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Medicines from India destroyed in Madhesi violence in Nepal

Kathmandu: Indian-origin Madhesi protesters in Nepal on Friday torched an ambulance and a truck carrying medicines worth over Rs two million imported from India near the border as sporadic violence returned to the Himalayan nation amid a political logjam over the new Constititution.

The truck with medicines was torched by the cadres of the agitating Joint Democratic Madhesi Front (JDMF) close to the Indian border town of Raxaul, despite an assurance by the protesters that they would allow vehicles to move into Nepal.

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Nepal is facing a huge shortage of medicines and other essential goods due to a two-month-long agitation by the Madhesis in the Terai region, the police said.

The agitators hurled a petrol bomb on the vehicle in the Birgunj Municipality area of Parsa district last night as the vehicle headed towards Janakpur, a southern Nepal town, the police said.

The fire that erupted in the truck destroyed the medicines imported from India worth more than Rs two million.

On Thursday, the JDMF had issued a statement that they would allow movement of medicine-laden vehicles and would let the schools in southern Nepal function normally.

Meanwhile, the cadres of the agitating Madhesi Front also set an ambulance on fire, in Morang in eastern Nepal.

The vehicle was ferrying a sick child to a local hospital in district headquarters Biratnagar.

The child sustained injuries but is now safe, police said.

Police have arrested eight members of the agitating Madhesi parties for their alleged involvement in the incident.

Nepal has been hit by a major political crisis over the new Constitution opposed by Indian-origin Madhesis who have led an agitation and blockaded at key border trade points of Nepal with India, leading to a shortage of essential goods including fuel and cooking gas.

Madhesis, Indian-origin inhabitants of Nepal’s Terai region, are protesting against division of their ancestral homeland into seven provices in the new Constitution.

More than 40 people have died in the violent agitation that has also overwhelmed Indo-Nepal ties as transit of goods and fuel to the Himalayan nation from India has been badly affected.

The agitation by Madhesi groups has paralysed normal life across Nepal while the dearth of medicines has put lives of patients at stake.


Nobody has the right to touch a woman without her consent: Court

The court’s observation came while dismissing the appeal of convict Ashok Kumar, who was working as a stenographer in the hospital, against a magisterial court’s last month order sentencing him to jail and imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.
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Nobody has a right to touch a woman’s body without her consent, a Delhi court has observed while upholding the six-month jail term of an army hospital employee for molesting a woman medical student in his chamber.”Nobody has a right to touch a woman’s body without her consent… In the instant case, it is evident that appellant (convict) had pulled the prosecutrix towards his chamber with the intention to sexually assault her and therefore, committed offence of outraging her modesty under section 354 of IPC,” Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhatt said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court’s observation came while dismissing the appeal of convict Ashok Kumar, who was working as a stenographer in the hospital, against a magisterial court’s last month order sentencing him to jail and imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.While relying on testimony of the victim, a second year student of Department of Nuclear Medicine, the judge said, “I find that the testimony of the prosecutrix is consistent with her written complaint submitted in the police station and the statements recorded during the course of investigation.”According to the prosecution, on February 2, 2011 an FIR was lodged at Dhaula Kuan Police Station on the complaint of the medical student that Kumar molested her when she was working in CT centre at the hospital around 1 PM. It was alleged that she had gone to Kumar’s chamber to check leave register when he suddenly pulled her and tried to sexually assault her, after which she stormed out of the room and telephoned her husband, who is also a doctor.The court, while upholding the sentence, accepted the contention of the victim’s husband who said that the FIR was lodged a day after the incident as the army rules require that the complaint first be made to the Commandant. Kumar, in his appeal, had contended that trial court had erred in convicting and sentencing him and that he was falsely implicated by the woman and her husband.The court, however, dismissed his plea saying he has no defence to accusations levelled against him and he was “trying to create one.”

No clash between Ayurveda, allopathy: Ramdev

Allopathy and Ayurveda can complement each other in many areas. he said.

I would appeal to doctors to take help of our ancient systems of medicine for completely curing patients, he said.

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Yoga guru Ramdev on Friday said there was “no clash” between allopathy and Ayurveda and that the two can complement each other in many areas to reduce human suffering. “Whether it is allopathy or Yoga, our motto should be to lessen human suffering around the world. There should be no controversies between different systems of medicine. “We should find the cause of disease and try to prevent it and cure it by any system of medicine subject to its benefit to the patient. Knowledge should not be restricted within boundaries but spread to all sections of society,” he said while delivering a talk at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In this regard, he said they have done experiments using giloy and aloe vera herbs on dengue patients for increasing the platelet count and found it useful. Like modern systems of medicine, we have started keeping scientific data and publishing our work, he said. “We have no clash with allopathy. In fact, we can complement each other in many areas. We are involving many diagnostic modalities of modern systems of medicine during treatment of patients at Patanjali Yoga Peeth. I would appeal to doctors to take help of our ancient systems of medicine for completely curing patients,” he added.He, meanwhile, said, “We are going to establish the world’s biggest Yoga research centre very soon. Yoga is for all sections of society, rich or poor, doctor or businessman.”

Health experts say Bombay much better than Delhi in dealing with dengue

Prevention was key to defeat dengue, stressed not only the panel but also the health experts dna spoke to. Delhi’s problems also lay in shoddy implementation that defeated any amount of path breaking research.

