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

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

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Max case: Dad seeks fresh inquiry on docs

The father of the twin babies, one of whom was wrongly declared dead by Max Hospital in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, has sought a court-monitored probe. He has alleged that the ongoing “tainted” probe may harm the prosecution case.In a plea at magistrate’s court here, Ashish Kumar has urged the station house officer concerned be directed to share details of the progress made in the investigation.Doctors at the hospital had allegedly declared the baby dead along with his still-born twin and handed over the bodies to the parents in plastic bags. The father was on his way to a cremation ground when he noticed moments in one of the bags.The family alleged that the babies were declared dead after it expressed its inability to pay exorbitant fees for their treatment.Union Health Minister JP Nadda had directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which a probe was ordered and a report sought. A case has been registered under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) also took cognizance of the case.The plea in the court has sought directions to the police to explain why the statements of the family members of the complainant (the father) have not been recorded by the police.The hospital’s licence was cancelled by the Delhi government on December 8, following an uproar over the incident. But the hospital resumed its operations 10 days later after it got relief from an appellate authority which stayed the Delhi government’s order.

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Centre has asked states to regulate remuneration given to nurses, Lok Sabha told

The Centre has asked all states to regulate the issue of remuneration given to nurses working in private medical institutions.Union Health Minister J P Nadda said in Lok Sabha that several advisories have been sent to all chief ministers to do the needful for providing better salaries to the nurses working in private hospitals and nursing homes.”Private institutions cannot remain unregulated” and for that the state governments, if necessary, should bring a legislation so that “this sector can be regulated,” he said.The minister said the government has received representation from the All India Government Nurses Federation demanding revision in pay and allowances against the 7th central pay commission’s report.”The government has examined their demands along with the demands of other associations. The government accepted the Commission’s recommendations on minimum pay, fitment factor, index of rationalisation, pay matrices and general recommendations on pay without any material alteration,” he said.Also readWe will ensure doctors get a safe work environment: JP NaddaNadda said the recommendation on allowances was referred to an empowered committee, comprising the finance secretary, secretary (expenditure) as chairman and secretaries of ministries of home, defence, health, personnel, posts and chairman Railway Board as members for further consideration.

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Why can’t condom ads be telecast after prime time deadline, Rajasthan High Court issues notices to authorities

‘Why can’t the condom ads be telecast outside the currently affixed hours between 10 pm-6 am,’ asked the Rajasthan High Court as it issued notice to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Principal Secretary to Centre and Union Health Secretary on Wednesday.The High Court also sought a reply from authorities as to why the ads can’t run beyond the prime time deadline.The notice comes after the Smriti Irani-headed ministry on December 11 issued an advisory to all TV channels to restrict condom advertisements to late night between 10 pm and 6 am. “All TV channels are hereby advised not to telecast the advertisements of condoms which are for a particular age group and could be indecent/ inappropriate for viewing by children,” the I&B ministry advisory said.In the advisory, the ministry cited 7(7) and 7(8) of the Cable Television Networks Rules that state that no advertisement which endangers the safety of children or creates in them any interest in unhealthy practices or shows them begging or in an undignified or indecent manner shall be carried in the cable service” and “indecent, vulgar, suggestive, repulsive or offensive themes or treatment shall be avoided in all advertisements”.This advisory was issued after the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) had requested the I&B ministry to take a call on such ads and their telecast timing after receiving several complaints from various corners about telecasting advertisement of condoms. While many on social media felt that the deadline won’t solve the purpose, traders body CAIT welcomed the government ban on condom advertisements on TV channels saying such ads often violate social values and have an adverse impact of growing children especially teenagers. “Such ads in fashion what they appear often violate our social values and have an adverse impact on growing children especially teenagers,” the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said in a statement.(With inputs from agencies)

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Decision is an example to other hospitals, nursing homes: Dr Kirti Bhushan

As the Delhi government cancelled the license of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, DNA speaks to the Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Dr Kirti Bhushan, who played an active role in preparing the enquiry committee report and suggesting ways to the government.This is the first time that any government has taken such a bold step against a major private hospital. How did this work out?A life has been lost in this case. The baby survived for five more days in another private hospital. The hospital had registered the child as a stillbirth. When the baby was handed over to the patients, his heart was beating. As a result, we could not ignore the hospital’s actions in this case. This is a case of error of judgement, where the hospital failed to understand the situation of the newborn.What about the other private hospitals?The decision will set an example to other hospitals and nursing homes. All these private institutes will now be more vigilant in dealing with sensitive cases. They will properly follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in all cases.The hospital’s licence has been cancelled. What will happen to the existing patients who are availing treatment there?We have asked them to treat the existing patients till the time they are completely cured. For the rest, all the OPD services have been suspended with immediate effect. They cannot admit any new patient in the hospital.Delhi still does not have the Clinical Establishment Act, so what is the government doing about this? (Recently, Union Health Minister JP Nadda also wrote to various CMs to enforce the act in their respective states)We have submitted a report to the Secretary (Health) to introduce the Clinical Establishment Act in the Capital. The matter is being discussed with the stakeholders. The act, if enforced in Delhi, will help us in getting hold of the large number of diagnostic centres and pathology labs that are operating without following any guideline.

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Max Hospital goof-up: Family of twins stage dharna demanding action against authorities

Family members of the newborn, who was declared dead along with his stillborn twin at New Delhi’s Max Hospital, staged a protest late Friday, raising slogans against the hospital’s apathy and demanding strict action against the authorities.The branch of Max Hospital, which is located in New Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh had handed the twins in plastic bags, thinking both of them were dead. However, on the way to the burial ground, the parents saw that one of the infants had started moving in the bag.Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda has asked the Delhi Government to take necessary action over the negligence of Max Hospital. Earlier on Friday, a medical negligence case was registered under section 308 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the hospital, which governs cases related to attempt to commit culpable homicide and can attract imprisonment of up to seven years. The Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the “criminal negligence” with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promising “strict action”. “We tore the packet, there were 2-3 clothes and polythene bags. The kid was still breathing. We rushed the baby to a nearby nursing home in Pitampura,” the father had told reporters on Friday.The Max Hospital in a statement had said, “It has been brought to our attention that a premature (22 weeks) newborn baby who is reported to be on life support at a nursing home was unfortunately handed over without any sign of life by Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh. This baby was one of the twins delivered on November 30 morning. The other baby was stillborn. We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident.” The statement said a detailed inquiry was initiated, pending which, the doctor concerned was asked to proceed on leave immediately and they were in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support. With ANI Inputs
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Doctors day out: Rajasthan medics protest, treat patients in tents

