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Health, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on April 26, 2009

Bird flu alert in Manipur

Bird flu alert in Manipur(TEL,18-1-k8)

Jan. 17:
The veterinary
and animal husbandry department of the Manipur government today launched an
awareness campaign on bird flu in Imphal East and Imphal West districts
following an outbreak of avian influenza in West Bengal………more……


closed after threats(TEL, 19-1-k8)

No fresh patients at Imphal
clinics after extortion notes

(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Jan. 18:
Two private
clinics in Imphal city have virtually shut down following threats from two
separate militant groups demanding “huge amounts” of money from the management.
Imphal Hospital and Langol View Clinic, both leading private clinics, have
stopped admitting fresh patients from today. The clinics, however, are attending
to patients who are already admitted. Imphal Hospital has 30 patients, while the
other clinic has 10. …more……


Avian flu
alert sounded (TEL, 20-1-k8)

Jan. 19:
The Nagaland
government has adopted a number of precautionary measures in view of the recent
outbreak of avian flu in West Bengal and Bangladesh. Additional director of the
department of veterinary and animal husbandry, L.S. Moses, said Nagaland is
vulnerable to avian flu as most of the poultry comes from West Bengal, where the
H5N1 strain of the virus has been confirmed. The department has issued
preparatory measures to control and contain the disease, with particular
reference to poultry farmers, chicken handlers, sellers, transporters and
consumers. …more……


before healthcare (TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11:
Residents of this Lower Assam district have to wait a little more to see the
foundation of a new civil hospital complex being laid. When it will be completed
is a topic for another day. …more……


check-up (SEX_14_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan13: As a part of health awareness programme,
Rotary Club of Imphal conducted a health check-up camp today at Faith Home,
Specialist doctors of gynae, medicine, paediatrics and surgery numbering 18
examined altogether 66 male and 54 female patients. 20 Rotarians also took part
in the programme, said a release. …more……

Speaker suggests Depts to join anti-AIDS campaign


By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 13: All the Departments under the State Government will be asked to
take due respon-sibility in the campaign against HIV/AIDS, said Speaker of
Manipur Legis-lative Assembly Dr S Budhichandra. Addressing a one day convention
on HIV/AIDS at Sardar Patel High School, Khurkhul today, Budhi-chandra assured
that all the Departments will be asked to share 2 percent of the plan amount
allocated to each Department towards the campaign against drug me-nace. Efforts
will be put in to enact a new legislation to-wards this effect, he added.


Medical camp

IMPHAL, Jan 18: Under the auspices of 115 Bn BSF, a free
medical camp was conducted at Nongpok Kakching village under Lamlai Police
Station today.
According to a statement issued by Deputy Commandant K Thigbaijam of 115 Bn BSF,
the Chief Medical Officer of the Unit Dr Abhijit Mukharjee attended the sick and
ailing villagers of the area and distributed free medicines. In all 172
patie-nts attended the medical camp…more……


notes force closure of Pvt clinics (SEX_19_1_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 18: Two private health clinics, namely Imphal Hospital and Langol
Hospital have been reportedly closed from today following the inability of the
authorities of the two hospitals to meet the ‘huge’ monetary demand of a
proscribed underground organisation. …more……

Pvt hospitals
remain shut
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 19: There is no sign of the two privately run medical centres
thro-wing open its doors to patients in the immediate fu-ture as compromise, if
any, on monetary demand slap-ped by a banned organi- sation has been elusive.




IMPHAL, Jan 25 : To protect
from the dust the distribution of washable breathing mask is continuing, said a
statement issued by the press secretary of Amrik Singh Pahwa today. So far
around 4000 such masks have been distributed all over Imphal, said the statement
and added that Pahwa has also expressed his gratitude to Col Vikramjit Singh, CO
of 39 Assam Rifles for his help and co-operation. The masks are being
distributed at Ima Keihtel, road side vendors and hawkers, MG Avenue, hospital
road, second hand market etc.



IMPHAL, Jan 25: Under its ongoing ‘disease free animal’ project,
medical personnel of the 39 Assam Rifles conducted veterinary camps at Nilakuthi,
Mantripukhri, Khurkhul, Chingmeirong, Chingarel and Paorabi areas in the last
few days. According to a release of PRO IGAR (S) a total of 500 animals have
been treated so far. …more……


From dust
to slush, Imp wallows in muck and filth, Livid CM summons officials, contractors
to seek explanations for delay in work. (SEX_26_1__k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 25 : With the streets in Imphal changing from dusty to slushy, due
to no small measure to the failure to meet the deadline of completing the pipe
laying exercise taken up by the PHED for the Imphal Sewerage Project compounded
by the January rain, a livid Chief Minister today summoned the Works Minister,
PHED Minister as well as officials of PHED and PWD and contractors concerned to
quiz them about the progress of the work taken up, especially at Paona bazar
area. …more……

lab tips on malaria(TEL, 1-1-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. …more……

as tool for health mission(TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Phone-in programmes raise awareness

Jan. 1:
The radio can be just as effective a healthcare tool as the stethoscope.

The National
Rural Health Mission has begun airing radio programmes through the Guwahati,
Dibrugarh and Silchar stations of All India Radio for accredited healthcare
workers and villagers to raise awareness about common diseases and how they can
be treated. …more……


Doctor duo convicted after 26 years(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Jan. 2:
Two senior
government doctors have been convicted of swindling nearly Rs 2 lakh meant for
medical equipment, 26 years after they committed the crime. Gurumayum Mani
Sharma, the medical superintendent of the government T.B. Hospital in Imphal
West and Ayekpam Gojendro Meitei, the chief medical officer in-charge of both
Imphal West and Imphal East, were tried by a special court in Imphal. …more……


Kamrup in
national health plan(TEL, 5-1-08)

Project aims to raise awareness about lifestyle-related diseases(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 4: Health messages warning against the risks of fat-laden delicacies and
flaunting the virtues of good diet and exercise will begin seeping into schools
and workplaces in seven districts of the country. India has launched its first
public-funded effort to prevent illness and premature deaths from
lifestyle-related diseases, and as the plan stands, Kamrup will be part of the
healthy seven. …more……

(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

Jan. 5:
medicare giant, Advanced Medicare and Research Institute (AMRI), has opened a
telemedicine and information centre here. Dr Kalyan Bhattacharya, an oncologist
associated with AMRI, praised the joint venture between West Bengal government
and private entrepreneurs in healthcare in West Bengal and the eastern zone,
including the Northeast. World class facilities created by the centre at
reasonable prices had attracted patients from

Southeast Asia,
England, Canada and the US
too, he added. …more……

scam accused convicted
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 2: In a landmark judgement the Special Court (No 1, Manipur West),
has found two doctors guilty of swindling Govt money while purchasing medical
The case stretches back to 1981 and involves the present Medical Superintendent
of State’s Tuberculosis Hospital Guru-mayum Mani Sharma and Chief Medical
Officer, Imphal Ayekpam Gojendra Singh.

MACS Director row
IMPHAL, Jan 2: Following a judgement of
the Gauhati High Court issued today, the impasse over the post of Project
Director for Manipur AIDS Control Society has been settled. According to the
judgement passed by a single bench of the Gauhati High Court, Dr Kh Pramodkumar
has been reinstalled as Project Director of MACS.

Mister Manipur shows there is life after HIV
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 2 : Being a dream for every body builders, winning the Mister
Manipur Contest, is undoubtedly no mean achievement, and it is all the more so
in case of Khun-drakpam Pradipkumar, who has been living with HIV for the last
seven years. ‘‘I have been living with HIV for the last seven years. However, in
these seven years I have worked hard to prove that HIV is not an obstacle in our
endeavour’’, said Pradipkumar, who is still in euphoria from winning the title
of Mister Manipur contest in the 60 kg of the State Level Mister Manipur Contest
organised by All Manipur Body Building Association here recently.


Eye camp
IMPHAL, Jan 4: On the occasion of its
second anniversary, the Korou Eye Care Charitable Trust will be organising a
free eye camp on January 14 at Korou Eye Hospital and Research Centre, Uripok-RIMS
link road, informed a release. Cataract operation for needy and economically
disadvantaged patients will be conducted free of cost during the camp, it added.

RIMS morgue runs
dry, families told to arrange water
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 4 : Shortage of water has seriously affected the functioning of the
mortuary under the Department of Forensic Science at Regional Institute of
Medical Sciences (RIMS) here so much so that for post-mortem examination of
bodies the bereaved families have to arrange the required water. Interestingly,
RIMS has been recently upgraded to the status of All India Institute of Medical
Sciences and is under the Union Health Ministry.