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India’s top health experts collectively scolded the city of Delhi for not being proactive enough in helping stop the spread of dengue. Drawing comparisons with a metro such as Bombay, they pointed out glaring gaps in Delhi’s implementation of preventive measures and the non-cooperative residents of the city. Dr. AC Dhariwal, chairman of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Dr. MC Mishra, Director of AIIMS, Dr. Ashutosh Biswas, PRofessor of Medicine AIIMS, and others, spoke at a public lecture organised by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, on Wednesday, to disseminate crucial information, and common sense, amidst the panic caused by dengue. They drove home the point that government and medical bodies could do nothing without community participation and civic sense. Delhi, hyper endemic to dengue, was unfavourably compared to Bombay where simple things made a difference; water connections are not given until a ladder is provided along with the overhead tanks for routine checking and cleaning, construction sites where the aedes mosquito easily breeds are monitored far more closely, roadside vehicle repair shops are not allowed to display empty tires, only tubes that have air in them. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr. Dhariwal said at the AIIMS’ panel on Wednesday that India suffered from dengue along with Latin America and parts of Asia. However, as Dr. BN Nagpal, scientist with the National Institute of Malaria Research, pointed out to dna in a previous conversation, in research and prevention India is far behind the similarly affected Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia. Lesser research, a late start, a lack of proper implementation and a crucial shortage of specialists has hit India’s health programmes hard. Other Southeast Asian countries sailed ahead in preventive research, with money pumped into the science and smaller controllable populations that were cooperative. “For example, Indonesia has tapped into its population of housewives to thoroughly check breeding sites at home, preventing the spread of the aedes mosquito,” Nagpal said. “Here, people won’t let you inside the house for fogging.” India’s research, he said only really took off after the 2006 all-India dengue outbreak.Speaking to dna separately, Dr. Sujata Sunil, research scientist with the Indian council for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, said that there were two kinds of research for vector borne diseases. One was research for the sake of research, the hard science of looking into the disease and the vector; where India matched all global standards. It was the second kind, that could lead to new products or control/preventive measures where the country was lacking. Prevention was key to defeat dengue, stressed not only the panel but also the health experts dna spoke to. Delhi’s problems also lay in shoddy implementation that defeated any amount of path breaking research. Every speaker at AIIMS repeated the fact that fogging needs to be done inside houses where the mosquito breeds and takes shelter, one mosquito has 5-6 breeding sites, it never lays eggs on the surface of the water, but in the rim of the container, an infected mosquito breeds infected larvae. “Fogging can’t be done all the time,” added Dr. Dhariwal. “Else the mosquito will grow resistant to it and we’ll lose our weapon.” A worrying factor however, was the decreasing number of entomologists, specialists who study insects. “Without an entomologists, we cannot know the mosquito’s types, its breeding patterns, when it comes out to bite. How are we then supposed to take preventive measures?” said Nagpal. According to him, despite the health ministry’s recruitment drives, students now chose to specialise in more lucrative fields that lead to jobs in private firms, such as biotechnology. “We did an experiment from 2010-2012, ” said Nagpal. “In 20 localities in west Delhi, we eliminated breeding sites all year round. When the rains came there were no mosquitoes to spread to other spots. Till this dates, those sites are clean. It is possible to contains dengue, but the community has to cooperate. Prevention and community involvement can only go hand in hand.”

Another seven-year-old child dies of dengue in Delhi, death toll now at 14

New Delhi: Dengue has claimed three more lives in the national capital including a 7-year-old boy who succumbed to the vector-borne disease on Wednesday.

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Death of other two victims – 41-year-old woman from south Delhi and 14-year-old boy – both of whom died of the disease yesterday, were also reported on Wednesday.

With three latest casualties the dengue death toll has risen to at least 14, even as the embattled Delhi government and the BJP-ruled civic bodies continued to grapple with the health menace.

A seven-year-old boy succumbed to dengue at the BL Kapur Hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday.

“The patient was brought in a critical condition to the hospital and died today of dengue,” an official of the hospital said.

Monika Bahl, a resident of Lajpat Nagar died on Tuesday at the Moolchand Hospital due to dengue shock syndrome leading to multi-organ failure.

According to doctors at Moolchand, the patient had come with complaints of fever and vomiting and was admitted to the hospital almost a week ago.

“She was shifted to the ICU three days later after there were complications. She had tested positive for dengue and passed away yesterday morning apparently due to dengue shock syndrome which had led to multi-organ failure,” a doctor at Moolchand Hospital said.

A 14-year-old boy also became the victim of the deadly disease, succumbing at the Maharaja Agrasen Hospital.

According to sources, the young patient was admitted two days ago and died on Tuesday.

The death toll as per the official MCD data still stands at 5, while 13 deaths have been reported from hospitals across the city till date.

As per the municipal corporation’s data till 12 September, at least 613 cases of dengue have been reported in the last one week and a total 1,872 patients tested positive for the vector-borne disease.


Dengue crisis: Delhi corporations intensify preventive measures, but it may not be enough

New Delhi: The action comes a bit late in the day, but the municipal corporations of Delhi have finally woken up to the dengue crisis. The three corporations claim to have intensified preventive measures such as fumigation to check the breeding of Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes – the main carrier of the dengue virus. The only problem, however, is that fumigation is not an effective prevention measure. In addition, insecticides used in fumigation and fogging have side-effects on humans.

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As many as 1,800 cases of the vector-borne disease have been reported in the national capital so far and there have been 14 confirmed deaths. North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), which has reported 776 cases (the highest among the three civic bodies) till 14 September evening, says it has intensified preventive action to contain the spread of the disease.

“We have pressed into service 1,500 domestic breeding checkers (DBCs), 1,000 employees for fumigation and 300 officials to monitor them and take stock of the situation. We have also deputed three lakh staff to spray larvicide. So far, to the best of my information, 1.42 crore houses in North Delhi Municipal Corporation have been checked and treated with mosquito repellents,” NDMC Mayor Ravinder Gupta told Firstpost.

He appealed to people to let the civic body employees enter their homes for the anti-mosquito drive. “Out motive is not at all to issue challans and impose penalty on households for allowing mosquitoes to breed. Our men will fumigate and educate you how to prevent mosquito breeding. Dengue mosquito breeds and their larvae grow in clean water, not in drains or on garbage dumps. We have also launched awareness campaign by organising workshops and TV and radio advertisements,” he added.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which has nearly 500 reported dengue cases and two confirmed deaths, has around 2,400 employees deployed as dengue breeding checkers (DBCs) and field workers. The civic body also said that it has increased the fumigation drive and anti-larval measures with spike in the number of cases.

