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Health, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 12, 2009

New ICU wing opened at RIMS

wing opened at RIMS(IFP_3_2_K8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Prof L.Fimate, director of the Regional Institute of Medical
Sciences, Imphal on Saturday inaugurated a 8-bedded Medical Intensive Care Unit
in the Department of Medicine. Prof W Gyaneswor,dean (academic) and Prof M
Kulachandra, head of the Department of Medicine were also on the dais.
Speaking on the occasion Prof Fimate said that the opening of the unit was yet
another feather in the cap of RIMS which is being upgraded to the level of the
AIIMS.Although the beds had been provided there some sophisticated equipments
and other requirements including oxygen connections,etc are yet to be installed.

AIDS worker leaves for Africa

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Psychologist Dilip Singh Wangkhem of the United Voluntary
Youth Council (UVYC) left Imphal for Tanzania, South Africa today. The Volunteer
Service Overseas (VSO) United Kingdom selected him as a VSO volunteer and Singh
will work there in the field of care and support for HIV/AIDS patients. He will
be attached to an organisation called Care International, Kinondoni Dare-Asalam,
Tanzania for one year. Besides, the AIDS programme he will introduce various
appropriate rural technology to the rural people of Tanzania.

No bird flu in Tinsukia, says
Veterinary Department(SEN, 10-2-08)
 TINSUKIA, Feb 9: Reports of death of more than 200 chicken at
Balijan village under Panitola PS in Tinsukia district has created a fear
psychosis here.The officials of the District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department have
almost ruled out the spread of bird flu in the district and stated that there is
no need for the poultry owners to panic.

Bird flu awareness
drive held

 HATSINGIMARI, Feb 9: The Deputy Commissioner of Dhubri district Ganesh
Kumar Kalita went to Hatsingimari yesterday to take stock of the bird flu
awareness drive in the subdivision. The DC first visited Gajarikandi Public
Health Centre (PHC) and also met other officials of the veterinary department in
this connection and instructed on the precautionary measures to be taken. The
SDO and VAS (veterinary) informed the DC that precautionary measures like
distribution of leaflet, posturing has been carried out along with collection of
blood serum and cloacal sample, which were sent to the Animal Disease Diagnosis
Laboratory for experiments.


5,000 appointments in health
sector on March 2: Sarma(SEN, 10-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 9: Asom Government will appoint about 5,000 people in
the State-run health sector on March 2, which Asom Health and Family Welfare
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has claimed to be the largest-ever induction at one
go in the sector anywhere in the country. The minister also said that Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh would lay the foundation stones of new medical colleges
in the State in March.

Medicines being sold
without licences
GORESWAR, Feb 16: The general public, in most of the case,
is unaware of the actual prices of medicines purchased form the local
pharmacies. Taking advantage of this situation, a good number of pharmacies have
been allegedly trying to cheat the customers by charging sky-high prices.
In Goreswar, a few medicine shops are literally cheating the people by charging
inflated prices of common medicines. The Drugs Inspector of Kamrup, who
allegedly attends office at his own sweet will, has been maintaining a dignified
silence over the matter.

A new concept of fee
structure for medical students(SEN, 17-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 16: Asom Government is now contemplating on introducing
two sets of fee structure in medical education in the State’s medical colleges —
one for candidates willing for Government jobs after completion of their courses
and the other for those who are not willing for Government jobs. If everything
goes as being planned, the candidates willing for Government jobs will pay fees
at the rate meant for Government medical colleges, while those not willing for
Government jobs will have to pay fees at the rate that is being charged in
private medical institutions. The State Government is looking into legal
hurdles, if any, in implementing two sets of fee structure for two categories of
students simultaneously at the same institution.

HC upholds decision to
enhance qualification of SWs

GUWAHATI, Feb 18: The Gauhati High Court has today upheld the State
Government’s decision to enhance the qualification of surveillance workers (SWs)
under the Health Department from High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) to
Higher Secondary passed. The recruitment process to fill up the vacant posts of
surveillance workers is under way in the State.
A single-judge bench of the High Court headed by Amitava Roy has today rejected
the writ petitions challenging the Government’s decision in this regard, and
upheld the Government’s steps.

Free medical camp at

LAKHIPUR, Feb 6: The Red Horns Division of Lakhipur unit will organize a
free medical camp at Tharko (Lakhipur Block) on February 8. A number of
specialists including paediatrician, ENT, Gynaecologist will attend to the
medical needs of the people. The highlights of the camp will be free medical
check up with medicines, health awareness and related information. Vaccination,
Immunization and blood check up will also be conducted for the benefit of the
local people. This was stated in a press release.


Sivasagar Civil Hospital gets a speciality eye ward

JOYSAGAR, February 6: Asom Minister for Law, Sericulture, Handloom and
Textiles Pranab Gogoi recently inaugurated the 50-bedded eye ward at the
Sivasagar Civil Hospital. The minister also inspected the different wards of the
hospital and expressed his satisfaction at the development and beautification
work of the hospital.
Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner NM Hussain, Joint Director of Health Services Dr
CN Dutta, Superintendent of the Hospital Dr Reena Changmai and other health
officials were present on the occasion.

hits culling in Kokrajhar

 GUWAHATI/ DHUBRI, Feb 6 : Culling of birds is going on for the fourth
day in Dhubri district today. Altogether, 29 rapid response teams (RRTs) are in
action in 33 villages under four goan panchayat areas sharing West Bengal border
of Dhubri district since February 3.
Dhubri Circle Officer in-charge of culling Sadhan Sarkar said he is expecting to
cross culling of 15,000 chicken today.


formed to study Tml disease
IMPHAL, Feb 8:
Following outbreak of a yet to be confirmed disease in a remote Tamenglong
district village that had assumed epidemic proportion and reportedly claiming
one life, the State Government has set up a health team to assess and tackle the
Conveying prepared-ness of the Government to send a medical/health team tomorrow
to Kuilong area from where the disease is said to be spreading , Chief Medical
Officer of Tamenglong district K Menjor Singh said the team composed of medical
officer and para-medical staff from Tamei sub-division would investigate the
disease outbreak in all its dimension in addition to initiating awareness pro-
gramme on hygienic living in the affected village that accommodates 125


Convention on
HIV/AIDS reiterates call on masses

IMPHAL, Feb 9: A one-day Constituency
level conven-tion on HIV/AIDS held at THAU Sports complex here today has given a
clarion call on the need to revise the existing State policy on HIV/AIDS and
evoke the collective consciousness of every section of the so-ciety to join
hands in fighting the epidemic.


workshop(SEX, 10-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 9: A one-day State level Drug & HIV/AIDS workshop for
women organisations was held at the conference hall of Hotel Imphal here today.
The event was organised by the Future Development Drug Users Organisation (FDDUO),
a sister organisation of Social Awareness Service Organisation (SASO), with the
support of Essential Advocacy Project (EAP), Constella Futures.
The main objective of the workshop was to sensitize the leaders of the community
to increase their aware- ness on the issue and generate more proactive sup-
ports towards the key popu-lation (Drug users) as well as the various programmes
implemented in the district.

treatment camp(SEX, 11-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 10: In commemoration of the World Day of Sick, the
Catholic Medical Centre would organise a free treatment camp on February 11 at
Catholic Medical Centre Koirengei Imphal between 9.30 am and 2 pm, according to
a notice issued by Director CMC Dr Francis.


camp(SEX, 11-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: A five days nature cure and yoga health education camp
organised by Manipur Nature Cure and Yoga Hospital under the sponsorship of CCRI
New Delhi at Ngaikhong Awang Leikai had begun today.
Medical treatment would be given free of cost to all the participants during the
camp, said a release issued by the secretary of Manipur Nature Cure & Yoga
Hospital, N Sarojini Devi.

cure(SEX, 11-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 10: Under the sponsorship of National Institute of
Naturopathy, Pune, the Centre for Public Library and Rural Development, Wangjing
would be organising a two days free naturopathy awareness programme for women
from February 12 to February 13 at Wangjing Wangkhei company, Mahila Mandal.
Interested persons may contact the secretary of the Centre for Nehru Yuva
Kendra, Thoubal for participation, informed CPLRD secretary L Joyprakash.

hailed for sincerity(SEX, 11-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 10: The Eleven Star Co-ordinating Committee and Diamond
Youth Club Yangbi Leikai Makha Leihaokhong Mamei expressed their heartfelt
gratitude to Public Health Engineering Department and the concerned contractor
for rendering a sincere service in undertaking a quality based water reservoir
at Lilong Haoreibi Leihao-khong under Waithou water supply scheme. Meanwhile the
release jointly issued by president of Eleven Star Co-ordinating Committee Md
Mujiber Rahman and secretary of Diamond Youth Club Lilong Wahajuddin, has also
appealed the authority concerned to complete the water reservoir that was
started three years back under Lilong Arapti water supply scheme.

camp conducted(SEX, 11-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 10: A one day free medical camp was conducted at mini
stadium, Senapati and at the office of the Senapati District Women Association (SDWA)
yesterday, informed a SDWA release. The medical camp was organised by the SDWA
under the sponsorship of Raj Polyclinic, Imphal. Besides providing Ultrasound
and laboratory facilities, medicines were also distributed free of cost to the
needy patients during the camp which was attended by hundreds of people. The
SDWA also conveyed gratitude to the Raj Polyclinic for the free medical camp.


polio(SEX, 11-2-08)
Shija Hospitals and Research Institute, orga- nised a Pulse Polio
Immunisation programme at its premises today. The programme was inaugurated by
the mana-ging director of the insti-tute Dr Kh Palin. Altoge-ther, 101 children
were immunised. Seventy students of Shija Aca-demy of Nursing also participated
in the PPI programmes held at Thangmeiband and Paona Bazar, Imphal today


scam(SEX, 19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Three senior doctors who had already been sentenced to 3
years rigorous imprisonment (RI) after being pronounced them guilty for
swindling a huge amount of money in procuring medical equipments at exorbitant
rates have again been sentenced to the same punishment term but on different
case number today.
The court of Special Judge No. I (Manipur West) Th Surbala Devi today sentenced
Dr G Mani Sharma, Dr T Vijaychandra and Dr T Brajamani Singh and Supplier Ashok
Kumar Jain to three years RI with a fine of Rs 1 lakh each.
If they fail to clear the fine amount their punishment/sentence term would be
extended by another six months, the court ruled.

tips for nurses(TEL_23_2_K8)

Feb. 22: Besieged with complaints of misbehaviour by
nurses in the city’s premier institutions, Dispur has drawn up a series of
measures to address the issue. Sources said health and family welfare minister
Himanta Biswa Sarma has taken a serious note of complaints and allegations of
misbehaviour by the nursing staff of the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital and
Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. He has asked the superintendents of both
hospitals to take corrective measures.



