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Bill allowing Ayurveda, Homeopathy doctors to practice allopathy after ‘bridge course’ introduced in Lok Sabha

Doctors pursuing Indian systems of medicine, including ayurveda, and homeopathy may be allowed to practice allopathy after clearing a bridge course, according to a bill introduced in the Lok Sabha.The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, which seeks to replace the existing apex medical education regulator, the Medical Council of India (MCI), with a new body, was moved by the government in the House yesterday.Clause 49 of the Bill calls for a joint sitting of the National Medical Commission, the Central Council of Homoeopathy and the Central Council of Indian Medicine at least once a year “to enhance the interface between homoeopathy, Indian Systems of Medicine and modern systems of medicine”.It has also proposed that specific educational modules or programmes for developing bridges across the various systems of medicine and promotion of medical pluralism, can be done with the approval of all the members present in the joint sitting.”The joint sitting, may, by an affirmative vote of all members present and voting, decide on approving specific bridge course that may be introduced for the practitioners of Homeopathy and of Indian Systems of Medicine to enable them to prescribe such modern medicine at such level as may be prescribed,” according to the Bill.It provides for the constitution of four autonomous boards entrusted with conducting undergraduate and postgraduate education, assessment and rating of medical institutions and registration of practitioners under the National Medical Commission.The commission will have a government-nominated chairman and members, and the board members will be selected by a search committee under the Cabinet Secretary, it says.A 25-member commission will replace the elected MCI, the Bill says.The proposed measure has been strongly opposed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) which claimed that it will “cripple” the functioning of medical profession by making it completely answerable to the bureaucracy and non-medical administrators.”Regulators need to have an autonomy and be independent of the administrators. The National Medical Commission will be a regulator appointed by the administrators under their direct control,” IMA’s president K K Aggarwal said.The Bill also proposes a common entrance exam and licentiate (exit) exam which all medical graduates will have to clear to get practicing licences. The licentiate (exit) examination will have to be coducted within three years after Parliament passes it.A medical advisory council, including one member representing each state and Union territory (vice-chancellors in both cases), the chairman, University Grants Commission, and the director of the National Accreditation and Assessment Council will make recommendations to the NMC.No permission would be needed to add new seats or to start post-graduate courses, it says.The Bill is aimed at bringing reforms in the medical education sector which has been under scrutiny for corruption and unethical practices, a senior health ministry official said.

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After Talkathon, doctors spike strike

After a marathon eight-hour talk and intervention of four ministers and state BJP president, the in-service doctors agreed to call off their 12-day strike on Wednesday.As per the agreement signed between All Rajasthan In Service Doctors Association (ARISDA) ARISDA and the govrnment, demands, including removal of the officer of Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) Girish Parashar from the health department and adjustment of leaves taken by doctors during their agitation in earlier months of this year agitation, with their earned leaves has been accepted. The agreement also reiterates the execution of the agreement done on November 12 and withdrawal of cases registered against doctors, under Rajasthan Essential Services Management Act (RESMA), during their agitation.About the recent transfers that forced the doctors to go on strike for second time in two months, nothing was mentioned in the agreement, but later on Ashok Parnami state BJP president said that ARISDA president Dr Ajay Chaudhary will be posted as Chief Medical & Health Officer (CM&HO) in Sikar.During the talks a seven-point agreement also signed between the government and resident doctors. As per the agreement, government has given assurance to initiate proceeding over demands related to stipend appreciation, hostel or transit quarters allotment, pay fixation, revised LPC, benefits payment according to 7th pay commission and age limit increase for senior residents.In the talks with doctors and resident doctors, Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf, Health Minister (state) Banshidhar Bajiya, PWD Minister Yunus Khan, Co-operative Minister Ajay Singh Kilak, State BJP President Ashok Parnami, Principal Secretary (Health) Veenu Gupta, and Secretary (Medical Education) Anand Kumar were present. PRESCRIPTIONDuring the talks, a seven-point agreement was also signed between the government and resident doctors The government has given assurance to initiate proceeding over demands related to stipend appreciation, hostel or transit quarters allotment, pay fixation, revised LPC, benefits payment according to 7th pay commission and age limit increase for senior residents

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Meerut shocker: Ambulance used to ferry alcohol, belly dancers for state-run medical college’s alumni meet

In a shocking incident, ambulances were used to ferry liquor bottles and Russian belly dancers at a doctors’ alumni meet at Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College in Meerut. A department inquiry has been ordered by the red-faced principal after the news broke out.The incident came to light on Christmas Day, which also happened to be the silver jubilee function organised by the old school association which saw several eminent doctors from the 1992 batch in attendance at the college premises, reported The Times of India.“I got to know that Russian Belly dancers were called and liquor was stored in an ambulance van, it is absolutely wrong, it should not have happened at a state run medical college. Inquiry has been ordered into the incident,” said Rajkumar, CMO, Meerut.This is not the first incident of a state-run medical college landing in trouble in Uttar Pradesh. In August this year, the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital was in the centre of news after a number of infants died due to lack of oxygen supply in the hospital premises. Most of the infants admitted were victims of encephalitis, a disease that has plagued Uttar Pradesh for over two decades.

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Hospitals face acute shortage of beds, staff: Doctors

Believe it or not, there is just one bed per 55 patients in Centre-run Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital. This revelation means if a patient visits the super-specialty hospital, the probability of getting a bed is extremely less.In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey said that the primary responsibility to increase the bed-to-patient ratio lies with the respective state or Union Territory government as public health and hospitals were state subjects.Other government hospitals in the Capital are also reeling under acute shortage of beds. The Delhi government had planned to double up the number of beds from 10,000 to 20,000 by December 2017 but nothing has been done so far.”The situation is same in almost all the hospitals. Not only the beds, but the hospitals are also facing a shortage of doctors and other paramedical staff. It is high time that the government improves the overall healthcare system,” said Dr Vivek Chouksey, president, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA).RML, which is the largest hospital after the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), witnesses around 7,000 to 8,000 patients daily in its Out Patient Department (OPD), and more than 1,000 patients in its emergency ward.The total number of beds at RML is 1,447.”54 patients occupied a single bed this year. This is not the total figure,” said Dr VK Tiwari, medical superintendent, RML Hospital.Patients visiting the hospital also complained about the issue saying it causes inconvenience to them.”It is almost impossible to get a bed here. We have been waiting for more than a month, but the waiting line is still the same. Doctors say they will first treat the emergency patients and then move on to others,” said Lakhbir Singh, a patient outside RML. Singh hails from Rajasthan and has been sitting here for more than a month with his wife for treatment.According to the data shared by the minister, the bed-to-patient ratio for the RML in 2015 and 2016 was 1:52 and 1:54.5, respectively. The corresponding figure for Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) for the two years was 1:07 and 1:06, respectively while for Safdarjung Hospital, the ratio was 1:2 for both the years, it said.

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Max hospital case: Probe to be delayed in twin baby case as police still waiting for DMC’s reply

Delhi Police’s probe into the case of the twin babies, one of whom was wrongly declared dead by the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, may be delayed since it is waiting for the Delhi Medical Council’s (DMC) reply on the matter.The DMC has already issued a notice to nine doctors and two nurses of the hospital on December 20 for alleged medical negligence in connection with the case and has sought a response from them in 15 days.Currently, the case is being probed by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch.A senior police officer, privy to the probe, said that since the case was of medical negligence, they had to rely on expert’s opinion.”Our officers have interacted with the doctors and nurses of the hospital. We have also spoken to the child’s family but there are some technical points that we need clarity on before we proceed ahead in the probe,” he said.The officer said that the baby was 22-weeks-old and premature. According to medical guidelines, babies born before 22 weeks or around that time usually do not survive and were not considered as deliveries.There are medical guidelines, but the fact that the baby was declared dead despite being alive, was being probed, he said.The officer said that they were awaiting the council’s report in the matter and further investigation will be based on the report.The case pertains to a baby boy being wrongly declared dead after his birth on November 30 by the upscale private hospital. The other twin, a girl, was still-born. The infant boy died a week later at a nursing home in Pitampura.The case sparked a public outcry and the family has been protesting in front of the hospital, soon after an appellate authority stayed the order by the Delhi government to cancel the licence of the facility.

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The urgency to manage margins: A developmental perspective for Gurez

Last time, I shared the story of neglect but also of creative aspirations of children and women of Gurez valley in Jammu and Kashmir. During the 40th Shodhyatra, we also came across many more possibilities.It seems the government has belatedly realised a fraud that had been going on in the education sector. A lot of school teachers were initially posted in Gurez but using their political clout got transferred to better endowed regions.Similarly, during recruitment drive for various services including paramilitary, youth from this region could not get the attention they deserved. The medical facilities are also not up to the mark. Even the Army medical facility, which helped civilians without any hesitation or reservation does not have a pathological facility. The lab-in-a-suitcase, which Army Medical wing has acquired from BIRAC supported biotech start-up like Accuster, has not reached here.It can perform 36 tests in one hour in less than Rs 250. Such facilities must be provided in all border and other less developed regions urgently. Local youth can be trained to perform these tests.Majority of schools do not have a computer or science lab. Such labs are needed in these regions even more. The Midday Meal programme in nine schools in the region was allocated one fourth of the ration needed for 220 days. The HRD ministry must look into such anomalies urgently.On one hand, there was a general notion that Kashmir was given a lot of resources and subsidies, the reality seemed contrary, unless the resources meant for this region were pilfered or pre-empted on the way. Earlier, we had noticed similar neglect in skill development programme.Class six student Khursheed Ahmedabd Meer from Niru village said, “Do you know when an electronic gadget goes out of order, not all components of it are wrong?” I feigned ignorance. I asked, “So, what should one do if such is the case.” He said, “We should have one room in every village where such things should be deposited. Children can take out the functional components and make new things by using them.” I probed, “Have you made any such thing?” Of course, he replied and ran to his home to bring a fan that he had made by salvaging a motor from a broken gadget.I hope colleagues in the Atal Innovation Mission and Niti Aayog are listening and will sanction a tinkering lab in this village. The Honey Bee Network through Prof Bhat of Kashmir University, Electronics department, has initiated steps to start a small community innovation lab.The question now is how can we rethink developmental opportunities in the region. Firstly, every developmental policy should be implemented in marginal areas and after saturating the needs here, less privileged regions should be covered. A change in fundamental priorities of developmental planning and implementation is required. Secondly, the huge drudgery that women go through must make them the top priority for LPG gas provision. Thirdly, recruiting teachers for the block and district only can address the chronic problem of transfers from Gurez. Also, MDM and other such programmes need to be strengthened. Besides, modernisation of post-harvest processes, access to improved varieties, urgent investment in hydro-power generation and lift irrigation are the need of the hour. It is to be noted that NIF is encouraging grassroot innovators to set up such devices.A team of Honey Bee Network has already left for Gurez to share spinning wheel, winnower among other things that could be met through local innovations and resources supported by SRISTI and NIF besides volunteers. Hope policy planners will start rethinking developmental design in such regions, critical for national integrity and well-being.

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Max twins case: DMC issues notice to 9 docs, 2 nurses

The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has issued notices to nine doctors and two nurses of Max Hospital, located in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, for alleged negligence on their part in the recent case of a newborn who was declared dead by the hospital, but found alive while on the way to the funeral.The Council has sought a response regarding the qualifications and other details of the registration of the Delhi Nursing Council.”You may submit your statement of defence together with any other documents in support of your defence, within 15 days from the date of this notice to this office. You are directed to submit a copy of your qualification and Delhi Nursing Council registration details,” the notice said.The DMC which issued the notice on December 20 is seeking a response within 15 days.”The notice has been sent to nine doctors and two nurses through the medical superintendent of the hospital. This time responses have been sought from these individuals,” a senior DMC official said.The Council also said that it is examining the case of alleged negligence. “The Council has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports, alleging medical negligence on the part of the doctors at Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh,” it stated.The case had evoked a massive public outcry after which the Delhi government had resorted to canceling the hospital’s license. The family of the twins sat on protest for days outside the medical facility.”Take notice that in default of your failing to submit your statement of defence within the stipulated time, it shall be presumed that you have nothing to say in the matter and the Delhi Medical Council shall be free to initiate appropriate action,” the notice said.Meanwhile, a Delhi court in which a petition was filed in the case had asked the police to file a progress report by January 8, 2018.THE CASEOn November 30, a 22-week pregnant woman gave birth to twins, of which the girl was a still-born. The hospital handed over the bodies of the twins to the family in plastic bags, to be taken for burial. Six hours later, the parents realised that one of the babies was squirming in its package.