“We are taking precautionary as well as preventive measures to ensure the arrest of the spread of the disease. Outdoor fogging and indoor fumigation is being carried on war footing. At present, we have four vehicles to carry mounted-spraying machines, but we have decided to increase it to 16 now. We are also seeking to make facilitation centres for having free blood test and ELISA test taken,” said SDMC Mayor Subhash Arya.

South Delhi, if SDMC officials are to be believed, is the breeding hub and a paradise of Aedes mosquito. And therefore, over one lakh notices have been issued across the city to the offenders for allowing breeding of mosquitoes on their premises. “From January, we have issued over several challans. VIP challans have also been issued to institutions like CPWD, DTC depot, PWD and Lady Shri Ram College. We will continue to do that to serve as a deterrent to not allow breeding of mosquitoes,” Arya added.

East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) also claims to have stepped preventive measures. “Dengue mosquitoes normally breed at temperatures between 18-30 degrees Celsius. And therefore, this is appropriate time for their larvae to grow. We are taking all preventive measures with full cooperation of the Delhi government. There is no need to panic. Our hospitals are well-equipped and have been strictly instructed not to deny admission if it is needed. There is no shortage of beds and platelets in our blood bank ,” EDMC Mayor Harsh Deep Malhotra told Firstpost.

However, officials of the health department argue that fumigation is no solution to the problem. “Fumigation or fogging is not a preventive measure because it kills adult mosquitoes only. It does not have any impact on larvae. And therefore, it cannot prevent dengue. It is done just to stop transmission of the virus,” said a Health Ministry official.

He further said it is not effective when done in the open. It is effective when done indoors and that too when the doors and windows are kept shut for some time. “Fogging or fumigation is done to show people that the government is serious in preventing dengue cases. But it cannot be done too often given its side-effects,” he added.

Spraying larvicide and keeping the surrounding inside or outside our homes, according to him, is most effective.

Meanwhile, the Delhi cabinet met on Tuesday to discuss ways to arrest the spread of the disease. The cabinet had a lengthy meeting. The government is learnt to have deliberated a law to ensure that no patient is turned away by any hospital.

Rise in dengue cases leads to shortage of beds in govt hospitals in Delhi

New Delhi: The surge in dengue cases in the national capital have led to a serious space crunch in government hospitals with a facility in east Delhi operating a fever clinic from the driver’s room while another prominent hospital has emptied its ortho and eye wards to accommodate patients.

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Battling to provide treatment to the increasing number of patients pouring in at government facilities, hospitals like Ram Manohar Lohia have asked patients to share beds with saline in many cases being administered to patients on the stretcher itself.

At AIIMS, critically ill dengue patients are being treated on stretchers in corridors due to absence of beds.

“We are giving treatment to critically ill patients suffering from dengue on stretchers. We have no other option…the ICUs are full and we can’t transfer them to other hospital as their condition are critical,” said a senior doctor at AIIMS.

The condition is pathetic at government hospitals which are grappling with shortage of space and staff along with shortage of beds.

“There is lack of space so we had to open fever clinics in the driver’s room. There is resentment among drivers as we have taken away their rooms, but we don’t have space otherwise,” said Dr Amita Saxena, Medical Superintendent of Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital.

Deen Dayal Hospital has 200 beds allocated for disaster out of which many are being used for dengue patients. “We have done a complete reshuffling of beds from all our departments.

“Fever clinics have been opened in the Isolation near the emergency. We have emptied Eye and Ortho wards to accommodate dengue patients,” said Dr Savita Babbar, Medical Superintendent, Deen Dayal Hospital.

“A dengue ward with over 75 beds has been set to cater to dengue patients. Also, we have opened a fever clinic in a hall close to the accident emergency block. But even this arrangement is proving insufficient,” said Dr Yogesh Sarin, Medical Superintendent of Lok Nayak Hospital.

The situation is no different at Guru Tegh Bahadur, Ambedkar and other government hospitals where the administration said extra arrangements have failed to deal with the situation.

To meet the requirement of staff, Delhi Government hospitals have ordered cancellation of leave of all doctors and paramedical staff including nurses and lab technicians.

As hospitals across Delhi continued to be inundated with dengue patients, the Delhi Cabinet held an emergency meeting which reviewed the deteriorating situation. It also explored various options to ensure that private hospitals do not refuse to admit dengue patients.

The AAP government also announced 1031 as dengue helpline and asked private hospitals to increase number of beds.

As cases of dengue continued to rise and inch towards the 2,000 mark, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal carried out surprise checks at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Dr Hedgewar Aarogya Sansthan on Tuesday.

As per the municipal corporation’s data released yesterday, 613 cases of dengue have been reported in the last one week and a total 1,872 patients have tested positive for the vector borne disease till 12 September.

The death toll as per the official data stands at 5, while as the per hospital’s records, 11 deaths have been reported across the city till date.


Nobel laureate Michael Levitt to attend PM Modi’s Silicon Valley event

68-year-old Levitt, professor of structural biology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will be one of the distinguished guests attending the SAP center event, said Khanderao Kand, convener of the Indo-American Community of West Coast the organiser of the mega event.