Even with most doctors feeling the heat over the High court order and recent transfers, some “rebels” left their offices to set up tents outside to treat the needy.In a prolonged confrontation with the health department, the in-service government doctors were out to muster public support ahead of a warning to the government. The doctors at many districts avoided going to hospitals and carried out their duties underneath trees, camps and even benches under the open sun. This was a common sight at many public health centers, community health centers and district hospitals.”We have issued the government a notice of 72 hours to act upon the consensus reached after the recent stir, the government’s adamant attitude is forcing us towards another movement,” said Dr Nasreen Bharti, patron of an in-service doctors association in Rajasthan.The doctors though have decided to keep health services uninterrupted, however, put the onus on state government for keeping up the truce. “We are committed to treat the patients, however, if forced to further intensify the agitation, it will be due to inconsideration of the state government,” said Dr Durga Shankar Saini, general secretary of All Rajasthan In Service Doctors Union.Health minister Kalicharan Saraf, meanwhile, claimed that efforts were in process for implementation of the doctors’ demand agreed upon at the consensus with state government. Jaipur, did not see much of a stir.Around 10,000 doctors employed at state health department went on mass leave in the first week of November. The stir severely impacted public health services across the state and ended after seven days following a consensus between the doctors and health minister Kalicharan Saraf. However, as many of the doctors to have led the agitation got transferred, the doctors are back on agitation path.
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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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Centre asks states to curb unethical medical practices

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of allegations that Gurgaon-based Fortis Hospital billed the family of a dengue patient Rs 16 lakh, the Health Ministry on Thursday asked all states to issue strict warnings and take action against hospitals, including private ones, which indulge in malpractices such as overcharging and don’t follow standard treatment protocols.”I would like to draw your attention to the Clinical Establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 under which effective action can be taken against such healthcare establishments indulging in fradulent/unethical practices.Moreover, there are provisions under other Acts, Rules and Regulations under which action can be contemplated against such activities,” stated the letter addressed by Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan to Chief Secretaries of all states and union territories.The Centre has advised that lessons be learnt from such incidents and a meeting with all important healthcare establishments (including private hospitals) of each states be taken and they be clearly sounded not to indulge in such practices failing which strict action will be taken.The letter points out that widespread adverse coverage of the alleged malpractices by various clinical establishments has occurred in recent past. These include exorbitant charges, deficiencies in service, not following standard treatment protocols resulting not only in compromised patient safety but also concerns about transparency and accountability in health care costs.Sudan said, “Such incidents have an extremely deleterious impact on faith of general public in healthcare system of the country. It is our duty to ensure that such incidents don’t recur, quality care and treatment is provided to persons in need and that it is provided at a fair and affordable price.”In deceased Adya’s case , Fortis billed her father Jayant Singh Rs 16 lakh in a fortnight. The case drew ire from all quarters and led the Union Health Ministry to institute an inquiry into the issue.

WB dengue crisis: BJP writes to JP Nadda seeking central intervention

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> BJP West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh has written to Union Health Minister J P Nadda seeking his intervention to tackle the state’s dengue situation which, he said, has become an ‘epidemic’.In a letter to Nadda, Ghosh alleged that hospitals and health centres of the state are inadequately equipped to treat patients and are sending them home without meaningful treatment. “Under such precarious situation where common people are victims and state government is busy subverting the facts, I am compelled to request you to kindly intervene in this ‘dengue epidemic situation’ in West Bengal immediately and please take necessary steps to provide relief to the people,” he said in the letter.The BJP leader also accused the Mamata Banerjee government of discreetly instructing the hospitals not to write dengue in prescriptions or in death certificates and has created fear psychosis among doctors. “The CM, who is also the health minister, has declined to accept that there is any epidemic of dengue in Bengal and said ‘it is a conspiracy of the opposition political parties’,” Ghosh said. Alleging that there is a huge shortage of dengue test kits in state-run hospitals, he wrote to the union minister that the number of dengue deaths in the state were much more than the state government’s claim of 18.The number of dengue cases have crossed 50,000 while the health department is saying it is only 18,000, he claimed in the letter written on Thursday, a copy of which was made available to the media today. When contacted, Ghosh told PTI that the state government is unwilling to solve the situation and that is why it is trying to suppress facts. “Lives of the common people hold no value to this government. The Mamata Banerjee government has lost the trust of the people,” he said.

18 dead, 100 hurt in UP’s NTPC blast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 18 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when a boiler exploded and caused a massive fire at a state-run NTPC power plant at Unchahar in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli on Wednesday evening, triggering widespread panic and chaos.The toll is likely to go up in the industrial disaster because most injured have serious injuries and some are still feared trapped inside the coal-fired plant. More than 150 ambulances were pressed into relief and rescue work that was affected by a huge ball of dust that rose after the 500-MW boiler (power generating unit) exploded.The injured have been admitted to various hospitals in Lucknow, Balrampur and Allahabad. All burn units in adjoining districts have been put on high alert. About 20 workers with serious burns were shifted to Lucknow.Among the injured are four assistant general manager-rank officials. Three of them, first shifted to a private hospital in Lucknow, were being flown to Delhi.One injured died in Lucknow’s civil hospital where eight had been admitted. Medical Superintendent Ashutosh Dube said all of them had 80 to 90 percent burns and are in critical condition.Eyewitnesses said that the explosion was so powerful that the employees had little chance to save themselves. “I heard a deafening sound and saw fire. There were bodies all around Unit 6,” said Rakesh Pandey, who was at a nearby tea-stall.Union Health Minister JP Nadda spoke to UP’s Health Minister, and asked the Union Health Secretary to extend all possible help. Congress president Sonia Gandhi asked party workers in Rae Bareli — her parliamentary constituency — to extend all possible help.UP Energy Minister Shrikant Sharma admitted that it was a major industrial accident and said, “Our top priority is to rescue those still trapped and provide best medical care to injured workers. We will certainly fix responsibility and initiate action against anyone found guilty,” he said.A 32-member team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached the plant to supervise relief and rescue operations. A high-level team of NTPC — India’s biggest power utility — rushed to the site to ascertain the cause of the blast and help the local administration in relief and rescue.Initial reports suggest that the blast occurred due to high pressure in a steam pipe of the boiler, said Rae Bareli sub-divisional magistrate Alok Kumar. Fire engulfed the entire Unit 6 where about 200 workers were on duty. CRPF and police jawans have been deployed at the plant which has been sealed to check any unauthorised entry.Unit 6 was commissioned recently. It was still running on trial. NTPC has ordered an inquiry. “We do not rule out any human error,” said an NTPC official.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on a three-day tour to Mauritius, asked officials to ensure effective relief and rescue operations, besides best medical facilities to the injured. The state government announced Rs 2 lakh for the families of the dead, Rs 50,000 for those seriously burnt and Rs 25,000 for the injured. The 30-year-old plant has been shut for now.INDUSTRIAL DISASTERWhat
500-MW power-generating unit explodes, causes inferno
Unit 6 of NTPC’s plant at Unchahar in UP’s Rae Bareli
Wednesday evening while 200 workers were on duty
High pressure in one of the pipes, says area SDM
Blast causes fire, raises a huge ball of dust, hits rescue
Toll Likely to go up as many seriously burnt, others trapped inside
Rescue Operations on till late in the night

