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Science/Health

Ban Ebola patients from entering Goa: Ex-CM

Panaji : Ebola patients should not be allowed to enter Goa and those who succumb to the disease should not be buried in the state, demanded Congressman and former Goa chief minister Ravi Naik.

Speaking to reporters in Ponda, a sub-district located 30 kms from Panaji, Naik specifically expressed his opposition to a state government order identifying the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Ponda as a quarantine facility should a person in the state be diagnosed with Ebola.

Indian cured of Ebola kept in quarantine

New Delhi : An Indian, who had travelled to Liberia and was infected with Ebola, has been cured but is being kept under observation at the Delhi airport as traces of the dreaded virus were found in some of his body fluids.

The blood samples of the 26-year old male, who had traveled from Liberia to India and reached Delhi Nov 10, tested negative, but his semen samples tested positive, a health ministry statement said here.

Bahrain donates $1 mn to UN's Ebola fund

Manama : The Bahrain government has approved a memorandum to support UN efforts in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed over 5,100 lives this year.

"We are contributing to the UN Special Fund for the fight against Ebola, aiming in particular to provide treatment to those infected with the Ebola virus," said Minister of State for Information Affairs Sameera Rajab.

"I am not sure of the exact figure that was donated, but it was approximately $1 million," the Gulf Daily News reported.

Kolkata hospital gives free health cards to 60 children of sex workers

Kolkata: From being brought up in the gloomy bylanes of the city to ill nourishment and poverty, these children have faced it all. 60 such kids of sex workers in Kolkata with exceptional football talents have been medically adopted by a leading hospital in the southern outskirts of the city.

The Peerless hospital, partnering the Indian Super League franchise Atletico De Kolkata, has decided to give free health cards, free annual health checkup cards and free ISL match tickets to the budding footballers, who are members of the Durbar Sports Academy.

25 kids ill after eating mid-day meal, 15 after eating wild fruit

Patna : At least 25 children fell ill Saturday after having their mid-day meal at a government school in Bihar, while 15 fell ill on the same day after consuming wild fruit in a village, officials said.

The 25 children complained of uneasiness after consuming their meal of khichri and chokha at the Boknari middle school near Paraiya in Gaya district, and were examined at a hospital, school headmaster Rajnish Kumar Ranjan told IANS over phone.

"All the children are now safe," he said.

Ranjan said around 200 children had the same meal.

No target for sterilisation programme: Nadda

New Delhi:The Centre has set no targets as far as sterilisation was concerned and it was a totally demand-driven programme, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda said Thursday.

Nadda said in a statement that on the request of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, the Centre had sent a team of doctors from AIIMS which supervised the medical treatment to the affected patients, after 13 women died and close to 70 were admitted in hospital following a mass sterilisation drive in the state.

Nearly 70,000 children under 15 suffer from diabetes

(Nov 14 is Diabetes Day)

New Delhi : Five-year-old Krati Dhawan often complained of abdominal pain and even lost weight. She underwent a series of tests for stomach infection, which tested negative. It was only after the girl's mother said her daughter was drinking a lot of water and urinating frequently that she got blood-sugar tests done which confirmed type 1 diabetes.

India third lowest in pneumonia, diarrhoea intervention

Kolkata : In a damning indictment of its poor health services and coverage, India finds itself ranked the third lowest among 15 high-burden countries when it comes to coverage and implementing vital pneumonia and diarrhoea interventions, according to a report.

The 2014 Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Progress Report evaluates the progress of the 15 highest-burden countries -- India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Angola, China, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Kenya, Sudan, Bangladesh, Niger, Chad and Uganda.

Dengue cases cross 500 mark in Delhi, NCR

New Delhi : The number of dengue cases in the national capital and its adjoining areas rose to 521, civic officials said Monday.

The number of cases in the national capital rose to 486, while 35 other cases are from adjoining areas of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Two people have succumbed to the vector-borne disease so far this year.

The highest number of cases are in the south Delhi municipal corporation area (236), followed by north (107) and east (90).

Ebola vaccine in five years: Israeli scientist

Jerusalem : Leslie Lobel, a virologist at Israel's Ben-Gurion University, is not surprised by the current epidemic of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa and says that sooner or later it would have happened.

For the past 12 years, Lobel has studied several strains of the deadly virus in his laboratory at the Israeli university, in coordination with the Virus Research Institute in Uganda, where he travels several times a year.

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