shock after the hospital charged them Rs 16 lakh for the treatment of their daughter,who died of dengue in the ICU, parents who admitted their seven year-old child Saurya Pratap to Medanta underwent a similar experience.After 22 days of treatment wit no hope of improvement, the family had enough and against medical advice withdrew their child from the hospital and transferred him, barely breathing, to RML Hospital on November 20, where he died two days later on Wednesday.The parents of the child claim that going to Medanta was not even their choice. On October 30, the child was brought via ambulance from Gwalior to Gurugram and here the father Gopendra Singh, an insurance agent, claims that they took them to Medanta despite their protests.”I wanted to admit my child to Sir Gangaram Hospital but the ambulance man insisted on taking my child to Medanta, as they said the treatment would be better there. Having no choice, we agreed,” Singh said.After this the child was admitted on October 30 into the ICU there. And though the family claimed that the doctor gave them and their child a lot of attention, they said that they were unclear about the line of treatment that was being followed.”The doctors continued to do tests and talk to us in English which we were unable to follow. We were constantly assured by them that our child would get better but after three weeks when we saw no improvement, we decided to shift him,” Singh added.There was another reason for the shift. The family, which had mortgaged their house and borrowed money from relatives, felt that after a bill of Rs 10 lakh they could not afford the hospital’s care. So they took the child, who had trouble breathing — doctors at Medanta claim that he was on the verge of death — to RML where he died.The family claim that the hospital kept them there with false promises, saying that they would reduce the amount of the final bill. But in the final bill there was only a discount of Rs 20,000.In a tweet, the hospital stated. “Our bills are absolutely transparent, anyone can come and check them.” However, doctors at the hospital have refused to comment on the matter.Medical experts say that the problem is not in legalisation but in political will. In 2010, the Clinical Establishments Act was set up and measures were put in place to rationalise hospital bills but so far little has happened with only seven states and six union territories having implemented it so far.

Pune | 11-day-old baby suffers 90 per cent burns after falling from father’s arm in hot water bucket

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just 11 days after his birth, a baby boy is struggling for life after he fell from his father’s arms into a hot water bucket.The baby has sustained 90 per cent burn injuries and is currently undergoing treatment.The incident took place in Pune’s Kondhwa area at the family’s house on Wednesday morning. Mohammad Shaikh, the father of the boy, is a cleric. He has three daughters also.According to Kondhwa police, the incident took place on Wednesday morning. A police official from Kondhwa police told DNA that the accident happened when the father of the newborn failed to notice the wire of the immersion rod. Mohammad Shaikh tripped on the tangled wire and lost balance. The child, who was in his arms, flung into air and fell in the bucket of hot water, a police official from Kondhwa police told DNA.The baby was rushed to a private hospital, after which he was shifted to Sassoon General Hospital where he is undergoing a treatment. “The baby has suffered 90 per cent burn injuries and his condition is critical,” the police officer said.So far police have not registered any case in this regard.Only few months back, another newborn had lost his life in the city’s hospital due to burn injuries after the warmer in which the baby was kept overheated. Police had booked the doctor and staff of the hospital on the charges of causing death by negligence.

Woman screams at KJ Alphons at Imphal Airport over delayed flight, Union Minister keeps his cool

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman doctor shouted at Union Minister KJ Alphons after her flight got delayed on Wednesday.She became furious when her flight got delayed because of VVIP arrival schedule as she had to attend to a critical patient in Imphal, according to ANI.The angry woman doctor can be seen shouting in the video and asking KJ Alphons to give in writing that her flights will not be delayed further.Kannanthanam can be seen telling her that he would give it in writing.Later talking about the incident, Alphons said: “I don’t think there is any controversy at all. I saw this lady in distress & I went up to talk to her, she said she has to attend a funeral in Patna, I told her that there is a protocol when President is landing no flight can take off.”On the issue, Airport Director of Imphal said, “Yesterday no scheduled flight was diverted or cancelled. But, 3 scheduled flights were delayed by around 2 hrs due to President of India’s flight movement. We heard that 1 passenger who was travelling from Imphal to Patna argued with Union Minister KJ Alphons.”Meanwhile, Dr Nirala who had shouted at KJ Alphons at Imphal Airport said: “I was waiting and crying so I approached the Minister (KJ Alphons), thinking a Minister can do everything. Sabki apni life hai, sabka apna time hai. Kisi ek liye aisa nahi karna chahye. (Everyone has a life, every has time. This shouldn’t be done for one person.) This (VVIP culture) should be stopped.Earlier, as many as 13 flights were diverted out of Delhi and many were delayed due to a VIP movement. Many were left stranded as nearly 90 domestic flights, arriving at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, were either delayed or diverted due to the VIP movement.