More smuggled chickens culled
after seizure (IFP,7-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 6: Another 764 chickens brought in from
outside the state despite the ban imposed on such imports were seized by the
police today, and later culled by a rapid response team of the state veterinary
The chickens, apparently meant for delivery at the Leimakhong Army station, were
seized by the police at the Sapermeina police station today. They were later
handed over to the state nodal officer of the veterinary department, Dr K Gopal,
and culled this afternoon at the Porompat poultry farm.

Deadly disease stalk Tml villagers on Nagaland border (IFP, 8-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 7: Residents of Kuilong village under Tamei
sub-division of Tamenglong district are in a dire plight since the outbreak of a
highly infectious disease (something like malarial typhoid) which has claim a
life since November last year and has infected members of nearly every household
in the village and its surrounding area.
The disease which started spreading in Kuilong village since November last year
has so far claimed one life while 35 patients are seriously ill from the disease
which remains a mystery to the villagers, according to N Z Achabou, spokesperson
of the All Zeliangrong Students` Union, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland and the
president of the Village Authority Association, Tamei.

Manipur on verge of polio eradication with no fresh cases (IFP,11-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: Even as the country suffered a setback in
the campaign for eradication of polio due to detection of fresh cases in
different parts of the country, Manipur is on the verge of polio eradication,
according to the state directorate of family welfare services.

Manipur conducted the second round of pulse polio immunization programme
throughout the state today. Administration of polio vaccine to a total number of
351849 eligible children (0-5 years) spread over 3,016 villages across the state
is targeted in this second round immunization programme.

Second phase of PPI(NPT, 19-2-08)

The second phase of Pulse Polio Immunization has been scheduled to be held on
February 24 and 26 all over Nagaland stated a press release issued by the
Principal Director of Directorate of H& FW, Dr. V. Sekhose.In this regard, all
the Medical officers and staffs have been directed to be present at their
posting places to ensure immunization of oral polio vaccine to all children
below 5 years. All the community leaders, churches, NGOs, FBOs, VHCs, ASHAs,
AWWs and other implementation partners have also been requested to participate
again in the exercise.



Kala-azar scare in Assam; govt sounds alert

Feb 21 (IANS): Health authorities in Assam have sounded an alert after seven
people were admitted to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital with suspected
kala-azar or black fever, a fatal disease that has been almost eradicated.
"Seven patients, including two children, were being monitored and various tests
undertaken to find out if they were victims of kala-azar. We hope to get the
laboratory results in a day or two," P. Bhattacharya, superintendent of the
medical college, told IANS.



Bihar team
to fight kala-azar(TEL_26_2_K8)

Feb. 25: A team of scientists from Bihar today started
assisting health department officials in the city to prevent any outbreak of
kala-azar. Seven persons, including two children, from Bonda under Chandrapur
block in Kamrup (metro) district who were suspected to be suffering from
kala-azar, were admitted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital last week.A
team from the Bihar unit of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
arrived in the city on Sunday on an invitation from Dispur. The team will
provide assistance to prevent an outbreak of the fatal and infectious disease. .


link to kala-azar(TEL_29_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 28: The Kamrup (metro) district
administration and the health department suspect that labourers from Bihar and
Jharkhand employed in the brick kilns in Chandrapur block are acting as carriers
of the dreaded kala-azar. A senior health department official said there are 11
brick kilns in and around Sapoidang, most of which employ workers from Bihar and
Jharkhand. Since these two are the worst kala-azar affected states in the
country, there is a high probability that some of the labourers from those
states are working as the carriers of the disease, he added. .


confirms culling of birds to check flu(AST_3_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 2 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today confirmed the
process of the culling of birds, as a preventive measure to stop the bird flu or
avian influenza to hit the State. “The culling will be done both in the Indo-Bangla
and Assam-West Bengal border within 5 kilometres radius covering the districts
of Karimganj, Cachar, Hailakandi, Dhubri and Kokrajhar,” the Chief Minister said
while talking to the media persons here today.
Gogoi further informed that the move is being initiated following direction from
the Centre to initiate preventive measures following outbreak of the disease was
confirmed in the neighbouring State of West Bengal. .

Bird flu alert in Jorhat(AST_3_2_K8)
JORHAT, Feb 2 – Taking no chances, Jorhat district administration has
already gone on a bird flu prevention mode here in view of the high incidence of
the disease in neighbouring West Bengal. There is a restriction on any trade in
poultry along the inter-State border areas in the district. The ban has been
clamped under Section 144 of the CrPC.
Jorhat Deputy Commissioner LS Changsan has instructed officials of Animal
Husbandry and Veterinary, Health, Agriculture and Forest departments to
constitute rapid action teams. The Jorhat Health department has also constituted
a three-member rapid action team of doctors. .

Promoting health among
school-going children
GUWAHATI, Feb 3 – Government run schools lacking basic health care
services like private educational institutions are soon to be covered by the
school health programme initiated in Kamrup district by the National Rural
Health Mission (NRHM).
Under the first of its kind initiative taken up by the NRHM, supportive and
preventive aspects of health care of the students would be focused in order to
promote a healthy lifestyle among them.
“Healthcare as an essential component of education system is still to be
practised in the schools, more particularly in the ones run by the government.
Perhaps this is the reason that teachers’ participation in health promoting
exercises is negligible in those schools,” feels Runa Rafique, co-ordinator of
the school health programme. .


healing touch for AIDS orphans(TEL_4_2_K8)     

with charitable streak selects Manipur & Mizoram for


Silchar, Feb. 3: French Countess Albina du
Boisrouvray could not save her pilot son from dying young. But since 1990, her
organisation — named after her son Francois-Xavier Bagnoud — has played saviour
to hundreds of children orphaned by war, civil strive and AIDS. Manipur and
Mizoram, where the rate of HIV/AIDS prevalence is among the highest in the
country, are the next big challenges for Boisrouvray. The Association
Francois-Xavier Bagnoud has been active in India since the day it was set up —
Goa was the first stop — but this is the first time that the NGO is coming to
the Northeast. Boisrouvray’s organisation intends to set up an AIDS Village each
in the two states exclusively for children orphaned by the killer disease. Sources in the Mizoram health directorate in Aizawl said the
government was glad the NGO had chosen the state for its project. The Manipur
government too has positive about the NGO’s proposal. The sites for the planned
orphan shelters will be finalised soon in consultation with the state
governments, a representative of the NGO said. .


lab tips on malaria(TEL_6_2_K8)

Feb. 5: Scientists have converged at the Defence
Research Laboratory, Tezpur, for a hands-on training programme on “basic
techniques in management of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases”.
Inaugurating the two-week training programme today, Sonitpur deputy commissioner
Kamal Goswami said an enormous amount of progress has been made in the
management of vector-borne diseases in general and malaria in particular in the
recent past.“Lack of dissemination of updates and co-ordination between the
scientific community and implementation authorities are, however, badly
affecting the vector-control programmes.” .

hits licence hurdle(TEL_6_2_K8)

– Health
department pulls up GNRC for inaugurating unit without valid papers

Feb. 5: Inaugurated on Sunday, in trouble on Tuesday. The new GNRC
super-speciality hospital has been hauled up by the health department for
allegedly not acquiring a licence to operate.Author Mamoni Raisom Goswami and
singer Bhupen Hazarika were present at the inauguration ceremony.

An official in the health department today said the department
has sought an explanation from GNRC Hospitals for inaugurating the super-speciality
hospital without getting a licence from the department. A team of officials from
the directorate health services visited the hospital on Sunday and reported the
matter to health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. .

Govt rap
on clinics with dead licences(TEL_9_2_K8)

Feb. 8: The health department has warned city-based
private hospitals, which have not renewed their licences, of punitive
action.This comes within a week of serving a notice to the newly inaugurated
GNRC super-speciality hospital at Six Mile for not acquiring a licence to
operate. Sources said many of the private hospitals and nursing homes have not
yet renewed their licences, which is a mandatory exercise under the law.
Reluctance of the private hospitals to renew their licences has raised doubts
about the efficient functioning of these health centres. .