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Goa CM Manohar Parrikar announces free medical facilities for outstation patients

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday announced that outstation patients will continue to get free-of-cost emergency medical procedures in the state-run hospitals, although they will be charged nominal fees for other medical facilities.Currently, the residents of Goa as well as patients from outside the state can avail the medical facilities free of cost in the state.The government had yesterday announced that it would start charging nominal fees from the patients from other states for undergoing treatment at the state-run hospitals from January 1.The state health department had earlier decided that from December, certain fees would be imposed on the patients from other states for getting treatment at the government-run hospitals. The decision was taken considering increasing rush at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) near here. However, the government had later put the plan on hold.Talking to reporters here today, Parrikar said, “The Goa government is responsible for the Goans and therefore we will take care of Goans. We have no objections to treat the patients from neighbouring states, but we have applied minimal charges for them.”Also readGoa: Govt. hospitals to charge nominal fee for outstation patientsThe chief minister was speaking after launching six new 108 ambulances near here.”All the emergency procedures are free irrespective of who the person is and from where he has come,” he said.Also readForeigner carrying Rs 4 lakh worth of drugs arrested in Goa ahead of Christmas celebrationsParrikar said the non-Goan patients will not be denied normal procedures and will be charged only 20% of the actual cost specified in Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY), a state health insurance scheme.He said the local residents will have to produce DDSSY cards as a proof of being the residents of Goa to avail the facilities at these hospitals.Besides the GMCH, the state runs two district hospitals,one each in Margao and Mapusa, besides several primary and community health centres.

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Goa: Govt. hospitals to charge nominal fee for outstation patients

The Goa government on Friday announced that they will start charging nominal fee for the patients who are non-residence of the state at the government hospitals from January 1, while locals will continue getting free of cost treatment.State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane told reporters that the state-run facilities including Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) will charge nominal fee for the patients who are from outside Goa from January 1, 2018.He said the patients from outside Goa would be charged 20% of the fee as prescribed in the state’s ‘Deen Dayal Swastha Seva Yojana (DDSSY)’ charged by ‘C’ category hospitals, which comes to a nominal amount.Rane said the step was taken to ensure that the locals are given priority in these hospitals as the state government is spending crores of rupees to maintain and upkeep these facilities.”Nearly 30-40% of the patients on these hospitals arrive from outside the state, specially from Maharashtra and Karnataka. We need to provide treatment on priority to the locals,” he said.Rane said the emergency cases would be given priority in these hospitals, even if the patient arrives from outside the state.Also, he said, those patients who are “poor” will not be charged though they are not locals.”The Dean of GMC and Medical Superintendents of the district hospitals have powers to exempt the poor patients from being charged in the hospital even if they are not from Goa,” he maintained.In yet another announcement, Goa government has also made it mandatory for the local patients to provide DDSSY cards for the locals while availing free treatment facility at state run hospitals.Rane said the state government is spending more than Rs 80 crore annually to pay the premium to the insurance company under DDSSY but the number of patients taking benefit of the scheme is less.”When the state is paying so much for the insurance firm, the patients should start using the DDSSY cards,” he said adding the health department has already put up camps in various panchayats to enrol all the citizens of the state under this scheme.

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Air pollution linked to defects in foetal growth

As smog engulfed the national Capital on Wednesday, again, and the air quality dropped to ‘very poor’ pointing 400 AQI on the scale, city doctors, in alignment with a paper published in British Medical Journal, talked about the consequences of air pollution on birth weight. The outcome of the paper published in the UK-based journal states that air pollution from road traffic is affecting the foetal growth.”Pollution from vehicular traffic, in particular, releases gases which directly affect the growth of a foetus’ sensitive organs like the brain and the heart,” says Dr SP Byotra, Head of Department of Internal Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.”In urban settings, children and pregnant women suffer due to the bad air quality caused by emissions from traffic,” he adds.Another 2017 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics shared their findings that women’s exposure to air pollution before conception causes an increased risk of birth defects in children. This birth data, taken from Ohio Department of Health, and particulate matter data from US Environmental Protection Agency’s 57 monitoring stations, studied the impact on children’s development by linking geographic coordinates of mothers with the station.The Ohio study, holds weight in the current smog scenario in Delhi as it confirms the association between air pollution and birth defects. It suggests that the most susceptible time where women’s exposure to air pollution-related birth-defects is a month before and after conception. The children affected by this may be born with a cleft lip or a palate or abnormal hearts.”All the Nitrogen and small particles released from the vehicles is inhaled by us and travel to our bloodstream, and thus to the entire system. It affects all organs. In case of a pregnant woman, these particles may also travel to the foetus through the placenta and affect growth or cause defects,” Dr Vikas Maurya, Senior Consultant, Pulmonologist, Fortis Healthcare said.”It is strange that other countries are doing such research work despite good air quality, while we see this as ‘new awareness’,” he adds.

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Car-nama: Man sets ablaze two wives in a planned setup

What appeared to be a gruesome accident has turned out to be a pre-planned murder!In fact, two women, who died in the burning car under Chitalwana police station area of Jalore on Tuesday, were allegedly bumped off their husband.According to the police, the accused Deeparam Prajapat has confessed that the Malu (27) and Dariya (22) were his wives and he was fed up with their daily quarrels. To get rid of them he killed both of them and showed it as an accident.Deeparam apparently doused the car in petrol and set it on fire. He managed to pull out his children, but his two wives were trapped in the car. Even the police and people from nearby villages,who rushed to help were unable to pull them out of the car. On Wednesday, the bodies of two women were handed over to their families after the post-mortem by the Medical Board.Deeparaam Prajapat, a resident of Sesawa village,who is a house contractor in Palanpur, came to the village two days ago. He was first married to Malu (27), resident of Malpura of Guadamalani in Barmer district.From this marriage he has a son Dinesh.However, Malu developed psychiatric problems. So he married Daulia aka Dariya Devi (22) of Sivana in Barmer. They have two children Kailash and Sarita.‘Fed up of quarrels’According to the police, the accused has confessed that the Malu and Dariya were his wives and he was fed up with their daily quarrels. To get rid of them he killed both of them and showed it as an accident.

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Alternate set up being made to handle the ailing in Kota

Amid the ongoing state-wide strike by doctors in the state, health services across the four districts of Kota region have been thrown out of gear. The situation in district hospitals, community health centres and primary health centres in rural areas is worse, however nine doctors from Kota medical college have been deployed in government hospitals in Baran and Bundi where under alternative arrangements, they are tackling the patients along with AYUSH doctors.“The situation is very difficult to handle as 250 residents, 60 senior residents and 17 medical officers who were extending services are on strike,” said Dr PK Tiwari, superintendent, MBS Hospital, Kota. As alternative arrangement, teachers, faculties and non teaching staff from Kota Medical College have been deployed to handle the patients, he said adding that surgeries have been suspended and only emergency cases are being treated.The medical and health services are not so adversely affected in Medical college as they are in district hospitals and at CHCs and PHCs in rural areas, said Dr Devendra Vijayvergiya, superintendent, Kota medical college.CM plays anchorThe CM said to have convinced the union petroleum minister that since Rajasthan is going to set up oil refinery and its oil reserves would last for years, it is essential to find new reserves in Jaisalmer and Barmer basins.

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Retired govt servants to help docs in reducing patient load

With an aim to meet the acute shortage of doctors in various state government hospitals, the Delhi government has decided to engage retired government services for the various posts in the hospital. The move is aimed at bringing down the existing burden from the hospital.A letter by department of health family welfare has directed all medical superintendents to designate a nodal officer in their respective hospitals for receiving the applications for the post.”These officers will help in handling the posts in medical/paramedical/nursing and other administrative posts. The vacant posts will be identified by the medical institutions and thereafter these will be filled by the officers,” said a senior official from the health department.The latest CAG report had also highlighted the problem of shortage of doctors and paramedical staff in the government-run institutes. “There was limited availability of medicines and equipments in 17 states, while 428 equipment (ultrasound, X-ray, ECG, cardiac monitors, auto-analyser, incinerator, OT equipment, blood storage unit etc.) costing Rs30.39 crore were lying idle/unutilised due to non-availability of doctors and trained manpower to operate the equipment, lack of adequate space for their installation. In 13 states at least 67 Public Health Centres were functioning without any doctor,” the CAG report pointed out.At Maulana Azad Medical College, 80 per cent seats for pre-clinical posts in post-graduation courses are vacant. However, the resident doctors are not too happy with the decision.”If they will hire the retired officers, what will happen to the young doctors who are looking for a job,” said Dr Vivek Chouksey, president, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA).”The government needs to have a recruitment policy that ensures all courses get adequate applicants who graduate as doctors in various departments,” says Dean Dr Siddharth Ramji.India has seven doctors for every 10,000 people, half the global average, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Data from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) shows the country needs more than 50,000 critical care specialists, but has just 8,350.The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is responsible for the recruitment of regular doctors at hospitals run by both the Delhi government as well as the Centre. Hospitals themselves hire ad-hoc and contractual doctors. Experts say the UPSC’s recruitment process is tedious. From advertisements about vacancies to final interviews, the commission spends years to hire a doctor, they say.

15 BSF jawans injured in road mishap

At least 15 BSF jawans were injured when a van carrying them turned turtle near Laxmipur in Koraput district on Wednesday, police said.The injured jawans were rushed to Sahid Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital at Koraput and four of them who received severe injury were shifted to Vishakapatam for higher treatment, they said.”All the injured jawans are out of danger but not to take any chance the four jawans were air-lifted to a hospital in Vishakapatnam,” said Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Laxmipur, Hemant Kumar Padhi.The incident took place about five kilometre from Laxmipur on Laxmipur-Rayagada road while the jawans were returning to their camp based at Laxmipur after completing a night operation in the area.The vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a gorge, Padhi said.

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Docs told to send plaints to Health dept via email

With an aim to limit the number of doctors and medical staff visiting the Delhi Secretariat for petty issues, the Department of Health and Family Welfare has asked them to now take the virtual road for their grievances.The department recently ordered the staff and doctors to send their complaints to their heads of the departments, who would later forward them to officials on their respective email ids.The Delhi Secretariat houses the administrative heads and officers of all major departments. According to sources, regular visits from doctors and medical staff was hampering the overall functioning of the hospitals.”It was being noted that regular visits by the medical staff was affecting the functioning of the hospitals. The medical staff is supposed to offer treatment to patients and not visit offices for administrative work,” a senior Delhi government official said. As per directives, if no response is received within 15 working days, a reminder should be sent by the head of the medical institution to the department of health. Once the reminder is sent, the staff can visit the department along with copies of mails.”This will also ease out the entire process. The visits were not only hampering the working of hospitals but also at the Delhi Secretariat, where the officials are dealing with serious issues. There are a large number of other issues that need attention,” the official added.In case of emergencies, the staff can visit only after getting a permission from the heads. “Except the above, any visit to the head office of the department would be liable to be treated as a violation of departmental directions and may attract disciplinary action, as per rules against the staff concerned,” the order from the department stated. The order, dated December 18, has been sent to all heads of the medical institutions, requesting them to communicate it to their employees.WORK HAZARDAccording to sources, regular visits from doctors and medical staff was hampering the overall functioning of the hospitals. In case of emergencies, the staff can visit only after getting a permission from heads.