Nobel laureate Michael Levitt has said that he will attend the Silicon Valley community reception for Prime Minster Narendra Modi during his upcoming visit to the US next week.”I am so excited about this event. As a fan of so many aspects of Indian life and culture, it will be a distinct pleasure to hear Prime Minister Modi’s address,” Levitt said on Tuesday.Levitt won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for “the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Extending my own experiences in discovering something significant through research, I would say that problem solving starts with inquisitive mind, selection of problem, intuition, and hard work. I am sure Modi is up to this challenge,” Levitt said.68-year-old Levitt, professor of structural biology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will be one of the distinguished guests attending the SAP center event, said Khanderao Kand, convener of the Indo-American Community of West Coast the organiser of the mega event.He is one of the first to apply computers to biology, resulting in a research that led to delineating the precise molecular structures of biological molecules for which he won the prize.Modi will be on a visit to Ireland and the US from September 23 to 29 during which he will address the UN General Assembly and also visit Google headquarters in the Silicon Valley. He will address a community reception by Indian-Americans in Silicon Valley on September 27.Meanwhile, a group of Indian American entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley welcomed the scheduled visit of Modi and supported his ambitious Digital India program.”It is exciting to see Prime Minister Modi driving initiatives like Digital India or Make in India. Making technology accessible is the first step to empower and engage users ultimately transforming the way business will be done in India. Prime Minister Modi’s vision presents us with a great opportunity,” said Vineet Jain, CEO and Co-founder at Egnyte.”Modi’s vision for a Digital India has the power to empower every Indian in a way that integrates their unique perspectives into a whole while setting each Indian free to pursue their destiny and untethering the power of a billion people,” said Manish Chandra founder and CEO of Poshmark.”I am very excited by Modi’s leadership of India, both in focusing on systematic changes in India and in building brand India across the globe,” said Anita Manwani, VP Global Sourcing at Agilent Technology.Modi is a person who “really is self-less” and believes in the wellbeing on the common man, said prominent Indian American businesswoman Vinita Gupta.There is an “excitement” in the Silicon Valley on his visit and his vision for India, she said in a video posted on the website of Indo American community of West Coast.

One should not become blind in race for profit: Kejriwal on deaths due to dengue in Delhi

New Delhi: In the wake of reports claiming that private hospitals were turning away dengue patients, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that though his government was working towards making the city a ‘business hub’, profit should not supersede humanity.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Referring to the death of a seven-year-old boy due to dengue after being denied admission by various hospitals in the national capital, Kejriwal said, “It is very heartbreaking.. I feel very sad after hearing such incidents.”

“In the mad race to earn profit, one should not become blind. If the hospitals would have treated him, would it have made the turnover of hospitals suffer?”

The Chief Minister was addressing the conference of ASSOCHAM on ‘Ease of doing business – Unfinished agenda’.

Noting that people of Delhi voted for AAP to bring about a ‘paradigm change’, the Chief Minister claimed that after his government came to power, corruption has gone down by 50-60 per cent which has decreased the cost of doing business and increased the profit of the companies.

“If we make process of doing business easy in the city and improve the infrastructure then we will not have to invite corporates to Delhi to invest here. Instead, they themselves will invest in the capital.

“Delhi has a huge potential, and in one year we will make Delhi number one place for ease-of-doing business,” he said.

Along with focus on business, Kejriwal highlighted that Delhi has potential for growth in tourism, education and health sector. “At present, stop over time of tourists in Delhi is less than 24 hours and we have to increase it to 2-3 days, which will create more jobs and revenue.”

“Similarly, we are expanding mandis of Delhi and going to bring a bill to regularise warehouses,” he added.

Addressing industrialists, Kejriwal said, “I believe you are the best brains of the county and we are longing for ideas. We don’t have all the brains to do everything, but if two crore people of the city start using their brains and resources then Delhi will become the best city in the world.”

He further said that AAP got a huge mandate from the public as people were fed up of existing politics which was full of corruption and “hooliganism”.

“It is impossible to do business without corruption. Even an honest trader has to give bribe. More than 85 per cent of traders want to do fair, corruption-free business and bring fundamental change,” he said.

“The government does not do any development… it is done by the people. We only create an environment, which is why we increased the budget of health and education. Allocating the budget was our political commitment but to utilise and implement this money is a real challenge,” Kejriwal said.

Emphasising on the change brought by honest politics, he said, “We have seven ministers in our cabinet including me, and I can guarantee that no one is corrupt. There is no other cabinet in this country which is as honest as ours. This is the most honest cabinet.

“To do our work we choose honest secretary and head of department (HOD). But some officers are honest and some are not. As we have to choose between groups of officers…dishonest officers are not given critical post and we keep an eye on them and monitor their activity,” he added.

Sharing his pre-poll experience, he said during election time people used to laugh at him when he used to announce that the price of electricity will be reduce to half.

“When we came to power we gave a subsidy of Rs 1,400 crore. After all, it is public money and we are using it for them. Previous government use to do a scam of Rs 1400 crore in one tender but we are using this money for the public.

“We raised the issue of audit of power companies. Earlier, the government used to say that audit cannot be done as there is stay on it by the court. But when our government came we found there was no stay and CAG audit was ordered.

“I cannot speak much about it as of now as its report is not out yet but media report shows that there is something wrong. Once the CAG report is out, it is possible that we don’t have to give subsidy in electricity,” he added.

He also highlighted that his government has successfully started supplying water to areas like Sangam Vihar, Dwarka, Hauz Rani and Bawana which used to face a shortage.

Kejriwal also suggested that eateries and food joints should not need licenses as the sole objective of the government is to ensure they serve clean and hygienic food.

“Instead of licenses for food joints, we should strengthen the food and supplies department to ensure safe food, and new food labs should be made to check adulteration,” the Chief Minister said.

Delhi government will soon introduce ‘self-attestation’ and do away with the need of filing affidavits or getting various certificates attested by gazetted officers.

Kejriwal said that this move would bring relief to the general public, who have to go through a tedious process of getting birth, death or marriage certificates signed by officers of gazetted rank or lawmakers.


Hospitals which deny treatment won’t be spared: Kejriwal on dengue crisis in Delhi

After yet another death due to dengue and alleged hospital negligence, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that the Delhi government was taking measures to improve the situation and further said that the hospitals which denied treatment to patients will be punished.