Decks cleared for
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 4 : The stage is set for launching the first round of the
Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme in the State with every district
administrations having made necessary arrangements for the success of the
campaign. The first round of the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme
is scheduled to be launched from January 6 to 8 while the second round will be
from February 10 to 12. According to information received by the press, a total
of 3447 IPP booths would be opened in different parts of the State where parents
can bring their children for administering the Pulse Polio drops.



By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 5:The two male bodies
which were exhumed from a place in between Kamuchingchin and Amuthengra under
Lamlai Police Station on December 31 have been handed over to Imphal
Municipality for disposal after post-mortem at the mortuary of RIMS today as no
one has come up to claim the bodies. Subsequently, officials of

Imphal Municipality have again
buried the bodies at Mantripukhri. It may be recalled here that the post-mortem
examination of the two exhumed bodies could not be conducted yesterday as there
was no water in the mortuary of RIMS Hospital.


Medical scam hearing(SEX_6_1_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 5: The Special Court (No. I Manipur West) today fixed January 10 for
hearing the sentences to be awarded on two senior officers of the Health
Directorate in connection with swindling Govt money whi-le purchasing medical
equi- pments way back in 1981. The same Court had on Dec 29 last convicted the
duo, Gurumayum Mani Sharma and Ayekpam Go-jendra , who are currently serving
respectively as Medical Superintendent of State TB Hospital and Chief Medical
Officer, Imphal, after finding them guilty of several sections of IPC pertaining
to abetment of conspiring, cheating, forgery, etc. …more……


assures CHC at Purul(SEX_6_1_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 5: Health Minister Ph Parijat has assured that necessary steps will
be taken up soon to established a Community Health Centre at Purul in Senapati
Speaking as chief guest on the occasion of Purul Settlement Day and Poumai New
Year Day at Purul Poumai centre ground today, Parijat pledged that maximum
efforts will be put in to fulfil all the possible demands of the Poumai Union as
contained in their six point memorandum submitted to the Minister. …more……


IMPHAL, Jan 9:: On the
second day campaign of first round of the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation (IPPI)
campaign yesterday, Pulse Polio drops have been administered to over 5000
children who are below the age of 5 years in Moreh sub-division of Chandel
district, reports our Moreh correspondent. …more……

Blood test invokes wrath(SEX_12_1_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 11: An NGO working on HIV/AIDS bore the wrath of local people after
two of its volunteers brought nine children from Mahabali Kabui village for
blood test at a VCCTC today. It is reported that the volunteers conducted blood
test of the children without the knowledge of their parents. …more……

Avian flu alert in Nagaland

DIMAPUR, JAN 18 (NPN): The state Veterinary & Animal
Husbandry department has issued certain tips in preparedness, control, and
containment of Avian influenza in view of reports of continuous multiple
outbreaks of the disease (H5NI) in Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh and other
neighbouring countries where some human cases of H5NI have been reported.


Workshop on IPPI held
From our Reporter
TINSUKIA, Jan 8: A workshop on Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization ( IPPI) was
held at the Nursing Training Centre, Tinsukia on January 5. The workshop was
organised by Additional Chief Medical officer, Tinsukia in collaboration with
National polio Surveillance project, India (Jorhat unit) of World Health
Organization (WHO). …more……


to be distributed


SHILLONG, Jan 8: The Deputy Commissioner, East
Khasi Hills District, Shillong has informed that the National Family Benefit
Scheme (NFBS) at the rate of Rs 10,000 per beneficiary will be distributed to
the beneficiaries who are residing in the Urban Areas, stated a press release.
Disbursement of the same will be made form Nazir Deputy commissioner’s Office,
Room No. 211 from January 15, 2008 onwards during office hours.



protest, foundation stone of health sub-centre laid
 SHILLONG, Jan 11: The foundation stone
for the Rangshken Health Sub-Centre was laid today by local MLA HDR Lyngdoh
amidst protest by 250 residents of the area. People of Rangshken were protesting
the construction of the health sub-centre as the Health Department was planning
to construct it in an area belonging to one Dengmon Kharphuli even as the Dorbar
Shnong had provided a 5000- sq-foot area of land for construction of the health


Avian flu: State, NE put on high alert
By our Staff Reporter &
GUWAHATI, Jan 16: Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Dhubri and Goalpara districts of Asom,
which border West Bengal, have been put on high alert in view of the outbreak of
avian flu in three districts of the neighbouring State, Animal Husbandry and
Veterinary Department sources said here today. Meanwhile, in view of the
prevailing situation, the All Assam Poultry Farmers’ Association (AAPFA) is
going to meet the Veterinary Commissioner tomorrow urging him to impose a “total
ban” on the import of poultry and poultry products from West Bengal. This was
stated by the Association’s general secretary Rajib Sarmah when he was contacted
by The Sentinel today. …more……


Action plan to contain spread of bird flu in NE
AGARTALA, Jan 25: Ministry
of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has initiated a series of actions to assist
the State Government in containing operations and restrict the spread of bird
flu in Northeastern States. Referring to an MoHFW communique, Tripura Health
Minister Tapan Chakraborty said it had initiated Information Education and
Communication (IEC) campaign across the region to sensitize the community
through visual and print media. This included broadcast of spot campaign on
Avian Influenza on private and government owned FM channels. …more……


RNTCP 4th quarterly review meeting held

The 4th quarterly review meeting 2007
of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) was held Saturday
at Circuit House Dimapur. While giving a brief overview of RNTC, Dr. K. T. Lotha,
State Tuberculosis Officer (STO) Nagaland also highlighted the drawbacks and
achievements of the programme. He asked those districts which have already
achieved the set objective to maintain the same status and also encouraged the
lacking districts to put in more effort to achieve the objective. Presentations
on different topics including performance of Districts and State were also
delivered by Dr. D. J. Deka, WHO Consultant and Dr. Palash, TB HIV Care
Consultant. …more……

want to prove the worth of an HIV positive person: Mr Manipur


IMPHAL, Jan 2: “Drugs are
actually man-made. I decided to triumph over and it was because of my decision
that I am here recently,” said Khundrakpam Pradip Kumar.
With a satisfied smile and confident shrug, 37 years old Pradip is the proud
owner of the Mr Manipur 2007 title. Getting that coveted title is the dream of
many young men who would spend most of their times developing muscles sweating
at the gyms with dumbbells and exercising equipments. …more……


American scribes conduct programme on HIV/AIDS


From our Correspondent
BARPETA, Jan 5: A two-day workshop on HIV/AIDS was organized at the Guwahati
Press Club on January 4 and 5 by two American journalists, James Kelly and
Jyotika Ramprasad, from the South Illinois University School of Journalism, in
coordination with the Press Club. The journalists spoke about the technical
know-how as well as the methods of writing news related to HIV patients and
publishing photographs showing HIV-affected people. …more……


Irregularities mar functioning of Jorhat civil hospital
From our Correspondent
JORHAT, Jan 7: As the flip-flop on the part of the State Government continues on
the long-standing proposal to upgrade Jananayak Debeswar Sarmah Civil Hospital
here into a full-fledged medical college hospital, irregularities of all types
have lately marred its functioning. There are accusations galore that the
government healthcare institution is functioning in the manner of a nursing home
with a section of physicians and nurses allegedly demanding money from patients
admitted to the hospital. …more……


NRL aid to Kamargaon hospital
 DERGAON, Jan 28 – Numaligarh Refinery Ltd
(NRL) has sanctioned a financial assistance of Rs 4.10 lakh to Kamargaon
Hospital. The first instalment of Rs 2.05 lakh has been sanctioned to the
hospital committee. In this connection a meeting was held on the hospital
premises where the cheque was handed over to Satin Barukial, president of the
hospital committee by Biswadeep Baruah, manager of Public Relation.



 MANGALDOI, Jan 29 – On R-Day, Mangaldoi Sports Association (MSA)
donated an ambulance for use by poor patients. The ambulance was gifted at the
initiative of MSA president Sushanta Viswa Sarma. Col R Meena of CRPF attended
while Ramakanta Hazarika flagged off the vehicle. …more……

Rs 25 lakh for mobile hospital(AST_30_1_k8)
 HALEM, Jan 29 – Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India has
sanctioned a sum of Rs 25 lakh for a mobile-hospital to Pranjal Memorial
Charitable Trust of Gahpur, according to Sri P Hazarika, secretary, PMCT.