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Concerns raised over drug prices by committee in first meeting

The nine-member committee formed by Delhi government to keep a vigil on the functioning of private hospitals in the Capital in its first meeting raised some serious concern over the price of medicines in all the hospitals. The first meeting held on Friday also discussed and suggested ways to limit the number of visits of a specialist in a hospital.According to the sources, one of the major concerns raised by the members was the capping of the drug prices not covered under the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM). These included gloves and syringes.”While the government has a capping on the NLEM drugs, we are concerned about those which are not included in the list. A common rule should be there for all the medicine and drugs,” said one of the members who attended the meeting.The health department had received various complaints against the private hospitals forcing patients to buy medicines at an inflated rate and from the hospital medical shops. The committee will also look into consumables, behaviour protocol of medical staff, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and misdemeanor at the hospital.”This issue is majorly troubling the patients, who are visiting the hospitals on a regular basis,” added the member. The members will now next meet on December 29 to discuss the further course of action.The members are from the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Delhi Medical Council (DMC), Delhi Medical Association (DMA).The move comes days after the government cancelled the license of Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a newborn dead.”Over-billing is a big problem in private hospitals. We are forming a committee, including experienced doctors and medical experts, which will provide recommendations,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said.The decision was taken following a series of meetings by Jain with various professional and regulatory organisations representing doctors working across the Capital.Meanwhile, the DMC has written to the doctors and nurses of Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh involved in the alleged medical negligence to submit their response in the case. The medical council will hear the explanation of all the medical experts individually before taking a final decision.FINAL CALL AWAITEDThe DMC has written to the doctors and nurses of Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh involved in the alleged medical negligence to submit their response in the case. The medical council will hear the explanation of all the medical experts individually before taking a final decision

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Maha govt reconstitutes advisory committee under Human Organ Transplantation Act

The Maharashtra government on Saturday reconstituted a 10-member advisory committee headed by the health secretary, under the Human Organ Transplantation Act, 1994. The committee will have a two-year term till December 2019.The committee comprises, among others, the leading liver transplant surgeon Dr GB Davar, GS Medical College urology department chief Dr Sujata Patwardhan, Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre secretary Dr Surendrakumar Mathur, Sneha Foundation representative Dr Armeda Fernandes, Disha Foundation representative Shailesh Shetty, Association for Organ Transplantation president Dr Alan Almeida and cardiology specialist Dr Anvay Mulay as special invitee.The formation of the advisory committee was necessitated as the term of the previous committee appointed on December 31, 2014 was completed on December 31, 2016. The advisory committee is expected to play a major role to advise the state government on the strict implementation of Act and thereby promote organ transplantation, donation and distribution across the state.Dr Davar, who has been associated with organ transplantation for over two decades, told DNA,” Today we are getting voluntary donors due to public awareness. The government can increase further participation of medical colleges and non-transplant organ retrieval centres so that the organs of brain-dead patients can be useful to save more and more lives.”Dr Mathur said that Maharashtra has been pioneer in organ transplantation and donation as it was the first state to issue notification way back in 1999 and subsequently set up state level federation for organ transplantation and the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre at Mumbai. At the all India level the per million population organ donation rate is 0.5, but it is 1.5 in Maharashtra and 2.31 in Mumbai division, which is next to Tamil Nadu’s 2.50.”Number of donors is steadily increasing. There were 132 donors at the state level in the calendar year 2016 and the number will increase by end of December 2017. A little push is required to increase the number. The advisory committee will can advise the state government with regard to increasing the participation of medical colleges and other hospitals with ICU facility,” Dr Mathur said.Dr Patwardhan hoped that the advisory committee can give a necessary push for organ transplantation and donation by suggesting changes in the Act, rules and procedures.What it doesThe formation of the advisory committee was necessitated as the term of the previous committee appointed on December 31, 2014 was completed on December 31, 2016. The committee is expected to advise the state government on the implementation of Act and promote organ transplantation.

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‘Turned away’ by hospital, Odisha woman delivers baby near drain

A tribal woman delivered a baby girl near a drain in the premises of a government hospital in Odisha’s Koraput on Friday after she was allegedly refused admission for want of required documents.However, the authorities of Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital (SLNMCH), dismissed the allegation of denial of admission to the woman.After news about the incident spread, the hospital admitted the baby to the special neo-natal care unit (SNCU) and the 30-year-old woman taken care of in the hospital.Doctors at the hospital said the condition of both mother and baby are stable.The woman, a resident of Janiguda village under the Dasmantpur block had came to the hospital on Thursday with her mother and sister to meet her husband Raghu Muduli, who is admitted at the hospital with fever since Wednesday.She developed labour pain and went to the gynaecology ward for admission but the hospital authorities refused to admit her, Gouramani Muduli, mother of the woman alleged.”The medical staff refused to admit my daughter as we had not brought the prescription and required documents. My daughter delivered the child near the drain after she was refused admission,” she alleged.However, the chief district medical officer of Koraput, Lalit Mohan Rath, trashed the charge.”The woman delivered the child while answering natures call. She had not approached any hospital staff either for medical check-up or for admission,” he said.

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Surgery in city’s private hospitals costly

A 37-year-old Panvel resident Shirish Patil had to undergo urinary stone surgery at a private hospital in rural Maharashtra in order to spend less amount of money for his surgery. Patil, who was diagnosed with urinary stones a few months ago, had his surgery advanced due to the unbearable pain.Patil travelled to Pen for the surgery after he found out that the cost of the operation in a private hospital in the city was way higher than that at a private hospital in Pen. Even though he had a medical policy, only Rs 40,000 was sanctioned for the operation.In one of the hospitals, Patil was also informed about different surgery packages depending on the medical policy he/she has.”I preferred going to a private hospital in Panvel since it was listed in the medical policy’s hospital list. After a check-up, I was told surgery would cost approximately Rs 1.64 lakh. Coming from a middle-class family, it was not possible for me to arrange the money. While another Navi Mumbai based private hospital (Apollo Hospital) initially gave me an estimate of Rs 1.30 lakh for the surgery, they later informed me about another package costing Rs 70,000, but would include other techniques. The package was offered after looking at my medical policy and amount to be sanctioned.”After running around, in October, Patil visited a rural private hospital (Niramay Hospital) in Pen for the surgery which cost him only Rs 23,000. “I underwent the same surgery for Rs 27,000 which included my medicine cost (Rs 4,000) and surgery (Rs 23,000).”

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Vasundhara Raje finds a ‘stone edge’ at Jhunjhunu rally

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje appeared to be in poll mode as she shot off a volley of announcements at the state level programme held at Jhunjhunu on the 4th anniversary of her government. As her government entered the final year of its tenure, Raje went all out to woo farmers, soldiers and youth and showered sops all around.She inaugurated projects and laid foundation stones for development works worth Rs 2227 crores for Jhunjhunu alone. Which reflected on her priority regarding this district of the Shekhawati area that has only two BJP MLAs out of seven.Raje flayed the opposition for pushing Rajasthan backward when it was in government for almost 50 years.The chief minister’s speech exhaustively focused on farmers, who are a sizeable population in this district.“From January 1, 2018 farmers in Rajasthan will get loan at only 5.5 per cent from cooperative banks, instead of the current 6.7 percent. Also, I announce raising accident insurance of farmers from to Rs10 lakh from the present Rs6 lakh now,” announced Raje. She claimed that her government has given Rs58210 crores worth of loans without interest to farmers for crops. Which she said is a record.Incidentally the farmers’ agitation that compelled the Rajasthan government to form a body to look into their demand of loan waiver is Sikar, adjacent to Jhunjhunu.program held on Wednesday. Alluring youths, Raje has increased age criteria to 40 years from 35 for the applicants applying for government direct recruitment through competition. She has promised to recruit 1.4 lakh youths in rest one of her tenure, claiming that her government gave 1.7 lakh government jobs so far.The ceremony also marked with major announcements related to healthcare for public at large, particularly patients coming for treatment to hospitals and centers. She has announced that angiography of hearts patients would be free at government hospitals and also no fee will be charged for treatment of road accidents victims for the first 48 hours of their arrival at government and private hospitals.Apart from making announcements, Raje also launched an aggressive attack on Congress of neglecting development and pushing the state backward. “What we have done in 5 years the Congress failed to do in 50 years of rule since the Independence. The previous government failed on the development agenda as it lacked will power. And, it is the habit of the Congress that it neither works nor allows others to do so,” Raje said.Referring to the Kumbahram Canal project, CM alleged that Congress used it to play politics “We have brought water through the canal in 4 years which Congress failed to do. We have spent Rs172 crores to supply water through it to Malsisar from Taranagar. Also our government is developing 25 km roads per day,” said Raje.The CM claimed that her government never discriminated when it comes to development. “The BJP represents only two out of the seven seats of Jhunjhunu yet we have allocated Rs5400 crores equally among all constituencies over the past 4 years. In contrast the previous Congress government gave only Rs2500 crores to the district in five years.”On this occasion Raje inaugurated and laid foundation stone of projects worth Rs2237 crore in Jhunjhunu district alone. She also announced that a sports university would be set up in Jhunjunu on the line of Patiala and also Rs184 would be spent to develop a Military school.The chief minister announced 6 new roads including 17 kilometer long Mawanda-Nizampur road via Mehada, widening-strengthening upto 7 Km of Jhunjunu -Mandrela road at Rs150 crores. Apart from this, 94.7 kilometers long four lane road will be developed from Sikar-Jhunjhunu,Chidawa to Haryana border which estimates Rs401.47 crores. In the presence of Raje, more than 40 leaders, including Congress netas and Pradhan Gajadhar Dhaka joined BJP in Jhunjhunu on Wednesday.Major announcements1. For the direct recruitment of general category to various services in the state, the maximum age limit will be 40 years from 35.2. 1.40 lakh government jobs will be provided to youths.3. First 48-hour free medical treatment for injured persons in private and government hospitals in road accidents.4. Angiography will be done free in government hospitals.5. From January 1, 2018, loans from farmers from the cooperative land development banks will be available only 5.5 percent interest rate.6. In the Accident Insurance Scheme, the insurance benefit from 6 lakh will be increased to Rs 10 lakh for farmers from April 1, 2018.7. About Rs1300 crores will be spent on drinking water projects in Udaipurwati (rural and urban) and Buhana, Chidawa and Surajgarh areas of Jhunjhunu.8. 200 Prime Minister’s Pharmaceutical Centers will be opened for generic medicines through cooperatives.9. 1000 new sub-medical centers and 100 veterinary hospitals will be opened in the state. 47 centers will be opened in Jhunjhunu district. 10. Medical Equipment with a budget of Rs25 crores will be purchased for SMS Medical college and its hospitals.11. Schools and Gaurav Paths will be named after martyrs.12. Government job will be given to one person in the family of martyrs who sacrificed their life after Independence. HighlightShe inaugurated projects and laid foundation stones for development works worth Rs2227 crores for Jhunjhunu alone. Which reflected on her priority regarding this district of the Shekhawati area that has only two BJP MLAs out of seven

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Judge, Delhi governmet lock horns over Rs 28,000 acupuncture bill

A judicial officer posted in a Delhi court is fighting a legal battle against the Delhi government over a sum of Rs 28,000, the amount he spent on acupuncture treatment for his migraine. The Delhi government has cited rules to refuse reimbursement to him.Additional sessions judge (ASJ) Ashwani Kumar Sarpal, currently posted at the Family Court, Shahdara, has now filed an appeal against a decision given by justice Vibhu Bhakru, rejecting his plea for reimbursement of his medical expenses.In his plea filed through advocate Abhinav Garg, the ASJ has said he has been suffering from chronic Trigeminal Neuralgia and migraine for the last six years, for which he had been taking allopathic medicines and was also being treated at private hospitals. The problem, however, was not cured despite taking painkillers daily. While migrane has no permanent solution, Trigeminal Neuralgia can be treated through surgery.But since surgery was risky for life, Sarpal did not opt for it.Thereafter, he underwent acupuncture therapy at a Delhi Hospital, which yielded results and reduced his pain.On January 1, the ASJ submitted the bill of Rs 28,000 reimbursement, which was rejected “because it was inadmissible as the hospital was not on the panel of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)”.Following this, he filed a petition in the Delhi High Court, which was also rejected on the grounds that he had not “been deprived of or denied any medical treatment essential for good health”.Dismissing the earlier plea, justice Bhakru had stated that it was not the Delhi government’s policy to provide reimbursement for acupuncture expenses, as it was an alternate system of healing.Dissatisfied, the judicial officer has once again appealed against the order, claiming that acupuncture has been recognised as an alternative medication process and some government hospitals, such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).PinprickAshwani Kumar Sarpal suffers from chronic Trigeminal Neuralgia and migraine Surgery can treat Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Govt decision to revoke hospital licence irresponsible: FORDA

The Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) on Tuesday has condemned the government’s decision to cancel the license of Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh. The doctors’ body has issued a statement opposing the government’s move. “We condemned such a haphazard and irresponsible action of the government. Without going into the details of the matter they have straightaway cancelled the license of the hospital, just to please the citizen. By doing this they are just not setting up a wrong example but also misleading the society against a noble profession,” said Dr Vivek Chouksey, president, FORDA. The Delhi government on Friday has cancelled the license of the hospital in a case of gross medical negligence. As per the instructions, the hospital can now not admit any new patients nor can operate the Out Patient Department (OPD). Those availing treatment in the hospital will be entertained till the time they are not properly cured.The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) on Saturday termed the Delhi government’s move to cancel the license of Max Super Specialty hospital in Shalimar Bagh as “irrational and autocratic”. The doctors’ body said that the government should have waited for the report of the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) 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 the licence cancellation decision.

