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Refreshing Assam Tea Now At The Nearest Post Office

Guwahati: The next time you can't control the urge to have your cup of the world-famous, rich and malty Assam Tea, just hop over to the nearest post office and get it over the counter//. ....Tea aficionados, at least those across India, who swear by the mesmerizing aroma of a blend produced in one of the most popular tea growing regions of the world, Assam, will now have access to their favorite...

HIV-Positive Woman To Be Congress Candidate In Assam

A 29-year-old HIV-positive woman in Assam is all set for a plunge into politics by becoming the ruling Congress party candidate for next month's assembly elections.// ....Jahnabi Goswami is expected to be the party's candidate from the Barhampur assembly constituency in eastern Assam's Nagaon district, about 140 km from here. .. ..Former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta is the sitting...

Assam To Write To Medical Council On Admission Irregularities

Assam government will write to All Indian Medical Council on alleged irregularities in the admissions to post graduate courses in Assam Medical College Hospital at Dibrugarh //, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said. ....He told reporters here that three students were given admission to the post graduate courses in the college on the basis of a letter allegedly given by the Assistant Dir...

Malaria Claims 35 Lives In Assam

Assam was put on high alert on Thursday following an outbreak of malaria that claimed 35 lives and affected 20,000 people//. ...."A maximum alert has been sounded across Assam and medical teams are working on a war footing to check the spread of malaria," Assam Health Minister Bhumidhar Barman told IANS. ....Most of the casualties were reported from the eastern Assam districts of Golaghat and L...

Assam's Floating Hospital To Render Medical Services To Islanders

A new floating hospital would visit the islands dotting Assam's Brahmaputra river at least once a month to render medical services//. This has brought in a new ray of hope to these islanders who have been worried about their isolation. ....Akha - a boat with medical personnel and supplies - is a unique door-to-door service for the poor inhabitants of the state's islands, including Charikhulia Ch...

Malaria Epidemic Claims 50 Lives In Assam

At least 50 people have died and up to 25,000 affected in a malaria epidemic in Assam, officials Tuesday said. // .."Doctors and paramedics have fanned out to take preventive steps and cure those hit by the disease," Assam Health Minister Bhumidhar Barman told IANS. ..The minister said 50 people had died of cerebral malaria since the beginning of April, with the eastern districts of Lakhmipur a...

Assam’s Malaria Death Toll Rises To 75, More People Affecte

Malaria has claimed 75 lives in Assam and the health authorities said that more than 300,000 people are affected by the epidemic//. ...."So far 75 people have died of cerebral malaria since the disease struck in the state in the beginning of April," Assam Health Minister Bhumidhar Barman told IANS. ....Malaria has been detected in other northeastern states too, but fatalities have been reported...

Malaria kills 75 in Assam

Health officials have confirmed that 75 people have so far succumbed to the malaria epidemic, which is sweeping through the northeastern state of Assam like wildfire. Till date 335,000 people have been infected with the disease. // .. "So far 75 people have died of cerebral malaria since the disease struck in the state in the beginning of April," Assam Health Minister Bhumidhar Barman said. Assam...

Malaria Epidemic Forces Assam Rebels Out Of The Jungle

Dozens of separatist guerrillas in Assam were forced out of the jungles not by the armed forces, but by the mosquitoes, seeking treatment for malaria.// ....A police spokesperson said a malaria epidemic sweeping Assam and its adjoining areas have forced rebels of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to come out of their hideouts. ...."We are keeping a close watch on hospitals wher...

Assam Recruits Doctors to Serve in Rural Areas

If one is a doctor aged below 65 years, a government job in Assam is assured - just walk in to an interview next week and get the appointment letter on the spot//. ....But there is a catch. The new recruits must serve in Assam's rural areas. ....'Anybody with a medical degree can just walk in for an interview on Wednesday and Thursday and get a job. We have about 234 vacancies across the state a...

Assam CM Admitted At AIIMS Due To Dehydration

The Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi had today undergone treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for dehydration //. ....Sources close to him explained that Gogoi, who had returned to India yesterday, after a 12-day tour of Europe and Canada, was taken to AIIMS as he had complained of uneasiness. ....Doctors who had attended on Gogoi at the AIIMS said that he was suf...