Docs vanish from govt hospitals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ravi Prakash, a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly, stands in a winding queue at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital every day. His wife, Smita, has been diagnosed with a neurological disorder, and is being treated there. “She has to undergo a surgery. We’ve been waiting here for more than three months now. There are only two doctors in the department, busy looking after those who came before us. Her condition is deteriorating. I can just hope something is done before it’s too late,” says the worried husband.Thousands of people are suffering similar trauma every day as premier government hospitals in Delhi face an acute shortage of doctors. Most exits have been triggered by fat salaries and better work environment offered by the private sector. In some cases, frequent violence in government hospitals by angry relatives of patients has also been a reason. A flawed recruitment policy has worsened the situation. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is short of 863 doctors, including 241 faculty members, 458 senior resident and 164 junior resident doctors. Across the street, Safdarjung Hospital has a shortage of 423 doctors. The number for Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) is 157 and 152, respectively.While many of these state-run institutions are losing experts to private ones, they are also struggling to fill vacancies, with “unattractive” salaries and poor infrastructure being two of the main issues. Nineteen faculty members have quit AIIMS in the last five years. Of them, three professors did so in the last six months. About 10,000 patients come to AIIMS, the country’s premier healthcare facility every day.It was a reality check for the 1,500-bed Safdarjung Hospital early this month when not a single doctor appeared for interviews scheduled to select assistant professors in its various super-speciality departments such as neurosurgery and nephrology. About 10,000 patients visit the top Central government hospital every day. At Maulana Azad Medical College, 80 per cent seats for pre-clinical posts in post-graduation courses are vacant. “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.The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India’s latest report highlights the problem. Last year, the Union Health Ministry also said that 1,595 posts of doctors were vacant in Delhi’s top government hospitals, including AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, RML Hospital and LHMC.The situation elsewhere in the country is worse. 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.Faculty recruitmentThe 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.“By the time hirings are done, new vacancies crop up. And the cycle continues. Doctors are also tired of waiting endlessly, and, hence, they start looking for other options. The overall recruitment policy is to blame for the crisis in Delhi and other parts of the country,” says former IMA President Dr Vinay Aggarwal.The Union government has not laid down guidelines regarding ad-hoc doctors, sources say. There are a large number of medical practitioners who have been working with hospitals on an ad-hoc basis for more than 20 years and still have not been made regular by the government.“These doctors never get promotion or perks. They are working just to earn a living. If you join as an ad-hoc doctor, you will never become regular. Therefore, young doctors are now reluctant in taking up ad-hoc jobs” says Dr Aggarwal.Perks over patientsSenior doctors who are now working with private hospitals feel that with changing times, medical practitioners want to have more money at an early stage.“In the last 10 years, many new private hospitals came up all over the country. Doctors began to leave government organisations,” says Dr Anoop Mishra, chairman, Fortis C-Doc.He left AIIMS in 2007 as a professor in the department of internal medicine. “Private institutions are providing great career options to doctors,” says Mishra, who had spent 30 years with AIIMS where he started his career as an undergraduate.Also, for the younger generation, the wait of 11-12 years to get a job is no longer exciting. “We got students from Delhi schools talking about their future, and only five per cent wanted to become doctors. They did not want to wait for so long to get into the profession,” says Dr MP Sharma, head of gastroenterology at Rockland Hospital. Sharma left AIIMS in 2004. He was head of the gastro department.Security concernsIn the last two years, as many as 55 cases of assault have been reported from seven Delhi government hospitals. Data provided by the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) says that FIRs were registered in 31 cases, but in only one case the accused were held guilty. There has been no decision in other pending cases.Taking suo moto cognizance of increasing incidents of violence against doctors in government hospitals, the Delhi High Court in May called for a status report from the Centre, the Delhi government, the IMA and the AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association. A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra also directed the Centre and the Delhi government to furnish details of operationalisation of all public hospitals in Delhi as well as the increase in their patient load.“There was a strike called on February 27, 2015. The Health Minister of Delhi and the Union Health Secretary promised for better security but nothing changed and more incidences of assaults followed. In June 2015, several letters were written to higher authorities regarding poor infrastructure and security issues,” says Dr Solanki.Doctors allege that the government has been giving them false promises for more than two years now. “The Delhi Health Minister in agreement with the then L-G Najeeb Jung provided 500 home guards in hospitals. But the deployed guards stayed for only 15 days, and it was back to square one,” says Dr Solanki.AIIMS in other citiesSix other AIIMS in the country are also facing an acute shortage of doctors and non-teaching staff. Of the 1,830 faculty posts, barely 583 (31 per cent) have been filled up. In each of the six premier institutions at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur, and Rishikesh, 305 posts have been sanctioned. The strength at Bhopal, Raipur and Patna is 60, 74 and 52, respectively. While there are up to 22,656 posts of non-teaching staff, only 3,862 appointments have been done, whereas 83 per cent posts are vacant. Even as the Union Health Ministry is under much strain to fill up posts at existing AIIMS units, four new centres at Andhra Pradesh (Rs 1,618 crore), West Bengal (Rs 1,754 crore), Maharashtra (Rs 1,577 crore) and Uttar Pradesh (Rs 1,011 crore) have been announced.Steps takenUnion Health Minister JP Nadda informed the Rajya Sabha recently that a number of steps were being taken to meet the shortage of doctors in medical institutes. The ratio of teachers to students has been revised. The government has also enhanced the age limit for appointment, extension and re-employment of teachers, deans, principals and directors in medical colleges from 65 to 70 years. “As far as Central government hospitals are concerned, creation of new posts, including those of doctors, is a continuous process, and is taken up as per requirements and availability of resources,” he said.