Magic of
cashless healthcare (TEL_10_2_K8)

Feb. 12: Known as the land of black magic, Mayong has
acquired a new claim to fame by becoming the first in the state to get cashless
services in the outpatient department of a local healthcare centre. The facility
is the result of a joint initiative by Delhi and ICICI -Lombard General
Insurance Company. The outpatient department of the Mayong Rural Health Centre,
which was inaugurated this week by the parliamentary secretary Bibekananda Doley,
will offer cashless facility to all weavers residing in the area.The idea is to
not only save lives and mandays, but also the money that patients spend to
travel to the capital city, 40km away. The beneficiaries will be entitled to
treatment worth Rs 15,000 per year without having to pay the premium of Rs
139.13 per person.Families of weavers can avail themselves of free consultation,
medicines for five days and pathology tests at the centre. In the event of
someone having a serious ailment, he/she will be referred to empanelled
hospitals under the scheme. .

The healthcare
centre is tapping pharmaceutical companies for free medicines.

“We have received a positive response. As we will be basically
treating minor ailments, it should not be a problem. We have already offered
free consultations and medicines to around 200 patients. For the general public,
the services will be subsidised but whatever they pay will be much less than
what they would otherwise spend on travelling to Guwahati or Jagiroad. We will
also organise camps to create awareness on healthcare issues,” Neog said. .

troubles for GMCH ambulance(TEL_11_2_K8)

Feb. 10: Three months into its inauguration, the much
hyped critical care ambulance service at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH)
has hit two major obstacles — inadequate trained manpower and break down of
telephone lines. A source said though the GMCH has been equipped with three
critical care ambulances, the hospital is yet to run the service effectively.
Doubts have been raised over the sincerity of the hospital management society to
use the ambulances on a round-the-clock basis. “The state government spent more
than Rs 1 crore to procure the ambulances in view of the mounting criticism
faced by the hospital for its failure to effectively serve emergency patients.
The ambulances were meant for round-the-clock service. But unfortunately all the
three ambulances are now seen stranded on the GMCH premises throughout the day.
Majority of the city residents are not aware of the fact the hospital has these
ambulances,” the source said. According to the sources, the GMCH would need at
least 20 trained paramedical personnel to run the three ambulances. The hospital
has so far been able train about 10 people, which is half of the total staff
required to run the ambulances. Under the plan, the patients can avail the
ambulance by paying an amount. .

Check on
puffing and junk food (TEL_11_2_K8)

Schools &
colleges to create no-smoking zones A STAFF REPORTER

Feb. 10: The sight of students gathered in front of
colleges with fags in hand or devouring chaat or phuchka is common
in the city. The administration wants to put an end to these scenes. The Kamrup
(metro) district administration has asked the Guwahati Municipal Corporation as
well as educational institutions to take steps to prevent sale of cigarettes and
junk food near school and college campus. An official in the deputy
commissioner’s office said the administration receives increasing number of
complaints and reports from guardians and various organisations about the
negative impact of sale of cigarettes near educational institutions. He said the
administration had asked schools and colleges to create no-smoking zones near
the schools and campuses. .


Imphal, Feb. 18: The three government doctors from
Manipur who were sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment last week have
been sentenced to yet another three-year term.This additional sentence was
passed in connection with a scam involving the purchase of medical items valued
at Rs 14.5 lakh in 1981. The court of special judge number 1 Manipur West, Th.
Surbala, today sentenced G. Mani Sharma, T. Vijay Chandra and P. Brajamani and
fined them Rs 1 lakh each. .

HC backs
govt on health plan(TEL_19_2_K8)

upholds decision to raise education bar for malaria workers

Guwahati, Feb. 18: Dispur’s initiative to reform the
health sector received a major boost today with a single bench of Gauhati High
Court upholding the health department’s decision to raise the educational bar
for surveillance workers engaged in the malaria eradication programme.Several
writ petitions had been filed in the court challenging the health department’s
move to raise the educational qualification for surveillance workers from
matriculate to higher secondary in February last year following advertisements
to recruit 464 surveillance workers. .

Graft slur
on MMCH staff(TEL_19_2_K8)

Feb. 18: The Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital has
become embroiled in a controversy at a time when Dispur is trying to turn it
into a super-speciality institution.The nursing staff of the hospital is
allegedly involved in taking bribes and misbehaving with patients.The mission
director of National Rural Health Mission, J.B. Ekka, today sent a letter to the
joint director of the hospital, G.K. Das, asking him to take immediate action
against the errant nursing staff. A health department official said the letter
came after a recent incident when some nurses allegedly demanded money from a
pregnant woman and even refused to treat the patient if her family did not pay.



Health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has
asked the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital to use the newly inaugurated ICU
of neuro-surgery department for the benefit of poor patients.


Push to communitisation(TEL_21_2_K8)

– Nagaland
adviser holds second review meeting

Kohima, Feb. 20: Former Nagaland chief secretary and now
adviser to Governor K. Shankaranarayanan, R.S. Pandey, today convened the second
review meeting on communitisation of health services. Pandey stressed the need
to revitalise and strengthen the communitisation process in health services. The
remaining primary and community health centres required communitisation on a
priority basis, he said. .

Call to
ascertain impact of bird flu on eggs(AST_5_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – Asking the State Government to confirm the impact
of avian flu on eggs, the All Assam Egg Merchants Association (AAEMA) has
demanded to compensate the huge loss suffered by nearly 5 lakh people of the
State involved in egg business. Due to the outbreak of bird flu in the
neighbouring West Bengal, the State Government has barred the arrival of egg
consignments in the State, checking them on the borders. Initiating
precautionary measures, culling of birds has also been started across the
Assam-West Bengal border, compensating the poultry owners for their loss. .

Health dept on massive
recruitment drive(AST_10_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 9 – Health Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma today said
that the Health Department would witness its biggest ever induction of manpower
on March 2, when nearly 5,000 recruited would be handed over their appointment
letters at a function at the Judges’ Field. The break-up of the recruits include
100 MBBS doctors, 50 ayurvedic doctors, 1,000 GNM nurses, 2,000 ANM nurses, 150
pharmacists, 500 laboratory technicians, 500 accountants and 500 surveillance
workers, totalling 4,800. .

No outbreak of bird flu in

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 9 – The State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department culled
61,152 birds within five km radius of the Assam–West Bengal border of four
development blocks in Dhubri and Kokrajhar district till last night, said
Director of the Department Dr A K Kataki. He also claimed that so far there was
no report of any outbreak of the dreaded bird flue from any corner of the State.

16th public oration of Down
Town Hospital
 GUWAHATI, Feb 9 – To bring awareness among the masses regarding
heart disease and care, the 16th public oration of Down Town Hospital is being
organised at 4 pm on February 15 at Raindra Bhawan as a part of the 19th
anniversary celebrations.
Dr Ashok Seth, chief cardiologist, Max Heart & Vascular Institute, New Delhi
will deliver a speech on “Heart attack and its future management”. .

Culling continues in Kokrajhar(AST_10_2_K8)
From Our Correspondent
 KOKRAJHAR Feb 9 – In a bid to cheek bird flu and make the 5 KM Inter State
Border area with West-Bengal “A Poultry Free Zone” more than 10,000 poultry were
already culled in Kokrajhar district by the district administration and
veterinary department, as of now for which the poultry owners were compensated
to the tune of Rs 2 lakh till date, informed J Gogoi, DC Kokrajhar. .

11 hospitalised with suspected
kala azar(AST, 21-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – Eleven people with symptoms of suspected kala
azar, a chronic and potentially fatal parasitic disease, have been admitted to
the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) in the last few days. The patients
are from the Chandrapur-Panikhaity area of the city. The Health authorities,
however, have played down the kala azar threat, saying that it could be
conclusively established only after elaborate tests. “We are conducting a number
of tests on the 11 patients that have been admitted to the GMCH so far. Of
these, seven have already been discharged,” Principal-cum-Chief Superintendent
of GMCH, Dr MM Deka, said, adding that the initial clinical tests also did not
indicate a strong case of kala azar. .

Quality service to patients
(AST, 21-2-08)
From Our Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 20 – Health and Family Welfare Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma
while inaugurating the ‘special care new born’ unit of the Assam Medical College
and Hospital (AMCH), here called upon the medical fraternity to excel in
providing quality service to the patients.
“Every attending medical staff ought to administer patients considering them as
his or her own offspring”, the Health Minister demanded, adding that mere
infrastructure was not a solution to any problem. He said that the attending
medical staff should able to see the reflection of his or her own child in the
face of every ailing child. Sarma asked the medical fraternity to ensure that
patients were satisfied with the health services. .

IMA health camp(AST_23-2-08)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – Indian Medical Association (ima), Nagaon branch
conducted a health check-up camp for children, adolescents and pregnant and
non-pregnant women to screen the incidence of anaemia in the community in the
Raha SHC complex on Sunday. .

Osteoporosis camp
 GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become
fragile and can cause fracture, so prevention and treatment is very important.
To bring awareness among the masses, Down Town Hospitals is organising a camp on
Osteoporosis on February 9 at the hospital premises. .

‘Polio Sunday’ programme at
From Our Correspondent
 GAURIPUR, Feb 4 – ‘Polio Sunday’ programme sponsored by National Rural Health
Mission, Assam was implemented in the areas under Gauripur Community Health
The entire area was divided into zones and total number of 64 booths, 3 transit
points and 4 mobile teams were established to cover the entire area. .

New GNRC hospital opened(AST_6_2_K8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 5 – The newly-built high-tech trauma and emergency hospital
of GNRC, named GNRC, Six Mile, was inaugurated at a function at the new centre’s
Six Mile premises here on Sunday.
The inaugural function was attended among others by Dr Bhupen Hazarika, who came
all the way from Mumbai for the event, Homen Borgohain, Mamoni Raisom Goswami
and GNRC CMD Dr NC Borah. .

