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Bihar High Court Intervenes To End Doctors Strike

The Bihar High Court on Tuesday ordered the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) //junior doctors to call off their strike immediately. This order came after hearing a filed petition, that the strike has crippled emergency services since its start on Friday. ..The death of several critical patients due to lack of health care at the hospital also added to the intervention of the Bihar High C...

Woman prisoner in Bihar found HIV positive

Patna, July 18 (IANS) A woman prisoner in a Bihar jail was detected as HIV positive //and admitted to a government hospital for treatment. ....The 30-year-old, an under trial in Beur Jail here, was diagnosed as HIV positive at the Patna Medical College and Hospital this month. It is the first such case in a Bihar prison... ..The woman from a village in Patna district, lodged in the prison three m...

Five patients die amid Bihar doctors' strike

Patna, July 16 (IANS) Five patients have died amid a strike by junior doctors at the Patna Medical College// and Hospital (PMCH), which entered its third day Saturday crippling medical services. ....Two patients died Saturday while three others died Friday, sources said. Hundreds of patients, mostly poor people who have come for treatment from across state, are passing tense days. ...."We are the...

Blood Goes Down the Drain in Bihar Hospital

Did you know that blood is the most common fluid connective tissue being transplanted everyday from one person to the other? The demand for blood and its derived products only keeps increasing day by day. ....Even though in high demand, donor blood literally went down the drain in a hospital after it was found unusable due to malfunction// in the refrigeration system. About 45 units of blood (on...

Encephalitis Claims 25 Lives In Bihar

Suspected encephalitis in India’s Bihar State has taken a toll of 25 lives including that of three children. There is panic among the people of Bagaha District of the State after the deaths. //Chanrika Roy, the Health Minister of Bihar however seems to be unaware of the disease. ....The district civil surgeon Arundhati Roy has put the death toll at 12. Encephalitis is characterized by inflammati...

Both Kidneys Robbed From A Poor Rickshaw Driver In Bihar

Even after the implementation of the Human Organ Transplant Act to prevent commercialization of human organs, instances of ‘organ theft’ only reflect the lacunae existing in the Indian health care system//. The recent report of bilateral kidney retrieval and death of a poor rickshaw driver in Bihar has created much panic in the State. ....Surenda Das, 30, the rickshaw puller, died at the Patna...

Bihar Health Officials Worried As Polio Cases Soar

The significant increase in the incidence of Polio in Bihar state has led to much panic and confusion amongst the state health officials. The state stands unparalled with respect to the number of polio cases in the country. // A massive polio immunization programme for provision of polio drops to children less than 5 years of age has been launched in 10 different districts recently. ....Nation...

Measles Outbreak In Bihar Creates Panic

The measles outbreak in a Bihar village has created much panic and confusion among the villagers who continue to sincerely worship the village deity hoping that the goddess would answer their prayers. // Some people even feel that the disease is a divine curse commonly referred to as 'khasra' by local community members. ....Around 120 children in Mirzapur village near the state capital are suffe...

Bihar Government Dismissed Doctors For Negligence

Seven doctors were dismissed by the Bihar government on Wednesday for neglecting their duties according to official sources.// ....The Chief Minister of Bihar Mr. Nitish Kumar gave the nod for the dismissal of the doctors from service, which was carried out with immediate effect. ....Last week, the government dismissed three medical officers and initiated departmental proceedings against 16 doc...

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Favours Herbal Farming

The Chief Minister of Bihar Mr. Nitish Kumar is all for a giving a boost to herbal plants.While his predecessor Rabri Devi used to cultivate potato, tomato and green vegetables// at their official residence, he wants to develop the place as a resource centre for herbal farming. ....Nitish Kumar comes from a family with ayurveda and herbal background. His father was a leading ayurvedic practition...

Yoga Guru appointed Bihar's brand ambassador

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Saturday appointed popular yoga guru Baba Ramdev as 'brand ambassador' of the state.// .."I have a surprise gift for all. Baba Ramdev has not only agreed to spread yoga and ayurveda in the state but also to act as brand ambassador of Bihar," Nitish Kumar said in the presence of the tele-guru... ..He was speaking at the conclusion of Ramdev's seven-day yoga train...

Bihar CM Calls For Concerted Efforts To Tackle HIV/AIDS Menace

The Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar assured that the Bihar Government would do all that it can in restricting the alarming spread of AIDS/HIV in the state //, addressing a HIV/AIDS workshop, organized by the Udayan Sharma foundation, Samyak and the National Aids Control Organization (NACO). ......Expressing concern over the explosive prevalence of HIV/AIDS in 7 districts in Bihar, the Mins...

Bihar Banned Tobacco Chewing In State Assembly

Bihar government imposed a ban on chewing betel leaves and tobacco products inside the state assembly on Thursday. // ..Bihar Assembly Speaker Udai Narayan Choudhary Thursday prohibited chewing of paan (betel leaf), gutka and khaini (tobacco products) by legislators inside the assembly. ..The move will not only have a salubrious impact on the health of the legislators but also save the walls o...