CM Yogi Adityanath visits BRD, two days after mass deaths

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after death of over 40 children, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited BRD Medical College and announced stringent action against those responsible for the large-scale deaths.The CM, who was accompanied by Union Health Minister JP Nadda, reiterated that the high-level committee formed under Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar will probe into the deaths and submit its report within a week. The panel will also look into the charges that it was the oxygen shortage at the hospital that resulted in infant deaths.”The action against the guilty will set a precedent in the state, so that officials will think ten times before playing with human lives. My government will not tolerate even a single death across the state due to lack of medical facilities,” Adityanath said.Significantly, the CM not even once repeated his government rhetoric of denying deaths due to shortage of oxygen. When pointed questions were asked, Adityanath requested mediapersons to wait for the Chief Secretary’s report.CM Adityanath almost broke down during the news conference and said in a choked voice that he was more sensitive to children suffering from encephalitis than anyone. “I have been fighting encephalitis since 1978 and took up the issue from roads to Parliament. In the last four months I have visited BRD Medical College four times to ensure best medical care for children suffering from encephalitis. But today I am being held responsible for their deaths,” said an emotive CM, wiping his moist eyes with his saffron scarf.Taking a dig at the Congress for holding him responsible for children’s deaths, Adityanath recalled how then Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad during his visit to Gorakhpur had turned down their plea for Central aid in fighting encephalitis. “He (Azad) had said that it was a state subject and that Centre can’t offer any help. Today the same Azad is rubbing salt on the wounds of the victims,” he said.The CM continued his diatribe against media asking them to refrain from ‘fake reporting’. Yogi said he has directed hospital authorities to allow media in groups to visit isolation wards and check medical facilities made available by his government to deal with encephalitis. “Media should play positive role in our fight against encephalitis and do some factual ground reporting instead of indulging in sketchy and fake reporting,” he said.On his arrival, the CM and Union Health Minister JP Nadda inspected the encephalitis and other wards at the Medical College. The CM met children admitted there talked to their parents. He also expressed condolences to families of children died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).Central team in GorakhpurUnion Health Minister JP Nadda on Sunday announced that a Regional Centre for Medical Research at the cost of Rs 85 crore will be set up in Gorakhpur. Nadda said that a team of experts from Centre is camping at BRD Medical College to assess the situation. “The PM has already assured all possible support to the state to further strengthen medical facilities in the hospital,” he added.Toll upThe toll has gone up to over 40 since August 10 till date. Five-year-old Sumit Yadav succumbed to AES just half an hour before the CM’s visit to the hospital. Over 160 children have so far died between August 1 and 13. Meanwhile, the state government has appointed Dr PK Singh as the acting Principal of the BRD Medical College.UPCC chargeUPCC president Raj Babbar has accused Yogi Adityanath government of mass killings of children. “How many more deaths will wake up the state government? When the government has already denied that children did not die due to short supply of oxygen then why order this probe by the Chief Secretary?” he asked.

UP hosp tragedy: CM warns of "exemplary" action, opp wants him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Under strident opposition attack over the death of scores of children in a state-run Gorakhpur hospital, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today warned of “exemplary” action against those found responsible for the horrifying tragedy amid calls for his resignation. The Modi government stepped in to cool frayed tempers, announcing setting up a regional medical centre at a cost of Rs 85 crore in Gorakhpur for conducting research on ailments that afflict children. Over 60 children have reportedly died at BRD Medical College Hospital since August 7, many for want of oxygen whose supply was disrupted after bills were not paid to the vendor. At least 30 children were reported dead in the last two days alone. Many of the victims were infants who perished in the neonatal intensive care unit. The deaths set off protests in the national capital even as Congress demanded that a murder case be registered against those whose negligence resulted in the “massacre”. Adityanath, who visited the hospital today, however, counselled against politicising the tragedy. “We have formed a high-powered committee under the state chief secretary to probe the reason of the deaths of children in the BRD Medical College and the (lack of) supply of oxygen. Stringent action will be taken against the guilty, whether in Gorakhpur or elsewhere,” Adityanath said. The punishment will “set a standard”, I assure you, the UP chief minister, who addressed a joint press conference with Union Health Minister J P Nadda after visiting the hospital together, said. Adityanath criticised the media over putting out “fake” news about the deaths and asked them to visit the wards to see for themselves if treatment (upchar) or massacre (narsanhar) was happening there. Nadda said a regional medical centre would be set up in Gorakhpur for in-depth research on children’s ailments. “During the last parliamentary session, I assured Adityanath ji that a full-fledged institute will be set up. Before coming here, I approved the establishment of a regional medical research centre in Gorakhpur at a cost of Rs 85 crore which would conduct research on the infections among children and the possible reasons,” Nadda said. Speaking before Nadda, Adityanath made a strong pitch for a full-fledged virus research centre in Gorakhpur, an area prone to encephalitis, which has claimed hundreds of lives over the years. “The geography of east UP is such that we cannot win the war against vector-borne diseases until and unless we have a full-fledged virus research centre. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given AIIMS, we have started it. But, there should be a full-fledged virus research centre in Gorakhpur,” Adityanath told the press conference. The chief minister said he has been “waging a war” against Japanese encephalitis for the last two decades. “I have witnessed children of east UP dying. We will not allow this to happen anymore…Who can be more sensitive to this issue (than me)? I have been raising it from the streets to Parliament…No one can understand the pain and agony more than me,” Adityanath said, his voice choking with emotion. Meanwhile, UP Congress chief Raj Babbar today demanded that a murder case be registered against those responsible for the “massacre” of children and resignation of Adityanath. “70 children were murdered in the last four days (since August 10). The state government is responsible for their murder,” he told reporters in Lucknow. Babbar also demanded a compensation of Rs one lakh to the next of kin of each child who died due to alleged neglect at the hospital. Reacting to Congress’ allegations, Adityanath said,”This is not the time to indulge in politics, but to show sensitivity. And sensitivity is in finding an answer to vector-borne diseases and eradicating them. “When Ghulam Nabi Azad was the Union health minister, he had said that he cannot do anything (about Japanese encephalitis in Gorakhpur) since health is a state subject. People whose sensitivity has died, are now unnecessarily rubbing salt to wounds by raising a sensitive issue,” the chief minister said. Azad, Congress’ leader in the Rajya Sabha had yesterday visited the hospital and blamed the “careless” state government for the tragedy. He had demanded an apology from Adityanath for it and his resignation. The state government had yesterday ordered an official inquiry by the chief secretary and suspended the principal of the BRD Medical College Hospital Rajiv Mishra. Several social and political organisations, including the Left-wing AISA, staged protests at Jantar Mantar in the national capital against the shocking deaths.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swine flu claims 736 lives this year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 736 persons have died due to the deadly H1N1 virus in India since January this year, latest data from Union Health Ministry reveals. Up to 15,121 persons have been infected with the virus until July 30 this year.Maharashtra has the largest number of infections, up to 3,450, and has recorded the most deaths up to 358. Following close on its heels is Gujarat with 549 cases and 107 deaths.While 70 persons died of swine flu in Kerala (1,285 cases) this year, 59 persons died in Rajasthan (422 cases), and 15 succumbed in Karnataka (2,732 cases).”Every few years, the virus mutates. While in 2009-10 it was a deadly blow and had been declared pandemic, over the years its potency has reduced,” said a health ministry official.The official stated that there is an antigenic drift over the years where the virus naturally mutates over time. “And every few years there is also an antigenic shift, which will see a different virus emerging to be pandemic, than the one we had seen a few years ago.”An antigenic shift will involve mutations in the virus which will lead to loss of immunity in the masses for the new mutations and will also cause a vaccine mismatch.While there are signs of mutations in the swine flu virus, the antigenic shift to emergence of another new virus pandemic has yet not arrived, the official said.

