Nipah virus: Kerala withdraws travel advisory

The Kerala government has lifted the travel advisory it had issued in the wake of the outbreak of deadly Nipah virus last month, that has claimed 17 lives so far. Health secretary Rajeev Sadanandan said in a statement here that it was now safe to travel to any part of the state

Nipah virus: Kerala withdraws travel advisoryKerala government has withdrawn travel advisory that it had issued on May 22 and 25 in view of Nipah virus. The travel advisory had asked people to avoid the districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur. This has now been retracted. Additional Chief Secretary of State Health and Family Welfare Department, Rajeev Sadanandan, issued a […]

Nipah virus: Telangana sends blood samples of two patients to National Institute of Virology  

In Kerala, the Nipah virus has so far claimed 11 lives and the state government has stepped up efforts to contain the outbreak

Nipah virus: Telangana sends blood samples of two patients to National Institute of Virology  Today, the Telangana government sent blood samples and throat swabs of two patients suffering from fever to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for testing as a precautionary measure to confirm whether it is a Nipah virus infection. Ramesh Reddy, Director of Medical Education stated that one of the patient had gone on a trip […]

Maharashtra govt takes proactive measures to tackle Nipah virus

The state government has taken proactive measures to tackle with the threat of Nipah virus which has claimed the lives of 10 people in Kerala. Isolation wards have been set-up in civil hospital and doctors, nurses have been advised to wear protective gear. Samples will be sent for testing to the National Institute of Virology, if a patient shows symptoms of Nipah virus

Maharashtra govt takes proactive measures to tackle Nipah virusThe state government has directed all civic hospitals in Mumbai to create isolation. Doctors and the nursing staff have been advised to wear hand gloves and protective gears when treating the patients.  A special Swine-flu ward in Mumbai’s Kasturbha hospital will be used to treat the suspects with Nipah virus Maharashtra government has issued a […]

J P Nadda assures support to Kerala government to manage Nipah virus outbreak

The Nipah virus or NiV infection has symptoms like breathing trouble, inflammation of the brain, fever, headache, drowsiness, disorientation and delirium. A patient can slip into coma within 48 hours. There is no vaccine for the virus yet, says WHO. The main treatment for those infected is ‘intensive supportive care,’ says the UN health body

J P Nadda assures support to Kerala government to manage Nipah virus outbreakIn view of the rising number of cases and reported deaths due to Nipah Virus in Kozhikode, Kerala, J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare has assured all support to the Kerala Government and has directed a multi-disciplinary central team from National Centre for Disease Control to immediately visit the district, and […]

Nurse assaulted in Kerala, 400 doctors and their staffs go on strike

Assaulting medical practitioners by the common man is an ugly leitmotif in India these days. In a fresh case, a nurse in Kerala was assaulted on Thursday, while she was to vaccinate children from the GLP School in Edavur under the government scheme

Nurse assaulted in Kerala, 400 doctors and their staffs go on strikeAround 11 am on Thursday morning, as Shyamala Bhai, a nurse entered the GLP School in Mallapuram district in Edavur, Kerala; she noticed the usual hue and cry from people outside. It didn’t seem like a very surprising sight at first because that was always the case with vaccination programmes in the state. Vaccination programmes […]

Shocking: Kerala doctors live shorter than lay man

Doctors’ life is often considered to be healthy, mainly because they know the importance of a healthy lifestyle. But according to a study released by Indian Medical Association (IMA) in Kerala on November 20, revealed the unbelievable facts

Shocking: Kerala doctors live shorter than lay manDoctors serve souls for their healthy being. Going by logic, doctors aren’t supposed to fall sick. But, contrary to this belief, an insightful study by the IMA in Kerala has found that doctors in Kerala have a shorter life span, compared to layman, due to unhealthy lifestyle and stressful working conditions. The study enumerates largely […]

India: The burden of non-communicable diseases is increasing, says study

The India State-level Disease Burden Initiative, a collaboration between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, along with experts and stakeholders associated with over 100 Indian institutions, released the first comprehensive set of state-level disease burden, risk factors estimates and trends for each state in India

India: The burden of non-communicable diseases is increasing, says studyThe report on the India State Level Disease Burden was released at the event describing the findings in detail, along with the technical paper published in the journal Lancet and an open-access interactive visualisation tool that allows understanding of the trends in a simple way. Under-5 mortality rate is improving in every state but this rate has […]

First of its kind upper-arm double hand-transplant performed at Kochi hospital

 The recipient is a young engineering student studying at Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka who lost both her hands in a road mishap last year near Honnavar, about 80 kms from Manipal. Upper-arm transplants are very challenging. Only nine such cases exist in the world

First of its kind upper-arm double hand-transplant performed at Kochi hospitalThe Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital) at Kochi has conducted India’s – and Asia’s – first upper-arm double hand-transplant on Shreya Siddanagowda, a 19-year-old chemical engineering student of Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka, who lost both her hands in a road mishap last year. The donor was 20-year-old Sachin, a B.Com final […]

In a first for India, a medical college in Kerala offers free medical aid to transgenders

In a first, a medical college in Kerala, namely Kottayam Medical College has started this initiative of offering free medical services for the transgender on the first Tuesday of every month. The initiative, began in May this year, and is a college approach that will, if proved successful, encourage other medical colleges in the state to do the same

In a first for India, a medical college in Kerala offers free medical aid to transgendersDirty looks, judgmental opinions, disgusting giggles and snide remarks are all a part of visiting any doctor for most transgender people in the country. In a first, a medical college in Kerala- Kottayam Medical College has started this initiative of offering free medical services for the transgenders on the first Tuesday of every month. Adithi, […]

Maharashtra soon to get its own antibiotic policy

The government appointed six-member committee will finalise and submit the first draft of the policy. Doctors feel that it was long overdue. According to doctors, the rising antibiotic resistance had affected treatment of community acquired pneumonia, urinary tract infections and typhoid the most. The doctors’ welcome state’s decision to have an antibiotic policy in place

Maharashtra soon to get its own antibiotic policyMoving forward in order to get its own antibiotic policy the Maharashtra state government appointed six-member committee will finalise and submit the first draft of the policy. The committee will submit the first draft of the policy two weeks’ time. Maharashtra will become the second state in India, after Kerala, to get an antibiotic policy in […]