Bihar And Uttar Pradesh Must Take Initiative In Population Control

According to an NGO official India’s population stabilization solely rests on the two northern states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh//, which has the highest fertility rates. ..'India's population stabilization is possible if Bihar and Uttar Pradesh take an immediate lead in checking population growth' A.R. Nanda, executive director, Population Foundation of India, said. ..'If high growth states lik...

Filmmaker Prakash Jha To Set Up Ultra-Modern Hospital In Bihar

Filmmaker Prakash Jha has offered to set up an ultra-modern medical college and hospital in his home district of Bettiah in Bihar//. ....Jha said his desire to turn the Mata Janki Kunwar Hospital in Bettiah to a full-fledged medical college and hospital was part of his goal to see Bihar on the development path. ...."I would love to help and ensure better medical facilities to people in the state,...

Bihar Politicians To Initiate AIDS Awareness Drive

In an attempt to increase public awareness about AIDS/HIV in Bihar, which is posing a major threat to millions across the state//, Bihar's politicians have decided to launch an awareness drive. ....Alarmed by the rising numbers of HIV/AIDS cases in the state, politicians, cutting across party line, have decided to join in the campaign. ....Uday Narayan Choudhary, the state assembly speaker said...

Violence Erupts In A Pro-quota Rally In Bihar

Over 35 persons including four photojournalists and some policemen were injured in the violence that erupted between the policemen and pro-quota protesters// on Friday and the subsequent lathi-charge. ....This was the first pro-quota demonstration by students not only in Patna, but in the country too, after the anti-quota protests rocked the nation almost 10 days ago. The students from various m...

Brainstorming session for Bihar legislators on AIDS

Alarmed by the rising cases of HIV positive patients in Bihar, a high profile meeting of members of both the houses of the state legislature and those connected// with AIDS awareness programme has been called to discuss ways and means for a more forceful drive against the dreaded disease, official sources said today. ....Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will inaugurate the day-long brainstorming sessi...

Over Two-dozen Children Succumbs to Encephalitis in Bihar

More than 25 children have died of suspected encephalitis and many affected children have been battling for survival in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district for the past few days //. ....The district administration has sounded a high alert to check the spread of the killer disease. The children reported sudden light fever in the early morning, which was followed by bouts of unconsciousness and convulsio...

Bihar Legislators Join Hands to Fight Against AIDS

Legislators in Bihar have vowed to join hands against HIV/AIDS and are set to discuss the threat it poses and ways to check its spread//. ....Alarmed by the rising numbers of HIV/AIDS cases in the state, members of both houses of the state legislature cutting across party lines are to participate in a conference here Saturday on the disease. ....Uday Narayan Choudhary, the assembly speaker, sai...

Legislative Forum On HIV/AIDS Control In Bihar

Cutting across party lines, Bihar legislators today resolved to constitute a high-level body on the lines of parliamentarians' forum on HIV/AIDS to create awareness among the people of the state on the disease. // ....The resoultion to constitute the body was moved by state RJD President and national spokesman Abdul Bari Sidiqui at a seminar on HIV/AIDS, jointly organised by both the Houses of t...

Ostracized AIDS Patient Commits Suicide in Bihar

Upset with ostracism by family members and villagers, a woman who lost her husband to AIDS and is now diagnosed with the disease //committed suicide in her Bihar home. ....Premila Devi, 40, from Tilaei village in Rohtas district, ended her life by jumping into a well Saturday, just a few months after her husband Sunil Mahto died of AIDS. ...."She was upset by the way her family members as well...

Two-year-old Boy of Bihar Weighs 35 kg

A two-year-old boy in Bihar weighs an unbelievable 35 kg and his worried parents are trying out different doctors to find out the cause. // ....Ayush behaves like any normal child despite his weight, said his father Kanhal Singh, who stays in Muzaffarpur district, 70 km from Patna. ...."He loves to eat and is always demanding food," said Singh. ....Ayush was taken to Apollo Hospital in New De...

Bihar schoolboy dies in fight over front bench

A 12-year-old schoolboy in Bihar lost his life when some students pushed him from the front bench in class and he fell hitting his head// on the floor... ..Qamar Irfan, a Class 5 student of Sarda Convent School in Darbhanga district's Manihas village, died Thursday... ..Police said Qamar was forcibly pushed off the bench by students in a fight over who would sit in the front row... ..According to...

Bihar Districts Affected by Black Fever

Twenty-eight of Bihar's 32 districts are infected with kala azar, the deadly black fever, as poverty, unhygienic lifestyle and government apathy make the disease endemic to the region. // ....Experts running kala azar research centres in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and working to develop affordable drugs said the entire Gangetic plains of the state are infected with ka...

New polio cases detected in Bihar

The battle against polio is far from over in Bihar with the detection of new cases in those districts that are not covered in the June-July immunisation drive this year//. ....Eight districts of Magadh and Patna divisions were not covered under the drive.Two new polio cases were detected in Jehanand, while one each came up in Arwal and Nawada districts. Patna district has also four new cases of p...