Father of deceased 7-year-old pleads for justice as hospital bills Rs 16 lakhs in 2 weeks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gurgaon-based Fortis Hospital charged Dwarka resident Jayant Singh over a lakh rupees per day for fifteen days when they admitted their 7-year-old daughter to the hospital for treatment of dengue. Adya, Jayant’s daughter was declared dead on September 15. Her hospital bills soared close to Rs16 lakh in a fortnight, which Jayant paid upfront to the hospital. What Jayant feels dejected about is the arbitrary costs imposed by the hospital that soared by tens of thousands every single day. Meanwhile, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda came out in support of the family and tweeted “Please provide me details on [email protected] – We will take all necessary action.”Adya was burning under high fever on the night of August 27 and was admitted to Rockland Hospital of Dwarka Sector 12 by August 29. “Much to our horror, she was initially admitted into a room with a Swine Flu patient lying beside her. We protested and got her room changed,” said Jayant. On August 31, she was detected with Dengue Type IV and was asked by Rockland doctors to be shifted to another hospital which would have a paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) set up. “We shifted her to Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon where she was sedated and immediately put on a ventilator. For three days, she was under sedation. On the fourth and the fifth day, there was no doctor to talk to as it was a weekend. We stood clueless outside the ICU, staring at our sick baby through the glass window, wondering what to do,” said Jayant. However, the hospital has refuted the allegations levelled by the family. According to the hospital, the girl was admitted with dengue shock syndrome and her condition was extremely serious. “The girl came to us without the medical advice of the previous hospital. As soon as she came to us, we had incubated her. On September 14, she was put off the ventilator as suggested by the family and against the doctor’s advice,” said a senior doctor from Fortis hospital.Explaining the situation further, the doctor added that a multi-disciplinary team of doctors was formed to look into the case. “Clearly, everything is planned. The girl passed away on September 14 and the family is making the false allegations after two months,” added the doctor.Jayant ended up paying the highest for expensive branded drugs, close to Rs 4 lakh when cheaper options for drugs were available. Cost of Medical consumables including up to 2700 gloves billed at Rs 17,142 came up to a whopping Rs 2.73 lakh, while medical investigations including blood tests cost him another Rs 2.17 lakh. Diagnostics are though billed separately from investigations, adding another Rs 29, 290. AT A GLANCEBill detailsDescriptionAdmission Charge – Rs 1250 Blood Bank – Rs 61, 315 Diagnostics – Rs 29, 290 Doctor charges – Rs 53, 900 Drugs – Rs 3, 96, 732.48 Equipment Charge – Rs 71,000 Investigations – Rs 2, 17, 594 Medical and Surgical Procedures – Rs 2, 85, 797 Medical Consumables – Rs 2, 73, 394 Miscellaneous – Rs 15, 150 Room Rent – Rs 1, 74,000 Discount – Rs 20,000 Total Bill – Rs 15, 79, 322.48 Adya was jabbed on an average of forty syringes per day, a total of 660 syringes in fourteen days, show medical records, said Jayant. “Also the hospital procured 21 vials of the costlier brand of Meropenem injection, ‘Merocrit,’ by Cipla – per vial costing around Rs 3100 billed at Rs 65,362 and 9 vials of cheaper brand of the same Meropenem injection, ‘Merolan,’ by Mylan – per vial costing around Rs 500 billed at Rs 4,491. Both the brands were pumped into my baby’s body. Clearly, more vials of the expensive injection, up to seven times the price but said to have the same effect were administered. We were not even asked our preference for drugs which is an essential right of the citizen,” said Jayant. “Also, a blood sugar testing strip costs Rs 13, but we were charged Rs 200 per strip.”Every day as the bills soared while Adya fought for her life on the ventilator, the billing department would call Jayant to cough up more money. “We have an insurance cover of Rs 3 lakh. After it was overshot, the finance team would call up every day and ask me to deposit more money which I did,” said Jayant. It is not as much about the money as it is about the utterly insensitive approach of the hospital staff, Jayant recounts. For a family sitting 24×7 outside an ICU, each minute seems like a lifetime.On the seventh day of the admission to Fortis, doctors informed Jayant that her brain was in a critical shape and that her body organs had started failing. She was started on dialysis. “While on September 9, 10 and 11 she was undergoing dialysis, another weekend approached and we had no access to a doctor who would counsel us on her condition,” said Jayant. Adya was under still under heavy sedation and on September 14, the doctors told the family that they would conduct an MRI scan on her. “They later told me that up to 70-80% of her brain had been damaged and even if she were to recover she would not have normal function,” Jayant stated. What was more shocking was when a doctor walked up to Jayant’s wife and suggested a full body plasma transplant costing close to Rs 15-20 lakh as a last resort to save baby Adya. “On one hand, the doctors had declared that my baby’s brain was 70-80% damaged, while on the other hand, they suggested a full body plasma transplantation,” said Jayant.Giving up all hope, Jayant told the doctors at Fortis that he wanted to take his baby home. “They told me that I will have to seek Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA) and arrange for an ambulance myself. They took her off the ventilator, dialysis and stopped feeding her,” said Jayant. “At the end of two weeks in Fortis, on the last day, I was waiting to ferry my baby away since 2 pm. They only released her at 11:30 pm. We immediately took her back to Rockland Hospital and after much persuasion, they conducted an ECG, declared Adya dead and issued us a death certificate.” Fortis Hospital had refused to issue Jayant a death certificate for his deceased baby as they were seeking Discharge Against Medical Advice. All along Jayant had suspected that his baby had died in the Fortis ICU itself. “Her skin had turned blue and had crumpled. But the doctors kept telling me that this happens. I believe my baby had died while she was all wired up in the Fortis paediatric ICU itself,” said Jayant. “The nurses came up to me saying that as they were readying my baby to be shifted out of Fortis, her clothes don’t fit her. I asked her to be discharged in the medical gown. They asked me to go to the billing counter and pay for the gown as well.”Jayant had twin daughters – Adya and Anya. Anya constantly kept inquiring about her ailing sister Adya, while Jayant’s wife Deepti, who was six weeks pregnant at the time of Adya’s hospital admission, suffered a miscarriage. “I am still trying to hold my family together. My wife and my twin daughter Anya are reeling under an extreme shock. And we have lost our unborn child too,” sobbed Jayant. Jayant is contemplating suing Fortis Hospital in the court of law for the unimaginable trauma and mental harassment it has brought him and his family. Meanwhile, the family has taken to Facebook and Twitter to disseminate awareness about the commercialisation of health care. “We have started a Facebook page – Fight against healthcare corruption to make people aware of such commercialisation. I will soon move the court of law too against Fortis,” he said.The hospital has issued a statement.“We empathize with Baby Adya’s family in this difficult hour of sorrow and grief. Seven-year-old Baby Adya was brought in to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (Gurgaon), from another private hospital on the morning of 31st August 2017. She was admitted with Severe Dengue which progressed to Dengue shock syndrome and was managed on IV fluids and supportive treatment as there was a progressive fall in platelet count and hemoconcentration. As her condition deteriorated, she had to be put on ventilatory support within 48 hours. The family was kept informed of the critical condition of the child and the poor prognosis in these situations. As a process, we counselled the family daily on the condition of the child. On 14th September, 17, the family decided to take her away from the hospital against medical advice (LAMA – Leave Against Medical Advice) and she succumbed the same day. All standard medical protocols were followed in treating the patient and all clinical guidelines were adhered to.An itemized bill spread over 20 pages was explained and handed over to the family at the time of their departure from the hospital. The patient was treated in the Paediatric ICU (PICU) for 15 days and was critical right from the time of admission requiring Intensive monitoring. Treatment during these 15 days included mechanical ventilation, high-frequency ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapy, intravenous antibiotics, inotropes, sedation and analgesia. Care of ventilated patients in ICU requires a high number of consumables as per globally accepted infection control protocols. All consumables are transparently reflected in records and charged as per actuals.

SBTC to take stock of city’s blood shortage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To keep the blood shortage record of the city in check, the State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) has been asking blood banks across the city to send a status of bloodstock on mail in order to inform the higher authorities.SBTC had mailed blood banks on November 12 and 14 to give out records of blood bank stock information from November 9 to November 14.According to JJ Mahanagar blood bank, they have been facing blood shortage since Diwali. Speaking of the shortage, JJ Mahanagar Blood Bank’s staff member, said, “We are trying to overcome the blood shortage issue. While there is an overall shortage, we are majorly facing a shortage in AB negative blood group. Since Diwali vacation, the stock of blood is not stable.”Every year during the summer and Diwali vacation, blood banks face blood shortage issue. To overcome this shortage that usually drops during the holiday seasons, the SBTC had written a letter on September 20 to the blood banks stating that there might be less blood donation during the holiday. The SBTC also mentioned that a district level meeting should be conducted and measures to keep the stock stable by conducting blood camps should be organised.A Doctor from KEM Hospital, said, “Routine demands are getting fulfilled. But there is less blood collection happening. A large number of people require blood on a daily basis.”