Drug abuse, HIV/AIDS increasing in NE: UN

Recent surveys indicate that drug abuse and the spread of HIV/AIDS are
increasing in India’s northeast region, Gary Lewis, United Nations Office on
Drugs and Crime representative, said recently, UNI reports. According to the
report, the issues of drug use and HIV/AIDS in the northeast region have reached
"terrifying dimensions," with the Indian states of Nagaland and Manipur showing
strong links between injection drug use and HIV transmission.

Nagaland gears up to tackle
bird flu(NPT_29_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 28 (NPN): Following
outbreak of bird flu in West Bengal, the Nagaland government is taking all
pre-emptive and preventive measures to tackle any outbreak of the disease in the
State. Senior officials of the Nagaland Veterinary & Animal Husbandry and Health
& Family Welfare departments said the State was well prepared to tackle any
outbreak of the disease. …more……


Massive outbreak of bird flu in NE predicted

Shillong, Jan 30: With the avian flu spreading
fast in West Bengal, panic gripped Meghalaya on Wednesday following a prediction
by researchers at the North East Hills University (NEHU) about a possible
“massive outbreak” of the disease in the Northeast.Two associate researchers Dr.
Dibyendu Adhikari and Arun Chettri of the Department of Botany, NEHU, have
prepared a prediction map, which showed that many areas in the northeastern
States have conducive environmental condition for the spread of bird flu.



official visits Doomdooma health centre
From Our Correspondent
 DOOMDOOMA, Dec 31 – Dr Sunil D Khaprade, Deputy Commissioner (Infrastructure
Development), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India, visited
Doomdooma Community Health Centre (first referral unit) to take stock of the
implementation of infrastructure development schemes under his ministry.

Cancer awareness camp at
From Our Correspondent
 NILAMBAZAR, Dec 31 – Shaktipada Das Memorial Foundation, a voluntary
organisation working mainly in the health and family welfare sector in the
North-east region, organised a cancer awareness programme recently at Rabindra
Sadan Girls’ College, Karimganj. …more……

First Assembly constituency
level HIV convention held (IFP_12_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 11: The first-ever day-long convention on
HIV/AIDS by Manipur Legislators` Forum on HIV/AIDS (MLFA) began today at
Konthoujam assembly constituency. The Manipur Legislators` Forum on HIV/AIDS was
formed on June 30, 2007 to make political commitment to meet the challenges of
HIV/AIDS a reality in Manipur with the Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly
as the chairman. Konthoujam is the first assembly constituency where the
convention is being held. …more……

USER Manipur to form coalition
to monitor donors(IFP_16_1_k8)

15: Taking the recent incident wherein blood samples were drawn from nine
children without parental consent by an NGO as violation of rights human, the
USER Manipur will soon form a coalition to monitor bilateral donors.Conveying
the above at a press conference held today at the head office of USER Manipur,
Ninthoujam Roshan, secretary, research and information wing, said that the
coalition will be formed by forming a core committee with like-minded civil
society organizations to monitor the functioning of the bilateral donors as well
as national programmes. …more……

UG demand forces two hospitals
to shut down (IFP_20_1_k8)

18: Two private hospital in Imphal closed down from Friday morning reportedly
due to monetary demands served on them by a militant group operating in the
state, a report said. According to the report, the two hospitals, Langol View at
Lamphel Sanakeithel and Imphal Hospital, RIMS road have also stopped admitting
new patients. However, patients who were being treated at the hospitals will
continue to get treatment, the source said. …more……

State FPAI felicitates(NPT_4_1_k8)

The Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), Nagaland Branch has felicitated
H. Hesso, former president of the Nagaland Branch on being re-elected for the
second consecutive term at the All India Council (AIC) of the Family Planning
Association of India, Headquarter – Mumbai for the tenure 2008 – 2010. A press
release issued by V. Vincent Belho, branch manager, FPA India, Nagaland branch
has wished Hesso good health to continue philanthropic services to the land.


Volunteers visit Wokha hospital

Many volunteers visited patients admitted at the civil hospital, Wokha and
donated the cash collected during the "Live aid patients’ charity concert" on
January 6. Doctors who accompanied the volunteers included Dr. N. Mozhui,
Medical Superintendent, civil hospital, Wokha, Dr. Thundemo Patton, Dr. Esther
Kath and also nurses on duty. A press release issued by T. Penthungo Lotha,
Volunteers’ press secretary stated that all the patients were given cash to buy
medicines and also would donate chairs and other utility materials to CMC,
Vankhosung and MMH centre as no patients were under treatment during their
visit. …more……

stresses adoption of preventive steps to fight cancer
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – “The highest incidence of cancer in the North East in the
past decade clearly warns us to adopt preventive measures and educate people
about the disease. And this requirement is much more urgent than finding out
modern technologies and effective medicines to fight cancer.” This was expressed
by the Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh, while lauding the efforts of Dr B
Barooah Cancer Institute’s cancer prevention programmes, in a function today.


Army doctor couple places country
above anything!


 NATHU LA (Sikkim), Jan 1 – Placing the love for country above
everything else, a young married couple from Army Medical Corps, staying 40 km
apart, attend on patients in this cold harsh terrain on the Sino-Indian border.
But the doctors, Capt Shilpa Katoch and Capt Abhishek Rai, are very much on top
of the world at an altitude of 14,200 ft, and get the occasional chance to be
together with the army playing along. …more……

Manipur tops HIV cases in
Newmai News Network
 IMPHAL, Jan 1 – Some 17 years ago in 1990, only six cases of HIV/AIDS were
registered in Manipur, but today the graph of infected persons has risen to
27,961 and topped the number of cases of HIV/AIDS infections in the country.
This has been observed by Dr Khomdon Singh Lisham, former project director of
Manipur AIDS Control Society (MACS), on Friday at the State-level convention of
the Panchayati Raj institutions of Manipur on HIV/AIDS which was held at
Panchayat Bhavan, Porompat in Imphal East district. …more……

Health guides working at a
salary of Rs 50 per month!


From A Correspondent
 KALAIGAON, Jan 2 – It is incredible but true. They have to visit people of
several houses daily, doing the job of carrying vaccines from PHC or State
dispensary to health sub-centers, distributing medicines to infants, children,
women and sick people and collect datas. It is their duty to see whether
scheduled vaccination is given regularly to pregnant women and infants.

Rotary aid for polio
From Our Correspondent
 SIVASAGAR, Jan 2 – Rotary Dist 3240 governor Prabhat Kedia visited Sivasagar
Rotary Club recently. Addressing the Rotarians in a meeting held in honour of
him, he said that Rotary foundation will contribute a total of $32,000 for total
polio eradication worldwide besides spending huge funds in group study exchange
programme, peace and conflict resolution and other welfare programmes.

125-bed hospital planned in
From Our Correspondent
 AGARTALA, Jan 2 – The Institute of Laparoscopic Surgery (ILS), a Kolkata-based
health provider organisation, is all set to establish a 125-bed premier hospital
here soon. After a meeting with Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Om Tantia,
Director of ILS on Sunday said that construction will kick off by March. “The
hospital will come up within next 18 months. Initially, this will be a 125-bed
general hospital and later it will be transformed into a super specialty
hospital”, he said. …more……

OPD unit

A new OPD unit
was inaugurated by Dr PK Dev Mahanta, managing director, at the Agile Hospital
here today. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mahanta said that the unit is specially
meant for the poor people to ensure a better health care system, stated a press
release. …more……


2 Manipur
health officials held guilty in purchase scandal
Newmai News Network
 IMPHAL, Jan 4 – Two top Manipur health department officials have been found
guilty for their involvement in the purchase of equipment scandal of 1981
amounting to over Rs1.5 lakh, by the Special Court in Imphal.In a landmark
judgement, the Imphal Court’s Special Judge (No 1 Manipur West), Th Surbala
pronounced the conviction order on December 29 last on Dr G. Mani Sharma,
Medical Superintendent of Manipur State Tuberculosis Hospital and Chief Medical
Officer (CMO) Imphal, A Gojendro Singh. …more……

Assam Rifles manages to keep
AIDS at bay(AST_6_1_k8)

By Sanjoy Ray
 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – Once regarded as a more dreaded threat than the bullets of
the enemy, HIV/AIDS is now just a terrifying experience of the past for the
Assam Rifles, the premier central para military force of the country, which is
meant for guarding the interest of the North East region. Having reportedly
affected over 100 personnel of the force in the last one decade or so, out of
which quite a few have died of the dreaded disease, the AR seemed to have come
out of the scary phase. …more……

Medicare, health fair in city
from Feb 5 to 17
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – A medicare and health fair, first of its kind in
the Northeast, is being organised with an aim to create awareness on the latest
technological advancements in the health sector from February 5 to 17 at the
Khanapara veterinary Science ground here, stated a press release. …more……

Programme on AIDS awareness(AST_8_1_k8)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – The Regional Office, Directorate of Field Publicity,
Government of India, Assam Region, organized a daylong programme on AIDS
awareness at Sreebhumi Nagar under Ward No 34 in collaboration with Progressive
Senior Citizens Forum, a non-governmental organization, recently. …more……

While doctors neglect,
villagers suffer
From Our Correspondent
 RANGIYA, Jan 7 – At a time when there has been a nationwide mission for a total
upgradation of rural health, hundreds of rural people are still deprived of
proper and timely treatment due to non-availability of deputed doctors and
medical practitioners even after concrete measures taken by the Health Minister
in the State. …more.

