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IMA Chandigarh’s advisory on Nipah virus: Do not panic, take precautions 26.5.2018 Chandigarh – The Indian Express
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15 injured in LPG blast at East Delhi 26.5.2018 Metros | The Asian Age
Later, some people in the neighbourhood rushed in to save the inmates.
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J-K: Body of man with throat slit recovered in Bandipora 26.5.2018 India – The Indian Express
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Gurgaon gets two drones to keep track of Aravallis 26.5.2018 Delhi – The Indian Express
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47,000 free surgeries, tests availed in Delhi since last year, says Satyendar Jain 26.5.2018 Delhi – The Indian Express
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Nipah alert sounded 26.5.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23

While the Heath Department has sounded an alert in all hospitals across the city following an outbreak of the Nipah virus, Prof Ranjana W Minz, Head of the Department, Immunopathology, PGI, said the virus could be detected at the institute, but they required kits for that.

“We just require testing kits, otherwise we have all the requisite arrangements to conduct tests here,” said Professor Minz.

PGI experts have advised residents to postpone their trip to Kerala and to quarantine people visiting the city from affected areas in Kerala.

At present, the tests are done at the National Institute of Virology in Pune and at other virology centres in Delhi and Bengaluru.

The virus has broken out in Kozhikode in Kerala and has a 70 per cent mortality rate. The natural hosts of the virus are fruit bats. Even human-to-human infection has been documented.

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Heat wave: Health Dept issues advisory 26.5.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 24

The Health Department has issued a health advisory following an increase in temperature in Patiala. To minimize the impact of heat wave and to prevent serious ailment or death because of heat stroke, Civil Surgeon Harish Malhotra released the poster regarding heat wave illness. The maximum temperature was recorded at 45°C in Patiala and it could touch 48°C in the coming days.

Civil Surgeon said that such rise in temperature could lead to heat waves illness which results in physiological strain and death. He advised people to avoid going out in the sun.

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Stay hydrated, avoid protein-rich food, residents advised 26.5.2018 The Tribune
Chandigarh, May 24 The heat wave has started taking a toll on city residents as patients complaining of giddiness and high fever continue to visit the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16. Nearly 12 patients were rushed to the hospital emergency on Thursday afternoon with complaints of giddiness. “Fortunately, we have not treated anyone who fainted due to heatstroke,” stated the doctor at the emergency. The Health Department circulated guidelines regarding preliminary treatment among doctors and nurses. Director (Health Services) Dr G Dewan suggested that people should keep themselves hydrated and drink water at regular intervals. “In case of heat-related cramps, sponge should be applied on the affected part and the person should be kept at a cool place,” said Dewan. The department has also advised the residents to remain indoors, advising them to take water, butter milk, ORS and lemonade at regular intervals. The department has also advised them to take a bath at regular ...
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Woman found dead 26.5.2018 The Tribune
Panchkula: The Panchkula police found the body of a woman on the Panchkula-Shimla National Highway. As the body was in a decomposed condition, the police could not identify it. The police said the woman must have been around 26-30 years. The woman seemed to have been murdered. The police found a pair of sleepers and two pieces of cloth close to the body. The woman was wearing a red suit. The police have kept the body at the mortuary of the Kalka Community Health Centre (CHC). TNS Hit by bus, biker dies Morinda: A biker died when a bus hit him on the Ludhiana road here on Thursday. The bus, after hitting the bike, overturned, resulting in minor injuries to three passengers. According to eyewitnesses, the bus was coming from the Ludhiana side. It tried to overtake another bus and hit the motorcyclist coming from the opposite side. The victim has been identified as Karamjit Singh (60), a resident of Maanpur village. Following this, the bus overturned and passengers Ramesh, Maya and Ram Lal were injured. ...
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MR vaccination drive: Health Dept may extend deadline 26.5.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Patiala, May 25 The Patiala Health Department is likely to extend the deadline for the ambitious Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination drive as the initiative did not got the expected results in the district where an ‘anti-vaccination campaign’ was reportedly underway. Only six days are left to meet the deadline as the month-long campaign will conclude on May 31. However, the Civil Surgeon said: “Patiala is among the top districts in the state. With over 62 per cent coverage of the target, the Health Department has achieved a great success.” The district Civil Surgeon, Harish Malhotra, told The Tribune that the Health Department was ready to extend the deadline of the drive, if necessary, but would take a final call only after examining the latest district figures in this regard. Though the department is targeting 4,91,000 children, belonging to the age group of 9 months to 15 years under the initiative, only around 3 lakh children (62 per cent) could be  covered across the district until ...
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Senator writes to VC against extension to Chief Medical Officer 26.5.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 25 Senator Dr Rabinder Nath Sharma has written to PU VC Arun Kumar Grover against granting extension to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the PU health centre Dr Devinder Dhawan. The Syndicate had approved for his extension on April 29 while the matter is listed again before the Senate on May 27. Dr Sharma said Dr Pragya Kumar, predecessor of Dr Dhawan, was denied the extension along with administrative powers by the Syndicate and the Senate in spite of the recommendation of the VC. He said in regulation 17.4 PU Calendar Volume-1, it had been mentioned, “A whole-time Medical Officer of the university shall retire on reaching the age of 60 years provided that extension may be granted for a period up to two years in special cases, on the VC’s recommendation.” He said on the basis of this regulation, only medical officers are entitled for this extension. "Moreover, if the CMO wants to get extension, he may serve the health centre without administrative powers as the ...
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MR vaccination: Seminars to be held across state 26.5.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 25 The Punjab Students Union will hold three seminars on the issue of the MR vaccination drive and the questions being raised against it in the state. Seminars will be held in Punjabi University Patiala on May 27, at Faridkot on June 9 and at the local Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall on June 10. The seminars shall be addressed by Resident Doctors Association, AIIMS, New Delhi president Harjit Singh Bhatti, former president Dr Vijay Kumar, retired SMO Amar Singh Azad (MD community medicine and paediatrics), centre for social medicine and Community health department, JNU head, Dr Vikas Vajpayee and D Pritpal. On the occasion, PSU state president Rajinder Singh said regarding the MR vaccination, rather than answering the scientific questions raised by Dr Amar Singh Azad, the campaign was being implemented even more strictly in the state. State general secretary Pradeep Kasba and press secretary Mangaljit Singh Pandori said the government’s thrust on health was a mere farce, ...
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Health Dept goes whole hog for awareness 26.5.2018 The Tribune

Amritsar, May 25

The Health Department has stepped up efforts to encourage the parents to get their children vaccinated under the ongoing measles-rubella (MR) campaign.