Medical camp by Army at
 JAGIROAD, Feb 5 – Responding to the call of people of Assam and in an
effort to improve the health and hygiene of locals of West Karbi Anglong
district, the Army organised a medical camp at Baithalangso on January 21 with a
day-long programme. .

Bird flu in Karimganj

GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – The State Veterinary and Animal Husbandry
Department today denied outbreak of the dreaded bird flu in Karimganj district.
So far no report of any outbreak of the disease in any part of the State has
been confirmed, said the Director of the Department Dr A Kataki while talking to
The Assam Tribune here. .

Workshop on folk medicines(AST_7_2_K8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – The Regional Research Institute (Ayurveda) Guwahati is
organising a two-day workshop on ‘Conservation exploration and dissemination of
potential of tribal folklore medicines and local health tradition in Assam’ on
February 9 and 10 at the auditorium of Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, a
press release said.


nurses’ body calls off stir
Newmai News Network
 IMPHAL, Feb 6 – The Nurses Association of Manipur (NAM) has withdrawn its
decision to launch ceasework strike after an agreement was reached between the
nurses’ body and the concerned authority on late Monday evening. .

OPD, telemedicine centre opened(AST_9_2_K8)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Feb 8 – The Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac
Sciences (RTIICS) of Kolkata, a unit of Asia Heart Foundation, a charitable
trust, has collaborated with the city-based Wintrobe Hospital for a cardiac OPD
and telemedicine centre which was opened on Friday at Wintrobe.
Addressing media persons, Dr Bishnu Kumar Deka, a reputed cardiac surgeon and a
consultant at the RTIICS, said that the initiative was undertaken to realise the
dream of the chairman of RTIICS, Dr Devi Shetty to develop a network of
hospitals throughout the country to provide world class cardiac care and
facilities within the reach of common man. “The trust is aiming at making costly
cardiac surgery available and affordable to the masses,” said Dr Deka. .

Radio sets distributed(AST_20_2_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 UDALGURI, Feb 19 – PHE Minister Rihon Daimari distributed more than 290 radio
sets among the ASHA workers under Udalguri block on February 16 last at a
distribution ceremony held at Ringu Damsa hall in Udalguri town. .

Doctor arrested for
illegal abortion

From our Correspondent
SHILLONG, Feb 19: The police today arrested a doctor and two of his colleagues
for allegedly conducting an “illegal abortion” this morning.
The police and the Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) raided the place of
Dr David Daniel and seized medical equipment used for the purpose. According to
the police, the CSWO cornered the doctor by sending two of its pregnant members
to Dr Daniel. .


Seminar on malaria

SHILLONG, Feb 19: A two-day seminar on malaria prevention
commenced at Composite Hospital BSF, Shillong in coordination with Malaria
Department of Meghalaya, stated a press release. It was inaugurated by PK Mishra
IG BSF, A&M Frontier, Shillong.

‘Centre, NACO neglecting State on

Newmai News Network
Imphal, Feb 19: ‘Even if India’s AIDS policy has been drawn based on the
policies formulated by Manipur, the state has not been enjoying benefits coming
out from it like the Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) facility to HIV/AIDS
patients,’ said Dr I. Ibohalbi, MLA and member of the Manipur Legislative Forum
on HIV/AIDS while speaking on the one day Consultation Workshop on State AIDS
Policy, 1996 held at Hotel Imphal on Tuesday. Dr Ibohalbi blamed the government
of India and Indian AIDS Control Society for neglecting Manipur while sharing
beneficiaries to AIDS patients. He also felt that benefits springing forth
through the hard works of the state have been reaped by other states, while also
saying that the state AIDS policy was implemented way back in 1996 during the
Chief Minister-ship of Rishang Keishing with assistance from Dr Chaltonlien Amo
and Dr Khomdon Singh. .

RIMS blood bank
IMPHAL, Feb 19:The blood bank of RIMS has been giving blood to injured
patients. These include victims of bomb blasts, accidents,etc. In the recent
past over 90 units of blood had been given free of cost to the patients. Since
there was no replacement, the stock in the blood bank is precariously low. .


Smoking to
be banned in MG Marg(SXP, 20-2-08)

GANGTOK, February 19:
Those of you who like to emulate the Marlboro Man and believe that walking
around with a cigarette in your hand is macho, think again. Smoking may now burn
more than your lungs, if you happen to do it at the MG Marg here. The State
Urban Development and Housing Department (UD&HD) is mulling over a proposal to
ban smoking along the MG Marg. The ban comes with a heavy fine for offenders. .


sounds kala-azar alert(TEL, 20-2-08)

Guwahati, Feb. 19:
Dispur today sounded a high alert
over a suspected outbreak of kala-azar — a highly contagious vector-borne
disease — in the city. The alert was sounded after seven patients from Bonda
under Chandrapur block — suspected to have contracted the disease — were
admitted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital on Sunday. GMCH superintendent
P.K. Bhattacharyya today said the joint director of health service, Kamrup, had
sent 11 patients from Chandrapur block, suspecting them to be suffering from the
disease. While four were released after receiving treatment at the out patient
department of the hospital, the remaining seven were admitted. .


Appeal for

IMPHAL, Feb 19: The blood bank of the Regional Institute of
Medical Sciences, Imphal which has been giving blood to patients including
victims of bomb blasts, accidents, etc, is in need of blood, a release from the
hospital said. .

IPPI on Feb 25
TURA, Feb 20: The District Medical and Health Officer cum Member
Secretary, District Health Mission Society, West Garo Hills has stated in a
press release that the second round of Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization
Programme (IPPI) will be held on February 25, in the West Garo Hills District
for children from 0-5 years.

Himanta inaugurates special care unit(SEN_21_2_k8)

DIBRUGARH, Feb 20: With the inauguration of the State of the Art Special Care of
Newborn unit and 225 beded Boys’ Hostel at Assam Medical College (AMC), the
60-years old premier Medical Institution of the North-east has once again rolled
back to its past glory, said Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, in his
inaugural address yesterday.
The Special Care of Newborn unit was built jointly by National Rural Health
Mission (NRHM) and UNICEF. NRHM has provided the infrastructure facility whereas
UNICEF equipped the department with all sophisticated state-of-the-art
machinery. “I could assure you no nursing home in the State has such
sophisticated neo-natal care unit”, said the Health Minister during his speech.
Referring the newly-inaugurated 225 bedded Boys hostel, Dr Sarma said that with
the inauguration of the hostel, a long felt need of the students’ community of
the AMC has been fulfilled. He promised to build similar hostels for girls and
boys in the AMC campus so that premier medical institution can accommodate all
its students. He further said that Government has already kept its promise by
rejuvenating the infrastructure of the AMC and will sustain the development
process in days to come so that the premier medical institution of the State
could achieve the status of Centre for Excellence by 2010. .

Army organizes medical

KOKRAJHAR, Feb 20: As part of continued social work under “Operation
Sadhavana” the troops of the Red Horn Division located at Patharghat in
Kokrajhar district organized a mega medical camp at Panbari in Chirang district
The medical camp was inaugurated by Brigadier Pankaj Sinha, Commander of 11
Mountain Brigade which was also attended by Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC)
MCLA Subhash Basumatary Col Hitesh Balla and other dignitaries. .

Financial aid

IMPHAL, Feb 20: The selection of scheduled tribes patients for extending
financial assistance for medical treatment inside and other the State by the
Medial Board of Tribal Development Department will be started from February 27
at 10.30 am in the office chamber of Director TD, Imphal. The scheduled are
Chandel (Feb 27 and 28), Churachandpur (Feb 29 and March 1), Senapati (March 3
and 4), Tamenglong (March 5 and 6) and Ukhrul (March 7 and 10).

Unique surgery
conducted(SHT, 21-2-08)

Shillong: Surgeons at North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of
Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) Shillong achieved a rare first with a
successful bilateral total hip replacement surgery on a BSF personnel. The team
was led by Dr Bhaskar Borgohain and Dr Sarat Agarwal. The institute has also
started an Arthroscopy clinic exclusively for sports-related injuries. X-ray
guided orthopaedic surgeries are on the anvil.


surgery at Sankar Madhab hospital(AST, 22-2-08)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – A 50-years-old female patient reported to Sankar
Madhab Hospital, Panikhaiti here recently with severe pain in upper abdomen for
last 2½-3 years. She was diagnosed as having chronic pancreatitis with multiple
stones in the pancreatic duet. Moreover, her pancreas also started becoming
functionally incompetent. .

Free surgery of cleft lips at
Shristi hospital(AST, 22-2-08)
From Our Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 21 – Taramoni Devi Bajaj Charitable Trust, in collaboration with
a USA based non-government organisation ‘The Smile Train’, is offering free
surgeries to babies and adults with cleft lips at Shristi Hospital, here.
Local plastic surgeon Dr Utpal Kr Bordoloi and anaesthesiologist Dr HR Ahmed are
part of the free project along with the medical staff of the private nursing
home. So far, seven babies undertook surgeries and got their cleft lips
corrected. .

Rare surgery performed(AST,
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – Sankar Madhab Hospital performed a rare and complicated
pancreatic surgery on a 50-year-old female patient from Panikhaity.
The lady was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis with multiple stones in the
pancreatic tract, a statement from the hospital said. .

Dr Dhani Ram claims invention
of new vaccine(AST, 22-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – Maverick physician Dr Dhani Ram Baruah today
claimed to have invented a vaccine, ‘BaruahyDH2’, through the application of his
genetic engineering, which would prevent occurrence of coronary artery (heart)
Addressing a press conference, Dr Baruah said that the vaccine was a biological
tool isolated from edible medicinal plants, which would “prevent derangement of
mRNA codon in faulty ways.” .