MU allows Elphinstone stampede victim to write exam from home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a special arrangement of sorts, the University of Mumbai allowed a 19-year-old BCom student to write his exam from his home on Friday morning. Akash Parab, a victim of the Elphinstone stampede tragedy, was allowed to write his first paper from his Vikhroli home.On September 29, Akash and his brother Rohit had gone to the flower market in Parel to pick up flowers which could be sold at the family-owned shop in Bhandup. The duo was then caught in the stampede and while Akash suffered a few injuries, his brother, Rohit, lost his life. Keeping behind the huge tragedy, Akash appeared for his first paper — Financial Accounting — less than two months after the incident.A student of Bhandup’s Ramanand DAV College, Akash was given one additional hour to write his paper by the university. “The university has allowed Akash to appear for all his papers from his residence. A team of officials from the university and a nearby college visited his house on Friday with the question paper and answer sheet. He was given additional time and was provided all the necessary support,” said Leeladhar Bansod, spokesperson, University of Mumbai.Elated that he could give his exam, Akash said that he is now looking forward to writing all his papers well. “A huge tragedy struck us as we lost my brother and I had injuries all over. I thought that I would have to miss my exam as the doctor has not allowed me to walk,” said Akash while speaking to DNA.

Doctor ends life, family suspects foul play

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 24-year-old medical intern was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her hostel room of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)-run Siddharth Hospital at Goregaon. The family members of the doctor suspect foul play and have asked Goregaon police for a thorough probe into the incident.According to police, Sayyed Mehjabeen Nasrin, a resident of Azad Nagar in Ghatkopar, had completed her MBBS course and was working in the Gynecology department in the hospital for the past two months. On Wednesday, Nasrin had a day off and had gone out of her hostel room. When Nasrin failed to report for duty on Thursday at 9 am, the hospital staffers asked the security guard to knock the door on the fifth floor of the hostel room but they failed to contact her. The staffers then broke open the door to find Nasrin hanging. She was declared dead before admission.Dhanaji Nalawade, Senior Inspector, Goregaon police station, said, “So far, we have filed an accidental death report in this regard.

AIIMS witnesses massive increase in number of patients with respiratory diseases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s a double whammy for 63-year-old Jashoda Devi who travelled from her hometown in hilly Almora of Uttarakhand to Ghaziabad, two weeks ago.A patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), Jashoda’s lungs have completely shrunk.Over the last week, her condition has worsened so much due to the air pollution in Delhi and surrounding towns, that she has to depend on oxygen support round the clock.Jashoda is seen sitting in the open near the Outpatient Department (OPD) of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) with a nasal tube attached inside both her nostrils She heaves as she inhales from 20-kilo heavy metal cylinder which is constantly bubbling oxygen.As Jashoda’s condition worsened over the past two days, her daughter Manju, 42, rushed to a pharmacy and procured a portable oxygen cylinder after making a down payment of Rs 5000 as security.”The doctor has warned us saying that she would not be able to breathe if it were not for the oxygen. We have invested another Rs 80,000 in an oxygen concentrator that runs on electricity. However we need a portable one when we bring her to the hospital for a check-up,” said Manju.Nearly 150 patients were thronging the OPD clinic at AIIMS, young and old alike, patients of COPD, Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis and Asthma among other disorders, all affected due to exacerbating air pollution in Delhi NCR over the week. They were standing out in the open, vulnerable to noxious air, waiting incessantly for their turn to arrive to see the doctor inside the clinic. They had no shelter or a closed waiting area to rest in.The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi was 486, categorized as ‘Very Severe,’ an average reading of 15 monitoring stations over past 24 hours, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) figures. In some individual monitoring stations, AQI had peaked up to close to 1000. The CPCB warns that ‘very severe’ air quality affects even the healthy people and seriously impacts those with diseases.17-year-old Shivani from Moti Bagh hides her tiny face behind a black face mask. Her asthma has worsened over the week and she has had to miss her classes to line up at the AIIMS OPD for treatment. “The steroid pumps made me feel a little better, but I have had constant breathing issues with the air worsening,” Shivani told DNA.As Delhi’s air worsened, Jashoda contracted a high fever, fell unconscious and constantly reeled under stupor due to lack of oxygen supply to her brain.Jashoda wants to go back to breathing fresh air in the hills of Almora, however, Manju advises against this.”There is no one to take care of her there, as also the air is thin in the hills. She is better off here,” says Manju, as Jashoda helplessly looks on and later silently sobs

Who let the DOCS out…

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan is on the top among states with the shortage of specialist doctors. Rajasthan is facing a debilitating shortage of health specialists, including in basic disciplines such as surgery, gynecology and paediatrics, statistics compiled by the central health ministry show.Rural primary health centres face over 18.5 per cent shortage of doctors, Rural community health centres face over 50 per cent shortage in surgeons, physicians, and paediatricians.You don’t need an epidemic, however predictable, for the public health system to disintegrate. It is a matter of routine that patients share beds and doctors are overworked. The lack of health providers and infrastructure is the acutest in rural areas, where health expenses push people into poverty each year. Despite being routinely flagged, these shortages are rarely corrected. Learning from failure is rare, and course correction after mistakes is rarer.Compulsory rural service after MBBS can be a good initiative only if a proper health system is in place to take care of both patients and doctors. There is an urgent need for the authorities to stop portraying doctors in bad light, assume responsibility, and acknowledge the holistic solution to the problem. If the current trend of blame and coercion continues, the country shall only be destined to an even more deficient and disgruntled medical workforce.DNA view It’s peak time the truth be propagated that increasing the number of doctors would be useless unless backed by a renovation of the public health infrastructure and technological experts. It is foolish to think that a doctor working in a PHC could deliver a satisfactory service in the absence of basic, life saving infrastructure, essential medicines, and ambulatory services. It would be senseless to expect a health expert to stay satisfied after distancing himself from his family, and putting up with the worst conditions, while many of his peers continue to be lured into the affluent private sector so favoured by the powers that be.​

Infant wins battle against dengue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-day-old baby, who was diagnosed with dengue just after birth, has has recovered and sent back home from hospital.On October 16, Bhandup resident Deepa Maurya (35), gave birth to a baby boy. Both the mother and baby were diagnosed with dengue, following which they were shifted to a different hospital in Mulund.Maurya succumbed to dengue haemorrhagic fever on October 25 at Fortis Hospital. The baby was undergoing treatment at Pansheel Nursing Home.Usha Mestry, sister of Deepa, who is taking care of the baby, said, “He is recovering well. We are taking precautions so that he does not get infected. He was in hospital for 17 days, out of which he was on ventilator over three days. He ws also kept the in intensive care unit.”The baby weights 3.5 kgs. His platelets had dropped to 74 thousand from two lakh. “Before he was discharged, the doctors conducted a blood test. Currently, his platelets count is more than two lakh,” said Usha. Akil Mohan, doctor who treated the baby from Pansheel Nursing Home was not available to comment.