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Swine Flu grips Jodh, 6 killed in 4 days

As the winter season is progressing, the swine flu strain in Marwar is proving to be more dangerous. It has been revealed in the research conducted by the country’s microbiology labs in view of the growing patients in the state. The medical college of Jodhpur has also confirmed it.The beginning of December witnessed six deaths in four days due to swine flu. This research has shown that this virus will spread tremendously at 0 to 15-degree temperature, its attack will continue afterward also but gradually speed will also slow down. These diseases can also spread by shaking hands or sneezing.So far, 1485 suspected patients’ samples have been taken in Jodhpur. Swine flu has been confirmed in 130 people and 20 people have so far died in Jodhpur. A young man died today at MDM Hospital. In the sequence of deaths, 13 people are being told from other districts and 7 people from Jodhpur city and Jodhpur district. Most patients from Nagaur district are coming out and so far 6 deaths have occurred in this district.The condition is that after clinically recognizing the symptoms of this disease in the villages, the doctors are only referring them to cities because the ‘oseltamivir’ medication is not available there which the patient should get as soon as the disease starts.Later, when the patient is admitted to the Isolation Ward of Jodhpur in the worst condition, then there is an attempt to save him from the TEMI Flu which is inadequate.For this reason, people are dying from this disease. Many rural patients treat swine flu as a common cold and try some ‘dadi maa ke nuskhein’ prescription or even lose their life by going to neem hakims (fake doctors).Only patients of category C are coming in front-At present, most of the patients in Jodhpur died due to swine flu.The experts say that whoever gets this disease once, they will not have this disease for the second time because their Body transforms the strain of the swine flu.EXPERT OPINIONDr Arvind Mathur, a former Principal of Medical College, told that if anyone has a symptom of cold then he should immediately go to the nearest hospital to get a checkup done. This can be a symtom of swine flu.

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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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Yogi Adityanath looks for leaner bureaucracy, to merge 94 departments into 37

Not satisfied with the performance of the state bureaucracy, the Yogi government is mulling over drastic administrative reforms in Uttar Pradesh by allowing merger of 94 government departments into 37 to bring in efficiency, coordination and effective implementation of government schemes in the state.A proposal, drafted by the Additional Chief Secretary (Planning) Sanjiv Sharan, is ready and will be submitted to the government shortly for perusal and Cabinet approval. “The merger will gear up the administrative machinery and make it more accountable for effective delivery,” Sharan told media persons.During their visit to the state last month, officials of the Niti Ayog had also suggested to downsize the state machinery by merging different government departments under one for their effective functioning and greater convergence. Currently, Uttar Pradesh has as many as 94 government departments, highest than any other states in the country. The draft proposes to merge these 94 departments into one to bring down their numbers to 37.It proposes to merge important government departments like health, agriculture, cooperative, administration, cane development, Public Works department, estate and transport to streamline their functioning and better coordination.“At present, there are three to four departments for one sector which hampers the administrative functioning due to lack of coordination between them. If they are brought under one department, it will certainly help the state government to implement its various schemes more effectively,” pointed a senior officer involved in the drafting the proposals. A few senior bureaucrats are, however, against the government’s move fearing that many it may seriously affect the work allocation to the ministers and IAS officers. They suggest that the government should not drastically bring down their numbers but allow merger of only those department which have less or no work. The health department which is divided into four different departments viz family welfare, medical education, medical and health and Child Welfare is being proposed to be merged under one ministry. At present, these departments are headed by three Cabinet ministers.Dr Siddharth Nath Singh is Cabinet minister for Medical and Health, Ashutosh Tandon is Cabinet minister for Medical Education while Cabinet minister Dr Rita Bahuguna Joshi heads Child and Family Welfare.Similarly, the energy department is divided into two different departments – Energy and Renewable Energy being headed by Srikant Sharma and Brijesh Patahk respectively. The draft proposes to merge both and bring them under one Energy ministry.The draft also proposes to merge PWD, Rural Engineering, Transport and Estate under one Road and Transport department. Likewise, Secretariat Administration, General Administration, Administrative Reforms and National Integration are proposed to be merged under one department to be called General Administration.The Agriculture, Cooperative and Cane development are to be clubbed under Agriculture and Farmer Welfare. Once the proposals are approved, the Yogi Adityanath government is planning to effect a Cabinet and administrative reshuffle accordingly.

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Journo beaten up by liquor mafia in Bihar

A Bihar journalist, associated with a vernacular daily, sustained serious injuries after he was thrashed by liquor mafias while attempting to cover a raid in Nawada district, the police said on Saturday.The incident took place late on Thursday evening when Vikas Kumar, alias Sonu, was informed about a police raid to crackdown on liquor mafias operating in Rajauli Dih area and he went to cover it. Sources said police had seized around 20 litre desi liquor, and arrested three persons in connection with it.”While he was returning on his bike, Vikas was apprehended by some bootleggers and was beaten up. He received serious head injuries in the incident. The mafias later abandoned him and left,” said Avadhesh Kumar, Station House Officer of Rajauli police station. He added, “One persons has been arrested in connection with it.”Bihar Police ADG (Headquarters) SK Singhal termed the attack on a journalist in line of his duty as a grave matter, and promised strict action against the accused claiming that no one will be spared.Kumar said, “Vikas was taken to a primary health centre for first aid, following which his family members shifted him to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi on Friday.” A police team had been sent to Ranchi to register his statement, he added.The Opposition, however, has reiterated it claims of failure of prohibition in Bihar and RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav said, “Liquor is freely being smuggled into Bihar from Nepal, Jharkhand and West Bengal and is being home delivered in Bihar. How can you expect alcohol prohibition to be a success?” Total liquor ban was enforced in Bihar on April 5, 2016.

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Not against private hospitals, but won’t hesitate to act: Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi government was not against the city’s private hospitals but it would not hesitate to act sternly in cases of criminal negligence and “looting of patients”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today.Kejriwal said it takes courage to cancel the licence of a leading healthcare facility like the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh.His comments came a day after the Delhi government decided to cancel the licence of the hospital for alleged medical negligence on multiple instances, including one in which it wrongly declared an alive baby dead on November 30.The baby’s body was handed over to their parents in a plastic bag, along with his still-born sister. He died during treatment at a nursing home in Pitampura a week later.The Delhi Medical Association and the Indian Medical Association have criticised the AAP government’s decision to cancel the license of the private hospital as harsh.Also readDelhi government cancels licence of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh for medical negligence The DMA called the decision “irrational and autocratic”.Kejriwal, however, attacked the previous dispensation in Delhi, alleging they were often hand in glove with the “big” and the mighty.Also readMax Hospital’s licence cancelled: Kejriwal says ‘open loot’ won’t be tolerated, IMA says ‘too harsh a step'”If we had entered into any setting with the hospital, we would not have been able to face our conscience and would have lost the faith of the people. We are not against private hospitals. But we will not hesitate to act sternly in cases of criminal negligence and looting of patients,” he said.Citing his government’s handling of discoms, he said power tarrifs had not risen in Delhi in the past three years.Attacking his political rivals, he claimed “some powers” were trying to crush him and his party. The chief minister sought people’s support so that he can work “honestly”.Also readLiving baby declared dead: Family welcomes loss of Max Hospital’s licence, demands doctors’ arrest Kejriwal was speaking at the launch of the Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojna scheme as part of which students from the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Castes and minority communities would be able to join private coaching centres to prepare for competitive exams and the Delhi government will provide an assistance of up to Rs 40,000.They will be able to prepare for services, medical, engineering and other competitive examinations, Kejriwal said.

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Jharkhand: MBBS doctor lands in trouble after posting images of caesarian surgery without gynaecologist, anesthetist

A Jharkhand doctor has landed in trouble for sharing how he saved a woman’s life on social media. According to a Hindustan Times report, the doctor’s superiors said he ‘abducted the woman’ and conducted surgery without proper procedure of facilities.Officials said that Dr Sushil Kumar, who holds an MBBS degree, told doctors at a local health centre to refer the pregnant woman to Patliputra Medical College and Hospital in Jharkhand. However, he took the woman to a local medical facility where he is posted and performed caesarian surgery without a gynaecologist or an anaesthetist, the officials alleged.He then asked people to take picture of him that he later posted on social media, claiming that he had saved the lives of both the mother and the child. The incident took place last FridayHowever, the incident came to light on December 6 and Kumar has been issued a show cause notice asking him why he had performed the surgery without any assistance. According to the report, Kumar defended his actions as the woman, who was known to him, was critical. He also claimed that a gynaecologist performed the surgery and not him.However, an official said that the woman was not critical.

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Family celebrates loss of Max Hospital’s licence

More than a week after one of the newborn twins of a family was erroneously declared dead by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, the family heaved a sigh of relief on Friday after the Delhi government cancelled the licence of the hospital for medical negligence.The 22-week premature baby had died at a nursing home in Pitampura on Wednesday.The grieving parents of the newborn are now also demanding the immediate arrest of the two doctors involved in the alleged negligence.”We welcome the Delhi government decision, as we were also demanding the cancellation of the hospital’s licence. But why have the two doctors involved in the negligence not been arrested yet, even after being declared guilty by the hospital itself?”asked Ashish Kumar, the child’s father.”We demand the immediate arrest of both doctors. Also, they should be black-listed, so nobody has to go through a similar situation,” he said.Soon after receiving the news of the cancellation, the family members, who have been sitting on strike outside the hospital for the past five days, said that they had never imagined that the government would actually cancel the licence.”It is a historic decision and it will set an example for all those fraudulent doctors and hospitals who have been playing with the lives of innocent people,” said Deepak Kumar, the baby’s uncle.The child’s mother Varsha Bidawat, 21, has still not recovered completely. “It will take a lot of time for her to recover from what she has gone through. She is still feeling very weak both physically and mentally,” Kumar said.The family members said that they will meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday. “We will meet Mr Kejriwal to express our gratitude for his decision,” Kumar added. They will also hold a condolence meet in the memory of their child at India Gate on Saturday evening.Last Friday, the hospital had handed over the twins it had declared dead to the family in polythene packets. One of them was found alive while being taken to the cremation ground.DECEMBER HORRORDec 1 Newborn declared dead by hospital, found alive when taken for last rites Dec 1 Delhi Police registers case of attempt to commit culpable homicide against the hospital. Delhi government orders probe Dec 2 Delhi Medical Council issued show-cause notice to the hospital. Delhi health minister says if found guilty of medical negligence, hospital’s licence could be cancelled Dec 3 The hospital terminates two doctors for negligence Dec 5 Initial probe finds hospital “guilty of not having followed prescribed norms” Dec 5 Delhi govt says it would form a legal framework to track “criminal negligence” cases Dec 6 Newborn passes away Dec 7 Family members continue agitation outside the hospital Dec 8 Delhi government cancels the licence of the hospital after the probe committee finds it guilty of “medical negligence”.