Capital sees 166 new cases of swine flu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 166 fresh cases of swine flu have been reported from Delhi taking the total number of confirmed cases of the virus to 517. The figures are till July 30. The deadly virus has claimed a total of four lives as per the official data provided by the Union Health Ministry.The death toll due to H1N1 virus has reached around 736 across the country with over 15,121 cases of the viral infection.In 2016, the capital had reported 193 cases of H1N1 virus till this time of the year. Symptoms include fever, cough, nasal secretion, fatigue, headache, bodyache and sore throat. Frequent hand-washing and avoiding crowded places are among the precautions one should take to avoid catching the infection.”We have admitted 105 patients who came with the symptoms of swine flu till now. The hospital has witnessed 25 suspected death due to the deadly virus,” said a senior doctor from Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital.The Union Health Ministry has also issued guidelines for influenza vaccination for vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and persons with compromised immunity due to other diseases and has asked the State Governments and Union Territories Administration, to evolve a plan for vaccinating the health care workers and persons at higher risk, on yearly basis depending upon the public health burden of influenza.Even the NCR areas — Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon has also reported 39 fresh cases of the influenza.The standard treatment for H1N1 is Tamiflu, which should be taken only on prescription. There are three categories of the virus — A, B and C. While the first two are considered stable, the C category is dangerous. It requires ventilator support immediately.Dr. Arvind Minz, Internal Medicine, QRG Central Hospital & Research Centre said, “Till date we had three patients who were tested positive with swine flu and have been treated. A major problem which we are witnessing is that many people have trouble determining if they have a seasonal flu or swine flu; the symptoms are quite similar, although swine flu’s symptoms are a bit more intense.”In 2009, when H1N1 was spreading fast in many countries around the world, the World Health Organisation called it a pandemic. Since then, people have continued to get sick from swine flu across the world, including in India, but the cyclical nature of the virus means that every few years there is a spurt in cases and deaths.

Woman, daughter breach security at Khattar, Nadda event

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman and her daughter today breached the security cordon and made their way to the stage where Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union Health Minister J P Nadda were present to lay the foundation stone of a medical college here. The woman and her 14-year-old daughter then created a ruckus at the event as they started shouting, asking for help from the chief minister. Police officials swung into action and took the two off the stage and away from the pandal where the event was taking place. The girl said she is a resident of Kalaud village in the district and wanted to meet the chief minister to seek help in the case of her father’s killing. She said that her father Shamsher Singh was killed in the Bhiwani court when he had come to appear in a case and alleged that police was also siding with the culprits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

State BJP executive to meet at Shimla from July 28 to 30

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state executive of the Himachal Pradesh BJP would meet here from July 28 to July 30 to review the post ‘Parivartan Rath Yatra’ situation and chalk out strategy corner the Virbhadhra Singh led government on law and order and other issues. A meeting of the office bearers would be held on July 28 and a civic reception would be given to the newly elected mayor, deputy mayor and BJP councillors of the Shimla Municipal Corporation, party sources said. The meeting would be chaired by BJP state chief Satpal Singh Satti and would be attended by former chief minister and leader of the opposition P K Dhumal, Union Health Minister J P Nadda, former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar, party MPs Virender Kashyap, Anurag Thakur and Ram Swaroop Sharma besides other senior leaders, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shatrughan emphasis need for enhancing blood reserves

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha today donated two ambulance from his MP fund for augmenting blood collection and emphasised on the need for enhancing blood reserves in the state to make up for enormous shortage of blood for needy. Sinha, the BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Saheb, donated one ambulance each to Patna Medical College and Hospital and Jaya Prabha Hospital named after the wife of Loknayak Jayprakash Narayan from his MPLAD fund. Sinha, who served as Union Health minister during NDA government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, while talking to reporters laid stress on enhancing blood reserves in Bihar which is facing enormous shortage of blood. “Blood is needed for every major operation and for want of which many a times fatal casualty happens to needy,” Sinha popularly known as “Bihari Babu” due to his Bihar origin said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indiscipline will not be tolerated in state Congress: HP CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said that strict action will be taken against Congress workers and leaders found involved in anti- party activities. Indiscipline will not be tolerated and the leadership is capable to oust people who try to damage the Congress’s image and involve themselves in anti-party activities, he said during a meeting in Kullu district’s Shat. Lashing out at the opposition for “halting” development projects, Singh said, “It seems that the Union Health Minister is thinking to initiate work on an AIIMS in Bilaspur only when the BJP comes to power in the state.” “The Himachal Pradesh government has alloted adequate land for the AIIMS as desired by the Health Ministry, but now the Centre is delaying the project for the reason well known to the Union Health Minister,” he said. The chief minister said that the BJP was “mistaken” that it would form government in the state as for next many years they “won’t be able to return to power”. Singh announced the construction of a bridge across the Parbati river from a vegetable sub-yard at Shat to Pini- Banasha, and a road from Brehan (Channi-Rawad) to Bijli Mahadev. He assured to get the survey conducted for a passenger rope-way from Barsheni, Kalra Glacier, Rudra Nag to Kheerganga The demand for opening a branch of the Kangra Cooperative Bank at Kasol would be examined, Singh said. Earlier, the chief minister laid the foundation stones for the upgrade of the Chharor Nala-Badogi road, the lift water supply scheme to Shillihar and upgrade of Chharor Nallah to Kashawari road.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gas leak: AIIMS panel suggests shifting of Tughlaqabad depot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Tughlaqabad container depot should be relocated, a panel of experts from AIIMS set up to probe the chemical spill that led to more than 450 children being hospitalised suggested today. The five-member probe panel, which had visited the depot in south Delhi’s Tughlaqabad area and the two schools affected by last week’s gas leak, has, however, not made a formal recommendation yet. “The panel feels that the depot be relocated. However, we have not sent any official recommendation to that effect yet,” said Dr Y K Gupta, head of pharmacology at AIIMS who is heading the panel. The panel had also visited the hospitals where the students had been taken. A magisterial inquiry set up after the incident has also submitted its preliminary report to the Delhi government. Union Health Minister J P Nadda had directed central government run hospitals to be ready to help victims of the May 6 incident. The chemical spill near the two Delhi government-run girl schools had led to toxic fumes rising in the air. Hundreds of students were hospitalised after they complained of breathlessness and irritation in eyes. On the day of the incident, AIIMS had issued an advisory urging people not to panic. The chemical ‘chloro methyl pyridine’, AIIMS said, is a general eye and respiratory irritant and may cause irritation, redness and watering of eyes along with respiratory symptoms like sneezing, coughing or difficulty in breathing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi to launch UDAN on April 27

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi would pay a one-day visit to the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh on April 27 where he will lay the foundation stone of a college, besides addressing a BJP rally.The detailed programme of the Prime Minister’s visit is being finalised. Union Health Minister JP Nadda and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal reached here this evening, while the Special Protection Group (SPG), armed force responsible for the security to the Prime Minister, discussed the security situation with the state BJP leaders.The Prime Minister would arrive at Jubbar Hatti Airport and launch the ‘UDAN'(Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme from there. Thereafter, he would drive straight to the venue of the rally at Ridge where he will address the party workers and also lay the foundation stone of Government Hydro Engineering College at Bilapur on line.Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the visit, and about 2,000 security personnel have been deployed at the venue of the rally.