18 Die of Japanese Encephalitis in Upper Assam

At least 18 people, mostly children and women, have died of Japanese encephalitis in upper Assam districts of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji since the beginning of the month. // ....According to official sources here, 14 people died of the disease in Lakhimpur district, where nearly 100 others have been affected... ..In nearby Dhemaji district four children died of the disease even as the district admini...

Japanese Encephalitis Epidemic Kills 15 in Assam

Authorities in Assam Friday sounded a health alert after 15 people died of Japanese encephalitis and hundreds more were down with the mosquito-borne disease in the past two weeks, officials said.// ..An Assam health department spokesperson said Japanese encephalitis had assumed epidemic proportions in the four districts of Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji with close to a thousand people h...

Malaria Claims 271 In Assam

Malaria has claimed the lives of 271 people this year in Assam, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said here. // ....Replying to the debate on cut motions in the state assembly, Sarma said the exact toll could be higher as information from interior areas had not reached the state capital... ..Admitting that last year the anti-malaria drive was "slow", he said this year 90 per cent of the...

Malarial Deaths on Rise in Assam

Malaria continues to be a killer in Assam with 275 deaths reported so far this year - a new record in recent years, parliament was told Friday.// ....Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Panabaka Lakshmi said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that Assam is endemic for malaria. Nearly 690 people had died during the last six years starting 2001 with 47,29,65 cases reported. ....The...

Assam Heat Wave Claims Five.

Nearly five people have died due to sunstroke during the past week in Assam. The severe heat wave has also necessitated the closure of schools and colleges according to official reports//. .."The normal temperature in the past week was at least four degrees Celsius above normal and the state has also received 41 percent less rainfall so far this year, which is a matter of concern", Dulal Chakrab...

Assam Government to Invest Rs. 60 bn to Improve Healthcare Industry

Guwahati: The Assam government is to invest Rs.60 billion to upgrade its rundown medical colleges and recruit specialist doctors on high salaries to take on the challenge from the state's flourishing private healthcare industry.// ...."It is just a matter of time before the three medical colleges in Assam would give the private nursing homes and hospitals a real run for their money," Assam Healt...

US NGO to Counsel HIV/AIDS Patients in Assam

Guwahati: A leading US HIV/AIDS healthcare provider will soon be reaching out to hundreds of people living with the virus in Assam to provide treatment and support//. ....The US-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will set up three voluntary counselling and testing centres in Assam's main city of Guwahati, the eastern town of Dibrugarh and the southern city of Silchar. ....India's National A...

Assam Reports HIV Suicides, Treatment a Distant Dream

At least a dozen HIV-positive people have committed suicide in Assam in the last few months while hundreds of others are struggling for survival// as there is virtually no access to treatment. ...."We have details of about 10 HIV-positive people who committed suicide in recent months. The situation is indeed alarming as there could be more such people who might have ended their lives unable to c...

Scare in Assam Over Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine

Guwahati: Healthcare authorities in Assam Wednesday warned of an epidemic if parents do not get their children immunized against the fatal Japanese encephalitis//, which claimed 119 lives in the state last year. ...."Children are vulnerable to the disease and unless parents get their wards immunized against Japanese encephalitis, the situation could be frightening,"Assam Health Minister Himanta...

Malaria Claims 25 Lives in Assam

The Assam government Tuesday sounded an alert following a malaria epidemic that has claimed at least 25 lives// and affected about 10,000 people. ...."Doctors and paramedics have been put on alert across Assam with medical teams, including mobile units, fanning out to vulnerable areas to check the spread of malaria," Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told journalists. ....Eight of Assam...

Malaria Claims 25 Lives in Assam

The Assam government Tuesday sounded an alert following a malaria epidemic that has claimed at least 25 lives and affected about 10,000 people. ......"Doctors and paramedics have been put on alert across Assam with medical teams, including mobile units, fanning out to vulnerable areas to check the spread of malaria," Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told journalists. ......Eight of As...

Ships to the Rescue of Medically Deprived Assamese

With vast parts of rural Assam still deprived of modern health infrastructure , a private initiative is taking medical care by ship to the remote islands of the river Brahmaputra. ......The Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES), a trust established in 2000, has started the Ships of Hope in a Valley of Flood programme, under which ships carrying medical personnel are conductin...
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