Health mela(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 UDALGURI, Jan 7 – The second edition of Health Mela, Udalguri 2008 sponsored by
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and organised by District Health Society,
Udalguri is going to be held from March 24 to March 26 next at Danda Sahariah HS
School premises in Rowta. …more……


 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – Indian Dental Association, Assam State Branch,
organised a two-day workshop on AIDS control at a city hotel recently. The
programme was sponsored by Assam AIDS Control Society. About 30 members of the
association participated in the programme, a press release said. …more……


Mizo Health Minister flags off 17
Newmai News Network
 Aizawl, Jan 8 – Mizoram Health Minister R Tlanghmingthanga today flagged off 17
ambulances acquired by the State from the National Rural Health Mission, at the
High School Field in Mc Donald Hill here. The ambulances are to be distributed
to eight district hospitals and nine selected community health centres in the
State. …more……

Alternative medicines have
major role to play
From Our Correspondent
 SILCHAR, Jan 10 – In the modern age of stress and strain, pollution,
adulteration etc. the modern man around the world, is suffering from various
diseases. Modern medicines have made man susceptible to more and more diseases
by reducing vitality and resistance. In this regard the alternative medicines in
India have a major role to play. These issues were discussed in 3rd all India
conference on Natural Remedies for Primary Health Care (PHC) organized by
Northeast East Council of Alternatives Medicines in association with Institute
of Medical and Paramedical Science in the district library auditorium recently.

DHSK College organises blood
donation camp
From Our Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 12 – The National Service Scheme (NSS) of DHSK College,
Dibrugarh organised a blood donation camp on January 9 as part of the HIV/AIDS
awareness programme under the financial support of UNICEF, Assam.

Malaria victims to get JJ
scheme benefits
From Our Correspondent
 DHUBRI, Jan 13 – Few people know that the benefit of CM’s Jiban Jyoti Scheme is
extended to victims of cerebral malaria. During the month of December in 2007,
two persons suffering from malaria died within a space of nine days. Both
victims were from Khalipur Ambagan area of Dhubri town. On December 1, 2007,
Dipankar Mandal, aged about 25 years, died of malaria leaving behind his
20-year-old wife and an eight-month-old daughter. …more……

A village where God’s grace is
the only medicine
 UDALGURI, Jan 13 – While the present generation of human beings is
witnessing a tremendous development in science and technology, medical science
itself is experiencing unbelievable progress. And when India is providing
herself to be one of the powerful nations in the world, a village in Udalguri is
found to be doing just the opposite. …more……

 GMCH nurses seek
better facilities
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – The Guwahati Medical College might be in the midst of the
long needed overhaul, but one of its key components remain undervalued and
undeveloped. The condition of the nursing staff continues to be an area that the
State Health Department has failed to improve much to the distress of nurses,
patients and doctors. …more……

 Blood donation
camp at Dibrugarh
From Our Bureau
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 14 – A day-long blood donation camp was organised by the local
NGO Sewa here on Friday. The camp was inaugurated by Assam Medical College
principal Dr TR Borbora. Forty persons donated blood during the camp. …more……

Bird flu alert sounded in

By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 16 – The State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department has
sounded a health alert on avian influenza in poultry in all the districts of the
Assam, which share borders with the neighbouring State of West Bengal. The
bordering districts where the alert was sounded include Goalpara, Dhubri,
Kokrajhar and Bongaigaon. …more……


Culling of poultry starts in Assam(SHT, 5-1-k8)

Culling of thousands of poultry in
Assam, along the West Bengal border, started on Sunday following a directive
from the Central government to kill suspected chickens as a preventive measure
against bird flu. …more……

Culling almost complete in West Bengal(SHT, 5-1-k8)

Culling of birds is almost complete
in the affected West Bengal, where 32 lakh chicken have been destroyed so far,
state Animal Resources Development Minister Anisur Rehman on Sunday said.

Alert in Uttarakhand; Bihar, Orissa against culling(SHT, 5-1-k8)

A bird flu alert has been sounded in Uttarakhand following
the death of some chicken even as authorities in Bihar and Orissa have
"objected" to culling operations in their states saying there was no trace of
the deadly virus. (PTI) …more……


pollution poses major health hazard
11th January 2008)

State panel blames it on vehicular emissions, mineral-based industries

Air pollution caused by vehicular emissions and mineral-based industries has
posed a serious health hazard to people of the State, according to a report
prepared by State Development Reforms Commission (SDRC).In his report submitted
to Chief Minister DD Lapang on Thursday, SDRC chairman and former Chief Minister
EK Mawlong described heavy vehicular emissions and mining activities as two
major sources of increasing air pollution in Meghalaya and suggested vigorous
implementation of a vehicle monitoring mechanism and early notification of the
mineral policy to overcome the problem. …more……

pollution levels in towns…more……

-and-order problem delays NEIGRIHMS inauguration: CM(SHT_13_1_k8)

Chief Minister DD Lapang has blamed
the law and order problem in the State for the delay in the inauguration of the
multi-speciality hospital, NEIGRIHMS.Speaking at the inauguration function of
the indoor stadium at Mawlai Phudmuri here on Saturday, Lapang said NEIGRIHMS
has been facing difficulties in recruiting faculty staff as qualified persons
are reluctant to apply for jobs in the institution due to threat perceived by
them about Meghalaya. …more……

flu alert sounded in N-E(SHT_17_1_k8)

With West Bengal being affected by
bird flu, North Eastern states have sounded an alert and sealed Bangladesh
borders to prevent entry of birds into the region. All the NE states sharing
borders either with Bangladesh or with West Bengal have alerted the borders to
prevent entry of birds following instruction from the central government,
official sources said. …more……

Centre to regulate life-saving drugs(SHT_21_1_k8)

The Union Ministry of Chemicals has planned to bring life-saving drugs under the
Centre’s control to ensure unified price of the medicines across the country as
well as to make them available everywhere at affordable costs.Talking to UNI
here on Sunday, Union minister for Chemicals, Fertilisers and Steel Ramvilas
Paswan said most of the chemical industries were under private ownership and had
been squeezing money from the people. …more……

Blood samples to be sent for

Bird flu

SHILLONG: Even as avian flu has spread across West Bengal, Meghalaya’s
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary (AH&V) department is collecting blood samples of
birds from border areas to be sent for virus test.The department has so far
collected around 30 blood samples from the Indo-Bangladesh border areas, AH&V
Joint Director Dr L Lyngwa said on Monday. …more……

Assam Govt facilitates free
cancer treatment(SHT_23_1_k8)

Guwahati: It has happened for the first time in any of the states in
the country – free chemotherapy treatment to cancer patients.Finally, there is a
major relief to cancer patients of Assam, thanks to a benevolent initiative from
the State Government that has launched a scheme to provide chemotherapy
treatment including the medicines to cancer patients free of cost at five
medical facilities in Assam.Assam Health Minister Dr Himanta Bishwa Sharma on
Tuesday informed that the free of cost chemotherapy treatment for cancer
patients from Assam had been made available in five medical institutions in the
State – Dr B Barooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati, Assam Medical College in
Dibrugarh, Guwahati Medical College, Silchar Medical College and Cachar Cancer
Institute. …more……

Central anti-flu team in

SHILLONG: In view of bird flu fast spreading in states like West
Bengal and Bihar, a team of experts from Union Ministry of Animal Husbandry and
Health reviewed here on Thursday precautionary measures taken by the Meghalaya
Government against possible outbreak of bird flu in the State.The expert team,
at a meeting with State Government officials, assessed the situation in
Meghalaya and steps adopted or to be undertaken by the State Government to
tackle any eventuality due to bird flu. …more……