Centre keeps watch on states’ drug stocks digitally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to make free drug supply more robust in states, the Union Health Ministry is now monitoring the drug situation in nine states through a digital dashboard.Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Gujarat and Jammu & Kashmir are part of the Drugs and Vaccines Distribution Management System (DVDMS) pilot project, which cooperates with the Health Ministry in keeping a close watch on their drug stocks and supplies.”Earlier it was impossible to know whether a certain drug was available in a particular hospital or primary health centre in a state, or whether the state has enough stocks of a drug, or when will the drugs expire, the dashboard makes it possible,” said a senior Health Ministry official.On a single click of a button, the dashboard, which is updated in real-time by the states, shows data on the number of drugs available in the Essential Drug List (EDL) of a particular state’s health facilities. While Maharashtra has the highest number — 637 drugs — Punjab has only 217 drugs enlisted in EDL. “Such disparities are easy to catch through the data captured,” said the official.”The data is useful to shift medicines from one location to another. If a certain location is out of a drug while the other location has an over-supply, it can easily be transferred. It will also increase capacity of the states to utilise medicines, provided they pro-actively participate in the project,” said Union Health Minister JP Nadda.One can also compare prices of drugs as procured by the states. For example, a rate of procurement of Azithromycin, an antibiotic, in Andhra Pradesh is Rs 7.342 per tablet as compared to Madhya Pradesh which is procuring it at Rs 3.984 per tablet. “Such price differences are huge. Disparities will come to light, and we can write to the state to correct situations where prices of procurement may be high,” the official said.When a particular drug’s name is clicked pertaining to a state, the dashboard shows the drug’s availability in quantity, it’s cumulative worth in rupees and date of expiry of the stock in a particular health facility be it a district hospital, a community or a primary health centre.”It is an advanced analytical tool to prevent wastage of drugs. We can see state-wise list of drug expiry. At the moment, we know the break-up of a list of 449 drugs worth over Rs 4.5 crores, which are due to expire within next thirty days in nine states,” said the official.There is still a long way to go. “We are striving to improve last mile connectivity. This can only happen when pharmacists right uptil the health sub-centre levels update data digitally. At the moment, they are sending paper reports at district level, from where the dashboard gets updated. When last mile connectivity is achieved, we will also be able to keep a track as to whether medicines are being dispensed properly to the masses. As of now, we only keep a track of drug stocks,” the official said.

Nadda promises improved services in Delhi dispensaries,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Health Minister J P Nadda today promised to improve services in dispensaries and maternity homes run by civic bodies in the national capital. He participated in a road show and addressed a public meeting along with Delhi BJP leaders in South Delhi. He lauded the party-run municipal corporations for ensuring good health of people through open gyms and dispensaries. “Municipal corporations in Delhi are doing humanitarian service through dispensaries and maternity homes and the Union Health Ministry will try to help them upgrade their services,” he said. The BJP is ruling three municipal corporations in the city for the last 10 years. Several other Union ministers including Harsh Vardhan, Vijay Goel, Babul Supriyo, Radha Mohan Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar too joined the campaigning in different parts of the city. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari concluded the party’s Vijay Vikas Yatra campaign for the MCD polls by travelling to Kalkaji temple, after campaigning in Mehrauli, and offering a prayer for victory of the party. The campaigning for MCD polls concluded at 5 pm. Votes for 272 wards in the three municipal corporations will be polled on April 23 while counting of votes and announcement of results will take place on April 26.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Underground tunnel at AIIMS awaits formal inauguration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An underground tunnel linking the main campus of the AIIMS with its Trauma Centre is ready since over three months but is yet to become operational as it is awaiting formal inauguration. The reason being cited for this is that it is yet to be officially inaugurated. Once operational, it will drastically reduce the time for transfer of critically ill patients and AIIMS staffers who frequent between these two facilities from the current 35-40 minutes to around five minutes. According to AIIMS sources, the project completion report was sent to the Union Health Ministry almost three months ago stating the project is complete and ready for inauguration. “We are yet to receive any intimation from the ministry about its inauguration. We are just waiting for its formal inauguration,” a source said. The sources said the tunnel was to become operational since mid-2015, but got delayed due to certain issues regarding clearance from civic bodies for construction of the surface road connecting its exit point near Safdarjung hospital leading to the Trauma Centre. “All these were sorted out and the surface road has also been constructed and is ready to be operational. “At present, it takes around 35-45 minutes to transfer critical patients from the Trauma Centre to main AIIMS and vice versa as ambulances have to take the Ring Road which is heavily congested during the peak hours,” the source said. The tunnel will be also used by family members of patients, doctors and other hospital staff. “There is frequent exchange of doctors, patients, support staff between the two buildings located 2.5 km apart from each other,” the source said. The 614-metre-long tunnel costing Rs 40 crore has been built by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). It is the first time in India that a road tunnel has been constructed above an operational Metro tunnel with a minimum clearance of 1.6 metre only.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre has asked states to ensure safety of doctors: Nadda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Health Minister J P Nadda today said the states have been asked to ensure the safety of doctors, a statement that comes in the wake of assault of a medico by the relatives of a patient in Maharashtra. “Instructions have been sent to the states that there should be safety of the doctors,” he said in the Lok Sabha while replying to a debate on the ‘The Mental Healthcare Bill’. Nadda said he also had talked to the Chief Ministers of various states on the safety of doctors. Last week, a doctor of a civic-run hospital in Dhule was allegedly beaten up by the relatives of a patient. Angry over it, the resident doctors across Maharashtra went on a strike. Nadda’s response came after NCP member Supriya Sule raised the issue in the Lok Sabha today and demanded the Centre’s intervention for protection of the medicos in Maharashtra. Sule said that in the assault, doctor Rohan Mamorkar has almost lost vision of one eye, has a fractured skull and is now battling for life. “I urge the Health Minister to talk to chief ministers of all the states and ensure their security,” Sule said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amendment to MTP Act proposed before Cabinet: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A proposal for amendment to Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act to increase gestation limit for women in special category, including rape survivors, has been submitted to the Cabinet, the government said today. Union Health Minister J P Nadda in a written reply in Lok Sabha said his Ministry has recommended amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971. “Based on the recommendation from the National Commission for Women (NCW), one of the proposal is to increase the gestation limit from the present 20 weeks to 24 weeks for special categories of women. “The details of the category would be defined in the Rules and is expected to include survivors of rape and incest, single women (unmarried, divorced and widowed) and other vulnarable women (women with disabilities). The proposal for amendment has been submited to the Cabinet for consideration,” he said. The MTP act came into existence in 1971 and the existing legislation recognises the importance of providing safe, affordable, accessible and acceptable services to women who need to terminate a pregnancy under certain condition, the Minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC, CM ask striking doctors to resume work immediately

