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Indian Prime Minister has successful Knee Replacement Surgery

Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, the Prime Minister of India has successfully undergone left knee joint replacement by Dr. Chittaranjan Ranawat at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. "The operation, which started at around 10 a.m., was completed by 11.15 a.m. and went on very well, to my satisfaction," Dr. Ranawat said at a press briefing. ``He (Mr. Vajpayee) was awake and comfortable throughout the op...

Improved height from administration of growth hormones

Research shows that it is possible to increase the heights of children who suffer// from the deficiency of growth hormone by new improved dosages of the growth hormones. ....The researchers of University of California, Los Angels, US, have suggested that the administration of the growth hormone GH-dependent hormone based on the serum levels of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) can affect the g...

Prime Minister Manmohan Against Incentive-Based Population Control

New Delhi, July 23 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said that government// policy was against incentive-based population control measures and coercion of any control to achieve it would not be acceptable. ....Chairing the first meeting of the reconstituted National Commission on Population here, Manmohan Singh called for a three-pronged strategy focusing on the welfare of women and children, i...

‘No Epidemic Risk in Mumbai’ Assures Health Ministe

August 1, 2005 (New Delhi): The Union Health Minister of India, Mr.A.Ramadoss has ruled out the possibility of an epidemic in Mumbai. ...."There is no epidemic alert as of now," said the Health Minister categorically. This is despite the fact that the floodwaters are yet to recede in many parts// of the city and rain continues to cause misery to the people. ....Ramdoss says that the state hea...

Prime Minister Declares War on AIDS

Red Fort, New Delhi. Aug 15. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh now has declared that AIDS had to be fought on ‘war footing’ as it was becoming a "major national problem"//. .. ..Singh made this announcement from the Red Fort on India’s 59th independence day. He took encouragement from the fact that the country had been able to control and wipe out many diseases since independence in 1947. ...."Lepros...

Indian Health Ministry approves sale of Emergency contraceptives as over the counter drug

Emergency contraceptives will be available in pharmacies as over the counter drug with out medical prescription in India, which will enable women to avoid unnecessary pregnancy. The decision was announced// by the Indian Health minister Anbumani Ramadoss, on informing the governments decision the minister said, "The step has been taken to enable women to avoid pregnancy in such situations as unpr...

Medical Curriculum in India to change says Health Minister

Union Health Minister in India proposes to change the curriculum for medicine by integrating modern and traditional practices and hopes to implement it within two years... .."Today's medical curriculum is outdated. We are working // towards integration of both the modern and traditional practices in the new curriculum. It is expected to come out within two years time," said health minister, Rama...

Health Minister fires another salvo at MCI

Kasauli (HP), Sept 27: Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss today fired another salvo at Medical Council of India – The apex medical body of the country. He said: "influence of mafias over such a regulatory body was // a matter of grave concern." .. ..The MCI is an autonomous body and the government has no say in its functioning. What irks the minister is lack of transparency in its functioni...

Indian Prime Minister undergoes Minor Surgery in AIIMS

Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India underwent a Minor Surgical Procedure yesterday in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The procedure was done to ease the pressure on a nerve in the right wrist//. After successfully completing the operations the right hand was bandaged. ..The doctors has advised the Prime Minister to take some rest and the right hand will be functioning as...

Indian Health Minister interested to import bird flu vaccine

Following high level meeting between Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss// on measures to be taken for facing a bird flu epidemic in India, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss Tuesday said India would import the Tamiflu vaccine to prevent bird flu in the country. Following earlier directions from WHO to India to step up necessary precautionary measur...

Bulgaria Agriculture Minister ban import of poultry from Macedonia and Croatia

Deputy Agriculture Minister Dimitar Peychev said that Bulgaria is to ban the imports of live birds, eggs and poultry meat from Macedonia and Croatia after both countries reported suspected bird flu outbreaks. The first case of bird flu in Europe has been reported from farm// in Balikesir province near the Aegean Sea in Western Turkey. Following the news of bird flu all farm animals and birds are...

India Has No Case Of Avian Flu Says Health Minister

Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss reassured the nation that at present there was no threat of avian flu// in the country. He also admitted that India lacked the drug Tamiflu to battle the disease. ..'We have been reviewing the situation over the last 15 months every fortnight and there are no cases of bird flu in the country,' Ramadoss said. ..'There is no case of human to human transmission o...

Indian Minister wanted Media to Propaganda HIV/AIDS awareness

Mr. S. Jaipal Reddy Union Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Culture, India has asked the Indian Media to increase awareness to public regarding the prevention and treatment of HIV infections. // He said that the awareness should have intense social relevance. The media could play an important role in spreading the message of AIDS awareness by using the different broadcasting tools such as...

Health Conclave to be opened by minister

A national conclave will be opened by India’s Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on 29 November 2005.// The conclave will review the progress made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for health. ..The conclave is expected to make recommendations and suggestions, and lay down an agenda for achieving the goals, according to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) sources. .....

