New Delhi: 26th August 2011
The Supreme Court asked all private hospitals in Delhi to earmark 25% of their out-patient department capacity and 10% in-patient department capacity for free treatment of poor and directed the Delhi government to discuss with hospitals to evolve a guideline on high-cost health care. When a bench comprising Justices R V Raveedran and A K Patnaik was highly critical of the Delhi government for not holding meaningful discussions with the private hospitals on free treatment of poor patients, Dr R N Das of the directorate of health services stood up and answered each query.
New Delhi: 25th August 2011
India has only 66 Inspectors to monitor the quality of pharmaceutical products in the country of over 1.2 billion people — raising questions about the ability of the regulators to maintain quality of medicines. "Three years back, the situation was even worse. We had just 12 Inspectors," Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) Surinder Singh said, reports IANS. He said the government targets to increase the number of Inspectors to nearly 1,000 in five years. "We are in the process to hire new people. The government has already sanctioned 327 posts," Singh said on the sidelines of the fourth medical technology conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.
Salem: 25th August 2011
Tamil Nadu's health care initiative of using NASG (Non Pneumatic Anti Shock Garments) also called life wraps, to reduce Post-Partum Haemorrhage (PPH) deaths – 22 per cent of deaths among mothers of newborns – has started showing some positive results. The initiative aims to bring down MMR below 30 and was introduced in ten districts including Salem about two years ago. According to health experts, after introduction of NASG, maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Salem district is showing a downward trend. “Of 55,000 live births recorded last year in Salem district, 50 to 55 mothers had died and 15 to 20 of them due to PPH, which is preventable. In Salem district it is 0.85 per cent MMR per 1,000 live births during last year. We hope to have a reduced mortality of at least by one-third this year,” a senior doctor in Government Hospital says.
New Delhi: 24th August 2011
Lifestyle-related diseases are now killing more Indians than the infectious ones. India’s disease pattern has undergone a major shift over the past decade, says the World Health Organisation (WHO). The latest WHO data paints a worrying picture. At present, out of every 10 deaths in India, eight are caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes in urban India. In rural India, six out of every 10 deaths is caused by NCDs. Similar is the trend in the Southeast Asian region. While NCD deaths have seen a 21% jump, infectious diseases deaths have fallen by 17%. The projection is that the South-east Asian region will have the greatest total number of NCD deaths in 2020: 10.4 million.
Guwahati: 24th August 2011
Assam government will discharge about 300 doctors under Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) to improve health service delivery in the state. The state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that VRS will offered to those, who often give work a miss or simply do not turn up or those doctors who showed indifference towards the government’s attempt to improve the health service delivery mechanism. The government will divide the government doctors into five categories — doctors staying at the headquarters and regularly attending duty, doctors who do not stay at the headquarters but regularly attend duty, doctors who do not stay at the headquarters and report late for duty, doctors who occasionally /rarely come for duty and doctors who do not attend to work at all.
Chiang Mai (Thailand): 22nd August 2011
Parliamentarians from six Asia Pacific countries committed themselves to fostering dialogue and mobilising fellow legislators to accelerate allocation of Official Development Assistance (ODA) for sexual and reproductive health rights-related programmes and ensuring concrete action through high-level advocacy and regular monitoring and review of policy and legislation. A statement of commitment adopted at the Regional Parliamentarians Consultation on Emerging Economies and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights here also agreed to create an oversight mechanism on ODA within respective parliaments.
New Delhi: 22nd August 2011
India’s efforts to create an indigenous non-surgical male contraceptive is facing a major hurdle: male volunteers. The final phase of trials, phase-III, before India could unveil to the world a single-dose, safe and reversible contraceptive method for men has failed to recruit even half the number of male subjects it needs for testing RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm UnderGuidance) over the past two years. At present, the only option for a man is to undergo vasectomy — a surgical procedure or a permanent birth control in which the vasa deferentia is severed and tied to prevent sperm from entering into the seminal stream.
Kolkata: 21st August 2011
In a bid to provide nutrition to pregnant women from the financially-weaker sections of the society so as to check the number of underweight new-borns, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here that the State's Health Department was contemplating providing health-drinks to pregnant women when they visited hospitals for check-ups. Ms. Banerjee, who also holds the Health portfolio, pointed out that West Bengal had a high child mortality rate. She said the high rate of underweight new-borns was attributable to the poor health of their mothers.
New Delhi: 20th August 2011
Pushing for social sector reforms, the Planning Commission agreed to reduce the number of Central government schemes with an aim to focus on quality rather than quantity. The Central government provided over Rs 10,00,000 crore in the 11th five-year-plan for around 185 schemes of which Rs 6,91,000 crore was provided under 13 popular programmes. There has been a view in the plan panel and among state governments that the Centre should reduce the number of schemes and instead, provide “flexi-funds” to different sectors.
Bhubaneswar: 20th August 2011
At least 531 women have become pregnant despite undergoing permanent birth control operation in Orissa. This was revealed by Health and Family Welfare Minister Prasanna Acharya while replying a question in the Assembly. Though the Government has not taken action against any doctor for fault in conducting the tubectomy surgery, yet it would not hesitate in doing so, the Minister said. As many as 600,369 women underwent family planning operation between 2006-07 to 2010-11 in the State. Out of the 531 women who conceived, 236 were given compensation by different insurance companies under Central government's Family Welfare Insurance Scheme as per a direction of the Supreme Court, Mr. Acharya said.
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