Delhi High Court won’t interfere with Sambit Patra’s appointment as ONGC director

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High court has dismissed a petition that challenged the appointment of BJP leader Sambit Patra as the Director of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, stating there was no procedural flaw.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar did not entertain the PIL, which also sought the cancellation of the appointment of Shashi Shanker as ONGC Chairman and Managing Director (CMD).Energy Watchdog, an NGO, had questioned the eligibility of Patra to be appointed as an independent director and alleged that proper procedure was not followed during his appointment.The bench rejected the NGO’s contention saying it was “completely untenable and devoid of any factual or legal merit”.Senior advocate Jayant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, had also said that the BJP spokesperson was a doctor and ONGC has nothing to do in the field of medicine to appoint him on its Board.The Centre had defended the appointment, saying Patra was successfully running an NGO for the downtrodden which shows his management skills and hence was eligible for the post.The NGO’s lawyer had also argued that appointing Patra to the post for a remuneration of around Rs 23 lakh per year amounted to grant of state largesse to a private person.Shanker’s appointment as ONGC CMD was opposed on the ground that he was suspended in February 2015 for six months in connection with a probe into the award of a contract by the PSUIn its 52-page order, the court noted that there was no allegation in the entire petition that Shanker was not eligible or competent to hold the post in question or that he did not have the requisite experience.With regard to the contention that he was closely related to the ruling party in power, being its spokesperson, the court said the NGO has not alleged that Patra or his relatives have or had any pecuniary relationship with the PSU or its subsidiaries, holding company or promoters.”Therefore, to doubt his independence to discharge his duties and functions as a director, merely because he is a spokesperson of BJP “would be highly inappropriate”, the bench said in its order.

NTPC boiler blast: Death toll rises to 34

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One more person, who had suffered burn injuries in the boiler explosion at an NTPC plant in Rae Bareili, died at Safdarjung hospital here on Sunday morning, the hospital’s medical superintendent Dr Rajendra Sharma said.With this, the toll in NTPC’s Unchahar plant accident has climbed to 34, making it the country’s worst industrial disaster in the last eight years. Chander Pratap (22) had suffered 80 per cent burn injuries in the explosion and died this morning, Dr Sharma said, adding 10 injured people are still admitted at the burn ICU of the Central government-run hospital.On Saturday, a 40-year-old man, who had 90 per cent burn injuries and was brought to Safdarjung Hospital in a very critical condition, had died. Six injured people, a majority of them with extreme facial burns, were flown in to the national capital on November 3 and were admitted to the burn department of the AIIMS trauma centre.”All of them have been admitted to the burn department of the AIIMS trauma centre. One of them has 60 per cent burns while others have burn injuries ranging between 25 and 50 per cent,” a senior doctor at the AIIMS had said. A massive explosion ripped a boiler at the state-run power giant NTPC’s Unchahar plant in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district On November 1. The 1,550-MW plant supplies electricity to nine states, according to officials, and employs around 870 people.

NTPC explosion: 15 workers with burn injuries shifted to AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fifteen men, who suffered serious burn injuries in the NTPC plant explosion in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli, have been shifted to AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital here.While six of them were admitted to AIIMS trauma centre, nine were taken to Safdarjung Hospital.Majority of the six admitted to AIIMS have suffered extreme facial burns.”They have been admitted in the burn department of the AIIMS trauma centre. One of them has 60 % burns, while others have burn injuries ranging between 25 and 50 %,” a senior doctor at the premier All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) said yesterday.The injured were brought to AIIMS around 8.30 yesterday, after being flown to Delhi in an air bus. A green corridor was created from the IGI Airport to the AIIMS trauma centre considering the seriousness of the patients.Among the nine patients at Safdarjung Hospital, two of the injured persons were brought to the central government-run facility around 8 pm on Thursday, while seven others were admitted in the burns ICU of the hospital early yesterday.”Five of the patients are very critical. While three of them have suffered around 80 % burns, two have got 60- 70 % burn injuries,” Dr Rajendra Sharma, the medical superintendent of the Safdarjung Hospital, told PTI.The other four patients have suffered burns ranging between 25 and 45 %, Sharma said.”We have the arrangements in place, in case more patients are to be brought, we can accommodate them,” Sharma said.Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel had visited the hospital on Thursday night to ensure that the blast burn patients get the best treatment and care.The death toll in the massive explosion at the state-run power giant NTPC’s Unchahar plant climbed to 32.Eighty-five injured people are being treated at hospitals in Rae Bareli, Lucknow and Delhi.The NTPC has initiated a probe to ascertain the reasons behind the blast.In a statement, the NTPC had said that at unit number 6 of its Unchahar plant, there was a sudden abnormal sound at 20-metre elevation on Wednesday afternoon.The 1,550 MW plant supplies electricity to nine states, according to officials, and employs around 870 people

Shadow of death over neonatal unit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The civil hospital’s neonatal unit and doctors may have been given a clean chit following a preliminary inquiry by a three-member committee set up to look into the death of nine newborn babies in a day. But for the hospital, the largest in Asia, the death of four or five children every day seems to be the norm. The doctors and staff working at the hospital cite a host of reasons for the scenario, none of which they say has to do with the infrastructure.“This hospital gets around 5500 neonatal cases a year. Of these, majority are referrals . A referral case is a case that has been referred from some other hospital, private or government,” said a professor and neonatal specialist working in the unit.“This being a civil hospital first and foremost we accept all cases. Often when a case comes to as the condition of the newborn has already deteriorated severely. Per se the number of deaths may seem higher to you but you have to see it in the backdrop of the severity of the cases that come to us,” said the doctor.Most cases in the neonatal unit are of preterm and extremely underweight babies. Against an average body weight of 2.5 kg for a healthy newborn, most of these babies weigh less than 1 kg. This also means they have poorly developed organs.The hospital classifies its patients in the neonatal units as inborn and outborn. Outborn refers to babies that were not born in civil hospital. “Many of our neonatal patients come from district that don’t have any neonatal facilities in the first place. Often these cases are referred to us after a baby is bornwhen in fact it would have been better if the mother had come to us before delivery,” said the doctor. “In such cases, the baby’s chance of survival is already bleak because it is a premature. But the time lost and infection that happens as the newborns travels from one place to another further deteriorates their chance of survival,” said a doctor.A nurse who works in the neonatal unit said it has been her observation that premature children born in Civil Hospital have a better chance of survival than those brought here.

India: Separated twin ‘opens eyes’ four days after surgery

One of the boys has responded to simple commands four days after their historic surgery.