Minister Defends Hike in AIIMS Treatment Charges

Health Minister of India Anbumoni Ramdoss justified the increase in the fees for lab tests and treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences //(AIIMS), saying that this was necessary to maintain the quality of the services. This is incidentally the first time that a hike is taking place at the institution since 1995. The budget of the AIIMS is at Rs. 420 crores while the revenue genera...

Patna To Receive Better Health Care Facility Informs Health Minister

The Health minister Mr. Chandra Mohan Rai spoke to the press about improvising the health care facilities at Patna in the near future. He said that the city needs more hospitals with ICUs// and ambulance facilities 24-hour health care services, which are easily accessible by the public. .. ..He put forth the idea about giving certain sectors in the health care department to the private authorit...

Scottish Health Minister Launches Organ Donor Plan

Scottish Health Minister, Andy Kerr has urged to increase awareness of organ donation among his country people as it could save lot of human loss dying // due to organ failure and non-availability of organ donors. Organ failure of heart and liver causes heavy human loss of young people and their lives depend on organ transplantation. The Ministry is popularizing the usage of Donor cards and regi...

Notice issued against health minister and four others

The Kerala Health Minister was issued notice after a complaint that said he took huge amounts of money in exchange for arranging transfers // and appointments for medical and Para medical staffs at Kannur and Wayanad. ..Lok Ayukta Justice K Sreedharan and Upa Lok Ayukta N Krishnan Nair issued the notice on Wednesday against K.K. Ramachandran and four others. ..Kerala Government Medical Office...

Vietnam administers Bird flu vaccination to all birds

Vietnam has told the press that it has completed the vaccination for all the poultry across the nation. It has reported that 242 million // poultry were vaccinated across Vietnam. .. According to the department of Animal Health, which comes under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. ..Some of the birds were given a single dose of vaccination whereas others received a booster dose...

Chinese Health Minister has asked to reduce Medical cost

Chinese Health Minister Gao Qiang at the National Health Conference has urged the health care industry to concentrate more on providing service to the poor and needy instead of spending lot of funds on hospital // infrastructure and expansion. He has urged the hospital authorities not to be partial in offering health care to the rich. He has said that the Government would be freezing funds for ho...

Minister claims China's Epidemic Control System Improved

Chinese Minister of Health Gao Qiang said China has improved its capability to handle epidemic emergencies, both treatment and prevention. // ..The SARS epidemic in 2003 exposed the flaws in China's epidemic disease prevention and control system. The government took comprehensive steps to address them, he said. ..After 27 billion yuan ($3.3 billion) of investment, by the end of 2005, the goal of...

Minister Told To Rid State Of Mosquitoes

Ashwani Kumar Choubey, the Urban Development Minister of the Indian State of Bihar has been given the task of vanquishing mosquitoes in the state. Nitish Kumar, the State’s Chief Minister is reported to have given him //the task which will start from the city of Patna. ....Sources close to Nitish Kumar said his prime concern was to improve the law and order situation in the state, but eliminati...

GPs In Wales Support Minister on Prescribing Issue

The Welsh GPs have come out in support of the Health Minister on the prescription issue. Under this nurses and pharmacists are// eligible to prescribe in Wales. The move has been widely criticized, but the BMA's GP committee endorsed this suggestion. .."GPC Wales welcomes the statement of the Health Minister on the introduction of nurse and pharmacist prescribing in Wales. Doctors are highly t...

Woman Tests Negative For Japanese Encephalitis: Health Minister

Blood tests of a Malaysian woman have turned out to be negative for the presence of Japanese Encephalitis virus, // according to a statement issued by the health minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek. The Malaysian health officials are closely monitoring the situation, however. ....The victim, Norhayati Awang is currently being treated at the High Dependency Ward at Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II. A...

Nerve Damage Can Be Prevented By Xenon Administration During Surgery

Brain damage, a potential post-operative complication following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) could be prevented by provision of xenon gas, a new study has found. // The results of this first successful clinical trial can be found in Anesthesiology journal. ....The researchers successfully administered xenon gas safely to a group of 12 patients undergoing CABG. This revolutionary techn...

French Minister To Visit La Reunion Island To Monitor Chikungunya Epidemic

Chikungunya epidemic, a mosquito-borne disease for which there is no known cure or vaccine has claimed the lives of nearly 77 French inhabitants of La Reunion Island // on Indian Ocean. As Nearly 1 in 6 inhabitants are affected in the island, announced Xavier Bertrand, French Health Minister. ..More than 130, 000 people on the island have been affected. The 77 mortalities could be related direct...

Health Minister Promises Strict Quality Control On Herbal Medicines

Herbal drug manufacturers will be responsible for the validation of 10 heavy metals found in the traditional herbal drugs and any deviation from the norms will be an offence according to the Union Health Minister.// .. ..The traditional medicine market will be worth $5 trillion in 40 years, Ramadoss said at the opening of a three-day fair of traditional systems 'Arogya 2006' at the Chennai trad...