According to TV reports, Kejriwal is conducting surprise visits to the hospitals in Delhi. His statements on the dengue crisis come after six-year-old Aman died of dengue, with his family claiming negligence by hospitals. Last week, seven-year-old Avinash had succumbed to the disease after allegedly being turned away by five hospitals which had driven his parents to suicide.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

“We are planning to come out with a law so that hospitals refusing treatment to an emergency patient can be penalised. In the next couple of days, we will call a special session of the Legislative Assembly to bring in the law,” Kejriwal said. “It is sad that some private hospitals did something so inhuman just for profit…Hospitals which refuse healthcare to patients will not be spared,” he said, referring to the death of two children after they were allegedly denied treatment by hospitals.

However, Kejriwal said the licenses of the hospitals denying treatment could not be cancelled as there would be a shortage of hospitals if that happened. “If we cancel the licenses of those hospitals, there will be shortage of hospitals. But we will punish them,” he said.

“We are arranging extra beds in hospitals to provide more space in hospitals where patients can be treated,” said the Delhi CM.

Kejriwal also appealed to the people of Delhi not to panic. “Government has made arrangements in government hospitals,” he said.

Aman, from Srinivaspuri area of South Delhi, has become the tenth victim of dengue this season.

The Delhi government has also summoned administrators of all private hospitals and nursing homes in the city.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain will hold a meeting with them on Tuesday evening.

“Jain has summoned administrators of all private hospitals and nursing homes of Delhi for a meeting in view of the reports of their refusal to admit dengue patients,” a senior Delhi government official said.

In the meeting, administrators of nursing homes and private hospitals will be given strict orders to not refuse admission to any suspected dengue patient.

As per the corporation’s fresh data released on Monday, 613 cases of dengue have been reported in the last one week and a total 1,872 patients have tested positive for the vector borne disease till 12 September.

(With inputs from PTI)

Ayurvedic medicine not suitable as treatment for defence personnel: Manohar Parrikar

The government on Tuesday said Ayurveda treatment was not approved as a mode of treatment for defence services personnel and integration of entire complement of Indian systems of medicine with Armed Forces Medical Services was not feasible.

Manohar Parrikar

The government on Tuesday said Ayurveda treatment was not approved as a mode of treatment for defence services personnel and integration of entire complement of Indian systems of medicine with Armed Forces Medical Services was not feasible.In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said AFMS are responsible for providing preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative medical care to its clientele.”The system is based on allopathic system of medicine,” he said, while replying to a question about fresh steps being taken by the government to integrate Ayurvedic and Indian systems of medicine in armed forces.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Minister said combat medical and surgical requirement are the pivot on which structure of AFMS revolves. “There are specific requirements to handle the emergencies in modern medicare such as myocardial infraction, arrhythmias, cardiac arrest, intestinal obstruction, head injuries, polytrauma, renal failure etc which can best be taken care by allopathic physicians and surgeons,” he said.He said that integration of entire complement of Indian systems of medicine with Armed Forces Medical Services was not feasible considering the role of AFMS in combat settings.

At least twice a week yoga classes for CBSE affiliated schools

The Government has formulated the programmes and operational measures for promotion of yoga through centrally sponsored scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM).

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More than 15,000 schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have been advised to engage students “at least” twice a week in yoga classes as part of their physical activity programme. Informing this in a written reply in Rajya Sabha, AYUSH Minister Shripad Yasso Naik said yoga education has also been made a compulsory part of study and practice by National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). “The HRD Ministry has further informed that there are 15,962 schools affiliated to the CBSE who have already been advised to provide compulsory 40-45 minutes of physical activities or games to the students of classes I- X every day…and that students of classes XI- XII should participate in physical activity/ games/ mass physical training/ yoga for at least two periods per week (90-120 minutes/ week),” Naik said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Board offers Physical and Health Education for classes XI and XII and Yoga is compulsory part of its curriculum, he said. Naik said NCTE has already developed modules on yoga education for diploma in elementary education and master of education. “These will be used by more than 18,000 teacher education institutions and also 14 lakh student, teachers and teacher educators who are studying or teaching in these institutions,” Naik said. The Minister said that HRD Ministry has informed that the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 which is a policy document for the country, recommended Yoga as an integral part of health and physical education.He said that the government has laid down the national policy on Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy-2002 which envisages overall growth and development of Yoga. The Government has formulated the programmes and operational measures for promotion of yoga through centrally sponsored scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM) and various central sector schemes. “Further, a task force has been constituted by the Ministry to deliberate and make recommendations on various important issues concerning the AYUSH Ministry, including the preferred option for promotion, development and regulation of Yoga and Naturopathy for education and practice,” Naik said.

PM Modi accorded ceremonial welcome in Turkmenistan

This is the first visit to Turkmenistan by an Indian Prime Minister after PV Narasimha Rao’s visit in 1995.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Saturday accorded a ceremonial welcome in Turkmenistan, where he arrived yesterday on the fourth leg of his Central Asian tour. He was welcomed at the Ashgabat airport by smiling children with the offering of the traditional bread ‘chorek’.
Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate a statue of Mahatma Gandhi and a Traditional Medicine and Yoga Centre here. This is the first visit to Turkmenistan by an Indian Prime Minister after PV Narasimha Rao’s visit in 1995. Besides Turkmenistan, the Prime Minister will visit Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

India open defecation ‘harms’ women

New research says pregnant women defecating in the open are more likely to have a premature delivery or give birth to a baby with low weight.

Around 4,500 doctors in Maharashtra warn of indefinite strike from 2 July

Mumbai: As many as 4,500 resident doctors, attached to 18 government medical colleges in Maharashtra, have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from 2 July in support of their demands, including increase in stipend.