The department has decided to distribute pamphlets highlighting the benefits of the immunisation throughout the district.

Civil surgeon Dr Hardeep Singh Ghai said pamphlets will be printed in Punjabi and English. He said that the department has also roped in prominent personalities to motivate the parents. “The campaign has already ended in 15 states. The people need to know that every year around 49,000 kids die just because of measles. Nearly 30,000 children are born with various disabilities due to rubella annually, ” he said. — TNS

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Activist for NGT’s intervention to check untreated effluents in Ganda Nullah 26.5.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 25 After the Beas incident, wherein fish in large numbers were found dead, a social activist has written to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to check the textile industrial units on the Batala road and Majitha bypass which “dump” their waste in the Ganda Nullah. Advocate PC Sharma, social activist, said residents of the holy city in various localities on Batala Road and Verka bypass road were at the receiving end amid the discharge of poisonous chemical into the Ganda Nullah. “The textile processors, located at the backside of Escort Hospital, Pandori Waraich Road, in the area release harmful chemicals into the drain, posing a health hazard,” he said. Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) officials are in a deep slumber as they are hand in glove with the industrialists, he alleged. He said that no textile unit had installed effluent treatment plant (ETP). Sharma has urged the NGT to collect samples from the Ganda Nullah and take action against the errants. When ...
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Donald Trump threat rattles Indian exporters of automobile parts 26.5.2018 Latest News
The US accounts for 22% of all export in the category
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‘Goa’s young women hooked on smoking’ 26.5.2018 The Navhind Times
PANAJI: General secretary of the National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication Dr Shekhar Salkar on Friday said that although tobacco use related Fact Sheet 2016-17 for Goa as prepared by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences after conducting a household survey in the state, points at drop in the smoking population in Goa as against rise ...
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Passengers getting unsafe drinking water at bus stand 26.5.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 25 Showing scant regard to the health of thousands of passengers visiting the city bus stand on a daily basis, the PRTC management has been serving them ground water for years. It is pertinent to mention here that Malwa region is known for the presence of uranium and other heavy metals in its ground water. Unaware of the source of water, passengers here have been drinking ground water for over decades now. Despite being well aware of the situation, the PRTC authorities did not bother to install Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant to provide safe water to passengers. According to sources, the PRTC has availed canal water connection, but due to the fact that the bus stand has the lone water tank, the canal water too gets stored in the same tank in which the ground water is stored. Officials of the PRTC city bus stand said they had time and again written letters to the higher authorities to release funds for the construction of another water storage tank so that they could store ...
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Maha cop undergoes sex-change surgery 26.5.2018 The Tribune

Mumbai: Lalita Salve (29), a police constable from Maharashtra’s Beed district, on Friday underwent the first stage of her sex reassignment surgery (SRS) at the state-run St George’s Hospital here. “The first stage of surgery got over successfully. The second stage operation will be conducted after six months,” Dr Rajat Kapoor said. PTI 

WHO prize for VK Paul of NITI Aayog           

New Delhi: NITI Aayog member Dr Vinod Kumar Paul on Friday received the Ihsan Dogramaci Family Health Foundation Prize at the ongoing 71st World Health Assembly of the WHO in Geneva. The award was presented for his ‘outstanding service in the field of family health’. Dr Paul, who hails from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur, has been a faculty member at the AIIMS for over three decades. TNS

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Over 200 take part in MC’s solid waste mgmt session 26.5.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25

To strengthen and improve the waste management capabilities of Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, a one-day capacity building technical workshop of all stakeholders on Waste Management Rules 2016 held at Silver Jubilee Hall, GADVASU, on Friday. The workshop was inaugurated by Ludhiana Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu, MC Commissioner Jaskiran Singh, and senior officials of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB)

The workshop covered various subjects of managing solid waste, plastic waste, bio-medical waste, electronic waste, construction waste and demolition waste in the city according to Waste Management rules 2016 by Union Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.

Over 200 participants including MC’s sanitary inspectors, representatives from various NGOs, hospitals, hotels, labs, industrial associations, waste collectors and others took part in the workshop.

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Government fails to give kits to hospitals for arms licence 26.5.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 25 Although the Punjab Government has made the dope test compulsory for the applicants who want fresh or renewal of arms licence, but the government has forgot to send the testing kits for the same to the Civil Hospitals. Earlier, five tests were being done for conducting the dope tests and kits were also sent to the respective hospitals. But later, the government had made 10 tests compulsory , but the kits are not available. Now, the hospitals are procuring the kits at their own level. The problem does not end here since the kits for detecting codeine are unavailable in the market. So, Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, is conducting only nine tests instead of 10. Now, dope test includes medical examination and basic lab test. Applicants are screened for Morphine, Codeine, D Propoxyphene, Benzodiazepines, 9 Tetra Hydro Cannabinol, Barbiturates, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Buprenorphine and Tramadol. The applicants are also examined for mental and physical fitness and during the ...
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