Kerala government to focus more on public health, education: Minister

Thiruvananthapuram : On the eve of the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government in Kerala completing 100 days in office, State Finance Minister Thomas Issac on Wednesday said the government was planning to take the public health and education sectors to greater heights.

However, the Congress-led opposition and the BJP have termed the performance as a lack lustre one.

2.4 million more nurses required: FICCI

New Delhi : India needs 2.4 million more nurses to fulfill the burgeoning demand in the nursing sector, says a report published on Wednesday by FICCI-EY (Ernst & Young) during the former's annual health conference FICCI HEAL 2016.

According to the report, 'Nursing reforms: Paradigm shift for a bright future', the demand for more nurses owes to better medical facilities, increased life expectancy, bigger geriatric (elderly) population as well as rising medical tourism among others.

Chikungunya cases in capital go up to 432

New Delhi : Chikungunya cases have risen to 432 and dengue cases to 487 cases and two deaths in the national capital til August 27, according to the three civic corporations.

According to the municipal corporations, the highest number of dengue cases have been witnessed in the areas under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation with the figure standing at 97.

In the East Delhi Municipal Corporation area, there are 15 cases, and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has seen 71 cases.

Delhi HC asks for suggestions on treatment to seriously ill poor

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the central and Delhi governments and AIIMS to give suggestions on providing free and timely treatment to poor patients suffering serious ailments.

Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked both the governments and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to file their suggestions by October 19 so that the poor do not have to wait for treatments for long.


OHRC seeks inquiry report on two cases of apathy for the dead

Bhubaneswar : The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Friday sought from state authorities reports on inquiries into two shocking incidents of inhuman treatment of the dead by hospital officials here.

In the first case, a tribal man was forced to carry his wife's body on his shoulders nearly 10 km after the hospital authorities declined to give him an ambulance or a hearse as he could not afford to pay for it.


Cabinet approves bill to prohibit commercial surrogacy

New Delhi : The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, 2016, that seeks to prohibit "commercial surrogacy" and allow "ethical altruistic surrogacy" only to needy infertile married couples.

Terming commercial surrogacy as "kokh ka vyapar" (trade of womb), External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who headed the Group of Ministers (GoM) formed to look into the matter of surrogacy, said it was becoming a "fashion and a trend" to produce children through surrogacy by "those who do not want to put their wives in pain".

Two more dengue deaths, 300 fresh cases in Bengal

Kolkata : Two more dengue deaths were reported and 300 fresh cases of the mosquito-borne disease reported in the last two days, a senior health official said on Monday.

According to state director of health services Biswaranjan Satpathy, the 300 fresh cases takes the total number of cases to over 4,500, while the death toll now stands at 22.

Of the two fresh deaths, one took place in Howrah district and another in South 24 Parganas district.

80 per cent of Indian doctors located in urban areas

New Delhi : Nearly 75 per cent of dispensaries, 60 per cent of hospitals and 80 per cent of doctors are located in urban areas, serving only 28 per cent of the Indian populace, says a new report released by KPMG and the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI).

The survey was released at the Fifth Healthcare Access Summit - act on NCDs organised by OPPI and supported by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers here on Friday.

NHRC notice to Bengal over mental hospital's condition

New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notice to the West Bengal government over alleged poor maintenance of a mental hospital in the state.

The commission sought a detailed report from the West Bengal government on the Berhampore Mental Hospital, along with the status report on its other similar hospitals in the state.

The commission observed that on Independence Day, a team of NGO Anjali visited the government-run mental hospital and found naked men and women patients lying on dirty floors.

Argentina facing worst dengue epidemic in history

Buenos Aires : Argentina is facing its worst dengue epidemic in history, with 76,803 cases so far this year, 53 per cent higher than the previous wave in 2009, the media reported.

The Argentine daily La Nacion published an article on Tuesday based on data released by the Health Ministry on Monday which also added that the number of deaths from the virus in the South American country has increased from five to 11, Xinhua news agency reported.