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Sagar Mundada, President of the Central Board of Maharashtra Resident Doctors – the association that has called the strike – said their demands include hike in stipend, strict implementation of the Doctors Protection Act, two-month maternity leave for female doctors and fixed working hours, among others.

All resident doctors on Wednesday will perform their duties wearing black ribbons as a mark of protest and launch an indefinite strike from 2 July, he said.

Mundada said while treating TB patients, if a doctor contracts the illness, he/she would get six months leave.

He said resident doctors have been demanding that they be relieved from the mandatory bond service (to work in rural areas) if there is no vacancy for them within a month after completing the MD degree.

Mundada said during the bond service, resident doctors should be given duties in area of their specialisation.


Telangana food authorities order re-testing of KFC products

Food safety has hit headlines in India after government food safety inspectors found excess lead in packets of Nestle’s Maggi instant noodles.

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The food authorities in Telangana on Saturday ordered re-testing of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) food products, after the results of a test showed the presence of bacteria linked to food poisoning in a sample of its fried chicken. Director of Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM), K Amrendra Reddy, said that samples have been sent for examination. “Our police inspectors have already gone and have taken some samples from two or three centers and then they have submitted the samples and the report once it comes… then if it is found to be unsafe then we will launch prosecution,” said Reddy.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Food safety has hit headlines in India after government food safety inspectors found excess lead in packets of Nestle’s Maggi instant noodles. The company disputed the test results and a subsequent recall order, but it has become the country’s worst safety scare involving packaged food in a decade. The Indian unit of fast food chain KFC, owned by Yum Brands Inc (YUM.N), on Friday challenged the results of a test showing the presence of bacteria dismissing them as “false allegations”. KFC, a subsidiary of Pepsico Restaurants International, opened its first outlet in Bangalore. Also Read: Hyderabad NGO claims bacteria in KFC food items, company rubbishes charge

Methanol poisoning needs prompt treatment, early dialysis

Twenty-six people from Malvani in Malad were admitted to Nair hospital from June 18 to 23 for methanol poisoning. All had consumed 150-250ml of liquor six to 24 hours prior to admission. Out of these, seven who were very critical were transferred to the Medical Intensive Care Unit. A majority of them had blurring of vision on admission. All of them had headache, chest discomfort and giddiness, along with severe acidosis (bicarbonate levels ranging from as low as 1 to 7 (normal being 18 to 24).We treated them with ethyl alcohol (via ryles tube) and sodium bicarbonate intravenously, a standard treatment for methanol poisoning. Thirteen patients received haemodialysis (11 required only one session and two required two sessions each), which is again a standard practice to remove formic acid — a metabolic product of methanol.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All patients also received adequate intravenous fluids and were monitored round the clock. We also subjected them to investigations and ophthalmic examinations to rule out optic nerve damage.Out of those admitted, 10 died and 13 recovered, with no residual visual deficit. One patient, who is otherwise stable, has suffered from loss of vision, while two are still in critical care unit. None of the patients had any neurological complications. However, late complications, such as rigidity (stiffness of the body) and tremors, which are Parkinsonian features, are known to occur in some patients a couple of months after exposure to methanol.Hence, patients need to be followed up on for a period of time for these symptoms.Patients of methanol poisoning should be detected and treated promptly and receive early dialysis, which would be life-saving. This is because if not treated promptly, methanol is metabolised to formic acid which is responsible for the visual symptoms and circulatory collapse, leading to death, and delayed neurological complications in survivors. Prompt dialysis removes the formic acid which is responsible for all the toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Dr Mala V KaneriaProf and unit head, Department of MedicineNair Hospital

Food and Drugs Administration sends notices to e-cigarette distributors

FDA commissioner Harshadeep Kamble said, “In India, for any kind of medicine to be sold, one has to take permission from the Drugs Controller General of India. The DGCI has not yet approved e-cigarettes that contain liquid nicotine. On this ground, we have sent notices to these agencies.”

On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, the Food and Drugs Administration on Saturday slapped notices on 25 distributors of e-cigarettes, asking them why action should not taken against them for violation of law. According to the law, there is no provision in India to sale the e-cigarettes. FDA commissioner Harshadeep Kamble said, “In India, for any kind of medicine to be sold, one has to take permission from the Drugs Controller General of India. The DGCI has not yet approved e-cigarettes that contain liquid nicotine. On this ground, we have sent notices to these agencies.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The FDA action comes in the wake of a growing trend among college students using e-cigarettes, which are promoted as devices that help people kick the butt. However, doctors contradict the claim. They say it is more sinister than nicotine. Experts say there is evidence that e-cigarettes can cause death and poisonings. E-cigarettes are slender pencil-like battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine, flavorings (e.g. fruit, mint,and chocolate), and other chemicals via an inhaled aerosol. E-cigarettes contain cancer-causing agents like formaldehyde, which in some brands reach concentrations close to that of some conventional cigarette. They deliver nicotine, which contributes to cardiovascular disease.

‘Putrajeevak’ medicine row: Ramdev says herb only helps couples conceive

Kolkata: Amid the controversy over a purported ayurvedic product by yoga guru Baba Ramdev‘s Divya Pharmacy promising male child, Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday said the Union Health minister has asked for looking into the matter.

“It is a gender issue. If you are asking for only a male child, it is illegal. The health minister has asked to look into the matter,” he said here today while reacting to the uproar in the Rajya Sabha yesterday over ‘Divya Putrajeevak Beej’ allegedly sold by Divya Pharmacy.

Baba Ramdev in a file photo. PTIBaba Ramdev in a file photo. PTI

Baba Ramdev in a file photo. PTI

“However, you cannot bring this (product) under misleading advertisement. It says it guarantees a son and no one is challenging that the medicine is bad,” he said.

Meanwhile Ramdev in a press conference on Friday morning said that he would not change the name of his medicine and that the uproar was a conspiracy to malign him.