Brain tumour removed
through nose
Doctors of a city hospital have successfully removed a
brain tumour through the nose of a patient for the first time in the
State.According to sources, doctors of Nazareth Hospital, led by Dr Bernard T
Lyngdoh, recently performed a successful micro-neurological surgery on a patient
who had a life-threatening brain tumour. …more……



Researchers predict bird flu
in M’laya, NE (SHT_30_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Researchers at NEHU have predicted outbreak of bird flu in
many states of North East India, including Meghalaya, and called for
precautionary measures like proper monitoring of the areas visited by migratory
birds in Assam to check further spread of avian influenza in the region.A
prediction map prepared by Research Associate Dr Dibyendu Adhikari and Arun
Chettri of the Department of Botany, NEHU, has showed that areas in and around
Byrnihat, Baghmara, Tura and Zikzak of Meghalaya have "suitable environmental
conditions for proliferation" of the bird flu virus. Interestingly, the map also
highlights areas in West Bengal, where avian influenza has already posed a
menace, and most of the districts of Bangladesh. …more……

steps against bird flu
 DHUBRI, Jan 20 – In view of some confirmed
reports presented by the electronic and print media about avian influenza (bird
flu) in poultry farms in neighbouring State of West Bengal, the district
administration of Dhubri has adopted certain measures to prevent the entry of
affected birds into Dhubri and Assam.

UNICEF team in Darrang(AST_21_1_k8)
 MANGALDOI, Jan 20 – Dr A Trakroo, project
officer (Health) UNICEF, visited Darrang and spoke on the approach towards
improvement in the quality of immunisation in the district. Dr Hitesh Deka, the
UNICEF consultant of the district, accompanied him.

Army takes steps to
prevent bird flu
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – After forcing the
State Government to step up its vigil across the State, the (NH-51) strain of
avian influenza, outbreak of which had been confirmed in neighbouring State West
Bengal recently, has now sent the Indian Army health think-tank, especially
those based in the North East region, in a tizzy.

Free medical camp held(AST_21_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – A medical camp was
conducted today by 51 Air Stores Park, Digaru where the Senior Medical Officer
and his staff carried out a free medical check-up and distributed medicines to
the needy at Baragharia village.

No bird flu case in

 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – The Minister of Health
and Family Welfare and State Government spokesperson Himanta Biswa Sarma today
said that so far no bird flu case has been detected in the State. He stated that
the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department has been pressed into action and
the veterinary team is taking all precautionary measures across the State.


Vulnerability of NE to
AIDS threat discussed
 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – “While going to report
on HIV/AIDS or drug abuse in an unbiased manner, the journalists should
themselves be free from superstition, myths and misconception on these issues of
social justice,” opined veteran journalist and President of the Asam Sahitya
Sabha, Kanak Sen Deka.

Ambulance donated(AST_24_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – State Minister Gautam
Roy yesterday donated an ambulance to Wiseman, a non-government organisation of
the city. In a brief function at Hotel Nakshytra here yesterday, Roy handed over
the key of the vehicle to the Wiseman president Om Prakash Khandelwal and Kamrup
DC RC Jain, who is the former president of the organisation.

Army organises free
medical camp
 DOOMDOOMA, Jan 23 – The 6th battalion of
the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (SKARDU) organised a free medical camp at
Tongonagaon on January 20. The camp organised under ‘Operation Sadbhavana
2007-08’ was inaugurated by Colonel APS Rajura, Commanding Officer. 6 JAK rifles
Around 1350 patients were treated in the camp. Free medicines worth Rs 1.5 lakh
were distributed among the patients.


Central team to oversee bird flu
preventive measures in Tripura
 AGARTALA, Jan 23 – Alarmed by the spread of avian flu in Bangladesh,
Tripura Government has imposed a ban on import of eggs and chicken from the
neighbouring country, said principal secretary U Venkateswarlu. Though there is
no case of bird flu in the State, the State Government has taken all possible
precautionary measures to avert avian flu, he told reporters here today.

Bird flu alert sounded in
 alert and an expert team is expected to reach the State tomorrow to
oversee precautionary measures. Meghalaya Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee said
an extensive awareness campaign has been launched to prevent an outbreak.

Bird flu alert in Dibrugarh(AST_25_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 24 – Sensing possible bird flu threat from the
neighbouring state, the district administration in Dibrugarh has sounded the
alarm bells and alerted all the concerned officials of the veterinary and animal
husbandry, health and forest departments as well as the poultry farmers.

Vigil against bird flu stepped
up in Goalpara(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Goalpara District Veterinary Officer Dr KK Dutta
today clarified that no case of bird flu was detected in the district. Talking
to this newspaper he said, “ Not a single instance of bird flu in Goalpara
district has been detected till date.”However, he said that his office had
yesterday sent through the Veterinary Directorate, 197 samples to the High-risk
Security Disease Laboratory, Bhopal for testing. The Central Government team
that has been visiting the region had also visited the district yesterday, he
said. …more……

CM’s directive to dist

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today instructed the
Veterinary Department to take all precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak
of the bird flu in the State. Stating this here this evening, an official press
release said that there had been no case of bird flu reported from any part of
the State so far, quoting the Chief Minister. …more……

Preventive steps against bird
flu in Dhubri district
 DHUBRI, Jan 25 – In view of some confirmed reports of avian influenza
(bird flu) among the poultry population in neighbouring West Bengal broadcast
through electronic and print media, the district administration of Dhubri has
adopted certain measures to prevent the entry of affected birds into Dhubri and
Assam. The district administration has reviewed the situation with officers of
District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department, Health Department and
others along with the Superintendent of Police and decided to keep close vigil
over the situation through certain precautionary measures. …more……

Central official visits
Doomdooma health centre
 DOOMDOOMA, Dec 31 – Dr Sunil D Khaprade, Deputy Commissioner
(Infrastructure Development), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of
India, visited Doomdooma Community Health Centre (first referral unit) to take
stock of the implementation of infrastructure development schemes under his
ministry. …more……

Cancer awareness camp at
 NILAMBAZAR, Dec 31 – Shaktipada Das Memorial Foundation, a voluntary
organisation working mainly in the health and family welfare sector in the
North-east region, organised a cancer awareness programme recently at Rabindra
Sadan Girls’ College, Karimganj. …more……

Bird flu in WB spreads; Centre
rushing teams to NE(NPT_21_1_k8)

Kolkata/New Delhi, Jan 20
(Agencies): Bird flu in West Bengal spread to a sixth district Bankura and
poultry deaths were reported today from new areas of the state including in
northern districts of Darjeeling and Cooch Behar. The culling of birds in the
five affected districts of Birbhum, South Dinajpur, Mushidabad, Nadia and
Burdwan were also stepped up. Officials said in Kolkata that till yesterday more
than 122,000 birds were culled though it fell far short of the targetted four
lakh figure.



IMPHAL, Jan 18: Under the auspices of 115 Bn
BSF, a free medical camp was conducted at Nongpok Kakching village under Lamlai
Police Station today.
According to a statement issued by Deputy Commandant K Thigbaijam of 115 Bn BSF,
the Chief Medical Officer of the Unit Dr Abhijit Mukharjee attended the sick and
ailing villagers of the area and distributed free medicines.


Shutter of
Imphal Hospital remaining down(SEX_19_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 18: Two private health clinics,
namely Imphal Hospital and Langol Hospital have been reportedly closed from
today following the inability of the authorities of the two hospitals to meet
the ‘huge’ monetary demand of a proscribed underground organisation.




IMPHAL, Jan 21: The me-dical team of 18 AR of 26 Sector under HQ IGAR
(South) conducted a medical camp at village Ril Ram Centre yesterday and
provided medical aid to around 110 civilians of village and its neighbouring
areas, according to a statement issu- ed by PRO of AR. Along with distributing
free medicines among the villagers, a lecture programme on HIV/AIDS awareness
was also facilitated during the camp. …more……


Controversial death in RIMS, inquiry ordered(sex_22_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 21: With another patient succumbing at its Casualty Ward,
the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences is again caught in the centre of
another controversy.
A 46 year old man identified as Moirangthem Norjit of Tharoijam Mayai Leikai was
brought to RIMS last night at about 11 following complaints of chest pain and
incessant coughing. …more……


like disease strikes, claims 2 kids(sex_23_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 22: Atleast two infants have reportedly died while as many
as 25 others have been hospitalised following the outbreak of a unknown disease
characterised by vomiting and loose motion among the children in Challou village
under Chingai Block of Ukhrul district. …more……


TVCU plea
to Governor(NPT_23_2_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 22 (NPN):
Highlighting a series of anomalies in the district
hospital in Tuensang, the Tuensang Village Citizen Union (TVCU) Tuesday asked
Nagaland Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, to institute a committee to probe the
state of affairs at the government hospital and impose the "No work no pay"
statute against erring public servants.