Mexico Ministry: No Bird Flu Infection Across US Border

Ministers belonging to the Mexico’s agricultural ministry have denied the presence of any bird flu infection across the U.S. border//. 'We are free of highly-pathogenic bird flu,' said Jose Angel del Valle, the ministry's animal health director. ....Rumors regarding bird flu infection were raised in the U.S. commodities markets, leading to a reduction in the grain prices. A Brazilian web site ha...

‘Drug Resistant TB’ Rattles the Union Ministy

The lurking danger of drug resistance TB is becoming apparent to the Government Health officials, albeit for the first time. The Union Ministry is now pulling up// its socks and gearing up to take stock of multi-drug resistant MDR-TB. ....DOTS Plus, or directly observed treatment, short-course, a public health initiative , developed by the World Health Organization and its partners, is likely to...

Elephantiasis Is Eliminated In Egypt Due To Mass Drug Administration

Egypt was in the clutches of elephantiasis or lymphatic filariasis (LF) as it is officially called by the medicos for a long time//. An autopsy on the 3,000-year-old mummified body of Natsef-Amun, an Egyptian priest during the time of Ramses XI, revealed the presence of filarial worms. It is one of the world's most disfiguring diseases. This condition is caused by a microscopic parasitic worm spr...

Health Minister Promises New Benchmark for Wait Times

Federal Health Minister Tony Clement assured patients frustrated by long waiting lists. He said that they can take their health care providers to the court for not meeting its benchmarks. // He guaranteed that one can open the door to legal action if the promise was not met by the health care provider. .. By this the framework in place is maintained and a patient can demand if he is not getting...

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Flags Off Public Health Foundation of India

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced the set-up of a public Health foundation of India, which will remedy the imbalances in the provision of health care services in the country. // This will be a public-private initiative that will redress the inequalities in financial management of resources and help in the efficient distribution of specializations in health care services. ....The Public...

Healthcare Worker Arrested For Administering Noxious Substances

A 45-year old woman was arrested on suspicion of administering noxious substance to the patient in the hospital. The woman is working at the Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge// and was thought to give lethal doses of drugs to the patient. .. Hence she was arrested by the Cambridgeshire police. The woman is a member of medical staff but not a qualified nurse. She was arrested at the hospital pr...

Minister Suspends 13 Officials For Pulse Polio Laxity

Family Welfare Minister Ahmad Hasan has suspended 13 officials including deputy CMO of Moradabad due to laxity in implementing the Pulse Polio drive.// The minister took this step against the employees of the Health department in Western UP after it emerged that despite conducting the program on a massive scale 12 children had been found affected by the polio virus. ..In due course of investig...

Hospitals In U.K To Outsource Administrative Work To India

Hospitals in UK that are heavily strapped for cash are planning on letting go of staff and outsourcing the administrative work to India. // ....New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, a hospital in such a crisis which has axed 300 jobs and is moving its admin work to India hoping to save about £2.5 million a year. The management hope that with this move they would halve their annual £5 million medi...

No Bird Flu Outbreak In Ivory Coast: Health Minister

Alphonse Doutay, Minister of Livestocks and Marine Resources has dismissed the possibility of bird flu outbreak in Ivory Coast //. He further stated that the death of chickens in the Bondoukou region were not due to infection with the H5N1 virus. ..The exact cause of the death is still unknown. It has however been confirmed through tests conducted by Bingerville laboratory near Abidjan that the...

Gujarat Minister's Motorbike Campaign Against Female Foeticide

As part of a campaign against female foeticide, Gujarat's Urban Development Minister I.K. Jadeja will lead a rally of motorcyclists in his constituency from Thursday. // ....Citizens, NGOs, religious leaders and other ministers will join Jadeja in his campaign, the "Matru Vandana Yatra", which is expected to continue till May 7 and cover 85 towns and villages in Dhrangdhra constituency in Surend...

Minister Of State For Industry Urges Corporate Sectors To Help India's Disabled Population

The Minister of state for Industry Ashwini Kumar speaking at a national workshop on 'Disability: Mainstreaming the Marginalised', // today urged the corporate sector in India to draw up a framework so to provide a better job opportunities to disabled people. It is only then can the physically challenged be helped to be brought into the mainstream, said Minister. .. The government's commitment t...

Minister of State For Industry Urges Corporate Sectors to help India’s Disabled Populatio

Industry Minister Urges Corporate Sectors To Help India’s Disabled Population.// ..The Minister of state for Industry Ashwini Kumar speaking at a national workshop on 'Disability: Mainstreaming the Marginalized', today urged the corporate sector in India to draw up a framework so to provide better job opportunities to the disabled people. The minister stated - only then can the physically chal...

Ontario minister seconds patient-pay plan for expensive cancer drugs

The idea of permitting hospitals to effect a charge on cancer patients for powerful, intravenous medications, not sponsored by the public health-care //system, is being seriously considered by Ontario's Health Minister. ....George Smitherman said "There's no final decision yet. We've done some due diligence and obviously we're closer to having a policy. And in my heart, I believe it's the right t...
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