He said told opposition MPs “Do your homework. They are using a fakir to malign the Prime Minister,” he said.

According to Zee News, ” Ramdev said the medicine helps a childless couple conceive and has nothing to do with sex determination of a child before birth. The yoga guru also refused to change the name of the medicine.”

He also said that his pharmacy, to keep away from controversy, will add a disclaimer to the medicine highlighting that it won’t help couples have a male child.

“MPs who have no clue about Ayurveda should be ashamed and should apologise to the nation. The medicine (pack) does not say anywhere that it helps in producing a son,” he told a press conference in New Delhi, and demanded an apology from JD(U) MP KC Tyagi, who raised the issue in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, accusing him of resorting to “lies”.

Without elaborating whether his ministry is taking any action on the medicine at a time when the NDA government was carrying out its ‘Beti Bachhao’ campaign, Paswan said if a product did not deliver what it promises only then can it be misleading.

The opposition had demanded to ban the purported ayurvedic product in Rajya Sabha yesterday while terming it as illegal and unconstitutional and sought stringent action against the manufacturers.


Ramdev’s moonwalking abs! Why you shouldn’t have missed the Baba’s latest press meet

Baba Ramdev, in a press conference which turned into one of the most weird press meets, made a statement on the uproar created in the Parliament over his ‘Putrajeevak Beej’ medicine. He alleged that a political controversy was being brewed from in order to defame Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

However, after Ramdev showed some of his products to the media to clarify there was nothing controversial about them, the press meet took a different turn when he decided to show his yoga skills by taking off his saffron shawl covering his upper body and performing some disturbing moves using his stomach.

Yes, you heard that right. As a half-nude Ramdev proudly began showing his yoga moves to the press.

As if it is a normal part of every news conference, Ramdev casually took his saffron shawl off to show off his upper body. For quite a while, we were wondering what exactly Ramdev was up to as he decided to do a Salman Khan in a news conference.

In a press conference meant to issue a clarification on some medicine, one wouldn’t really have expected Ramdev showing off his yoga moves.  If you thought you had seen everything, think again. Here is Ramdev’s stomach, moving back and forth in its full glory as Ramdev.

He also jokingly said that the media will now say that he was claiming that the youth will get six-pack abs if they practised his move. Ramdev also said false allegations were being made against him that he wanted to control the sexual desire of youth through this medicine.

Ramdev had earlier also showed several of his other products to the media to clarify that there was nothing controversial about them. To do this, he actually actually displayed packets of his other products on camera, describing each product as they were displayed.

Before the yoga guru began performing in front of the media, he criticised the Opposition for bringing up the medicine issue. “What does the Putrajeevak medicine have to do with PM Modi and BJP?” he said.

“Using a ‘fakir’ like me, they are trying to defame the ‘wazir’ Prime Minister Modi,” Ramdev said. “In the Parliament, they should raise issues of black money, corruption and earthquake relief…Instead, they focus on such a non-issue.”

“People are making a controversy out of a non-issue,” he said.

Ramdev also said that the ‘Putrajeevak’ medicine had nothing to do with sex determination before birth. “The Putrajeevak medicine has nothing to do with sex determination of a child before birth,” he said. “The botanical name of this medicine is ‘Putranjeeva roxburghii’,it’s called ‘Putrajeevak’ in Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu and Bengali. What do I do if the medicine is named ‘Putrajeevak’?”

Ramdev took the meaning of a press conference to an entirely new level.

Ramdev took the meaning of a press conference to an entirely new level.

He further said that the name of the medicine will not be changed in the future. “If a lot of misconceptions are spread about the medicine, we will add a disclaimer to the medicine that it has nothing to do with getting a boy or a girl child,” he said.

“I have always respected women,” Ramdev said.

Ramdev also slammed JD(U) leader KC Tyagi and actor Jaya Bachchan for making statements against him. “JD(U)’s KC Tyagi should apologise for his remarks…Jaya Bachchan should know more about the issue before making a statement,” he said.

KC Tyagi reacted to Ramdev’s statement and said he will not apologise. “Why should I apologise to Ramdev? I still stand by my statements. Whether he changes his name or not, I will not stop protesting,” he told Times Now.

On Ramdev’s allegation that PM Modi’s was being maligned, Tyagi said, “I never even mentioned PM Modi in my statements. In fact, I had praised PM Modi for improving the sex ratio in Haryana. Ramdev is causing harm to that good work.”

Ramdev also said that instead of focussing on the issue of his medicine, the media needed to pay attention to the work done by him in Nepal. “I took responsiblity of 500 to 1000 children in Nepal. Why isn’t the media reporting that?” he said.

The entire controversy began on Thursday when a demand to ban a purported ayurveda product by yoga guru Ramdev’s Divya Pharmacy that promises a male child was made in Rajya Sabha, with Opposition members terming it as illegal and unconstitutional and seeking stringent action against the manufacturers.

When the House met for the day on Thursday, KC Tyagi showed a a packet called ‘Putrajeevak Beej’, which he claimed to have bought from Divya Pharmacy that promised the delivery of a male child.

He also displayed a copy of the purchase receipt dated 14 April and said sale of such products by “the Brand Ambassador of Haryana” was illegal and unconstitutional.

Without naming the yoga guru, he asked “if the Government of India under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approves of this.”

Amid protests from treasury benches, Jaya Bachchan (SP) took the packet and gave it to Health Minister JP Nadda.

Javed Akhtar also asked saracastically will the government inquire whether it is illegal to determine sex.

Several opposition members joined in condemning sale of such products and demanded action.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said sex selection by a medicine or even pre-natal sex determination was against the law and the Constitution, but the Chair cannot do anything about it.

With Opposition members pressing for stringent action, Nadda said the issue is related to the Department of Aayush. “The Government will look into it and proper action will be taken.”