Ten-year-old brutally beaten up by teacher for failing to provide his Aadhaar details

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A ten-year-old student was allegedly beaten up brutally by his school teacher after he failed to provide his Aadhaar card details in the school. The boy had to undergo a surgery after the teacher hit him on his knee. The incident took place in Morya Shikshan Sanstha situated in Chinchwad area. The incident took place few weeks back, but it came to light on Sunday when the case was registered against the teacher by the parents of the boy in Chinchwad police station. Police have slapped charges of voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means under section 324, and relevant sections of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 against the teacher identified as Kharat (full name is not known).According to the parents of the student, they still do not know why the teacher had asked for the Aadhaar details from their son. Sangeeta Belle, the mother of the boy said, “As per my knowledge, the school was planning to come up with a mobile application to send circulars and other notifications to parents. I think that they required the Aadhar details of students for that application. However, there was no need to hit our son so badly.”The parents said that he boy was admitted in a private hospital from October 6 to October 15 where he had to undergo a surgery after he was hit by the teacher. “He was very scared to even tell us about the incident. He was facing difficulty in walking and we had to take him to a doctor for treatment. After he was admitted in the hospital for the surgery, that time he narrated the whole incident to us and we were in deep shock,” Belle said. After the boy was discharged from the hospital, the parents decided to approach the police and lodge the complaint against the teacher. Police are now trying to get more information about the teacher. “Being Sunday, the school was closed and the parents also did not have much information about the teacher. Once the school is opened on Monday, we will contact the school authority and we will get further details in this case,” a police official from Chinchwad police station said.

Adoption agencies refuse to bear medical, travel cost of prospective couples

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Specialised Adoption Agencies in Maharashtra are unhappy with a recent circular issued by Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), which makes the agencies bear the medical and travel cost of prospective couples, if there is a medical problem detected in the child and a ground to reject adoption can be proven.Kala Sundarvedha,President, Federation of Adoption Agencies (Maharashtra), said, “The circular is arbitrary in nature. Children who are brought to us, mostly come from impoverished backgrounds at the time when we refer them for adoption. Standard test as prescribed are carried out by each agency by the respective consulting doctors. However, if the child develops some medical issues at a later stage, how is the agency to be held responsible?”The association, which has 22 adoption agencies as its members, is going to meet to gather feedback from individual adoption agencies and then communicate the consensus along with the difficulties that may be faced, to CARA.As per the circular dated October 9, “Often it happens, that a child referred under normal category has medical problems, which is not reflected in the MER. When parents come to take custody of these children, they are dteected through supplementary tests. In such cases, the medical charges and travelling cost of the parents shall be reimbursed by the adoption agency (both Government-run and NGO-run), if they are responsible for the laxityKala said, “There is always two or more different opinions among different doctors, if the doctor of the agency gives ‘A’ opinion, the doctor of the parents may have ‘B’ opinion. In sucha case, whom should we believe. If CARA, by issuing this circular, has shown distrust in doctors appointed by the agencies, then they should appoint a panel of doctors.”The circular also states that since integration of older children with adoptive family takes more time, agencies are required to allow meeting of children over three years of age at least twice before acceptance. In case of disruption in in-country adoption, agencies are asked to ensure at least two counseling sessions, before the parents are permitted to return the child.

Vasundhara Raje loses true friend, ally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP strongman Digamber Singh passed away on Friday morning after a prolonged illness. He was 66. The news of his death came as a rude shock for the party and CM Vasundhara Raje. Among the trustworthy allies of Raje, Singh was health minister during her previous tenure and was presently entrusted with the responsibility of 20-point programme vice-chairman, equivallent to the rank of a cabinet minister.Singh, who was admitted to a private hospital in Jaipur on October 18, was suffering from swine flu. However, he had recovered from the flu bout but a prolonged case of cancer and history of hypertension resulted in several medical complications and eventually the end came due to multiple organ failure.He was cremated later in the evening in his native district of Bharatpur amid a huge gathering of supporters and senior BJP leaders. Political leaders across party and state borders condoled his death. Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a wreath. CM Raje visisted the beraved family at the hospital and later at their paternal home inBharatpur.A prominent Jat face for the party, trustworthy of CM Raje, Digamber Singh graduated as doctor from government medical college of Jodhpur and was known as ‘doctor saab’ among his supporters. It was more because that despite being a politician, he never distanced himself from medical practice. “He was always a doctor at heart,” remembers a former school time friend, Dr LC Sharma.Born on October 1, 1951 at a village in Bharatpur distrct, Digamber Singh was a brilliant student, also fond of music and singing. A person who never missed a chance to sing on stage during his college days. He never displayed political aspirants during his college days and was practicing as a doctor till his forties when a sequence of events inspired him to take up politics as a cause.In politics too, he displayed brilliance and within a decade of stepping into the arena, he got elected from Deeg-Kumher assembly constituency and was appointed as the health minister. His tenure as a health minister is known for relatively less friction between health department and doctors. He will also be remembered for getting passed the bill to ensure safety of medical practitioners at hospitals. He consecutively won the seat in next election despite the anti-incumbency wave in state. He still continued to practice and was seen treating senior party leader Ghanshyam Tiwari while he developed complication during an assembly session. He even went to treat patients outside SMS hospital while the resident doctors were on strike during the tenure of Ashok Gehlot. His friend Dr. Sharma was superintendent of SMS hospital at that time. Dr Singh was, however, humble enough to leave the protest on plea of a former friend. However, he lost the election in 2013 and treatment of cancer kept him away from the state politics until Raje appointed him vice chairman of TPP in 2015.