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today asked striking resident doctors in Maharashtra to resume work immediately while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to them to call of the four-day stir, assuring security in hospitals. In Delhi, Union Health Minister J P Nadda asked states to take measures to improve security of doctors. After the HC’s direction and the CM’s appeal, the representatives of the protesting doctors went into a huddle to discuss the directive and the steps to be taken thereof. According to Dr Sagar Mundada, the chairman of the Indian Medical Association’s youth wing, a decision on the matter will be taken soon. Nearly 4,000 resident doctors have been striking since Monday, demanding enhanced security in the wake of a string of attacks on doctors by patients’ relatives at government hospitals across the state. The protests have been hampering the services of Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) in various hospitals. The HC asked the doctors to get back to work and resolve their issues and demands amicably with the government. A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G S Kulkarni gave the directive while hearing a petition filed by activist Afak Mandaviya seeking action against the protesting doctors. The HC also directed the government and management of various hospitals not to take any punitive action against the doctors who were served notice yesterday for not resuming their duties. “The doctors will have to first go and resume their duty. All other issues can be amicably sorted out gradually,” Chief Justice Chellur said. “We understand that the doctors are working in strained and horrible conditions sometimes, but we request them to resume work immediately,” she said. Chief Minister Fadnavis, while making a statement in the state Legislative Assembly on the ongoing strike and its fallout on the public healthcare system, urged the doctors to follow their professional ethics by serving the people. “Because of the acts of a few irresponsible people of attacking doctors, it is not right to deny the poor their right to access to the medical facilities. I appeal to the doctors and their organisations to call off the strike and return to work,” he said. The government had spoken to representatives of the striking doctors and accepted all their demands, he said. “The state has enacted special laws to protect doctors. The quantum of punishment has been increased and attacks on doctors made a non-bailable offence,” the CM said. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dentist-patient ratio at abysmal 1:8000, Ministry data shows

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While India churns out as many as 30,000 dentists annually, the dental surgeon-to-patient ratio continues to be languish at a dismal 1:8,018.48, according to data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It is estimated that there will be more than 1 lakh dentists in India by 2020 but ensuring availability of dentists to the overall population (urban and rural) continues to be a challenge for Union Health Ministry.”India has 310 dental colleges and most of these colleges are in the private sector. Despite the fact that there are so many dentists, the doctor-patient ratio is not satisfactory because most of the dentists are concentrated in urban areas for private practice as there are meagre opportunities in the government sector,” said Dr AK Chandna, member, Dental Council of India (DCI).”We have asked the government not to open any new dental colleges because there are already many dentists without jobs. We have also written to the Union Health Ministry and State Chief Ministers that if they are giving approval of increase in seats, or opening of a new dental college, they should also ensure jobs to the students after completion of studies. Also, equally distribute the jobs geographically, so that there are enough dentists for all the areas may it rural or urban,” he said.Experts claim that seeking a job or a promising career in dentistry is very challenging in India because of various reasons, which is putting dentists’ career at stake and making patients devoid of dental services. “The options available to a graduate are either opening up a dental clinic which requires a huge investment, or pursuing post graduation which is difficult with only 3,000 seats available. The government sector has very few posts available for dentists as only 5 per cent graduate dentists are employed in the government sector,” said Dr Kamal Shigli, Vice Principal, Professor and Head, Department Of Prosthodontics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Dental College and Hospital, Sangli.The dental experts are eyeing the National Oral Health Policy which is expected to create jobs for dentists as Union Health Ministry is working on a dedicated Oral Health Program. “Dentists could be employed in every government healthcare facility. Government and Dental Council should be serious about National oral health policy formulation and allotment of funds to implement these policies,” said Dr Shigli.”National oral healthcare programmes could improve employment opportunities in urban and rural areas alike for creating awareness and treatment of patients. Also government funded oral health research agency could employ dentists. Only well established postgraduate dental institutes with adequate infrastructure, sufficient patient inflow, research facility and dedicated full-time faculty should survive,” she said.Government has realised that oral diseases are becoming leading health problems and are attributed mainly to rapidly changing lifestyles, widespread use of tobacco and increased consumption of alcohol.

Grading for private hospitals in Centre’s new health policy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a gap of 15 years, the revised National Health Policy (NHP) was announced by Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Thursday. Basic policies apart, the policy to introduce grading systems for private hospitals and giving them ‘star-quality’ rating based on the facilities available was also announced by the minister. “No one can open a shop and sit in the health sector. These hospitals will have to be duly certified after grading them according to their levels of quality. A protocol has been designed and periodic measurement of the facilities will be undertaken,” said Nadda. Grading will involve parameters like availability of doctors, nurses, infrastructure, drugs, and supplies. Also what services are being availed by the patients will be identified. Health Secretary CK Mishra informed that gradation and evaluation of public hospitals had been conducted and a similar idea was envisioned for private set-ups. The policy, however, has raised many eyebrows. Health officials expressed their doubts on the implementation of policy. “Grading private hospitals is a field full of thorns. Why would a private hospital want to be rated?” said a senior official in the health ministry requesting anonymity.Dr Altaf Patel, Director (Medicine), Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai too expressed his apprehension. “Methodology of the rating system is very partial. A person visits a hospital not for its structure but for the expertise of its doctors. How are you going to rate the expertise of doctors? These are hospitals, not hotels to which you can give five-star or other ratings,” he said. The revised health policy further envisions setting up a tribunal at the central level which will exclusively deal with health-related grievances. “A separate empowerment tribunal will be set up for speedy resolution of complaints,” Nadda said. In the policy, the use of Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) index — a widely used measure in the European and American context— is mentioned. The ministry will track DALY index to decide which diseases should get maximum attention. “It is a measure of overall disease burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death. It was developed as a way of comparing the overall health and life expectancy of different countries. This index will guide the ministry to make health decisions for each disease,” said a senior health official.NHP also targets the elimination of Kala-Azar and Filariasis by 2017. However, health officials think otherwise. “If Filariasis were to be eliminated by 2017, why have medicine stocks for up to 2020 been procured? It is tough. Also, elimination of Tuberculosis by 2025 is impossible,” said the official.Yoga for schools and officesAs a part of the National Health Policy 2017, yoga will soon be an integral part of school curriculum and offices, in order to beat studies and work-related stress. “Yoga would be introduced much more widely in school and work places as part of promotion of good health,” said Union Health Minister J P Nadda. He added, “In order to leverage the pluralistic health care legacy, NHP recommends main streaming the different health systems.”