(With inputs from PTI)

Sunanda Pushkar case: HC asks AIIMS not to replace forensic head without its nod

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has come to the rescue of the head of AIIMS forensic department, Sudhir Kumar Gupta, who had alleged discrimination for refusing to act unprofessionally in the Sunanda Pushkar autopsy matter, asking the Institute not to replace him without its permission.

“Without expressing any opinion on the contentions raised by the petitioner (Gupta), we direct the respondent No.1/AIIMS to take leave of this court in the event of any contemplation at their end to replace the petitioner from the post of HoD,” a bench of justices Kailash Gambhir and IS Mehta said.

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The bench also issued notices to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) seeking their reply on Gupta’s plea.

Gupta, Head of the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department, had challenged a March 4 decision of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) rejecting his charge that one Dr O P Murty was promoted after purging his seniority, with the purpose of obtaining a tailor-made report in the sensational murder case of Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor.

He also alleged that AIIMS had illegally purged his seniority with “malafide intention” to punish him for refusing to act unprofessionally in the autopsy matter.

Senior advocate Amarendra Sharan, appearing for Gupta, had submitted that the doctor was appointed HoD in 2013 after taking into consideration his seniority as Professor (Forensic Medicine and Toxicology).

He said there was “serious apprehension” that in light of the CAT decision which was now under challenge, AIIMS may decide to replace him by appointing Murty or anyone else.

The court, which restrained AIIMS from removing Gupta without its prior leave, asked the counsels of both parties to file the synopsis of written submissions along with the supporting judgments before the next date of hearing.

Absolving former Union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor of the charge of wrong-doing, CAT had said, “the email sent by Shashi Tharoor, the then Union Minister, to Dr Rajiv Bhasin, on January 26, 2014, and the notice dated June 2, 2014 issued by Dr Adarsh Kumar, Member Secretary, Medical Board, AIIMS do not reveal anything to show that any pressure was put on the applicant to submit a tailor-made autopsy report in Sunanda Pushkar’s case.”

Seeking quashing of CAT’s verdict and AIIMS decision to promote Murty, Gupta’s counsels Sharan and Somesh Jha, said the decision was likely to “severely affect the seniority and career progression of the petitioner and his functioning as Head of Department.”

The CAT had held that the decision having already been taken by the Governing Body on January 16, 2012 and April 14, 2012 to promote Murty to the “grade of Professor w.e.f. July 1, 2009, it cannot be said that the postmortem/autopsy of the dead body of late Sunanda Pushkar, who died on January 17, 2014, has any nexus with the process of consideration of Murty’s case for promotion…

“Therefore, the malice attributed by Gupta to the then President and Director of AIIMS is baseless,” the tribunal had said.

In his complaint before the tribunal, Gupta had claimed that he was asked to prepare tailor-made autopsy report giving clean chit, irrespective of his professional conclusions, after conducting autopsy of late Sunanda Pushkar.

The government had denied the allegations on August 27 before CAT stating that the matter regarding Murty’s promotion was referred to the Department of Personnel and Training and he was promoted only after its clarification.

The action of AIIMS and the Ministry of retrospectively promoting Murty to “supersede Gupta is illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional,” Sharan said in court.

His counsel also alleged that Murty had “started creating difficulty in the routine functioning of Gupta as HoD, claiming seniority illegally conferred upon him.”

He contended that the CAT findings were “illegal and contrary to the law and facts and circumstances of the present case”.


37 fresh swine flu cases in Telangana; death toll rises to 69

The number of deaths due to swine flu in Telangana rose to 69 today after three fresh deaths were reported here today.

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The number of deaths due to swine flu in Telangana rose to 69 today after three fresh deaths were reported here today.Thirty seven fresh and positive swine flu cases have been reported, taking the total number of cases to 1,925, according to a bulletin issued by the Telangana state government said here.”In the current year from January 1 to March 11, 5,967 samples have been tested, out of which 1,925 samples were found to be positive. The number of deaths because of other complications and swine flu as on date, are 69,” it said.The bulletin said that 117 samples were sent for testing yesterday and 37 samples tested positive for the virus.”The number of positive cases reported in the last six days (upto March 11) is 51, 32, 31, 41,46 and 37,” it said.The bulletin issued yesterday put the number of deaths at 66.The Telangana government has advised citizens to take precautions such as reporting the appearance of early symptoms of swine flu like high fever, sneezing, cough and body pain to hospitals immediately, the bulletin said.Sufficient stock of medicine is available at different hospitals in Telangana and ample testing kits are also available, the bulletin said.

Bombay HC’s order to rlys: Ensure medical facility at suburban stations

The Bombay High Court today said the railways must take the responsibility of safety of commuters and make available basic medical facility at all suburban stations in the city.

The Bombay High Court today said the railways must take the responsibility of safety of commuters and make available basic medical facility at all suburban stations in the city.A division bench of justices A S Oka and A K Menon was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) by activist Samir Zaveri, who had himself lost his legs in a railway accident, He has sought setting up of emergency medical centres in suburban stations.After the petition was filed and orders were passed by the court, the railways had set up emergency medical centres at 15 out of a total of 125 suburban stations.The Maharashtra government had also stationed ambulances at 46 stations to handle accident cases and ferry victims to the nearest hospital.”Setting up of emergency medical centres was the first phase. The railways should now make available some kind of medical facilities at each and every station. The railways must take responsibility,” Justice Oka said.The court also directed the government to ensure that the doctors who sit in the ambulances outside the stations are trained to handle emergency situations and equipments in the ambulances.”Since, the doctors are not MBBS graduates but Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) graduates, they might need additional training to handle such peculiar cases. There should be a mandatory training at a government-established centre,” it said.The court said that with doctors who are not trained or equipped to handle emergency cases, purpose of having an ambulance is not served.The government has been asked to file an affidavit in the matter on March 25.

Swine flu outbreak: 1,679 affected but medicine selling for Rs 400 per pill, masks at Rs 350

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