Conjoined Odisha twins separated after marathon 16-hour-long surgery at AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In one of the rarest medical interventions in India, two-year-old twins joined at the head were separated during a 16-hour-long surgery performed by doctors at AIIMS which ended today.The twins are on ventilator and their condition was critical, doctors said.Odisha twins–Jaga and Kalia–were under observation and being monitored by a team of experts constantly. They are also being given blood, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said.Guleria said though the 28-month-old twins have been separated, the next 18 days would be extremely critical to ascertain the success of the surgery.The team of doctors involved in the procedure also seemed concerned about the survival of one of the twins, citing his deteriorating health.”The children have been separated. There were many challenges in this surgery which we have never seen before.During the surgery a total of 3.5 litres blood was also lost,” A K Mahapatra, the chief of the neurosciences centre at the AIIMS said.A team of about 30 specialists from the institute’s neurosurgery, neuro-anaesthesia and plastic surgery departments performed the marathon surgery which began yesterday at 9 AM and got over at around 3 AM today.The babies were separated around 8.45 pm yesterday and the covering of the brain using skin flap and graft took 4-5 hours. One of the babies was shifted to ICU at 11.45 pm and the other baby at 2.30 am, a statement said.Mahapatra said Jaga was of more fragile health and his condition was more critical while Kalia was thought to be stable.The twins, hailing from Milipada village under Phiringia block in Kandhamal district, are craniopagus conjoined twins, joined at the heads. This is a very rare condition, a senior doctor had said.”Both the children have other health issues as well.While Jaga has heart issues Kalia has kidney problems. Though initially Jaga was healthier, now his condition has deteriorated. Kalia is better,” Mahapatra said.The first phase of the surgery was performed on August 28 when the doctors created a venous bypass to separate the veins shared by the babies that return blood to the heart from the brain.The twins were admitted to AIIMS on July 13.Elaborating on the challenges faced during the surgery, the medical team said each of the children required 20 units of blood.”There was a situation in which one of the kids did not have blood nerves which had to be created. The skin grafting was also done and later extra care had to be taken for the blood, nutrition and overall health of the two so that they could sustain during the surgery,” said Guleria.The most challenging job after the separation was to provide a skin cover on both sides of the brain for the children as the surgey had left large holes on their heads.”The skin was generated from the expansion of two balloons which were placed in their heads during the first surgery. If the twins make it, the next step will be reconstructing their skulls,” Maneesh Singhal, professor and head of plastic surgery at AIIMS.Neurosurgeon Deepak Gupta, who played an important role in the surgery, said the twins also had seizures during the procedure which had to be taken care of by the operating team.Gupta had earlier said the condition, which the twins suffer from, afflicted one in 30 lakh children, of which 50 per cent die either at birth or within 24 hours.In the country, two similar surgeries had taken place earlier to separate twins joined at the head but were not successful as the children died during the procedure.

28-month-old conjoined twins undergo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The second phase of surgery to separate the 28-month-old twins – Jaga and Kalia – joined at the heads, was underway at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the national Capital, till the report went to print. A team of about 30 specialists from the institute’s neurosurgery, neuro-anaesthesia, and plastic surgery departments were performing the operation.”The surgery began at 9 am on Wednesday and was expected to last over 22 hours,” said a senior doctor from AIIMS. The twins, hailing from Milipada village under Phiringia block in Kandhamal district in Odisha, are craniopagus conjoined twins, who are joined at the heads.The first phase of the surgery was performed on August 28, when the doctors created venous bypass to separate the veins shared by the babies that returns blood to the heart from the brain.”We had suggested the AIIMS authorities to engage experts from across the world in the operation process if needed. The Odisha government is ready to bear the expenses of the foreign doctors. We hope things will go well with the blessings of Lord Jagannath,” Odisha’s Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena said.Bhuyan Kanhar, father of the twins said,”The surgery is being done as the condition of Jaga deteriorated.”The conjoined twins were admitted to the AIIMS on July 13. The Odisha government has sanctioned Rs one crore from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) for the treatment of the twins.Dr A K Mahapatra, chief of the neurosciences center earlier had said the twins suffer from the condition which afflicts one in 30 lakh children, of which 50 per cent die either at birth or within 24 hours. The surgery is feasible only on 25 per cent of the survivors while the rest continue to live with the condition.

Don’t bother MPs on internal issues, AIIMS warns its staff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has asked its employees not to approach the Prime Minister, his ministerial colleagues and MPs on small service matters, failing which appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.A memorandum — dated September 15 and marked to the medical superintendent, the director and all centre heads — restricts doctors, students and nursing staff from making such representations.”It has been observed that a number of representations are being received on service matters from the employees of the institute directly addressed to the Prime Minister, ministers, MPs and officers outside the institute. Such representations bypassing the institute’s authorities have been seriously reviewed,” reads the memorandum.According to senior officials, the medical institute has been receiving many letters from senior bureaucrats and MPs asking it to give preference to their choice of candidates.”This had to be stopped. Senior doctors are coming to us with these letters from ministers and MPs. This is not justified. Every doctor stands an equal chance and we cannot give special attention to other doctors,” said a senior administrative officer from AIIMS.The AIIMS administration in the memorandum further said that submission of such representations directly to “outside authorities”, bypassing the hospital, would be treated as an “unbecoming conduct” and advised them to submit those to the officer concerned or to the director of the institute.”Submission of such representations by any means (including email/public grievance portal, etc.) directly to outside authorities… will attract provisions of Rule 3 (1) (iii) of CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964, and appropriate disciplinary action would be taken against those violating these instructions,” the memo read.However, the memorandum has received mixed response from the medical fraternity on the campus. “This is not the first time that the administration has come out with a gag order. It has been regularly doing this. One cannot gag an academician,” said one of the senior faculty members from AIIMS.”The memorandum is not stopping us from writing directly to PM or any minister. It only says that regarding service-related issues like promotion, salary, increment, etc. to outside influences must be avoided. If anyone has concerns related to service matters, she/he can directly go to the administration rather than approaching the PM,” said Dr Harjit Bhatti, President, Residents’ Doctor Association (RDA), AIIMS.

Doctor rapes 25-year-old woman in clinic

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 25 year old woman was allegedly raped by a doctor at a clinic in the Kotla Mubarakpur area of South Delhi district on Wednesday evening. The accused has been identified as Sunil Sethi (52) who has been absconding ever since the incident.According to the police, the victim works at a clinic in Punjabi Bazaar and in her complaint has alleged that she was raped by a doctor working in the same clinic. “In her complaint the woman has alleged that on Wednesday night, the accused locked the clinic and forced himself on her. She was later threatened to death if she discloses it to anyone,” said an officer.The victim somehow escaped and narrated the ordeal to her family. Following the complaint, the victim was sent for a medical check up at AIIMS trauma center where the doctor’s confirmed her story. “The police registered a case under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code. The accused have been absconding since the incident took place. We have formed several teams to nab him,” the officer added.