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300 coal power plants throw pollution norms to wind

Even after two years of setting emission standard norms, more than 300 coal power plants across the country continue to violate them. Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) emissions in India have been increasing alarmingly since 2012, said activists.Satellite data suggests that SO2 emissions have increased by approximately 32% in the last 5 years. Also particulate matter 2.5, the most lethal of all dust-related pollutants has increased by 13%. The hotspots where air pollution due to coal plants is rife are Singrauli, Korba – Raigarh, Angul, Chandrapur, Mundra and Delhi National Capital Region.The report states that the PM 2.5 levels have rampantly increased in India, while China at the same time reduced its levels by 17% due to time-bound implementation of pollution-control action plan. Specifically mentioning Delhi’s air pollution, the report states that emissions from thermal power plants within a radius of 300 kilometres from Delhi need to be curbed along with other sources.According to the Central Pollution Control Board, if the new standards are implemented, it will cut down approximately 40% of PM emissions and 48% of both nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide as pollutant from power generation sector.Sunil Dahiya, Senior Campaigner, Greenpeace India said, “The inaction by government to implement emission standards for coal-based power plants is a clear indication of the lack of political will, and demonstrates that the interests of some industries like coal is placed above public health. This needs to change immediately. Big polluters should be brought to book for releasing toxic emissions into the atmosphere, as it is the government’s responsibility to ensure a healthier and cleaner environment for its citizens. This will not be achieved without imposing stringent controls on polluting emissions by the power sector.””These norms were to come into effect by December 7. But despite being given two years to implement these norms, the Ministry of Power and Central Electricity Authority, along with power industry, is attempting to push the dates further by 5-7 years till 2022-24 and also relaxing the water usage limits,” said Dahiya.According to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) new norms have limited emissions of particulate matter (PM), sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury and reduced water usage by coal-powered thermal power plants. These emissions are a key contributor to surging particulate matter levels in India, with the coal power sector being a key contributor to air pollution.Avijit Michael from Jhatkaa.org said, “It is disappointing to note that power plants have not taken sufficient action in the past 2 years, and are now requesting even more time to install the necessary emission reduction technology. Thousands of Indians have petitioned Dr Harshvardhan. The MoEFCC must penalise defaulters to clearly demonstrate that they consider the health of Indian citizens as a priority. “Emphasizing the impact on public health due to emissions from sources like the coal-based power plants, the Indian Medical Association Chairman, Dr KK Agrawal said, “As a representative of the medical fraternity, I cannot emphasize enough the necessity of reducing emissions from thermal power plants. Smog is a complex mixture formed by various pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and dust particles, which interact with sunlight to form ground-level ozone, leading to the buildup of haze that hangs in industrial cities. This is a high-alert situation for not only Delhi but villages and towns near these plants as well, with children and older adults at high risk. Those with lung disorders and breathing issues are also highly vulnerable to the ill effects of this condition. Air pollution is responsible for premature deaths in Delhi and across the country. Its repercussions may not be immediately obvious but the long-term implications of air pollution are fatal.”
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Two cops suspended as man dies in police stn

High drama erupted at the Keshavpuram police station in North-West district on Tuesday night after a 43-year old man, who complained of chest pain, died while he was inside the police station in connection with a quarrel case. Two police officials of the rank of the Assistant Sub-Inspector have been suspended pending enquiry.According to the police a call was received around 11:45pm about a quarrel at Tri-Nagar bus stand. A minute after the first call another call was received from the same area but a different caller. When the police officials reached the location a juvenile identified as Rushit alleged that he was beaten by Kulbhushan Chaturvedi (43) and wanted his medical examination to be done. Police officials also asked Chaturvedi if he wanted to get his medical done as well but he refused.Around 12:52 am Rushit’s medical test was conducted after which he reached the police station again and asked for the course of action. Kulbhushan was called back to the police station and it was during this time he died. “Kulbhushan complained of chest pain in the station after which he was rushed to the Fortis hospital by his family members around 2am. He was declared dead by the hospital around 2:30 am,”said a police officer.
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Cyclone Ockhi: Kerala govt intensifies search to find 92 missing fishermen

The Kerala government said intensified search and rescue operations are on to trace 92 fishermen, still missing in high seas after cyclone Ockhi hit the state coast on November 29 and 30.The state control room, that monitors rescue operations, has put the death toll in the cyclone related incidents at 29.The Government Medical College authorities here said as many as 10 dead bodies are yet to be identified.Since the bodies are beyond recognition, DNA samples have been collected to identify them, authorities added.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Schools in Mumbai, other parts of Maharashtra to remain open on Wednesday So far, 2,664 people, including fishermen, have been rescued off the sea from various parts of the state, the state control room said.A total of 292 fishermen had gone fishing on November 29 from Thiruvananthapuram coastal region,of whom 200 had already been rescued, Fisheries minister J Mercykutty, told PTI.The 200 fishermen were part of the 2,664 people rescued.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Cyclone Ockhi pours cold water on poll campaign”Officially 92 fishermen are still missing…Rescue work is going with more intensity and by widening the area for search,” she said adding, that local people have however put the number of missing persons at more than 100.According to Government Medical College sources here, as many as 34 fishermen, who were rescued, are now undergoing treatment.Yesterday Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had visited cyclone-hit areas here and assured the state all help.She had also asserted that rescue operations would continue till every missing fishermen was brought back safely.With no news of their dear ones, families of the missing fishermen are waiting with prayers and not giving up hope.Meanwhile a defence press release in Kochi said that local fishermen will join naval teams to carry out search and rescue operations of fishermen trapped in high seas.Also readCyclone Ockhi: 39 dead in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, 167 fishermen missing
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India doctors fired for mistakenly declaring newborn dead

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Cyclone Ockhi: Kerala fishermen back from brink of death

It is not the first time Kerala fishermen have faced a turbulent sea, but the sheer ferocity of Cyclone Ockhi has shaken them badly.Trapped in violent waters, with no food or water, desperate eyes searching for help in the middle of a turbulent sea—sum up the helplessness of the fishermen.Though many fishermen were brought ashore safely and admitted to hospitals, many are yet to recover from the shock of wrestling the lashing waves and seeing death face-to-face.Stephan, a fisherman hailing from nearby Poonthura, said he was terrified on seeing a rescue boat move away without seeing them and hearing their cries.”It was the first time we were experiencing such huge waves and a rough sea. Luckily, the rescue boat came back and saved us,” Stephan, who is recuperating at the Government Medical College Hospital here, said.Also readCyclone Ockhi: 531 fishermen rescued says Kerala CM; cyclone to move towards Mumbai in 48 hoursMost of the rescued fishermen had bruises all over their bodies and were seen shivering and begging for hot water and food when brought ashore.Titus, another fisherman hailing from Neendakara in Kollam district, said he had never seen such a violent sea even in movies.Also readCyclone Ockhi kills 14, many feared trapped at sea; PM Modi assures all help He said strong winds virtually threw them in the sea and that they somehow managed to hold on to the boat, till the rescue team arrived.His fellow fisherman Kennedy said their boat drifted aimlessly for around 100 km in the gusty winds.Meanwhile, anxious families of fishermen, who are yet to return, expressed their anguish and protested by holding roadblocks in various places here.The weeping women said they were waiting with prayers and tears for their beloved ones to return.
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Licence can also be cancelled if medical negligence found: Satyendar Jain on Max Hospital declaring live baby dead

In the wake of a premature baby being wrongly declared dead by a city-based private hospital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain today said if the hospital is found guilty of negligence in the probe, its licence can be cancelled.The government had yesterday ordered an inquiry into the “criminal negligence” by the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, after it surfaced that its doctors had declared the baby dead but he was found to be alive later.”Once the report comes out, toughest action will be taken. And, if the hospital is found guilty of medical negligence, then its licence can also be cancelled,” Jain told reporters.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had promised “strict action”.This baby boy was one of the prematurely born twins (boy and girl) delivered on the morning of November 30 to Varsha at Max Hospital. The other baby was stillborn.The mother was brought to the hospital from a nursing home in Paschim Vihar, police said.Also readMax Hospital goof-up: Family of twins stage dharna demanding action against authoritiesThe parents were earlier told by the hospital that both the babies were stillborn, and were handed to them in a polythene bag, but just before their last rites, the family found that the boy was alive, police said.”We rushed the baby to a nearby nursing home in Pitampura, where he is in life support,” the father told reporters yesterday.Jain said the report is expected in two days.The Delhi health minister said, “The same hospital was issued a show cause notice on November 22 for not fulfilling some norms related to providing services to patients of EWS (economically weaker section) category.””We had done a probe (in EWS case) and it was also found that in the OPD, only 10 per cent of the patients were being attended to than the 25 per cent,” Jain alleged.Also readDelhi: Max hospital gives ‘dead’ twins to parents in polythene bag, one found alive Asked if any action will be taken against the doctors involved in the case, he said, the matter will be sent to the Medical Council of India (MCI) and then based on the response, any action will be taken.Expressing displeasure over the incident, Jain also alleged that “in the name of reforms, private hospitals have been given concessions, and government hospitals been destroyed, deliberately”.He claimed that a lot of influential people are involved with running private hospitals, and so “government hospitals are being ruined, to benefit the private ones”.”The Delhi government is all focused on strengthening the healthcare system. In the last two-and-a-half years, the number of patients visiting our facilities have increased one-and-a-half times, and we are determined to bolster our health sector,” he asserted.Police has already registered a case under section 308 of the IPC, which governs cases related to attempt to commit culpable homicide and the offence under it is punishable by up to seven years in jail.A senior police official yesterday said, “Two doctors from the hospital have been named in the case.”
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Med colleges scam: NGO fined Rs25L, plea junked

The Supreme Court Friday dismissed another plea for a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the alleged judicial corruption in allowing admissions in blacklisted medical colleges.Dismissing the plea filed by the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR), a NGO that spearheads the movement for transparency in judiciary, the bench comprising Justices RK Agrawal, Arun Mishra and AM Khanwilkar also imposed a cost of Rs 25 lakh on the petitioner.The court had earlier dismissed a similar plea, which made similar allegations, filed by senior advocate Kamini Jaiswal. The petition had claimed that allegations of bribery were levelled for securing favourable orders in cases relating to medical colleges. This is the same case in which retired Orissa HC judge IM Quddusi is also an accused.In an FIR, the CBI had named several persons, including Justice Quddusi, Lucknow-based Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences’ chairman BP Yadav, his son Palash Yadav and three others.
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Newborn, declared dead by Delhi hospital, found alive later

A newborn, who was declared dead along with his still-born twin by Delhi’s Max hospital, was about to be buried when his family found him alive.After this, both the mother and newborn were admitted to another hospital. Delhi Police Spokesperson Deependra Pathak told ANI that the police were taking into account all details of the situation, and were also consulting legal experts. “It is a very shocking incident, and shows height of negligence. We have started immediate inquiry and investigation in this case. We are also consulting legal experts,” Pathak said. The Delhi Police will take further action if a case of negligence surfaces.”Under the court’s direction, we will also consult Delhi Medical Council or Indian Medical council, and convey to them details of all circumstances. Then, we’ll take legal action if a case of negligence surfaces,” Pathak said, adding that the police will also look if there are more cases of criminal negligence in the hospital. Meanwhile, Union Health Minister JP Nadda has spoken to Health Secretary in this connection.
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DNA SPECIAL: Power tussle between Lok Nayak Hospital, MAMC