‘Kala azar
cases’ yet to be confirmed(AST, 22-2-08)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – While the sudden outbreak of suspected kala azar in
Chandrapur-Panikhaity area of the city is yet to be conclusively established as
kala azar, the Health authorities today said that there was no reason to get
panicked. “Investigations are on, and it may take a few days to ascertain
whether the disease is kala azar or not. Bone marrow test is essential for
ascertaining the disease, but a few patients who had earlier agreed to undergo
bone marrow tests have left the hospital prematurely,” Dr PK Bhattacharya,
Superintendent, Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) said. .

Kala-azar scare in Assam; govt sounds alert

Guwahati, Feb 21 (IANS): Health authorities in Assam have sounded an alert
after seven people were admitted to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital with
suspected kala-azar or black fever, a fatal disease that has been almost
eradicated."Seven patients, including two children, were being monitored and
various tests undertaken to find out if they were victims of kala-azar. We hope
to get the laboratory results in a day or two," P. Bhattacharya, superintendent
of the medical college, told IANS. .

Suspected bird-flu case
in Meghalaya
SHILLONG, Feb 21: The Meghalaya Health Department was today sent into a
tizzy following a suspected case of bird flu admitted at the Shillong Civil
Hospital today. State Director of Health Services Dr KH Lakiang said one
Anjalina Paslain (21) has been admitted with “fever and rashes” and has been
kept in the “isolation ward”.
“The blood and stool samples of the victim has been collected, and will be sent
for tests for Bird Flu virus to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases
in Delhi tomorrow,” he said, adding, “Nothing can be said as of now.” While not
ruling out the possibility of Bird Flu, Dr Lakiang said the tests have been done
for “prevention” and “diagnosis”. .

Free eye treatment camp
NAGAON, Feb 21: The Missa Anchalik Milan Sangha and MSN organized a free
eye treatment and operation camp in collaboration with the district Blindness
Control Samiti at the Missa High School Premises recently. .

After recovery of dead wild
birds, vety dept on bird flu alert (IFP-1-2-k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 31:The state veterinary and animal
husbandry services have gone on the alert following reports of unnatural deaths
of wild birds during the last few days in the vicinity of Maharabi village,
under Sekmai police station in Imphal west district.
As per official reports, at least eight local and migratory wild birds have been
found dead at Maharabi village in the past three days. Out of this three dead
birds have been collected by a veterinary department team yesterday and today. .

Bird Flu alert in

IMPHAL, Jan 31: The Manipur Government has sounded an alert in the State
in view of the outbreak of the deadly Avian Influenza in West Bengal.
Official sources said here today that seven migratory birds were reported dead
at Sekmai in Imphal West. .

Medical camp (SEX_1_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 31: A Free medical camp was
organised yesterday by NHPC Loktak Project at Kha Aimol village in Churachandpur
The medical team consisting of senior DCMO, Dr L Bedajit, ACMO, Dr KK Singh, MO
Dr L Dayananda and Param Harsh of 15 JKLI examined 250 villagers and distributed
them the required medicines, said a realease issued by the village chair- man,
while acknowledging such initiative to be a noble cause.

 Two more birds found dead at Maharabi(SEX_1_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 31: After carcasses of seven Uchek
Meishangbi (a species of Magpie) and four Khoining (Bulbul) were collected by
officials of the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department from Maharabi
village in Imphal West district yesterday, two carcasses of Khoining and Urok
were also recovered in the same area today.
Speaking to The Sangai Express, Veterinary Director Dr Th Dorendra informed that
a doctor of the Department will be sent to the high security Animal Disease
Laboratory, Bhopal tomorrow with samples of the dead birds collected in the last
48 hours. He said that extra preventive measures are being taken up in the State
following outbreak of bird flu in West Bengal.


Purchase Scam of ‘81
Three more docs, 1 supplier nailed(SEX_1_2_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 31 : Three more doctors and one supplier have been nailed by the
Court in two special trial cases in connection with the 1981 medical scam under
various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act.
Case dossiers said that the convicted persons swindled over Rs 20 lakhs while
purchasing medical equipments by quoting exorbitant rates.
The doctors convicted are identified as Dr G Mani Sharma, currently serving as
Superintendent of the State’s Tuberculosis Hospital, Dr T Vijoychandra Singh, Dr
Pukhrambam Brajamani Singh and supplier Ashok Kumar Jain.

Influenza in West Bengal
MEA in favour of US aid to combat bird flu (SEX_1_2_k8)

JANUARY 31 : The Indian Government has decided
to seek US help in containing the outbreak of Bird Flu with the Ministry of
External Affairs ‘accepting’ US Amabassador David Mulford’s offer to help which
means US expertise will now be put into use in Left-controlled West Bengal which
has been worst hit by the dreaded Avian Influenza.
Highly places sources have told TIMESNOW that the MEA has asked the Health
Ministry and the Agriculture Ministry to work on a request for help.
A detailed list of requirements is being readied by the two ministries to ensure
that India is not on the brink of combatting an epidemic or worse, human
infections by the H5N1 strain.

dumps dead birds, fresh threat(SEX_1-2-08)

A fresh threat of further spread of Bird Flu has been reported by a BSF
team. According to the reports, Bangladesh is dumping dead poultry in the
no-mans land between West Bengal and Bangladesh, TIMESNOW reported.
Bangladesh itself is grapping with the virus with 29 districts in the country
reeling under the Bird Flu virus. .

Avian flu alert in Manipur(SHT_1_2_k8)

Imphal: The Manipur government has sounded an alert in the State in
view of the outbreak of the deadly avian influenza in West Bengal.Official
sources said here on Thursday that seven migratory birds were reported dead at
Sekmai in Imphal West.However, so far no deaths had been reported at Loktak lake
where large numbers of migratory birds come during the winter. .

Dead birds
put Manipur on alert (TEL_1_2_k8)

Imphal, Jan. 31:
Manipur is back on high alert following the death of wild birds at a village in
Imphal West district. Residents of Maharabi, a small hamlet on the foothills,
reported the sudden death of 11 birds over the past three days to the veterinary
and animal husbandry department. “We collected three carcasses. The cause of the
bird deaths will be known only after laboratory examination,” director of the
department Th. Dorendro Singh said.


Poultry to be culled along WB

GUWAHATI, Feb 1 – The Government of India has issued a notification
to the State Veterinary and Animal Husbandry department asking it to begin
culling of birds in the Assam-West Bengal border as a preventive measure to bar
the bird flu virus to hit the State. The culling in the State would be done
across the Assam – West Bengal border within five kilometres radius of the
districts of Dhubri and Kokrajhar. .

Trauma unit(AST_2_2_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 1 – The inauguration of the newly-built trauma and
emergency unit of GNRC Hospitals at Six Mile will be held at the new hospital
premises here on February 3 at 11 am. .

Cachar Cancer Hospital to
become premier centre
KARIMGANJ, Feb 1 – Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre under
the management of the Cachar Cancer Hospital Society is poised to become one of
the premier cancer treatment centres in the country.
Founded in 1992 at the initiative of a small group of social activists and a few
doctors, the Cachar Cancer Society waged a relentless battle against the dreaded
disease in the Barak Valley and adjoining areas. It was an uphill task but due
indefatigable efforts and financial sustenance received from many quarters, the
cancer society took roots and is currently aiming high to become one of the
premier cancer treatment centres in the country dispensing treatment at an
affordable, cost. Santosh Mohan Deb, Union Minister is particularly helpful in
providing generous munificence from various sources for this fledgling society.

Mobile medical unit launched(AST_2_2_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 DIPHU, Feb 1 – Mongal Sing Engti, (CEM) and Bhubon Chandra Terang (EM), KAAC,
jointly flagged off a mobile medical unit (MMU) vehicle at Diphu in Karbi
Anglong recently. .

Meghalaya steps up bird flu
 SHILLONG, Feb 1 – A bird flu scare in neighbouring Manipur following
reported death of migratory birds has prompted the authorities in Meghalaya to
step up vigil across the state to monitor the movement of birds. .

Illegal settlers responsible for HIV: NGO

  AIZAWL, FEB 1 (UNI): Aizawl-based Federation of NGOs
Working in Drugs and AIDS Prevention and Care (FONWIDAPAC) has revealed that
illegal settlers in Mizoram were mainly responsible for the spread of HIV/AIDS.In
a recent study by the federation, about 80 per cent of such people were without
proper permits out of which 60 per cent of them were found HIV positive.


2 die of

Shillong: In a tragic incident, one Mangla Kuwar and her
three-month-old son Shreeman died in their sleep due to suffocation from
charcoal smoke emitted by a chulha at Umiam on January 30. Police said the
mother and son slept leaving the burning chulha inside a closed room with little
or no ventilation at all leading to their death. After post-mortem, the bodies
were handed over to the relatives.

Precaution’ against bird flu
Assam to cull 80,000 poultry along border (SHT_2_2_K8)

Guwahati: The Union Health Ministry on Friday raised an alarm in Assam
by asking the authorities to cull an estimated 80,000 poultry in villages
bordering the bird flu-hit state of West Bengal, officials said."We have been
asked by the Central Health Ministry to undertake precautionary culling of birds
in villages falling within five kilometres of Assam’s border with West Bengal,"
according to senior officials in the Health Ministry on Friday "The culling
would be undertaken within a protective ring which will be formed upto 5 km of
the places which have been affected by the deadly virus," .