Delhi better off than last year but pollution still breaches emergency levels: Monitoring agencies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pollution in Delhi breached emergency levels on the Diwali night and the air quality has since progressively deteriorated, but compared to last year, the city was relatively better off, the pollution monitoring agencies today concurred.The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) released data showing a significant fall in volume of particulates PM2.5, PM10 and gaseous pollutant SO2 (sulphur dioxide) recorded by its stations across the national capital on the Diwali night, as compared to last year.However, the volume of pollutants were almost identical, at places even higher, when placed against the figures of 2014 or 2015, making it difficult to attribute the marginal dip to any particular factor, such as the ban on the sale of firecrackers in the region by the Supreme Court on October 10.The CPCB’s Diwali day air quality index had a score of 426 last year, which falls in the ‘severe’ – or the most polluted – category. This year, it was 326, in the ‘very poor’ category, a shade better.However, the overall air quality index (AQI) of the city, as recorded by CPCB, was 403 today, which is in the severe category. CPCB’s monitoring network has also expanded over the the last one year with the addition of around 10 new stations.Dipankar Saha, head of CPCB’s air lab, said inspite of non-favourable meteorological conditions such as lesser distribution of pollutants and low wind speed leading to their stagnation, the air quality on Diwali has shown an improvement over 2016.The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said the pollution levels worsened this morning due to calm wind and higher moisture in the air – as was predicted.”Since October 1, PM2.5 levels have largely hovered around ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’ categories. But this breached the emergency level on Diwali night,” Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director-research and advocacy, CSE, said.CSE’s analysis also established the fact that this year’s Diwali morning and evening were promising indeed, with little or no firecrackers being burst across localities.But as the revelry picked up, the air quality declined.”During the day (about 13 hour average 6 am to 7 pm) the levels in Delhi and NCR towns of Gurugram and Ghaziabad were in ‘very poor’ category (Delhi – 139 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3); Gurugram – 121 (ug/m3); and Ghaziabad – 142 (ug/m3).”However, during Diwali night (about 12 hour average – 7 pm last night to 7 am this morning) the levels in Delhi, Gurugram and Ghaziabad were in emergency level. (Delhi- 548 (ug/m3); Gurugram 382 (ug/m3); Gaziabad 501 (ug/m3)),” CSE said in a statement.The 24-hour safe limit of PM2.5 and PM10 are 60 and 100 respectively.The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) also released data based on monitoring at 16 sites. According to its data, levels of PM2.5 and PM10 showed a marginal dip compared to last year. Burn injuries downThe ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR may not have had the desired impact on air quality, but major hospitals in the capital reported a lesser number of burn and eye injury cases this Diwali than last year.Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital and RML Hospital, both of which have big burn units, received 66 and 29 patients respectively.The Safdarjung Hospital, located in the heart of the city, had received 110 burn patients last Diwali, a senior doctor said.”Out of the 66 patients, who came between 6 PM yesterday to 6 AM today, 50 had suffered burn injuries during Diwali- related festivities. Five of them were admitted,” he said.At the RML Hospital, located in central Delhi, 29 people came to the casualty wards with burn injuries compared to the 79 patients last year.”Since last evening till 10 AM today, 29 patients — 23 males and five females — with burn injuries, mainly related to hands and eyes, were attended to in the casualty department. Only one man, who had suffered 27 per cent injury was admitted,” Medical Superintendent of the RML Hospital, Dr V K Tiwari, told PTI.Many doctors feel that the Supreme Court ban on sale of crackers in Delhi-NCR may have contributed to the less number of cases of burns, both of body parts and eyes, reported at hospitals.At AIIMS, 28 patients, who had sustained burns in eyes or other ocular injuries, were brought in between 10 AM yesterday to 10 AM today, said a senior doctor at the Dr R P Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences of the premier institution.”The eye injuries pertained to burns suffered from crackers or lodging of foreign objects or perforation.However, the cases reported last year was far higher, about 100,” he said, adding that the Supreme Court ban seems to have had a salutary effect.The Delhi government’s largest hospital, the LNJP Hospital, also received just 10 patients for bodily injuries from fire-related incidents.”Only four of them needed admission, the extent of burn ranged from 10 per cent in one patient to 60 per cent in another. None had eye injuries, but only facial and limb injuries,” Medical Superintendent of the LNJP Hospital J C Passey said.Authorities at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said that its casualty unit received 15 cases of burn injuries during the night, 10 of whom were adults and five children.Two patients with severe burn injuries have been operated, and the rest discharged. Four patients with breathing difficulty also came to the casualty ward, they said.The St Stephen’s Hospital did not report a single burn- related case on Diwali night. “We usually get 15-20 cases every year. But, this time the firecracker ban may have helped reduce the number,” a senior official said.However, night-long Diwali revelries, left Delhi polluted in the morning, as the air quality took a sharp plunge and entered the ‘severe’ zone today.

2 more die of dengue, toll touches 3

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two more dengue deaths were reported from the national Capital on Monday, taking the toll to three, this season. The data was revealed in a report compiled by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). Delhi, so far, has reported 5,220 cases of dengue this season.Meena Devi, 49, from Karawal Nagar, died at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) on September 2, and Rhoda Daimai, 26, from Manipur died at Holy Family Hospital on August 27, but according to the sources, it took two months for the MCD to confirm these deaths in their weekly report.The mosquito-borne disease had claimed its first victim in the city this year, when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndrome at SGRH on August 1. Daimai had come from Manipur to Delhi for her treatment.Of the total 5,220 dengue cases, 2,564 were residents of Delhi, while the rest were from other states. Of the 2,564 Delhi cases, 757 were reported this month, and 412 in the last one week. Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between mid-July and November-end. This year, however, it has been much earlier due to the early arrival of monsoon.In another suspected dengue death case, family members of a 30-year-old man protested outside the BLK Super Specialty Hospital in Rajendra Place, alleging that they had admitted Ashwini on October 3, after he had not been keeping well. The hospital did not tend to the patient and he died on October 7 due to multiple organ failure. The family members said that the earlier tests did not show any organ issue.The hospital, however, has declined the allegations. “The patient was brought in a critical condition with only 2,000 platelets. He had multi-injection punctures in the arm, which even suggested drug addiction. It is a multi-organ failure death due to suspected dengue. The family members are creating an issue due to high hospital bills,” said a senior doctor from the hospital.HOSPITAL CLAIMS:BLK hospital says patient who died was brought in a critical condition with only 2,000 platelets. He had multi-injection punctures in the arm, which even suggested drug addiction. It is a multi-organ failure death due to suspected dengue.

Food quality was ‘satisfactory’, unease caused children to vomit in Tejas Express: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An inquiry report on the food poisoning incident on-board the Tejas Express train has found no problem with the food quality, and said the unease was triggered after two children vomited “vitiating the air quality in the a/c coach”.The report by a Central Railways team said the quality of the food served on board the premium train was “satisfactory”.It said the first case of uneasiness was reported after two children in a group of tourists from Himachal Pradesh vomited in the air-condition coach.”The vomiting smell triggered uneasiness in others and then another two children vomited. This further vitiated the air in the coach and then two more children vomited. This triggered uneasiness in their parents,” the report stated.”After this incident, few other passengers of C1, C2, C5, C7 coaches who passed through this coach also complained of uneasiness,” the report adds.
ALSO READ 26 passengers taken to hospital due to food poisoning on Tejas Express; probe orderedA three-member committee comprising senior railway and IRCTC officials was formed yesterday after 26 passengers had taken ill on-board the Mumbai-bound Tejas Express from Goa after breakfast.The report, accessed by the PTI, also said that another tourist group from Kolkata complained of uneasiness.The group’s tour manager said they had been travelling continuously for the past 16 days in Maharashtra and Goa and were carrying their own cooks and food materials, including fish (Hilsa) from Kolkata, the report said.”He very clearly and categorically said that there was no problem with food quality,” the report added.It, however, didn’t say if the group had had food served on the train or the food they were carrying. It also did not clarify if the smell of the fish triggered the vomiting.The railways said its officials spoke to 20 passengers and their statements were recorded.In the conclusion, drawn from the statements of the passengers and officials on duty, the report said, it appears the food served “on Tejas Express was of satisfactory quality”.”He (the Kolkata tour manager) said he had had everything served by waiters but found no problem with the food. Six passengers of his group had fallen ill and were sent to Chiplun hospital,” the report said.The report also included the statement of a doctor, Sanjay R Nimbalkar, who was travelling with his family and attended to the ill passengers.The doctor in his statement to the railway officials has said he himself had had the food and found no issues with its quality.PTI independently spoke with Dr. Nimbalkar who confirmed he had found no problem with the quality of the food — bread, egg omelet, mango drink, tea, coffee and mineral water.The report stated that the packaged food served on trains were also checked – soup, poha, cake, bread sticks, kokum sarbat and mango punch – and they were all well within their expiry date.However, it said some passengers had complained about a smell from their omelets and the “quality of omelet may be ensured while serving”