Control room to keep track of bird
flu cases (SEN_29_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Jan 28: The district administration has decided to set up a
control room at the District Veterinary department to keep track of any case of
bird flu and step into action immediately if any symptoms of the disease were
reported from anywhere in the district. …more……


Workshop on HIV/AIDS

A one-day district level workshop on ‘towards a sustained response to HIV and
AIDS in Nagaland’ was held on Tuesday at Tourist Lodge Dimapur. The joint forum
with political leaders, GBs, DBs, Hohos, Mothers, Youth and student leaders,
police, legal fraternity, health department, town committee members, church
leaders, NGOs, village councils and administration deliberated on the need to
combat AIDS with joint effort.

Vaccine for

The Directorate of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry has informed all the District
Veterinary Officers to collect vaccines such as Swine Fever, FMD, HS, BQ, Fowl
Pox, Enterotoximia, RD-F1 and F2B, etc on any working day during office hours at
the Department of Veterinary and AH Nagaland Kohima. These have been made
available under the ASCAD 2007-08 programme.

First phase Pulse polio held
in state(NPT_23_2_k8)

The first phase of Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) was held across
the state on Sunday for children below the age of 5 years.

Drug abuse, HIV/AIDS rising in Northeast

Guwahati, Jan 23: Northeast has been identified as one of the most vulnerable
regions with regard to drug abuse and spread of HIV/AIDS, though it boasts of
more than 90 per cent literacy rate and equal awareness levels regarding drug
abuse and HIV/AIDS.


Mystery disease claims cattle at
Mapithel area(sex_23_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 22 : The constant occurence of death of buffaloes in Mapithel
range that covers around nine villages in Ukhrul district has created panic
among the villagers and prompted them to relocate their cattle to safe places so
as to prevent them from being infected with the mystery disease.At Shingta
village alone, the mystery disease has claimed 10 buffaloes and in its
neighbouring village, Marou, another six buffaloes have also died during a span
of just one month and the toll is expected to rise in the absence of medical
care. Narrating his distressing story, 47 year old K Ngathingkhui of Shingta
village said, he had lost four buffaloes during this month alone. …more……


flu campaign
A one day awareness campaign on Bird flu was organised under the joint
initiative of Pradhan of Malom Gram Panchayat Ng Megha Singh and Joint Director
of District Veterinary Office, Imphal West and his officials at Malom Community
Hall today, according to a statement issued by the Joint Director of District
Veterinary Office, Imphal West Th Nandakumar Singh.

Thamcha Nursing Institute’s
founder sets record straight(sex_24_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 23: In the aftermath of the DESAM’s declaration that the
Irengbam Thamcha Devi Nursing and Health Care Research Institute has been banned
for good, the institute’s founder Irengbam Ibotombi has clarified that the
institute was not established through fraudulent means with the objective of
earning only profit. …more……


IMPHAL, Jan 24: Lions and Lioness Clubs of Imphal in collaboration with
Progressive Youth Organisation, Khundrakpam Makha Leikai would be organising a
multidisciplined health camp on January 27 at N Birahari College Complex, Imphal
East. Problems relating to medicine, eye, paediatric and gynaecology will be
examined, a release said.


IMPHAL, Jan 24: Rural Health Development Centre had organised three days
awareness programme on ‘Reproductive and Child Health for Pregnant Women’ at
Urup Junior High School, Wangkhem Anganwadi Centre, and Kalika Youth Club. In
all, 36 pregnant women were examined.

Awareness programme
on AIDS (sex_28_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 27: A one day awareness programme on PPTCT organised by
Potter’s Clay Healing Mission (PCHM) under the sponsorship of Manipur AIDS
Control Society was held at Khundi village, Imphal West. Dr KP Rongmei as the
main resource person spoke in detail on the facts of HIV/AIDS in the event
attended by over 80 persons including elders, youths and women, said a release
issued by the director, PCHM, K Mela Tarao.

drive on bird flu(SEX_29_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 28: The Directorate of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry,
Government of Manipur organised a one-day public awareness campaign on Bird flu
(Avian influenza) at Kamjong Development Committee town hall of Ukhrul district
today under the chairmanship of T Ramzat, Kamjong Village as chief guest and the
chairman of Kamjong Development Committee as guest of honour. …more……
Assessment camp(SEX_29_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 28: Department of Social Welfare and State Medical Board,
with the help of local organisations will organise a handicap assessment camp on
Januray 29 and 30 at the Conference Hall of Sunrise Club, Moreh Ward No. IV.
Awareness will be given regarding various forms of handicap from 1pm to 8 pm on
the first day while the assessment process will be conducted on the following
day from 10 am till 4 pm. Physically challenged persons are informed to take
part in the said camp so that they are avail of handicap certificate, a press
release of the Department said.


Anti-Leprosy day(SEX_29_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 28: In connection with Anti-Leprosy Day observance, 2008, to
mark the Martyrs’ Day in fond memory of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi,
members of All Manipur Medical Department Leprosy Employees Association would be
distributing free gifts like blankets, fruits, etc to the leprosy patients and
at the premises of Leprosy Hospital, Lei-Ingkhol, Chingmeirong on Jan 30.

Health awareness

IMPHAL, Jan 28: United Farmers Association Khomidok, under the aegis of
Manipur State Mental Health JN Hospital organised a health awareness programme
at Gandhi Memorial Primary School, Khomidok on Sunday. Experts from various
fields enlighten the local people on health related problems like psychiatric
and AIDS.

reiterate Feb 4 stir stand(SEX_29_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 28: Setting January 31 as the deadline for paying off their
due allowances by the State Gov- ernment, staff nurses working under he Health
and Family Welfare Department of the Government have announced their decision of
going ahead with indefinite cease work strike with effect from January 4 in case
the demand is not fulfil. …more……

State intensifies ban
on poultry imports(SEX_30_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 29 : The inter-State ban on import of poultry and their
products being enforced yet again in the wake of recent outbreak of avian flu in
the State of West Bengal has created panic in the neighbouring States and
especially the consumers are found to be most affected with the sudden price
hike. …more……

Villagers suffer from
food poisoning(SEN_28_1_k8)

 MANGALDAI, Jan 27: As many as thirty
villagers of Baligaon under Lalpul police outpost of Dalgaon police station in
Darrang district has been affected by food poisoning after having a community
feast hosted by the Congress candidates recently.


No bird flu in Asom, says

 NEW DELHI, Jan 28: Union Ministry of Animal
Husbandry Secretary Prodeep Kumar said it has no information of bird flu cases
from Goalpara district of Asom.

prepared to tackle bird flu(SEN_29_1_k8)

KOHIMA, Jan 28: Nagaland Animal Husbandry
and Veterinary, Health and Family Welfare Departments are prepared for any
outbreak of Avian Influenza or Bird Flu as is popularly known in the State,
stated a press release.

Himanta visits
Tinsukia Civil hospital (SEN_29_1_k8)

 TINSUKIA, Jan 28: Health and Family Welfare
Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarmah visited Gopinath Bordoloi Civil hospital here,
and took stock of the on going development works of the hospital on January 25.
 Sources said that Sarmah gave the assurance of making the hospital into a
modern hospital.

threaten stir in Manipur(SEN_30_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 29: The nurses, working under the
Manipur Health and Family Welfare department, have threatened an indefinite stir
if their demands were not met by January 31. Secretary of the Nurses Association
of Manipur N Memchoubi said here today that the nurses were not paid allowances
as provided to other State or Central Government hospitals.

Jorhat sounds
bird flu alert(SEN_31_1_k8)

 JORHAT, Jan 30: The Jorhat district
administration has taken precautionary measures to tackle any possible outbreak
of bird flu or avian influenza raging in neighbouring West Bengal. Jorhat Deputy
Commissioner LS Changsan has given necessary instructions to the officials of
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Health, Agriculture and Forest departments to
constitute rapid action teams. A ban has been imposed on any supply of poultry
from across the inter-State border with immediate effect under Section 144 of
the CrPC.