The Delhi government’s biggest medical institute—Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and Lok Nayak Hospital are in a power tussle as few of the department heads have refused to cooperate with the medical director (MD) of the hospital.According to the sources, in the last few months, regular confrontational incidents have taken place between the MD and few professors, with both writing letters to each other, marking the secretary and even Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.In one such letter, a departmental head wrote to the director,”The memorandum is without jurisdiction as MD Lok Nayak Hospital is not competent enough to issue such memorandums. It is beyond his jurisdiction to issue such a notice to Director Professor and head of the department who is under direct administrative control of Dean MAMC.”The MD had issued a memorandum as the department head and his colleagues failed to turn up for a meeting.MAMC Dean had issued a circular last week asking all the professors to extend their support to the MD to ensure smooth functioning of the hospital.”There are few HODs who have issues with MD. But even then, they must cooperate with him as he is the administrative head. I had been receiving such communications, and therefore, I decided to issue a circular to make things clear,” said Dr Sidharth Ramji, dean, MAMC.Dr JC Passey was appointed MD of Lok Nayak Hospital by the AAP government. The government had, last year, bifurcated the administrative systems of the Delhi hospitals.”All the doctors are doing their clinical practice in the hospitals. If anyone is spending 99 per cent of time here, how can they refuse to participate in the work? We are trying our best to sort out issues and work for the hospital upliftment,” Dr Passey told DNA.UNCONSTITUTIONALHospital sources said that the appointment of the MD was unconstitutional.”There is no document to substantiate this post. Neither the L-G, nor the Centre had given an approval for this post. We are following our head– dean of the college,” said a senior doctor.
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Adverse male to female sex ratio major cause for concern: President Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The adverse male to female sex ratio is a major cause for concern, President Ram Nath Kovind said today, and sought support from medical officers to the government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative. He also asked the medical officers to remain sensitive to the poor and the needy.”Our country is making rapid economic progress. Health and socio-economic indicators must gallop along with it,” Kovind said. He said the disease burden in the country is undergoing change. “We have to tackle communicable diseases such as TB, malaria and dengue, and at the same time deal with the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases,” the president said, addressing General Duty Medical Officers (GDMOS) of the second foundation course conducted by the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare. These GDMOS called on Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.Kovind said that to address these shifting health priorities, the government has after more than a decade come up with a revised national health policy. “The adverse male to female sex ratio is a major cause for concern. Undernutrition and malnutrition remains an area where we have a lot more to do,” he said. Kovind said while health may be a core concern, they have an equally important role to play in the socio-economic progress of the country. “Several key government initiatives such as ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ and ‘Swachh Bharat’ need your support and service,” he said.The president suggested the medical officers to take a preventive approach to health rather than solely a curative one.”In this context, integrating our traditional systems of medicine — AYUSH — into our healthcare system must be a priority,” he said. Kovind said digital technology combined with Aadhar and mobile telephony can work wonders for health care. “Our e-aushadhi programme is on course. Tele-medicine is another effective technology intervention which we must put to greater use,” he said.Kovind said the society places high faith in doctors and their noble profession.”I am sure you will reciprocate their faith with committed service, always being compassionate and sensitive to the poor and the needy,” the president said. He said the country’s disease burden remains high. “Coupled with it we have issues of delivery, access to services and affordability. But with dedication, drive and determination, we can achieve our goals,” Kovind said. The president said that the goal of universal health coverage is a priority for the government. “The implementation of the national health mission critically depends on your commitment. This needs effective governance at the community, village and district levels,” he said, addressing the medical officers.

Kerala Love Jihad | Wife is not a chattel, hubby can’t be guardian: SC admonishes Hadiya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A wife is not a chattel and the husband cannot be her guardian, the Supreme Court said today after interacting with a Kerala woman, alleged victim of love jihad.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud interacted with the 25-year old Hadiya for nearly half-an-hour and posed questions on her life, ambition, studies and hobbies.Hadiya told the apex court that she wanted ‘freedom’ to live with her husband, profess her faith in Islam and that she very well understood what she was doing.When the bench asked Hadiya to name any relative or any near acquaintance to be named as her local guardian in college at Salem in Tamil Nadu, she said her husband could be her guardian and she does not want anyone else in that role.”A husband cannot be a guardian of his wife. Wife is not a chattel. She has her own identity in life and society. Even I am not guardian of my wife. Please make her understand,” Justice Chandrachud said.The bench posed questions to Hadiya in English while she answered in Malyalam, which was translated by senior advocate V Giri, who appeared for Kerala government.When the bench asked Hadiya what your dreams are for the future, she replied she wanted freedom and to live with her husband.The bench then asked whether she was comfortable in professing her faith and studying simulatenously and told her that being a good citizen, she can profess her faith and be a good doctor.Hadiya replied she wanted freedom to profess her faith and she fully understood what she is doing.The bench asked her whether she wanted to continue her studies and pursue internship in house surgeonship at the expense of the state government.The woman said she wanted to pursue her studies but not at the state’s expense as her husband will take care of her.She further requested the court that she be allowed to visit her friend before being taken to Salem, to which the court agreed and directed the state government to provide her security.The court asked Kerala police ensure that she travelled at the earliest to Salem in Tamil Nadu to pursue homeopathy studies at Sivaraj Medical College there and appointed dean of the institution as her local guardian.

Masterminds of 26/11 attacks must be hanged in public, says Maruti Phad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maruti Phad, 40, who worked as a personal assistant and driver to the then Principal Secretary, Medical Education and Drugs Department had left his home to pick up the Secretary near St Xavier’s College at Fort. At this unfortunate moment, he suffered two bullet injuries after mowing down Ajmal Kasab and his accomplice who were firing indiscriminately near the same area.Phad drove back towards the wrong side for at least 50 meters when the terrorists fired bullets at him.”I suffered two bullets on my hands but kept driving backwards. I am lucky that I survived. But now I want Hafiz Saeed and his accomplices to be brought back in India and hanged to death,” said Phad.”The masterminds should be hanged publicly so that the terrorists must get a strong message that we will not deal with terror attacks lightly,” he said.

Vyapam case: CBI files charge sheet against 592 accused including Chairmen of 4 private medical colleges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chairmen of four private medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh and two officers of medical education department are among the 592 accused named in a charge sheet filed by the CBI in a Vyapam-related case, officials said today.Those listed in the charge sheet included J N Choksey, chairman of L N Medical College; S N Vijaywargiya of People’s Medical College; Ajay Goenka of Chirayu Medical College (all in Bhopal) and Suresh Singh Bhadoriya of Index Medical College, Indore, they said. While three promoters did not comment when contacted by PTI, Bhadoriya claimed neither his nor his college’s name was mentioned in the CBI charge sheet. All four of them are understood to have filed application for anticipatory bail, the CBI officials said.The charge sheet was filed in a special CBI court in Bhopal in the case of Pre-Medical Test (PMT) conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board or Vyapam in 2012. The test was for selecting candidates to various medical colleges of the state. Explaining the modus operandi, the CBI officials said middlemen followed an engine-bogey system for pairing of candidates to take examination in alleged connivance with certain Vyapam officials.In this, a bright candidate (who had already taken coaching to prepare for the test and is well versed with the examination pattern) would be alloted a roll number just ahead of a not-so-bright aspirant so that the latter could cheat from him, they said. The bright candidate would act as engine and the other as the bogey, the official said. The middlemen were charging anything between Rs 15 and 20 lakh for this pairing, the CBI officials said.Giving further details of the case, they said on the basis of successful selection, the bright students would then take admission only in the four private medical colleges named in the charge sheet, despite they being in the merit list and hence eligible for admission in government institutions.These successful candidates, in connivance with middlemen and office bearers of private medical colleges, would later withdraw their admission, the officials said. Instead of reporting these vacancies to state government department concerned, the college authorities would fill these seats through management quota charging a hefty amount from a minimum of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore, they said. The students who took admission through the management quotas were not the ones who sat in the examination, the officials said.Among those named in the charge sheet, 334 are ‘engine- bogey’ candidates, 155 are guardians of these candidates, 46 invigilators of the examination, 26 officials of four private medical colleges, 22 middlemen and two officers of department of medical education, Madhya Pradesh, they said. The state government officials named in the charge sheet are S C Tiwari, the then director, and N M Srivastava, the then joint director in the medical education department, they said.Of the total people named in the charge sheet, 245 have been made accused for the first time. Others have been named in different charge sheet filed earlier by the CBI. The probe agency is looking into the various cases of massive irregularities in various examination conducted by the Vyapam to select candidates for medical colleges and also for state government jobs.

Outrage after India minister terms cancer ‘divine justice’

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An outfall of Gorakhpur: ICMR considers post-mortem of every child death in four districts of eastern UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Babies that die in eastern Uttar Pradesh (UP) will have to undergo a post-mortem procedure, a crucial step towards efforts to correct health systems, after a spate of child deaths in Gorakhpur this August, shook the conscience of India.Labelled the Child Health and Mortality Prevalence Surveillance (CHAMS), it will be conducted in four districts of UP including Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Maharajganj, initially in a baseline population of 50,000 persons.45% deaths (up to 4118 of 9000) due to Encephalitis infection or brain inflammation in India have occurred in UP, since 2010. Most vulnerable to die are children under-five years of age.Initially, the CHAMS exercise will be conducted in public hospitals in four districts and will gradually spread to conducting post-mortem of babies that die at home in the community. “The post-mortem of the baby will be done in a minimally invasive method, wherein biopsy samples of various body part tissues will be extracted, including the brain, kidney and liver. Our idea is to capture the cause for every child who dies,” said Dr Swaminathan.The mystery of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Gorakhpur only gets murkier and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) aims to crack it by ascertaining it’s causes. “Of every 100 deaths due to AES, in 40 cases the cause is known. Majority are due to Scrub Typhus infection while other causes include dengue, malaria, meningitis and Japanese Encephalitis. Now conducting post-mortem in each death case will be the step forward to further investigate causes in more cases about which we are still in dark,” Dr Swaminathan said.Vital death registration systems are very poor in India. Only 10% of all deaths are ascertained for a cause according to World Health Organization’s India country figures.“Of all the babies succumbing in BRD Medical College at Gorakhpur, very few undergo systematic post-mortem to ascertain the cause of death. CHAMS will provide evidence-based insights on causes of death leading to better intervention strategies on ground,” said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, secretary, department of health research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).“After death, the cause is mentioned as cardiac failure or something of that sort which may be the ultimate event but not the underlying cause. This is why CHAMS is required.”She emphasised that obtaining family’s consent to conduct PM on the baby is absolutely crucial and necessary. “This is why we will first start off with investigating deaths in hospital set-up and then move into community. Each district will have 10 to 15 outreach workers who will go until the homes to convince families to participate in the CHAMS exercise. Families consent will be obtained before conducting PM in both hospital and community set-up,” Dr Swaminathan stated. “Before the exercise begins in UP, a pilot will be conducted at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. The plan should roll out in next six months.”Conducting post-mortem to ascertain clinical causes of deaths has been successfully employed in countries like Mozambique, Mali and closer to home Bangladesh earlier.