Dentists feel the pain, protest falling education standards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Dental Council of India (DCI) going the Medical Council of India (MCI) way in terms of corruption, hundreds of dentists on Wednesday approached the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and urged it to intervene in issues plaguing dental education in the country. Claiming that for the past several years dental healthcare and education in the country is witnessing a heavy downturn, dentists said that there is an urgent need of intervention by the ministry. “Corruption is prevailing in dental education in India. When it comes to inspection or opening of a dental college, an orchestrated manoeuvre is being followed by a select coterie. Inspectors manipulating reports, pass them in executive committees and many a times send recommendations without the approval of the general body, which is mandatory as per law. If the institutions do not oblige, they are subjected to harassment. Favours are obtained in several forms, besides pecuniary benefits. Despite several CBI cases, corruption thrives unabated,” said Dr G Rathinakumar, a dentist. “Capitation fee, though banned, is still imposed on students. Capitation fee is the mother and source of strength for corruption. Ingenious ways are invented to overlook NEET and some institutions have already taken capitation fee for the upcoming academic year,” he said.The dentists who reached Jantar Mantar in the national capital from all across the country to protest against corruption in DCI have alleged that the government is not scrutinising the election and nomination of members to the council as mandated. “A lot of members are accepted illegally from State Dental Tribunals which are invalid today,” said Dr JM Jeyaraj, a dentist from Tamil Nadu. The group of dentists have demanded the Union Health Ministry to expedite all corruption cases and to eliminate illegal members of the council. “The central government should validate all elected and nominated members as per the Dentist Act and DCI election rules 1952 and notify them. The ministry should expel Dr Mazumdar and entrust the council’s vice president to act as president till fresh elections are held,” said Dr Jeyaraj. Alleging rampant corruption in DCI, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) named council’s president, Dr Dibyendu Mazumdar and former secretary Dr SK Ojha among others in an FIR registered last month. Dr Mazumdar is facing charges of alleged irregularities, including receiving pecuniary benefits from private colleges in return for an increase in number of BDS/MDS seats. “We are investigating the matter of Dr Mazumdar. We are also looking into other issues,” said Arun Singhal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry.

The apex court also asked the government to place before

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>it the guidelines or scheme for its consideration and posted the matter for hearing after eight weeks. The court was hearing a PIL filed by advocate G K Bansal who has raised the issue of release of about 300 persons from various mental hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, alleging they were still languishing there despite being cured of their ailments and most of them belonged to poorer sections. The apex court had earlier favoured framing of a uniform national policy to deal with those suffering from mental illness and their release from hospitals after being cured. It had issued notice to the Union Health Ministry, saying the issue figured in the concurrent list of the Constitution and hence the Centre also has the authority to frame norms. The PIL has alleged that many underprivileged persons were still languishing in mental hospitals despite being cured and there was no policy in place to ensure their well-being after release. The plea has also referred to responses received under the RTI with regard to the release of persons living in mental hospitals at Bareilly, Varanasi and Agra in Uttar Pradesh even after being cured. The queries, which were posed under transparency law to Mental Health Hospital, Bareilly, Institute of Mental Health and Hospital, Agra and Mental Hospital, Varanasi, pertained to names, residential address and age of the patients who were now normal and waiting for discharge from these hospitals. Bansal had also sought information about the year in which the patients were declared fit for discharge. The plea has sought issuance of directions to states and others to “forthwith make arrangements to shift the patients, who are absolutely normal and are fit for discharge, from the mental hospitals to any other secure place like Old Age Homes etc.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No decision on making Aadhaar mandatory at AIIMS: Health Secy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has not taken any decision on making Aadhaar mandatory for registration of patients at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here. “There is no decision on that,” Union Health Secretary C K Mishra told reporters here today. Asked whether Aadhaar has been made compulsory for admission at the premier hospital, “No. There is no decision.” AIIMS had recently announced that patients who provide Aadhaar card would have their registration charges waived, but without it they would have to pay Rs 100 which is ten times the current fee. The move, which was expected to be launched from January, was aimed at encouraging digital transactions and streamlining patients’ database which otherwise gets cluttered. At present, a patient has to pay Rs 10 for registration following which an Unique Health Identification (UHID) number is assigned to him/her. AIIMS has already written to the Union Health Ministry requesting it to issue a notification that would mandate linking of Aadhaar number with UHID number.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP launches mobile app to connect with youth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP in Uttarakhand today launched a mobile app to connect with the youth in view of the forthcoming assembly elections. The app was inaugurated by Union Health Minister J P Nadda and BJP National Vice president Shyam Jaju in the presence of party heavyweight Satpal Maharaj and Pradesh party media incharge Devendra Bhasin at the state party office. “This mobile app is available on all app stores for free downloading and contains all up to date InfoGraphics, videos and campaign news of BJP in various assembly seats,” said Ravindra Dutt, the head of IT and social media department of BJP. Meanwhile, Nadda and Jaju jointly flagged off six “Sanskriti Raths” fitted with LED TVs and consisting of Nukkad Natak teams which will stage street plays in all assembly constituencies of the state. They will highlight steps taken by the Centre, especially in the infrastructure sector, for the welfare of the state and expose corruption of the present state government, Pradesh BJP media incharge Devendra Bhasin told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 names selected for AIIMS director post, to be sent to ACC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Institute Body of AIIMS today selected three names for the post of the Director of the premier institute which will be forwarded to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister for final selection. The three AIIMS doctors recommended for the top job in the premier institute, are HOD of paediatrics Dr V K Paul, HOD of pulmonary medicine and sleep disorder Dr Randeep Guleria, Cardiology Professor Dr Balram Bhargava. In a meeting held today at the Nirman Bhawan, the Institute Body,the top decision making body of AIIMS, headed by Union Health Minister J P Nadda selected three from the list of five names shortlisted in its final meeting. “These three names will now be sent to the ACC which will give the final nod after completing its formal procedures,” a senior government official said. According to sources, the selection-cum-search panel led by Union Health Secretary C K Mishra in its last meeting on January 24 had in addition to Paul, Guleria and Bhargava also shortlisted HoD of ENT Dr S C Sharma and Director of National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Manesar Dr Subrata Sinha for the post. AIIMS had last month recommended a search-cum-selection committee headed by Union Health Minister J P Nadda which was rejected by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). The PMO had then ordered reconstitution of the search panel based on DoPT guidelines. 53 eminent doctors, including 35 from outside AIIMS, have applied for the post. The current Director of AIIMS Dr M C Mishra is slated to retire on January 31.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP’s CEC meeting today, candidates for Uttarakhand, UP polls expected

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Central Election Committee meeting is scheduled to take place on Saturday, in order to select the candidates for the upcoming Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Already behind schedule, the BJP is expected to announce the first chunk of names after a UP-centric meeting of party’s Central Election Committee followed by two quick lists on January 17 and 19.The poll process will formally start with the commencement of nominations for phase-I of the seven-phase elections on January 17.According to reports, the first list post-CEC meeting is expected to carry as many as 150 names mostly from UP west and Rohilkhand regions going to polls in first and second phases. The BJP on January 11 released the first list of candidates for Punjab and Goa polls. Union Health Minister JP Nadda released the BJP’s first list of 17 candidates for Punjab polls and 29 candidates for Goa polls.

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