Bird flu alert
resounded in Mizoram(SEN_31_1_k8)

AIZAWL, Jan 30: Bird flu alert is being
sounded in Mizoram following detection of the H5N1 virus in neighbouring States,
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department Director Dr C Sangnghina said here
today. “We have been strictly monitoring the inter-state and international
borders and the airport against movement of poultry products. Apart from pigs
and poultry products, we have banned import of poultry feeds since they can have
viral contamination,” the director told UNI here.

appreciates Tripura sanitation programme(SEN_31_1_k8)

AGARTALA, Jan 30: The Centre has appreciated
Tripura for providing basic sanitation facilities to all the rural households of
the State and take initiative in managing both liquid and solid waste in urban
pockets. Official sources said here today that the State Government was able to
complete the project much before the deadline of 2012.

threaten strike (IFP_28_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 27: An indefinite cease work strike of nurses working under the
state government will be launched from February 4 if the government of Manipur
fails to give them allowances at par with their Central counterparts. …more……

HIV infection rate reducing in
Ccpur (IFP_29_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 28: The HIV
infection rate is coming down gradually year by year in Churachandpur district
which is among the most affected districts of Manipur, reported the
Churachandpur Reporter published by the district information office,
Churachandpur district.

 Nurses to
launch cease work strike (IFP_29_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 28: The Nurses Association of Manipur threatened to go on
indefinite cease work strike from 4th February if the allowances and facilities
given to them are not made equal to that of Mizoram and other states of India on
or before 31st January.
Anti Leprosy Day observed

IMPHAL, Jan. 30 : The All Manipur Medical
Department Leprosy Employees Association, AMMDLEA observed the "Anti Leprosy Day
2008 at the Leprosy Hospital, Lei-Ingkhol today at 10.30 am.The observation was
marked by the distribution of gifts like blanket, fruits, etc. to the leprosy
patients. …more……

Asom bans import of

 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: The State Government today
imposed a ban on the movement of poultry and poultry products across the
inter-State and the international border. The decision was taken in an emergency
meeting held at Dispur today. The meeting was attended by high-level officials
of the Animal Husbandry, Health, Forest, Public Health and Home Departments.


Poultry trucks
entering Asom ‘illegally’(SEN_19_1_k8)

 BOXIRHAT, Jan 18: At a time when bird flu,
also known as H5N1, is spreading rapidly throughout West Bengal and its
neighbouring areas including north Bengal and the border areas of Asom, a few
poultry-loaded trucks from west Bengal illegally entered Asom through Boxirhat

stops poultry imports(SEN_19_1_k8)

AGARTALA, Jan 18: The Tripura government has
banned the import of poultry following the detection of avian influenza in West
Bengal while the State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department also sounded
alert on Bird Flu across the State.


Avian flu:
BSF intensifies vigil(SEN_19_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 18: The Asom-Meghalaya stretch
of the international border with Bangladesh has come under Border Security Force
(BSF) patrolling to check the spread of bird flu.

Bird flu
spreads in WB(SEN_21_1_k8)

Kolkata/New Delhi, Jan 20: Bird flu in West
Bengal spread to a sixth district, Bankura, and poultry deaths were reported
today from new areas of the State, including the northern districts of
Darjeeling and Cooch Behar. The culling of birds in the five affected districts
of Birbhum, South Dinajpur, Mushidabad, Nadia and Burdwan were also stepped up.
Officials said in Kolkata that till yesterday more than 122,000 birds were
culled though it fell far short of the targeted four lakh figure.


NRHM launches
mobile medical unit in KA(SEN_21_1_k8)

DIPHU, Jan 20: The Karbi Anglong District
Programme Management unit of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has launched a
Mobile Medical unit (MMU) at Diphu on January 19. Mongal Sing Engti, Chief
executive manager (CEM) of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous council ( KAAC) has
formally Flagged of the MMU at the office premises of Joint Director of Health
Services, Diphu in a simple ceremonial function held on the occasion. He hoped
that it would provide better medical facilities in the remote areas of the

Free cleft lip
and palate counselling at Morigaon(SEN_21_1_k8)

MORIGAON, Jan 20: The hospital “Institute of
Child and Woman Health Care” is a unit of Dr Kuntal Goswami Memorial Public
Charitable Trust, situated at Mother Teresa (Zoo-Narengi) Road, Guwahati,
provides totally free operation and treatment for Cleft Lip and Palate
Counselling and Screening Camp in Collaboration with Morigoan District Sarva
Siksha Mission Commission at Kanaklata LP school, Morigaon Town on February 23.
This was stated in a press release.

‘No detection
of polio cases in Asom after ’06 (SEN_21_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Jan 20: Special emphasis is being
given to reach out to the people in slums of urban areas or places where there
is a concentration of migratory population under the intensified pulse polio
immunization programme after the detection of polio cases in Bihar and Uttar

programme, 2008 launched in Arunachal


ITANAGAR, Jan 20: The Intensive Pulse Polio
Immunization (IPPI) Programme,2008 has started in Arunachal Pradesh after Chief
Minister Dorjee Khandu administered polio drops to two infants at his office

issues bird flu alert


KOHIMA, Jan 20: In the wake of official
reports of Bird flu (H5N1) in West Bengal and some other neighbouring countries,
the Nagaland Veterinary Directorate has issued a list of precautionary measures
for the State.

Two private hospitals
remain close


IMPHAL, Jan 20: Two major private hospitals in
Manipur, the Imphal Hospital and Research Centre and Langol View Clinic,
remained closed for the third consecutive day today, following extortion demands
from militant groups. The two hospitals were shut down and no patient was being
admitted since the past three days after a militant group demanded money from
the two hospitals.

sends blood samples of chicken for test (SEN_22_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 21: With avian flu spreading
fast in neighbouring West Bengal, Meghalaya has sent blood samples of chicken
from the Indo-Bangla border area to the Bhopal-based High Security Animal
Disease Laboratory for bird flu virus tests. “We have collected the blood
samples from various places along the Indo-Bangla border and have sent them for
tests,” Meghalaya Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Director D Khonglah said here.


pulse polio immunization in Nagaland(SEN_22_1_k8)
Reverend Luin Pastor administers polio drops to a child in Mokokchung on Sunday

KOHIMA, Jan 21: Along with other parts of
the State Intensive Pulse Polio Immunisation (IPPI) programme was conducted in
Tuensang district on January 20, stated a press release. Altogether 171 booths
in the district involving 678 health workers and volunteers covered 25883 in the
0-5 years age group. In Tuensang town the inaugural Polio drop was given by DC
Tuensang in the presence of Chief Medical Officer, ADC, SDO (C) and other health
department personnel.

Blood samples
of chicken sent to Bhopal(SEN_22_1_k8)

 BOXIRHAT, Jan 21: The veterinary department
of Asom has promulgated an order banning the entry of eggs and poultry products
into the State. The department through an order No. 273/2003/PT/327 has ordered
the veterinary department to keep strict vigil on the entry of poultry products
into Asom. The order was executed by the district veterinary officer of Dhubri
at Boxirhat vide memo No. DVD/BIRD FLU/2007-08/1130-49 dated January 19, 2008,
with the opening of four check gates at Sagolia, Boxirhat, Kherbari and Boterhat.

Sankara Medical centre inaugurated(SEN_22_1_k8)

BONGAIGAON, Jan 21: The permanent building
of Kanchi Sri Sankara Medical Centre was inagurated by AK Sarmah Managing
Director Bongaigaon Refinery and Petrochemicals limited on January 20 at Gurudev
Kalicharan Chowk in the outskirts of Bongaigaon town.

Blood samples
of chicken from Asom tested negative for avian flu(SEN_23_1_k8)
Dasmunsi worried over bird flu


 GUWAHATI, Jan 22: The blood samples of
7,000 chicken that had been sent from Asom to Bhopal for tests were found to be
free from any avian flu virus, said State Aminal Husbandry and Veterinary
Director AK Kakati while talking to newsmen here today. According to Kakati, a
three-member Central team visited Kokrajhar and Dhubri districts. The team will
leave for Meghalaya tomorrow.

chemotherapy to cancer patients(SEN_23_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 22: From March 1 next, cancer
patients of Asom will get chemotherapy free of cost. The cost of various
chemotherapies ranges from Rs 3,000 to Rs 2 lakh, and the annual target of
cancer patients who will receive free of cost chemotherapy injections is 5,000
to 10,000.

chemotherapy scheme from March 1(AST_23_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – Implementation of the
State Government’s scheme to provide the State’s cancer patients with
chemotherapy injections free-of-cost will start from March 1 next. Announcing
this at a press conference here this afternoon, State’s Health Minister Himanta
Biswa Sarma said that at present the Government had the plan to provide 60
varieties of injections free-of-cost to the cancer patients.

