Chandigarh: Dec 28, 2010
Haryana Health Minister Geeta Bhukkal claimed that the State had “moved up its health indices ladder'' with the adoption of innovative maternal and child healthcare strategies and effective interventions. The infant mortality rate (IMR) had come down to 42 per 1,000 live births which is way below the national average of 57 per 1,000 live births in the country, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-III. Besides, having administered two-thirds of children all the recommended vaccinations, Haryana ranks seventh among the states from the standpoint of highest vaccination coverage, according to NFHS-III. Institutional deliveries had increased to 64 per cent in 2009 from 59 per cent in 2008.
New Delhi: Dec 26, 2010
Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, a coalition of organisations promoting health rights, has expressed “outrage” at the life imprisonment awarded by a Raipur court to civil rights activist Binayak Sen for sedition and treason. In a statement issued here , the Abhiyan has said Dr. Sen enjoyed an illustrious record of 25 years of selfless service in health and human rights. He was an active member and former convenor of the Medico Friend Circle, a national organisation of health professionals, which worked for an alternative health system to meet the needs of the poor
New Delhi: Dec 23, 2010
Warning that refugees and migrating population could increase the possibility of introducing drug-resistant malaria strains into the non-immune population in India, a review study published in the latest edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases has suggested that best practices for malaria control along the border areas and in migrant population needs to be established. Overall, a robust and specific plan to combat drug-resistant parasites will be fundamental in fulfilling of commitment to malaria control in India. The study titled “Anti-malarial drug resistance of Plasmodium falciparum in India: changes over time and space'' says that further research and programmes are needed to combat anti-malarial drug resistance in India.
Bhopal: Dec 22, 2010
Aiming to promote health and hygiene among adolescent rural girls, the Madhya Pradesh health department will soon provide sanitary napkins to them, a health ministry official said. However, the official said, it is yet to be decided whether to distribute them free or with a nominal charge of Re.1 or Rs.5. This is part of the National Rural Health Mission scheme, a pilot project of which will be implemented initially in nine districts of Madhya Pradesh. This will later be launched across the entire rural belt in the state. The state health department will distribute the napkins through its Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) cadres.
Guwahati: Dec 21, 2010
Assam will launch an ambitious village health outreach program with an aim to provide better, affordable and efficient healthcare facilities to the people living in rural areas of the state. The state Health Department already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Hyderabad-based Health Management and Research Institute (HMRI) to introduce the new Village Health Outreach Programme in the state. The programme that aspires to take healthcare facilities to the doorsteps of people residing in remote areas of the state will become operational from January 26 next year.
Mumbai: Dec 20, 2010
Four years ago, alarmed by the level of child mortality in Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court directed the State government to “ensure that by September 30, 2011, the infant mortality rate due to malnutrition is brought down to almost nil in tribal as well as non-tribal areas.” Just nine months left, the State is nowhere close to meeting this target. According to official estimates, the State's infant mortality rate is 33, just two points down from 35 in 2006, the year when the court issued the order. Whereas, malnutrition affects 40 per cent of Maharashtra's children aged below six.
Jaipur: Dec 20, 2010
Health activists, academicians and medical experts here drew the attention of international health agencies and world leaders to the health risks associated with social ills such as abortion, smoking and alcohol consumption and demanded that the health sector be given priority in the welfare measures of governments. The participants called for bringing the public health issues to the mainstream of planning process and adoption of a “holistic approach” for enabling the poor and downtrodden people in the remote areas to access the health care services.
Kolkata: Dec 18, 2010
There is a need for developing a network at the grassroots so that incidents of child marriage can be brought to light and prevented, West Bengal Commission for Women chairperson Malini Bhattacharya said. “Usually incidents of child marriage are not reported to the police. No one wants to get the police involved so even though there is a law, it becomes difficult to enforce it through the official channel,” Ms. Bhattacharya said at a workshop on prevention of child marriage. She said the number of underage girls being forced into marriage in the State was quite high although it is difficult to obtain accurate statistics.
Panaji: Dec 17, 2010
Goa has announced a universal health scheme under which every family in Goa will be covered for first and secondary health aid up to Rs 60,000. Under the scheme every family in the state with five members or less, would be covered under the insurance cover scheme. "We will be inviting bids from insurance companies for providing the cover. The tender will be floated soon," Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said. The Chief Minister was, however, unable to spell out the approximate number of families in Goa's 14 lakh population which would not be covered under the scheme, nor was he able to explain the financial implication of the insurance cover scheme.
New Delhi: Dec 17, 2010
In a major decision, the Centre agreed to extend crucial second-line anti- retroviral (ART) treatment to all HIV-positive persons shedding its earlier reservations in providing this costly medication regime to those who had been treated in private hospitals. The Centre had serious reservations in taking on HIV positive persons who had been irrationally treated by private hospitals for secondline treatment but it bowed to the SC’s argument that the government could not discriminate in extending medical facilities when the core question was right to life.
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