Meghalaya steps up

A birdflu scare in neighbouring Manipur following reported death of migratory
birds has prompted the authorities in Meghalaya to step up vigil across the
State to monitor the movement of birds. "We have fanned out special teams to
different places, specially poultry markets and places visited by migratory
birds to monitor the situation and check whether there has been any death of
avians," Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Director, D Khonglah said today. .

Dead birds
spark flu fears(TEL_2_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 1:
A veterinary doctor today left Imphal with tissue samples of three dead birds
recovered from Maharabai village of Imphal West district for laboratory
examination. Officials of the veterinary department recovered a carcass of a
magpie species on Wednesday, a carcass each of a bulbul and a heron yesterday
from Maharabai, a village on the foothills. Veterinary officials collected the
carcasses after villagers informed the department that altogether 11 birds had
died in the village during the past few days. While the officials collected the
three carcasses, the rest were either eaten by the villagers or fed to pet dogs.


victim’s kin get ‘justice’ (TEL_2_2_K8)

Feb. 1:
An NGO has won compensation for the family of a malaria patient who went for
treatment to a civil hospital and died after being shifted to a private nursing
home on the advice of government doctors. Manik Dev Nath, 25, of Khalilpur
(Ambagan) died of cerebral malaria last year and his family will shortly be
compensated under the chief minister’s Jibon Jyoti Scheme. It is the first
instance of the administration agreeing to pay compensation for a malaria death.


Eye care camp(SEX_3_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Lions and Lioness Clubs of Imphal would be organising an eye care
camp at Lions Service Centre, Sangaiprou, Imphal from 9 am to 1 pm on February
10. Facilities for detec- tion of cataract cases and arrangement for operation
would also be provided.


wing opened at RIMS (IFP_4_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Prof L.Fimate, director of the
Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal on Saturday inaugurated a
8-bedded Medical Intensive Care Unit in the Department of Medicine. Prof W
Gyaneswor,dean (academic) and Prof M Kulachandra, head of the Department of
Medicine were also on the dais.
Speaking on the occasion Prof Fimate said that the opening of the unit was yet
another feather in the cap of RIMS which is being upgraded to the level of the
AIIMS.Although the beds had been provided there some sophisticated equipments
and other requirements including oxygen connections,etc are yet to be installed.

AIDS worker leaves for Africa

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Psychologist Dilip Singh Wangkhem
of the United Voluntary Youth Council (UVYC) left Imphal for Tanzania, South
Africa today. The Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) United Kingdom selected him
as a VSO volunteer and Singh will work there in the field of care and support
for HIV/AIDS patients. He will be attached to an organisation called Care
International, Kinondoni Dare-Asalam, Tanzania for one year. Besides, the AIDS
programme he will introduce various appropriate rural technology to the rural
people of Tanzania. .

Culling operation begins in
west Asom (SEN_4_2_k8)
 DHUBRI/KOKRAJHAR/GUWAHATI, Feb 3: About 1,500 chicken were culled in
Asom districts bordering West Bengal today by ten rapid response teams (RRTs)
that have been pressed into service. Each RRT comprises ten people. The culling
operation first began at Ramraikuti village in the morning, and continued in
villages like Satrasal, Talli Part-I and Part-II, Paborsora etc.
According to official sources, 15 more RRTs will join the existing ten tomorrow
when the culling operation will be carried out in Sotoguma, Halakura and other
villages. The target of chicken to be culled is 35,000 in the State. .

Medical staff avoiding posting to distant areas, admits minister (IFP_5_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 4: The
state health minister Ph Parijat, admitted in the state Assembly today that the
transfer and posting policy for medical department personnel of the state
government has been less than a success.
The minister, who was responding to questions posed by Opposition MLAs in the
Assembly today, said doctors and nurses transferred to distance places very
often evinced strong reluctance to join their posts. Sickness is a claim very
frequently made as an excuse not to join such distant posts, the minister

Worst over in bird flu
outbreak: Centre(NPT_5_2_K8)

 Guwahati, Feb 4 (IANS): Centre today said the "worst was
over" in bird flu outbreak in West Bengal even as culling operations began in
two districts of Assam in an effort to stop the spread of the virus to
neighbouring states.
Culling began in Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts of Assam. While 2,200 birds were
culled in Dhubri, in Kokrajhar a total of 448 poultry were killed. Five Rapid
Reaction Teams (RRTs) are operating in each district.
The decision to begin culling operations in neighbouring states was taken after
a high-level meeting between the Union Agriculture and Health Ministries to
contain the spread of the deadly virus. .

launches new health insurance plan (SEN_5_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 4: The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LICI) today launched a
new unit-linked health insurance plan – the first of its kind throughout the
country. Highlighting the salient features of the health policy, billed as
Health Plus, the senior divisional manager of Jorhat LICI division, LK
Shamsunder, told reporters here this morning that it would provide hospital cash
benefits, major surgical benefits and domiciliary treatment benefits to the
members of a family conferred under the scheme.
The continuity of health coverage depends on the regular payment of premium,
Shamsunder said, adding that the assured sum for major surgeries is 200 times
the initial daily benefit opted for. The unique selling proposition of Health
Plus is that the balance in the policy found is payable at the maturity of the
term, he pointed out.

organizes free medical camp(SEN_5_2_k8)

Our Staff Correspondent
DIBRUGARH, Feb 4: Under Sadbhavna project of DAH division, the 268 Field
Regiment of the Army organized a medical camp at Tiloinagar in Dibrugarh
district to provide medical assistance to the people of remote and rural areas
in the district recently.
The medical camp was inaugurated by Colonel Naresh Kumar, Commanding Officer,
268 Field Regiment, Dr Promode Hazarika , Joint Director of Health and Family
Planning department attended the camp.

Culling on
in 2 states(TEL,5-2-k8)

Dhubri/Imphal, Feb. 4:
Assam and Manipur today continued culling operations in the light of bird flu
spreading in the vicinity of West Bengal.In Assam, awareness campaigns are being
organised in Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts bordering West Bengal where bird flu
has affected many districts. Nearly 4,000 birds were culled in the two Assam


to upgrade cancer hub(TEL,5-2-k8)

Feb. 4:
It is to the region what Tata Memorial Hospital is to the west coast.

The Cachar Cancer Hospital and
Research Centre near Silchar, which caters to thousands of patients from
neighbouring Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur apart from whole of south Assam, is
poised for an upgrade. Run by the Cachar Cancer Hospital Society at Ghoonghur on
the outskirts of Silchar, the centre provides treatment at a low cost compared
to other cancer care centres in the country. It was set up in 1996. The average
annual cost here is just Rs 20,000 compared to the city-based cancer care
centres, which charge around Rs 2 lakh.


Manipur on
verge of polio eradication with no fresh cases(IFP_12_2_k8)

 IMPHAL, Feb 10: Even as the
country suffered a setback in the campaign for eradication of polio due to
detection of fresh cases in different parts of the country, Manipur is on the
verge of polio eradication, according to the state directorate of family welfare
Manipur conducted the second round of pulse polio immunization programme
throughout the state today. Administration of polio vaccine to a total number of
351849 eligible children (0-5 years) spread over 3,016 villages across the state
is targeted in this second round immunization programme.
The directorate opened 3447 booths across the state with a total of 14477
manpower out of which 13788 were vaccinators under the supervision of 689
supervisors making up 6894 teams.

APDA condemns assault on

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: The Arunachal Pradesh
Doctors Association (APDA) has vehemently condemned the physical assault on
senior specialist (Surgeon) and the Deputy Director of health services by three
youths at Pasighat in East Siang district last week.


conducts cleanliness drive»(SEN_12_2_k8)

MOKOKCHUNG, Feb 11: The NCC of 25 Nagaland NCC
camp at Mokokchung conducted a cleanliness drive at the Civil Hospital
Mokokchung recently, stated a press release. It was conducted under the
supervision of Civil Medical Superintendent and NCC officers.


ends in Kokrajhar»(SEN_12_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 11: The culling operation in
Kokrajhar district has been completed today, the Asom Animal Husbandry and
Veterinary sources said. It will take, however, one or two days more to complete
the task in Dhubri district due to adverse weather condition yesterday, sources
It may be mentioned here that, with the outbreak of bird flu in the neighbouring
States of West Bengal, the culling of birds had been started in two bordering
districts in Asom as a precautionary measure since February 3 following the
direction from the Centre. Sources said that altogether 44,774 chickens have
been culled in Kokrajhar district till February 9, while 26,432 have been culled
in Dhubri district till February 8.

Samples of
dead birds culled(SEX_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11
Following the reported death of 16 chickens mysteriously all of sudden one after
another in a chicken shops at Kalinagar of Jiribam Sub-Division under Imphal
East District, officials of the Veterinary Department today collected samples of
the dead fowls and some of the carcasses culled and buried. .


Personnel of the 88 Bn BSF today started donating blood to the Blood Bank
of RIMS under the instruction of its Commandant Shyam Kapoor. The blood donated
was meant for the people living below the poverty line. The blood donated today
was for a patient living below the poverty line from the interiors of Thoubal.
The BSF said it would continue to donate blood for the poor and needy people.