Migrant Bihar Labourers Bring Dengue Home

Migrant Bihari labourers coming home for the festive season comprise most of the dengue cases in Bihar, where 12 people have been afflicted with the mosquito-borne virus so far.// ....State health officials say this could heighten the threat of dengue in the state. ....Most of the suspected dengue cases reported are of migrant labourers who arrived from dengue-hit places like Delhi, Rajasthan,...

Bihar to get eight new private medical colleges

Eight new private medical colleges are set to open in Bihar as two US and six Indian firms have submitted proposals to invest in the health sector.// ...."The Bihar State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) has approved the proposals for eight new medical colleges in the private sector," said a state official on condition of anonymity. ...."This heralds the beginning of big private investments in...

Bihar family to spend Rs.43,000 on rabies vaccines

After having lost two of their cows to rabies, a farmer's extended family in Bihar has to now get themselves vaccinated against the disease for a whopping// Rs.43,000, as they had drunk the milk of the infected cows. ....Two cows of Rajkishore Prasad Singh, a farmer in Dakhin Tola in Purnea district, were bitten by a rabid dog last month and died of rabies within two weeks, according to local me...

12 Kids In Bihar Die Due To A Mysterious Disease

A mysterious disease showing symptoms of high fever and bodyache has killed 12 children in Bihar in the last two days. // ..According to official sources, 12 children died in two or three villages in Sikta block in West Champaran district due to the disease commonly referred as 'khasra' by local people. ....Over a dozen children were suffering from the same disease in the villages. ...."The f...

Kalaazar sweeping through Bihar, 93 dead

Kalaazar, a deadly parasitic disease transmitted by the tiny sand fly, has affected an estimated 25,000 people, mostly poor, and claimed 93 lives// so far in Bihar. The disease has got 31 of the state's 38 districts in its grip. ....Known as the poor man's disease because it affects the poorest of the poor, the disease has affected the little son of Kameshar Manjhi, a poor Dalit labourer in Patn...

Battle Against Polio Far from Over in Bihar

Patna: The battle against polio is far from over in Bihar, which recorded 51 new cases in 2006.// ...."The situation is not good. New polio cases surfaced in the state even though millions were spent on a series of immunization drives," said a health official. ....Unofficial sources put the figure of polio cases at over 60. ....In December alone, around six new cases of the viral were detected...

Bihar to Wipe Out Kalaazar by 2010

The Bihar government targets to turn the state free of kalaazar, a fly-borne fatal parasitic disease that has killed hundreds, by 2010.// ....The government has formed a special task force, to be headed by former central health minister C.P. Thakur, to battle the disease. ....Kalaazar has spread to 31 of the state's 38 districts and affected an estimated 24,000 mostly poor people, government so...

British Doctor of Indian Origin Saves Bihar Woman's Life

Patna: A botched up family planning operation would have claimed one more woman's life in Bihar if a visiting British doctor of Indian origin// wasn't there to perform a lifesaving surgery. ....London-based doctor Ashok Vardhan's visit to Purnea district, 300 km from here, was a boon for Vijayanti Devi, who was comatose after a portion of her large intestine was cut out by mistake during a routi...

Seven Polio Cases Detected in Bihar

Patna: The battle against polio is far from over in Bihar with seven new cases detected this year - an alarming jump in the infectious disease// in a state that has vowed to eradicate it by 2007-end. ......'It is sad to admit that seven new polio cases surfaced in the state till the first week of February, despite the immunisation drive,' officials in the health department said. ......Of the se...

Harbinger of Hope for Kala Azar Victims of Bihar

Patna: Landless labourers of a Bihar village affected by Kala Azar, will soon have a decent house, thanks to the government's plan// to check the spread of the deadly disease. ....Dream of a pucca house made of brick and mortar is all set to become a reality for these landless labourers of Naubatpur village near Patna, affected badly by Kala Azar, a parasitic disease transmitted by the tiny sand...

Doctors Strike Paralysed Health Services in Bihar

Health services have been paralysed in a Bihar district as hundreds of doctors went on a strike to protest the failure of the police in rescuing two abducted school students who are close relatives of a medical practitioner. ......Doctors in Begusarai district, about 125 km from the state capital, went on a two-day strike Thursday to protest the failure of the police in rescuing Saurav, 12 and...

Bihar Under the Grip of Kala Azar

Thousands are dying in Bihar due to kala azar, a deadly parasitic disease transmitted by the tiny sand fly. And a former minister says he knows how to battle the scourge. ......According to C.P. Thakur, a former central minister and chairman of the Kala Azar Task Force in Bihar, over 100,000 people, mostly the poor, are suffering from this disease and thousands have already died this year. .....

Ostracized HIV Victim of Bihar Commits Suicide

A HIV positive man hailing from a Bihar village, who was socially ostracized, committed suicide by setting himself on fire. ......The man, whose name is not known, was the only bread earner and immolated himself two days ago in a village in Jamui district, about 150 km from here. The immediate provocation for the drastic act was reportedly a quack, who said his days were numbered. ......"He po...
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