Aarushi Talwar case: Acquitted of murder charges,Rajesh and Nupur Talwar walk out of Dasna jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who have been acquitted in the murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, have finally left Dasna jail in Ghaziabad on Monday.The couple were expected to walk out from Dasna prison on Firday, but the release was delayed due to the necessary paperwork. The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted the Talwars of killing their teen-aged daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade, four years after they were convicted and jailed for life for the 2008 twin murders.On Monday, they walked out of jail, moments after Rajesh Talwar’s brother Dinesh Talwar and their lawyers Manoj Sisodia & Tanveer Ahmed Mir reached Dasna Jail. Earlier Talwars’ lawyer said:However, even after their release, Talwars will continue to visit the jail to attend to inmates every 15 days. A jail official said that the dentist couple had helped revive the near ‘defunct’ dental department at the prison hospital. The official also said that Talwars have treated thousands of patients who are happy with their services“We were concerned about the fate of our dental department after their (Talwars) release. They (Talwars) have assured us that they will visit jail to attend to inmates every 15 days even after their release,” jail doctor Sunil Tyagi told the news agency. The Talwars treated their fellow jail inmates for free and didn’t take a single penny. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are likely to go to Nupur’s father’s home in Noida’s Jalvayu Vihar, the complex they lived in when their daughter Aarushi was murdered/ Aarushi and the Talwars’ domestic help Hemraj were found dead at their home in L-32, Jalvayu Vihar, in May 2008. The house has now been rented out. B G Chitnis, Nupur’s father and a former group captain in the Indian Air Force, owns a flat in the same society.”After their release from jail, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will go to Noida Sector 25 Jalvayu Vihar where the house is owned by me,” Chitnis told PTI.With agency inputs

Aarushi murder case: Talwars to walk free today; in jail, they gave medical service for free

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, the parents of 14-year-old Aarushi who are lodged in prison, gave medical service for free to their inmates and refused remuneration.Last week, Talwars were acquitted by the Allahabad High Court in teen-aged daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade’s murder case, four years after they were convicted and jailed for life for the 2008 twin murders.The couple will walk out of the jail today. They were expected to walk out from Dasna prison on Firday, but the release was delayed due to the necessary paperwork.”Talwars gave medical service for free and refused remuneration. If they would have taken it, amount would have been approximately Rs 49,500,” said the jailorThe jailor also said that Talwars will continue to visit jail periodically so that medical assistance provided by them to inmates can continue.A jail official said that the dentist couple had helped revive the near ‘defunct’ dental department at the prison hospital.“We were concerned about the fate of our dental department after their (Talwars) release. They (Talwars) have assured us that they will visit jail to attend to inmates every 15 days even after their release,” jail doctor Sunil Tyagi told the news agency.

Acquitted Talwars will visit prison, but as docs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will visit the Dasna Jail near Delhi every fortnight to attend to inmates facing dental problems, prison authorities said on Sunday.The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted the Talwars of killing their teen-aged daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade, four years after the dentist couple was convicted and jailed for life for the 2008 twin murders. The two are likely to be released on Monday.The dentist couple had helped revive the near “defunct” dental department at the prison hospital, a jail official said.”We were concerned about the fate of our dental department after their (Talwars) release. They (Talwars) have assured us that they will visit jail to attend to inmates every 15 days even after their release,” jail doctor Sunil Tyagi told PTI.Dr Tyagi said besides prisoners, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have also been treating jail staff, police officials and their children.”Since Talwars have come here (prison), they have treated thousands of patients who are happy with their services,” he said.To manage rush of dental patients at the jail hospital after Talwars’ release, prison authorities have also tied up with a Ghaziabad-based dental college”The doctors from the dental college will also visit Dasna Jail twice a week to attend to patients so that inmates don’t face problems,” Dr Tyagi added.Since their acquittal by the Allahabad High Court, there has been a steady increase in patients wanting to consult the couple.Sources in the jail said Rajesh Talwar’s brother Dinesh Talwar, who is an ophthalmologist, will also visit the prison every 15 days along with his team to see patients.The Talwars have been lodged in the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad after a Special CBI court in Ghaziabad sentenced them to life imprisonment on November 26, 2013 for murder, destroying evidence and misleading investigators. But the High Court debunked the CBI’s investigation and said the “circumstantial evidences” were not adequate for a conviction beyond doubt.(With PTI inputs)

Jodhpur doctor’s ‘misdeed’ goes viral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A video of doctor’s misdeed with a woman during a checkup has gone viral. The doctor has been identified as Abdul Aziz of the private clinic located in front of Vishal Mega Mart near Akhalia crossroads in Jodhpur. After a news published in media, Shiv Sena has lodged a complaint in Pratapnagar police station against the doctor and a retired police officer who was trying to save the doctor. Meanwhile, the State Women’s Commission President Suman Sharma took serious note of the matter.She has asked the Commission member Suman Porwal to report the matter and Porwal has started investigating this matter. Suman Porwal went to Pratap Nagar police station and inquired about the matter and told that the Women’s Commission has taken cognizance and the girl is being traced so that her statement can be made. When media called the doctor on his mobile phone about the video, he did not answer and handed the phone to a retired police officer. Murad Ali, formerly a DIG, stating himself as SP, said that The doctor came to me with a plea.When he was told about the molestation of the girl in the video, he defended the doctor saying that where is the girl who complained about this matter. When he was asked that doctor should clear his side, he said that the media can do whatever it wants to do. In the video, a woman in the doctor Abdul Aziz’s clinic was seen being touched inappropriately by the doctor undergoing a checkup. In two separate videos, the doctor is seen holding the girls from waist.On being asked about this, CMHO Dr Surendra Chaudhary said that It is a crime to do such misdeeds with any female patient in the cover of checkup. I have watched the video but if a doctor has done such act, then FIR should be lodged against him.

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