Medical bill tabled in Karnataka, provision for jailing doctors for negligence dropped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A watered down version of the controversial medical bill designed to regulate private health care was introduced in the Karnataka Assembly today, dropping a provision for sending doctors to jail for negligence.The bill scraps several other provisions which were considered ‘draconian” by doctors in private hospitals and nursing homes, protesting which they had struck work last week crippling health services. The changes were made after the government and the striking doctors had reached an amicable settlement that led to the withdrawal of the indefinite strike on November 17. ‘The Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2017’, tabled by Health Minister Ramesh Kumar, aims at making necessary amendments to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act, 2007 (Karnataka Act 21 of 2007).The bill removes imprisonment provisions in case of violation of certain sections of the Act. Earlier,the bill had proposed six months to three years jail term and hefty penalty for medical negligence on the part of doctors.It also provides for emergency treatment as per the need without insisting on payment of advance from patient or representative of the patient in specified cases and enhancing certain monetary penalties leviable under certain sections.According to the statement of objects and reasons of the bill, it was considered necessary to amend the 2007 Act to reconstitute the registration and grievances redressal authority and enhance transparency in display of rates by private medical establishments. The bill also empowers the state government to fix uniform package rates for treatment and procedures under health assurance schemes of the government, specify the patients charter and private medical establishment’s charter.It provides for levy of monetary penalty in case of non compliance of the patients charter or private medical establishments charter. The bill was first tabled in the assembly on June 13 and later sent to the joint select committee following opposition by doctors and medical professionals.The bill also stated that complaints pertaining to negligence,non-adherence to standard protocols for treatments, procedures and prescription audit shall be referred to the Karnataka Medical Council for inquiry.It also mentions about forming an expert committee to recommend classification of the private medical establishment and recommend minimum standards of infrastructure, staffing pattern and staff qualification, as also standard protocols for treatments and procedures and prescription audit. The doctors had called off the strike after meeting Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and an interim order by the Karnataka High Court directing the agitating doctors to restore forthwith their medical services.

Attacks continue: RSS leader killed in Uttar Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Kerala and Punjab, yet another Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader was killed in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh.The body of an RSS leader Sunil Garg, who was actively campaigning for BJP candidates in Meerut, was found in a sack near a gutter. A resident of Devinagar, Garg had left his house in the evening after campaigning for the BJP candidate in Surajkund ward. When he did not return until late, his wife Rashmi and family members lodged a police complaint.During search operation late Sunday night, police recovered a body from a gutter in Mangal Pandey Nagar near Medical College. The body was wrapped in a sack. Several injury marks from a sharp-edged weapon were found on the body. Family members identified the body as that missing Sunil Garg. The RSS leader was into the iron trade.The SP City Maan Singh said that the police have recovered his mobile from the parking of the medical college. “It appears that the killers attacked him with sharp-edged weapons and after killing him packed his body in a sack and threw it in a gutter near the medical college,” said the SP.“A case has been registered and we have formed a team to investigate the case. We have also sought CCTV footage from the medical authorities to check if anyone was accompanying Garg. The police is also taking statements from the family members to if he was having any trade-related enmity with anyone,” said the SP City.Agitated over the murder of the RSS leader, local BJP leaders and traders have demanded a high-level probe and immediate arrest of killers. On November 16, a BJP leader Shiv Kumar, close to Union minister Dr Mahesh Sharma, was shot dead in broad day light in Greater Noida along with his personal security guard, driver and girl student when assailants sprayed bullets on his vehicle.Earlier, an RSS leader Rajesh Mishra was shot dead by mobile-borne assailants at his shop in Ghazipur district on October 21. Attacks on RSS-BJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh came close to killings of several RSS leaders in Kerala and Punjab.

Bihar: 54 girl students from Darbhanga Medical College fined Rs 25,000 each for ragging

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 54 students of girls’ hostel in Darbhanga Medical College have been fined Rs 25,000 each for allegedly ragging their juniors.The incident came to light after a first-year student studying in the college reported about the incident to the Medical Council of India (MCI).”The monetary fine ranges from Rs 25,000 to one lakh. We have imposed minimum fine of Rs 25000 on entire batch with the deadline of 25 November. Those who don’t oblige will be suspended for six months,” said Nodal Officer, Anti-ragging committee Radharaman Prasad Singh.The fined Darbhanga students include both first-year and second-year students.While the seniors have been fined for their alleged involvement in ragging, the juniors have been financially punished for refusing to identify their tormentors.The victim went to the MCI directly instead of complaining to the college authority.No complaint has been filed against students to the police authorities.However, the police authorities are keeping their eyes and are constantly monitoring the situation near the college.This is not the first time that a ragging incident has been reported from the college.

Private doctors in Karnataka call off strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Private doctors in Karnataka withdrew their strike hours after the High Court urged them to call off their indefinite strike, reports ANI. However, the protests will continue in Belagavi. Division bench comprising acting Chief Justice HG Ramesh and Justice PS Dinesh Kumar observed that the the doctors should call off their protest as the government has an “open mind on the issue”, and asked them to participate in the talks convened by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The doctors are opposing the amendments to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (KPME) Act, 2007, which among others propose six months to three years jail term and hefty penalty for medical negligence on the part of doctors.The proposed amendments are based on recommendations of former Supreme Court judge Vikramajit Sen. The bench said there was no strong case for the doctors to protest as the KPME amendment bill has not yet been tabled in the Assembly, and adjourned further hearing on the PIL petitions on the matter for tomorrow. The petitions complained about severe hardship being caused to the public due to the strike. Health services in the state were hit as doctors across the state have shut down clinics and outpatient services in private hospitals against the proposed bill, which is likely to be tabled in the Assembly during the ongoing winter session. With PTI inputs

Bengaluru docs to go on indefinite stir from Thursday; outpatient services to take a hit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Outpatient services in private hospitals and nursing homes in the capital city of Karnataka are likely to be hit from Thursday, as doctors announce an indefinite stir against proposed amendments to an Act which make hospitals accountable for medical negligence.Doctors are opposing the amendments to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act, 2007, which among others propose six months to three years of jail term and hefty penalty for medical negligence.The proposed amendments are based on recommendations of former Supreme Court judge Vikramajit Sen.Upping their ante, the doctors affiliated to five medical bodies in the city today announced the shutdown of out-patient services till the government drooped its move, which they alleged was “detrimental” to medical profession.”There are 22,000 doctors in Bengaluru, who will close outpatient services from tomorrow. However, emergency services, selective surgeries, dialysis and deliveries will be carried out,” Private Hospitals And Nursing HomesAssociation (PHANA) president C Jayanna said.Jayanna said the five associations including the Indian Medical Association (IMA), PHANA and others held an emergency meeting today where they decided to intensify the stir indefinitely.He charged that the state government was implementing the Sen committee report selectively.The report, if implemented in toto, will make government hospitals equally accountable, he said.”This Act, if passed, will wreck havoc. We briefed the government and health minister, but no one heeded to our plea,” Jayanna told reporters here.A doctors delegation had yesterday met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at Belagavi, where the legislature session is on.Siddaramaiah had appealed to the doctors to call off their stir, saying the government’s intention to bring the amendments was not to trouble them.Jayanna also rejected the charge that the doctors were holding the state to ransom.PHANA secretary R Raveendra alleged that state Health Minister Ramesh Kumar was adamant on passing the proposed amendments.Health services had been hit in Karnataka twice earlier this month as private hospitals and nursing homes failed to function following protests against the proposed amendments.At Belagavi, over 10,000 private practice doctors had assembled near Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, and staged a protest yesterday.

Women are more at risk of pulmonary diseases than men

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Females are more at the risk of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a serious respiratory disease caused by smoke and air pollution, compared to males. As they have smaller and more sensitive lung mucous, these affect women more quickly and severely than men, warn lung disease specialists, ahead of World COPD Day. COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive, inflammatory lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Women residing in rural areas are more at risk due to cooking food on‘Chulha’. WHO predicts that COPD will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. “As per studies sponsored by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in 2009, an estimated 1.48 crore (3.49%) Indians suffer from chronic bronchitis. The figures may differ, but the ailment, poses a serious health risk regardless of rural-urban status and socio-economic background. That’s because the leading causes of COPD are tobacco consumption, exposure to biomass fuel, smoke and external pollutants such as smog. Second-hand smoke exposure is also a factor,” Dr Narendra khippal, professor at institute of respiratory diseases, SMS medical college said. According to lung disease experts, on average, people with COPD have five additional associated diseases or disorders, such as metabolic, muscular, cardiac, gastrointestinal and mental function. In women, the symptoms of anxiety, depression and shortness of breath are more marked than in men.Globally, and in India, COPD is under-diagnosed as a lung function test, spirometry, is often not conducted during preliminary investigations. Dr Khippal who specialises in treatment of COPD, says that of 156 patients who participated in a 6-month OPD based study from Jan to June 2017, 17 per cent of prolonged cough were diagnosed with COPD by a spirometry test.Experts believe that in the future, more Indians are likely to develop COPD due to exposure to external air pollution.Biomass fuel emission adds In India, exposure to biomass fuels like crop residues or woods or animal dung is widely prevalent. It takes place in conditions where much of the effluent is released into the indoor living area. Women, who do most of the cooking in villages, are the most affected. Mosquito coils used in homes are another source of exposure. Burning of one mosquito coil, capable of emitting particulate matter equivalent to those with around 100 cigarettes,” says Dr MK Gupta, Sr lungs disease specialist, Anchal Hospital.Treatment slows progressionTreatment can help slow the progression of the condition and control the symptoms. This includes stop smoking, inhalers, medications, pulmonary rehabilitation and surgery or a lung transplant. “If someone smokes, stopping is the most effective way to prevent COPD getting worse. Doctor will advise how to use inhaler correctly and how often to use it.If symptoms are not controlled with inhalers, doctor may recommend tablets or may prescribe a short course of antibiotics,”says Dr Shubhranshu Gupta,Sr, lungs specialist, Narayana Hospital.

Rejected lover burns 22-yr-old in her home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old woman engineering graduate was burnt alive on Monday night allegedly by a spurned lover in her home in the city’s Adambakkam. Her mother and sister sustained severe burn injuries when they tried to save her.According to the police, S Indhuja who was working in an IT company, died after being admitted to Kilpauk Medical College hospital while her mother Renuka and younger sister Nivedhika are in critical condition after suffering 50 per cent and 20 per cent burn injuries.The accused Akash Muthukumar (25) who tried to escape was arrested by the police on Tuesday morning. Akash, a college dropout, is known to Indhuja’s family as he lives in the same locality Saraswathi Nagar at Adambakkam and he often makes casual visits to their house, police said.After being rejected by Indhuja, Akash started stalking her, the police said. Indhuja quit her job because of the continuous stalking. According to police, Akash claimed he was in a relationship with Indhuja and they had plans to marry.On Monday night at around 8:45 pm, Akash visited her house and got into an argument with her family members. In the middle of the scuffle, he brought a can of petrol and poured it on her and set her on fire, the police said. Her mother and sister who tried to put off the fire also caught ablaze.”It all happened in a matter of few minutes. I thought they were arguing. Suddenly a young man came with a petrol can and poured it on Indhuja. On her mother’s request, I tried to push him out of the house, but he set her on fire before I could manage to that,” a neighbour said.

Shocking! 22-year-old girl burnt alive by jilted lover in Chennai, family too suffers injuries

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 22-year-old girl was set on fire in their house in Adambakkam in Chennai on Monday night by a man known to her family after she refused to reciprocate his love.The girl Sindhuja succumbed to the severe burn injuries at Kilpauk Medical College hospital while her mother Renuka and younger sister Nivedhika who tried to put off fire also suffered severe burn injuries and are in critical condition, according to the police.The accused Akash (25) who tried to escape was arrested by the police on Tuesday morning. Akash, a college dropout, is known to Sindhuja’s family as he lives in the same locality Saraswathi Nagar, police said.When Sindhuja rejected Akash’s love proposal, he continued his one-sided love and to stalk wherever she goes, the police said, adding that Sindhuja, a BE graduate, quit her job a few days back as she was continuously stalked by him. When her parents started looking for an alliance, Akash who came to know about it got furious and threatened her with dire consequences.On Monday night, Akash visited their house and got into an argument with her. As the argument turned soar, Akash brought a can of petrol he had kept in his two-wheeler and poured it on her and set her on fire, the police said. Her mother and sister who tried to put off the fire also caught ablaze. Sindhuja’s father is working in Dubai.“It all happened in a matter of few minutes. As I heard loud noises, I came out to see what is happening. I thought they were arguing with themselves. Suddenly a young man came with a petrol can and poured it on Sindhuja. As her mother asked me to take him out, I was pushing him out of the house when he suddenly set her on fire,” the neighbour said.