IMPHAL, Feb 11: 22 AR of 10 Sector under HQ IGAR (South) at Maram
(Sena-pati) has been training girls from the far flung villages of Thingba
Khullen, Chawa-namei and Maram Khullen in basic nursing and first aid, according
to a statement issued by PRO Assam Rifles.S

Youth body demands
withdrawal of interviewers(SHT_12_2_K8)

Shillong: Seng Samla Shiliang Umkhen has protested against induction
of two nursing superintendents in the panel of interviewers to conduct the
examination for the post of nursing at the North East Indira Gandhi of Health
and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (NEIGHRIMS) here.Talking to The
Shillong Times
, Juda Wahlang, president of Seng Samla Shnong Shilliang
Umkhen, said the organisaton demanded the withdrawal of the two interwievers,
who are working as superintendents at the KJP Hospital, Jaiaw and Nazareth
Hospital, Laitumkhrah respectively, to prevent any unfair means in the process
of interview and ensure fair selection of deserving candidates. .

AMCH opts
for outsourcing(TEL_12_2_K8)

Feb. 11:
Assam Medical College and Hospital has outsourced some of its hygiene processes
to an NGO in an attempt to reduce its dependence on habitually errant
fourth-grade staff. The decision comes in the wake of health and family welfare
minister Himanta Biswa Sarma instructing the AMCH administration to maintain a
high level of hygiene. As many as five fourth-grade employees have already been
placed under suspension for breach of rules and misbehaviour during duty hours.


choice but to outsource some of
our work so that the atmosphere on the campus remains

Play enacted to spread
awareness on bird flu in Manipur


IMPHAL, Feb 12: Theatre artistes are adding to the State’s
efforts to create mass awareness for the prevention of bird flu in Manipur.
Artistes of the Courtyard Theatre staged Aruba Echel (Clear Stream) at Iboyaima
Shuman Leela Shanglen Place compound here to send a message across that poultry
farming on scientific lines is safe.
The play depicts that thousands of unemployed youths could take up poultry
farming, cattle farming and piggery and makes a decent living. .

Vigilance Department moots
investigations against officials


IMPHAL, Feb 12 : After an investigation into the case related to
disbursal of Rs 1,89,04,629 by the former Project Director of Manipur State AIDS
Control Society (MACS) to various NGOs for conducting awareness programme on
HIV/AIDS in violation of not only the operational guidelines of National AIDS
Control Organisation (NACO) but also without the approval of the Executive
Committee of MACS, the State Vigilance has recommended to the Government to
initiate a departmental inquiry and has recommended a major penalty. .

gets a raw deal(SEN_14_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 13 : This is a case of sheer doctor’s negligence and
irresponsible attitude towards service to mankind. Tanjuli Brahma gave birth to
her second baby on the patient’s bed at the maternity ward of Civil Hospital,
Kokrajhar on Monday without any help from the medical staff. .


Motor boat clinic comes to service
By our Staff Correspondent
DIBRUGARH, Feb 13: In order to provide health services to the people living on
the banks of Chapori river in Dibrugarh district, a motor boat clinic –Asha- has
been arranged under the joint aegis of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM),
Asom and CNES, a non-government organization. A three-day training camp of
doctors, nurses and other workers who have been selected for the proposed
service concluded here recently. Dr PN Bora, State Project Manager of NRHM and
Dr PC Hazarika, Joint Director, Dibrugarh District Health Department graced the
training programme. .

medical camp held
PANISHALI, Feb 13: With the motto “Medicare at your Doorstep”, 3 Sikh
Regiment of Red Horns Division organized a medical camp at Panishali, a press
release states. A team of ten doctors including paediatricians, ENT, and dental
specialists provided treatment in the camp which was attended by thousands of
people from remote villages. A play on creating awareness on the hazards of
tobacco consumption was staged by NRHM. .

.Awareness drive(SEX_14_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 13: In a one day awareness campaign on bird flu and
poultry farming organised by the office of dy director Jiribum veterinary
hospital on Feb 11 at Jiribum town hall, Jiribum SDC MR Shah and Jiribum
Ningshingkhul adviser TP Luwang attended as the chief guest and functional
president respectively. .

IPC programme held
IMPHAL, Feb 13: The All Community Welfare Association (ACWA) organised a
two-day awareness programme on HIV/AIDS for rural women leaders at the
association’s office at Churachandpur on February 11 and 12.
L Nogonshakhi was the chief guest while Th Jibanlata Devi presided the occasion
that took place under the sponsorship of Manipur AIDS Control Society. .

awareness drive launched in State(AST_16_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – Improving the level of awareness on health and
hygiene should be central to any strategy that aims at ensuring better living
standards for the people. It is with this objective that the National Rural
Health Mission (NRHM) has started a campaign on health awareness through
enhanced interaction between schoolchildren and teachers.
“The abysmal level of awareness on health and hygiene among the masses can be
effectively addressed by involving schoolchildren in the process of
dissemination of information. The NRHM seeks to do that by engaging them in
productive interactions,” Manas Pratim Sarma, district media expert, NRHM,
Goalpara, said. .

Medical camp organised by Army
at Lakhipur
 GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – With the motto ‘Medicare at your doorstep’, 3 Sikh
Regiment of Red Horns Division conducted a well-organised medical camp at
Panishali at Lakhipur in Goalpara district recently.
Catering to the need of medical assistance required in the interior areas, the
camp was visited by thousands of villagers from far-flung areas. A team of ten
doctors including pediatricians, ENT, Eye and dental specialists provided
treatment to the needy people. .

Health awareness drive launched
in State(AST_16_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – Improving the level of awareness on health and
hygiene should be central to any strategy that aims at ensuring better living
standards for the people. It is with this objective that the National Rural
Health Mission (NRHM) has started a campaign on health awareness through
enhanced interaction between schoolchildren and teachers.
“The abysmal level of awareness on health and hygiene among the masses can be
effectively addressed by involving schoolchildren in the process of
dissemination of information. The NRHM seeks to do that by engaging them in
productive interactions,” Manas Pratim Sarma, district media expert, NRHM,
Goalpara, said. .

Free eye treatment camp
 NAGAON, Feb 21: The Missa Anchalik Milan Sangha and MSN organized a free
eye treatment and operation camp in collaboration with the district Blindness
Control Samiti at the Missa High School Premises recently. .

dept denies report of bird flu(SHT, 23-2-08)

Shillong: Health authorities in Meghalaya on Friday denied that the
girl, admitted in a hospital, was infected with the deadly H5N1 virus, but
suffering from fever. Anjalina Paslain (21) had been admitted with fever and
rashes and kept in the isolation ward in Civil Hospital, Director of Health
Services Dr KH Lakiang told UNI here. .

Fears about Kala Azar in
Assam(SHT, 23-2-08)

Guwahati: The Assam government on Friday sounded an alert
across the state instructing the heatlh department to take precautionary
measures and provide medical treatment after 11 persons were admitted to
hospital here with Kala Azar symptoms. Dr P K Bhattacharya, Superintendent of
Gauhati Medical College Hospital said eleven persons were admitted on wednesday
with Kala Azar symptoms. Two of the patients were, however, diagnosed to have
been suffering from TB-related fever and not kala azar, Dr Bhattacharya said. .

Medical College to be functional by ’09 (AST, 24-2-08)
JORHAT, Feb 23 – The construction of Jorhat Medical College on the
premises of Jananayak Debeswar Sarmah Civil Hospital here will start within a
month. The Government has already released Rs 162 crore for this purpose.
Announcing this during a function held on Tuesday afternoon at the precincts of
the Jorhat civil hospital, Assam Health Minister said that two more medical
colleges would come up at Tezpur and Barpeta. The last medical college in the
State was set up at Silchar in 1968. .

Preventive steps against
malaria in Golaghat(AST, 25-2-08)
DERGAON, Feb 24 – Following the havoc created by malaria last season
in Golaghat district, the Health Department in the district has taken preventive
measures well in advance.
The department, in a press meet on Friday at Golaghat, informed the media
persons that a total of 8 malaria positive cases have been detected in the
district this season. .

claims 3 in Dhubri dist(AST, 25-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 HATSINGIMARI, Feb 24 – Diarrhoea has taken epidemic turn in Kanaimara,
Boraikhandi and its neighnouring villages under South Salmara-Mankachar
subdivision of Dhubri district over the last few days and already claimed three
lives and several others suffering from the disease are in a serious condition.

State observes 2nd phase of

DIMAPUR: The second phase of IPPI (Intensified Pulse Polio
Immunization) organized by IEC Bureau, Health and Family Welfare Department,
Nagaland under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Government of India was
observed in various parts of the districts on Sunday. In Kohima, the IPPI was
launched by State Governor K. Sankaranarayanan at Naga Hospital where he
administered the first Polio drop to a four-day old baby and later gave away the
Immunization card to the mother. In his address, the Governor called upon the
Health Department to implement this round of Pulse Polio in the most sincere
manner. Maximum coverage of all children below 5 years must be ensured today and
all left out children should be covered in the House to House campaign, he said.

Governor inaugurates
IPPI in Nagaland


KOHIMA, Feb 24: Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayan inaugurated the
Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) at the Naga Hospital here this
Inaugurating the IPPI, by administering the first Polio drop to a baby here, the
Governor informed that the programme had saved the lives of 30 million people in
the last two decades, along with six other major vaccine preventable diseases –
Pertussis, Children Tuberculosis, Tetanus, Polio, Measles and Diphtheria. .

Pathetic condition of
Tinsukia Medical Depot (SEN_25_2_k8)

Post-expiry dated medicines ‘thrown outside’ to make space for new vaccines

 TINSUKIA, Feb 24: Reports of throwing away expired medicines at odd
places by the employees of the Medical Depot situated at the Old Civil Hospital
Complex under the Medical and Health Department, Tinsukia, has created sharp
reactions here.
This reporter went to verify the matter, when he was informed by the District
Immunization Officer, Dr J Bhagawati and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
media in-charge S Gogoi that a few medicines kept in a carton had expired in
2006 and that even the carton had become damaged due to the seepage of water
from the roof of the worn-out Medical Depot. Moreover, due to the arrival of a
new stock of vaccines for German Encephalitis, to be kept in cold storage, space
had to be created, and so the expired medicines had been left outside the
building. They, however, refused to believe that the medicines were being thrown
away carelessly. .