 Bird flu suspected in

 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – With the dreaded avian
flu virus spreading newer territories in neighbouring West Bengal, the threat of
the flu hitting the State and the North-east has increased considerably, even as
the State Governments is going on an overdrive to stop the spread of the virus.
Moreover, according to a section of officials of the State Veterinary and Animal
Husbandry department, the virus is suspected to have reached Goalpara district
and neighbouring Khasi Hills of Meghalaya from West Bengal.

hospital doing yeoman service
 DERGAON, Jan 28 – Vivekananda Kendra NRL
hospital has made a name for itself for the yeoman service it has been rendering
to the people of nearby areas. The hospital was established in April 1998 as a
small dispensary in one of the quarters in the 16 unit area. Later in 1999, it
was shifted to the present location and gradually it has ben upgraded to a
30-bed hospital with various departments like pathology, radiology, operation
theatre, indoor wards, baby room, blood bank, ultrasound, x-ray room, ICU, etc.


Bardangerikuchi PHC
without doctor, nurse
 GORESWAR, Jan 28 – Since independence,
people of Bardangerikuchi, Pub-Parlokra, Khepkuchi, Pub-par Jatiyabhangara,
Mahajan-para, Ganakjhar, Dhulara and villages falling under Bardangerikuchi Gaon
Panchayat and Rangiya subdivision of Kamalpur LAC have been suffering a lot due
to lack of medical treatment resulting in a large number of deaths due to
malaria, jaundice and other disease every year. The poor patients of the vast
area situated within a distance of 12 km from Goreswar 30-bed PHC and Bihdia
5-bed PHC face considerable trouble in reaching these PHCs.

 BSF fights
malaria in an innovative way(SEN_23_1_k8)

AGARTALA, Jan 22: The Border Security Force (BSF)
has initiated an innovative plan, called ‘Intensified Malaria Action Plan’, in
the wake of increasing number of jawans falling ill due to malaria in Tripura.
The action plan includes the provision of facemasks to jawans posted on the
border. Nineteen sentinels posted on Tripura-Mizoram sector have lost their
lives due to malaria in the last three years.

Seminar on
bird flu(SEN_23_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 22: The Animal Husbandry and
Veterinary Department, Meghalaya in association with the Disease Investigation
and the Disease Surveillance wing will organize a seminar on bird flu on January
24, stated a press release. The seminar will be held at Thadlaskein, Jaintia
Hills district and will be inaugurated by the DC, FR Kharkongor.

Health camp

KOHIMA, Jan 22: A one-day medical health camp
was conducted at Seyochung SDO (C) headquarter recently by the office of the
Chief Medical Officer and MS, Kiphire, stated a press release. More then 300
patients were treated and medicines provided free of cost. Meanwhile leaders of
various organizations have expressed gratitude to the CMO and MS Kiphire and
doctors for their services to needy people and assured their full cooperation
for any such ventures in future.

Seminar on health

KOHIMA, Jan 22: The 12 Assam Rifles ladies and
prominent citizens of Tuensang will conduct a seminar on March 28 at the town
hall, Tuensang for the women of the area, stated a press release. Topics at the
seminar will include hygiene and sanitation, care for pregnant women, post-natal
care, child care, etc.

water supply projects come a cropper(SEN_23_1_k8)

45 projects fail to supply water in rural areas

 JORHAT, Jan 22: At a time when the State
Government is on record as being focused on the supply of clean and safe
drinking water to rural people, the Public Health and Engineering (PHE)
Department has not been able to meet the needs here in this respect. According
to sources, only 128 out of 154 water supply schemes in the district are at
present functional. As many as 20 of these operational projects have
deteriorated due to lack of regular repairs, the sources pointed out.



yet to send blood samples of chicken to Bhopal, Kolkata for

 SHILLONG, Jan 23: The State Animal
Husbandry Department of Meghalaya is yet to send chicken blood samples to
Kolkata and Bhopal for test to ascertain presence of H5N1 bird flu.“We have not
yet sent the blood samples for test. We hope in the next couple of days, the
blood samples from different parts of the State will be collected and sent to
laboratories in Kolkata and
for analysis,” Director of State Animal Husbandry Department Dr D Khonglah said

Centre sends
expert team on bird flu in Tripura(SEN_24_1_k8)

AGARTALA, Jan 23: A three-member expert
team led by Assistant Commissioner of Ministry of Animal Resource and Milk
Production Dr S P Dasgupta held a high-level review meeting of bird flu threat
in Tripura today. Official sources here said following outbreak of avian
influenza in neighbouring West Bengal, Centre had sent a number expert teams to
the North-east and eastern India to oversee the precautionary measures taken in
the respective States.

Asom gears up
to tackle avian flu(SEN_25_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 24: With the confirmation of
avian flu cases in Coochbehar, the adjacent districts of Asom are believed to be
highly vulnerable to the disease. Allaying fears of avian flu in Asom, State
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Director AK Kakoty today said there has been no
report of any bird flu cases from anywhere in the State. If avian flu is
reported from anywhere in the State, the administration is ready to tackle it.

Radio sets
distributed among ASHA workers (SEN_25_1_k8)

ROWTA CHARIALI, Jan 24: Under the aegis of
National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and the initiative of Orang Public Health
Centre (PHC) 191 Philips radio sets have been distributed among health workers (ASHA)

Manipur drive
to improve healthcare(TEL_22_1_k8)

Imphal, Jan. 21:
Manipur health minister Pheiroijam Parijat Singh today announced a slew of
measures to improve healthcare in the state. “The Centre has given us enough
funds to revamp the health sector and the government has started implementing
the projects,” Parijat Singh said while addressing a function to mark the 37th
Statehood Day of Manipur.

minister declares new schemes (TEL_22_1_k8)

without price tag(TEL_23_1_k8)

– Scheme
starts on March 1 (TEL_23_1_k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 22:
The Assam government has just taken care of the biggest fear cancer patients
have — that their resources will wear out long before they conquer the disease.
Five government hospitals will provide free chemotherapy to patients across the
state from March 1. Health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said
today that the facility would be available at B. Borooah Cancer Institute,
Cachar Cancer Institute and in the three medical colleges of the state — in
Silchar, Guwahati and Dibrugarh.


Imphal, Jan. 22:
Two government doctors of Manipur were sentenced today to three years rigorous
imprisonment by the court of special judge, Manipur West, for their involvement
in a Rs 1.99-lakh scam in the medical department in 1981. Judge Th. Surbala Devi
held Gurumayum Mani Sharma and Ayekpam Gojendra Meitei guilty on December 29.
The quantum of punishment was announced today.

Bird flu
recce in Meghalaya (TEL_23_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan. 22:
Delhi will soon send a team here to assess how
prepared the state is to check bird flu. The team of officials from the Union
ministries of health, animal husbandry and veterinary are likely to arrive here
on Thursday, state director of animal husbandry D. Khonglah said today.  The
Delhi team will visit the state’s areas bordering Bangladesh and Assam.


nurses warn of strike(TEL_29_1_k8)

– Health
department workers demand hike in allowance (TEL_29_1_k8)

Imphal, Jan. 28:
Manipur is facing a healthcare crisis with nurses
working under the state health services department threatening to go on an
indefinite strike from Monday if the Okram Ibobi Singh government does not
accede to their demand for an allowance hike. Announcing this today, the
president of the Nurses’ Association of Manipur, N. Memdon, said the government
would be given time till Thursday to issue an order making their allowances on a
par with their counterparts in Mizoram and other states.

can tackle bird flu: Officials(TEL_29_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan. 28:
The animal husbandry and veterinary department of the Nagaland government and
the state’s health and family welfare department are fully equipped to tackle
bird flu. This was disclosed by officials of the departments at a meeting here
today, chaired by chief secretary Lalhuma and attended by other senior
officials. Officials of the animal husbandry and veterinary departments said
they had prepared an action plan and procured the necessary equipment and
medicines to detect bird flu cases and prevent any possible outbreak of the

plagues AIDS project (TEL_30_1_k8)

questions credentials of shortlisted organisation (TEL_30_1_k8)

Imphal, Jan. 29: Manipur’s war
on HIV/AIDS could boil down to a battle between undeserving NGOs seeking a slice
of the project pie rather than one against the disease. Kaphungreishang Long, an
organisation that has done extensive work in HIV/AIDS prevention in Ukhrul
district, is questioning the credentials of an NGO in line for selection as the
executor of a project funded by the National AIDS Control Organisation.



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