Health department wakes up to threat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Better late than never, the state health department has finally woken up to the threat of Japanese Encephalitis after the first death was reported in the state. On Monday, 4 days after the report from National Institute of Virology, (NIV), Pune confirmed that the death was caused by JE, a team of specialists was sent to Keshoraipatan in Bundi.“A three-member central team of Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDPS) from state headquarter has been sent to the area, the deceased belonged from,” Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur, Director (Rural Health) told DNA.“The team, including epidemiologist, microbiologist and entomologist, will visit Keshoraipatan, including Bundi and Kota. It will investigate from where and how the victim got the virus infection. Her travel history will be investigated and the team will submit its finding report by this Thursday,” he added.On November 9, a NIV report of serum sample of Manju (30), confirmed that she was positive for JEIgM Elisa. Manju, wife of Parasram, was a resident of Chamunda colony in Kishoraipatan in Bundi district. She was brought to a private hospital in Kota after running high fever and several spell of un-consciousnesses. Later, she was admitted to MBS hospital, Kota where she breathed her last on October 16. After 25 days of her death it was confirmed that she was infected with JE virus.Though, the health directorate appeared to be in a state of alleged “slumber” in response to the lethal disease, but health official at Bundi, meanwhile, conducted prevention activities as they got the report from Kota Medical College.“Anti-larval activity including fogging has been conducted in the region. I have also sought a fact finding report in the matter,” Dr Suresh Kumar Jain,Chief Medical and Health Officer, Bundi,told DNA.

DNA Exclusive: First case of Japanese encephalitis reported from Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan has registered the first case of Japanese encephalitis in Kota division. The victim, a 30-year-old woman, died in Maharawal Bhim Singh (MBS) hospital on October 16. Twenty-five days after her death, it has been confirmed in the report from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune that she was suffering from Japanese encephalitis.The deceased Manju, wife of Parasram, was a resident of Chamunda colony in Kishoraipatan in Bundi district, 24 kilometers away from Kota divisional headquarters. “She had fever on October 6. After consulting with local doctors, we took her to New Medical College, Kota on October 8 from where she was admitted in Sudha Hospital at Talwandi. After four days treatment she was referred to MBS hospital where she died on October 16,” said Parasram.During her admittance in Sudha Hospital, Dr Amit Dev, a neurologist at the hospital, through central lab of MBS hospital, sent the blood sample to NIV for serum test as he suspected Manju of having Japanese encephalitis.The disease has 60% chance of survival. Only recently, hundreds of children died in Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district. But in Rajasthan, so far no action has been taken by state health department. Efforts to contact Bundi Chief Medical & Health Officer went futile. Dr VK Mathur, Director (public health) did not respond to phone calls.

Inmate fasts, Tihar bosses get mouthful

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After authorities at Tihar Jail allowed an undertrial, accused of killing his mother, to remain on hunger strike for two months, a Delhi court pulled them up for “ill treating” the accused and directed the authorities to provide all possible medical aid to him.Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey was forced to intervene in the matter when he saw the accused, Laxman Kumar Naydu, shivering inside the court room during a hearing on Thursday.The judge also offered two glasses of honey water to the under trial to break his fast in the court room and assured him of medical aid.On interacting with the accused, the court found out that he was called to the jail dispensary on September 7 for his medical examination. However, the court was told that the doctor in the dispensary misbehaved with him. Naydu also informed the court that he expressed his desire to die following which “the doctor advised me that I can leave food if I want to die”. He added that he had not taken any meal or food since September 7.According to the medical report, it was stated that the accused was examined by the jail-visiting psychiatrist. On examination the psychiatrist noted, “(the accused) wishes to die (passive) and depressed mood but no active suicidal ideation”.ASJ Pandey said the interaction with the accused “reflects that he is not being properly treated and the jail doctors and the visiting psychiatrist are not competent to deal with him”.”Accused is in judicial custody and it is the duty of the court to see that if he was suffering from any problem, he should be provided with proper treatment in the jail. It is the further duty of the court to bring the irregularities, if any, about the proper custody of the accused to the notice of the responsible officers and to seek a proper report,” the judge added.Naydu was arrested after he called the police admitting that he had murdered his mother by hitting her with a brick and strangulating her with a plastic pipe on April 24.

NCR hosp sees 30% hike in patients with breathing trouble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The district hospital of Gautam Buddha Nagar has registered a 30 per cent hike in the number of cases with respiratory problems over the past two days, with the pollution levels touching ‘severe’ in the Delhi-NCR region.According to Anurag Bhargava, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the district hospital has seen a 40 per cent increase in the OPD footfall of patient with respiratory stress, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the last 48 hours.”Earlier, the respiratory disorders were common in people of age above 55 years, but with the increase in pollutants, such problems are now common in people as young as 25 years,” Bhargava said.He added, “Earlier, we used to have around 350 people visiting us daily for such problems after Diwali, but now on an average we are getting 470 people from the past two days which is dangerous. We have noticed that most of the first-timers are coming from construction site areas, from Sectors- 46, 76, 77, 78, 125, and 126.Asked as to what symptoms he was witnessing, Bhargava said, “Most of the patients are complaining of irritation in the eyes. I’d suggest people stay at home and not go for morning walks, or yoga classes in the open. Pollution levels are the highest early in the day due to low wind movement.”On Thursday morning, the AQI level was recorded at 678 in Noida. The air quality is marked ‘severe’ if the index is above 400. It has been hovering between ‘very poor’ — 301 to 400 — and ‘severe’ over the last week.Considering the alarming levels of air pollution in the city, the Noida Authority has asked all construction activities to be stopped. All hot mix plants, industries doing any emissions, all transportation of building materials has been stopped immediate effect.”We have made a note of all the activities which lead to pollution to be stopped immediately. No crop residue burning in the open will take place for the few days,” said a senior authority officer.However, there is a fallout to all these efforts. Sources say that construction work is stopped, how will home-buyers get their promised flats on time?

Mask sales surge by 60% due to smog

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the smog ensuring Delhi’s air quality is falling to alarming levels, pharmacies and retail mask dealers are doing roaring business in masks and air purifiers. In fact, pharmacies across various parts of the city, sales have gone up by sixty percent over the last few days alone.After last year’s pollution rise, some pharmacies confirmed that they had stocked up on masks way before Diwali, but due to the cracker ban, sales remained low. But they said sales have just picked up since Wednesday, so much so that some pharmacies are even selling their last year’s stock.”I sold over 180 masks on Wednesday, which is a big number considering mine is a small shop in a residential area,” said Sanjay Kapoor, a chemist in West Delhi.Though all kinds of masks are available, doctors suggest the N95 are the most effective in Delhi’s pollution as they can stop the PM 2.5 as well. Costing anywhere between Rs 300 and 2,000, these masks are the highest in demand and many pharmacists say that they are running out of stock.Surgical masks too are available for anywhere between Rs 20 and 300, but doctors they are not suitable in high pollution areas.”In the last one year, sales of masks have gone up even on normal days, but int he last three days, I have sold masks worth Rs. 95,000 both in retail and wholesale. I believe masks worth several lakh have been sold in Delhi this week. Online sales have gone up too, as some of my customers bought masks online as well,” says Suresh Verma, a mask wholesaler from Laxmi Nagar.Meanwhile, over 2,000 free masks were distributed to security personnel at metro stations and Airport, but these free masks are surgical masks and not very effective in pollution control.However, doctors cautioned that all masks would save Delhiites from pollution. “We all need to understand that N95 masks and air purifiers, whose sale has increased in the last few days due to pollution, may not provide full-time protection, and are not completely effective,” said Dr Randeep Guleria, Medical Director and leading pulmonologist, AIIMSWHICH MASKS TO OPT FORSingle layer masks made of cotton are not very effective in filtering out minute particles. The triple-layered masks may help a bit and cost between Rs 50 and 100. The best ones are N95, which control PPM 2.5 and the cost starts from Rs 100

Delhi smog: Amarinder Singh takes down Arvind Kejriwal over stubble burning issue, says ‘Mr Kejriwal is a peculiar person’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the tussle going on between Delhi and Punjab over the stubble burning issue, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal calling him a ‘peculiar’ man with no views.”Mr.Kejriwal is a peculiar person who has views on everything without understanding the situation. There is 20 million ton of paddy straw, where do I ask farmers to store? So Mr.Kejriwal doesn’t understand this problem,” Singh told ANI.Singh was replying to Kejriwal’s comments on the Punjab government’s failure to provide farmers with viable alternatives to stubble burning, which is the major cause of alarming levels of pollution in Delhi-NCR.Earlier on Thursday, Kejriwal said politics should be kept aside and everyone should come together to resolve the issue.”Until state governments don’t find economically viable solutions to crop burning it will not stop. If everyone…central government, UP, Punjab and Haryana government come together and put aside politics a solution can be found,” Kejriwal said.”For a month (from mid-October to mid-November) the whole northern India becomes a gas chamber, not just Delhi. The high increase in PM levels in Delhi is not just due to local reasons. People and government of Delhi are ready to take all steps but these steps will not be enough until a solution to crop burning is found,” Kejriwal added.Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had already declared it a ‘public health emergency’ and have urged the government to ban outdoor activities.

Delhi pollution: Arvind Kejriwal says if put aside politics, solution can be found; decision on Odd-Even by tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday blamed stubble burning for smog in the national capital and said that a solution can be found if everyone comes together.Air quality in Delhi-NCR has been at the season’s worst for the last couple of days as a combined effect of smoke from stubble burning and moisture turned the region into a ‘gas chamber’ leaving people gasping.”Until state governments don’t find economically viable solutions to crop burning it will not stop. If everyone…central government, UP, Punjab and Haryana government come together and put aside politics a solution can be found,” Kejriwal said.”For a month (from mid-October to mid-November) the whole northern India becomes a gas chamber, not just Delhi. The high increase in PM levels in Delhi is not just due to local reasons. People and government of Delhi are ready to take all steps but these steps will not be enough until a solution to crop burning is found,” Kejriwal said.The Delhi Chief Minister also said that a decision on Odd-Even formula will be taken by today or tomorrow, if a need arises.”On Wednesday Kejriwal had sought a meeting with his counterparts in Punjab and Haryana to discuss ways to tackle the alarming air pollution levels in Delhi. ALSO READ Smog, closed runway make Delhi-Mumbai air travel expensive as ticket prices shoot up to Rs 29,000Kejriwal said the governments in the neighboring states had failed to provide farmers with viable alternatives to stubble burning, a process that leads to air pollution in Delhi.However, replying to Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that he shares the concern over stubble burning and pollution but it is not a matter for inter-state discussion.The Delhi government has already announced that all schools in the national capital will remain closed till Sunday because of the toxic air.It also issued a health advisory for high-risk people, including children, the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments, asking them to avoid, among other things, early morning and evening walks.The Indian Medical Association said the capital was witnessing a “public health emergency” and appealed to the government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children. ALSO READ Delhi air can kill many, warns top AIIMS doctor

Respiratory cases on the rise in hosps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Delhi’s air quality crossing the ‘severe’ mark on Wednesday, hospitals in the capital were swamped with patients complaining about breathlessness, headache, and fever.”We have seen around a 15 per cent hike in the patients in our OPDs in the last two days. Though the casualty has not seen any patients yet, if this smog continues, there will be an inflow of patients suffering from choking/suffocation. Some of my staff members are also wheezing and complaining of burning eyes,” said Dr Ritu Saxena, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Department of Accident and Emergency, Lok Nayak Hospital.In the last three days, there has been a rise in the number of respiratory patients in the hospitals.”In last few days, the number of patients has increased from 50-60 per cent with breathing problems. Patients are now also coming with severe problems like throat infection, respiratory tract infection and nasal allergies. Even asthmatic problems have increased. Patients with asthmatic problem are in a worse situation after the environmental changes after Diwali,” said Dr Sandeep Nayar, Senior Consultant & HOD, Respiratory Medicine, Allergy & Sleep Disorder, BLK Super Speciality Hospital.

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