Hospital doctors accused of
demanding bribe (SEN_25_2_k8)

PATHSALA, Feb 24: A tense situation has been prevailing at Pathsala Civil
Hospital after the death of a woman, on February 15 due to alleged wrong
treatment by the doctor.
Demanding immediate punishment to the accused doctors — Rajen Deka and Tomesh
Talukdar — agitated people staged a dharna in front of the hospital premises and
alleged that the doctors had even demanded bribe for treating the woman.
It may be mentioned here that Chandrawali Devi, the pregnant wife of one
Jagadish Sarma, resident of Bhaluki village in Bajali subdivision, was admitted
to Pathsala Civil Hosptial on February 15 last. In the absence of a
gynaecologist, Dr Tomesh Talukdar, who was present at the hospital, treated the
pregnant woman and under his supervision, she gave birth to a female child. .

WHO-recommended steps
against tobacco epidemic stressed
GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – In the 20th century, the tobacco epidemic killed 100
million people worldwide. During the 21st century, it could kill one billion,
says the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has come up with a six-policy
package to counter the tobacco epidemic and reduce its deadly toll.
In view of the global tobacco epidemic and the warning issued by WHO,
organisations working for the improvement of public health have decided to
pressurise the Government to make pictorial warnings mandatory on cigarette
packets and other related products. .

Mega health camp at
GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – Lions Club of Gauhati Greater organised a mega health
check-up camp on Sunday at Loharghat Anchalik Yuba Club auditorium, Loharghat in
association with Akinchan Anchalik Yuva Club, Loharghat, and Arihant Marbles,
Six doctors from Guwahati namely, Dr Suresh Kr Jain, (child specialist), Dr
Bimal Agarwal (ENT), Dr Lalit Shah (orthopaedics), Dr Ajay Saraf (Dental), Dr
Arun Paharia (Medicine) and Dr Subhakar Agarwal (Surgery) offered their
voluntary services. .

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Social Welfare Department will organise a one-day
training programme on National Programme for Control of Deafness at the
conference hall of the department on February 28 at 9.30 am. Community Base
Rehab Workers and Multipurpose Rehab Workers are appealed to attain the prog,
conveyed a release of asst commisioner (Disabilities), M Angou.

Free medical camp held
IMPHAL, Feb 25: A one day free medical camp was held today at Tekcham
in Thoubal district under the joint aegis of the UNIDEP Campaign Committee and
Progressive United Clubs’ Organisation. .

ICHAM concerned
IMPHAL, Feb 25: Information Centre for Hill Areas, Manipur (ICHAM) has
taken serious note of the GI pipes sanctioned by PHED way back in 2005 for four
villages namely Aishi, Molvalup, Kulteh and Phaimol still lying at the ground of
Kokan without any sign of implementation of the work being taken up. .


RIMS protest
IMPHAL, Feb 25: Protesting against the monetary demands served on the
teachers and medical officers of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS),
Imphal by a militant outfit operating in Manipur, members of the Teachers’ and
Medical Officers’ (TAMO) staged a sit in protest today at the premises of the
institution, reports NNN. .

Governor inaugurates
second phase of pulse polio
KOHIMA, Feb 26: Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan inaugurated the
second phase of pulse polio at Naga Hospital Kohima Nagaland recently, stated a
press release. The simple yet significant event for concern to eradicate polio
was also graced by SK Tripathy Advisor to the Governor, Lalhuma Chief Secretary
Nagaland Principal Director of Health Services, senior doctors, nurses and was
chaired by Menukhol John Commissioner & Secretary Department of Health. .

Blankets distributed at Rowta
ROWTA CHARIALI, Feb 26: Blankets were distributed among the economically
backward sections under the aegis of Rowta Bagan VCDC at Hatkhola, here
While addressing the programme EM Shyam, BTC said that “The people in the
Bodoland areas, who have not seen the face of development for last 20 years
after the creation of the BTC have seen in the two and half years under the
initiative of Hagrama Mohilary CEM, BTC Government. .


Health mela from March 24
ROWTA CHARIALI, Feb 26: The “Health Mela Udalguri 2008” sponsored by the
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and organized by the District Health
Society Udalguri is going to start from March 24 to March 26 at Danda Sahariah
HS School. .

Death during child birth in State
Rate higher than all


IMPHAL, Feb 26: Mortality rate of mothers during child birth in
Manipur is higher than the all India level, Health and Family Minister Ph
Parijat informed the State Assembly today.
In response to a question raised by MPP MLA Dr Ng Bijoy during the question hour
session of the Assembly today, the Health Minister said out of every 1,00,000
mothers, 378 of them die during child birth in Manipur as against the all India
level of 301 death cases.
To reduce the mortality rate of mothers during child birth, various steps have
been taken up under the State Rural Health Mission to encourage expectant
mothers to come to the hospitals for delivery cases. .

Sadar hills bodies threaten to
IMPHAL, Feb 26: Various social organisation have warned of launching
agitation against the State Govt in case the community hea-lth care centre being
run by the Charik Pareng Child Welfare Association again-st all odds is not
considered during the Selection Committee meeting of MACS scheduled to be held
on February 28.
Addressing a joint press conference at the community health care centre loca-
ted at Kangpokpi today, TSA president Lamminlun Singsit informed that Charik
Pareng Child Welfare Association has been running he community health care
centre despite the odds facing against it for the last 4/5 years. .

Kala azar

 GUWAHATI, Feb 27 — The outbreak of kala azar or black fever in Assam has
been confirmed with 27 of the 39 reported cases testing positive, Regional
Director of Union Health Department told PTI.


Homoeopaths resent govt apathy(AST_28_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 27 – In view of the alleged indifference of the State
Government towards a holistic development of the healthcare facilities by giving
equal importance to all the divisions of the health system, the homoeopathic
doctors have decided to register their dissatisfaction with the attitude of the
Government on March 4 by staging dharna at the Dispur Last Gate. .

Health dept confirms
kalaazar outbreak
GUWAHATI, Feb 27: High alert has been sounded
in Asom following the outbreak of kalaazar on the outskirts of Guwahati.
Health Department sources said that the samples tested for suspected kalaazar
have yielded positive results and the patients would be shifted to the Gauhati
Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) soon


IMPHAL, Feb 27: Continuing his efforts toward help- ing the
people to cope with dust particles enveloping the air as a result of the
deplorable condition of the roads in Imphal, social activist Amrik Singh Pahwa
today distributed masks among the women vendors of Nagamapal Keithel today. .


rate of expecting mothers high in Manipur(AST_29_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 28 – In Manipur, the mortality rate of mothers during
childbirth is higher than the average of the all India level, State Health
Minister Ph Parijat informed the State Assembly on Tuesday.
Responding to a question raised by Opposition MLA Dr Ng Bijoy Singh during
question hour, the Health Minister said that out of every 1, 00,000 mothers, 378
die during childbirth in Manipur against an all India average of 301.
The Health Minister said that various measures have been adopted under the State
Rural Health Mission (RHM) to encourage expectant mothers to come to the health
centres or hospitals for delivery so as to reduce the mortality rate of mothers
during childbirth. He said under the RHMS, Rs 700 each is given to every
expectant mother from rural areas who come to hospitals for delivery and Rs 600
each to expectant urban mothers. .

Report on Mizo govt-ultra nexus
 AIZAWL, Feb 28 – The report of a House panel probing into the
allegations of nexus between the Mizoram Government and insurgent groups will
soon be submitted, its chairman today said.
Saikapthianga told PTI the House Inquiry Committee is likely to sum up its
findings in a meeting convened on March 4 and submit the report to the Speaker.
The Committee would seek no more extension of inquiry period, he said.
Mizoram Assembly Speaker Lalchamliana constituted the panel at the request of
Chief Minister Zoramthanga and Home Minister Tawnluia early last year after
Opposition members Lalduhoma of Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) and R Lalzirliana
of the Congress brought the allegations in the Assembly. .

Eye surgeons of
Sankaradeva Nethralaya perform surgery at Nagaland
GUWAHATI, Feb 28: Eye surgeons of Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya, Guwahati
performed cataract surgery at Dimapur, Zunheboto and Tuensang districts of
Nagaland, stated a press release. 126 cataract surgeries were performed in the
civil hospitals of these districts. In each case, cataract microsurgery was done
by SICS method followed by IOL implantation. These surgery camps performed in
January and February this year was the second phase of the special drive for
comprehensive eye care activities in North-east States during 2007-08 under the
National Programme for Control of Blindness. .

awareness prog(SEN_29_2_k8)
‘Jorhat gearing up to receive Red Ribbon Express’
JORHAT, Feb 28: As part of an awareness programme on HIV/AIDS, six
teams of experts will demonstrate ways and means to control the fatal disease
here. They will arrive at Mariani railway station by a train, aptly named Red
Ribbon Express, on March 13. Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Ms LS Changsan today
chaired a meeting to work out the preliminary details for the successful conduct
of the programme. .

Patient ‘missing’
IMPHAL, Feb 28: One S Ibochou (53) of Waikhong who was admitted to
bed number 15 of the Male Chest Ward, RIMS has gone missing. He was not found at
his bed during three rounds made by doctors for medical check-up. Meanwhile, the
RIMS authority has intimated to all patients not to leave the hospital without
permission of the concerned doctors.



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