Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:02 October,2019

Bacteria may be hiding in your household washing machine

A new study reported in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology has suggested that household washing machine can sometimes harbor drug-resistant bacteria. In the study, doctors at a German hospital noticed that newborns in their facility kept testing positive for a drug-resistant bacteria (Klebsiella oxytoca), which was found on their skin without causing an infection. But its presence was still concerning, given that it can cause hospital acquired infection such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections and wound infections, particularly in those with weakened immune systems.

Health care workers and mother's tested negative for the bacteria, so did the babies' incubators. Finally, they traced the source to a particular washing machine.Samples taken from the washer's rubber door seal and detergent compartment tested positive for K. oxytoca. Household washers typically are not permitted for washing patients' clothing at hospitals. But in this case, the washing machine in question was located outside the hospital's central laundry facility, and it was used only for washing mothers' clothes, and caps and socks for the newborns. After the health care staff stopped using this washing machine, there were no further cases K. oxytoca transferred to newborns.

Household washing machines of any type will remove dirt and stains from your clothes, towels and sheets, but they don't sterilize them. Even adding bleach to cold water washes may not do the trick. According to studies, the advised temperature for effectively killing possibly pathogenic bacteria is 140°F (60°C) or higher, which is considered hot water. Between 90°F and 110°F is warm, while water between 60°F and 80°F is considered cold… (CNN, Livescience)

Join Fit India CMAAO-IMA Plogging: Plog 2 km on 2nd October
As part of the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign, launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, to make India free of single use plastic, CMAAO, Indian Medical Association and all its state branches, Heart Care Foundation of India and Padma Awardee Doctors’ Forum are organizing a plogging run on 2nd October on the theme “Plog 2 km on 2nd October, 2019”.

Plogging is a fitness movement, which first started in Sweden around 2016. It slowly picked up and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution.

The word plogging originates from a Swedish term “plocka upp,” which literally means “to pick up”. ....read more

Mahatma Gandhi, an inspiring figure even today
Follow his principles of Satya, Ahimsa, Sarvodaya and Satyagraha

Today is Gandhi Jayanti, the day which marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who was born today in 1869. This year, 2nd October commemorates his 150th Birth Anniversary.

Today is an opportunity to recall the four basic principles taught by Mahatma Gandhi: Satya (truthfulness), ahimsa (non-violence), sarvodaya (welfare of all) and Satyagraha (peaceful protest).

These four principles constitute the Gandhian philosophy. Since they allude to the very basis of dharma, they are still and perhaps even more relevant in this day and age. ....read more

Sewa is the best dharma
Offering help is the best service to the humanity. As per Sikhism, Sewa (unconditional service), Simran (meditation) and Satsang (company of good people) is the trio for acquiring happiness and spiritual health.

In Sikhism, Sewa is the main path for acquiring spiritualism. In Gurudwara, one even offers sewa by cleaning the shoes of others or by cleaning the entry paths to any Gurudwara. ....read more

Healthcare News Monitor

Insurance companies can no longer exclude many illnesses
ET Healthworld-TNN-Rachel Chitra

BENGALURU: In a move that will benefit lakhs of policyholders, insurance companies have been barred from excluding illness associated with hazardous work activity, artificial life maintenance, treatment of mental illness, age-related degeneration and internal congenital diseases. The insurance regulator on Monday said that age-related ailments such as cataract surgery, knee-cap replacements, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s would also have to be covered. Also factory workers, working with harmful chemicals, which impact health over a long-term period, cannot be refused respiratory or skin ailments that arise as a result of workplace conditions. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) has also standardised exclusions—which means if an insurer does not want to cover epilepsy, chronic kidney diseases and HIV/AIDS—there are specific wordings to be used and a specific waiting period (30 days-1 year) after which coverage would begin. These guidelines will greatly benefit policyholders, who disclose pre-existing conditions, as IRDAI has said, “Every health insurance product shall cover all pre-existing diseases disclosed by the persons to be insured immediately after the expiry of the 48 months waiting period or such lower period as stipulated in the product.”

111 hospitals listed on AB-PMJAY website to 'name and shame' them: Vardhan
ET Healthworld- PTI

New Delhi: Over 100 hospitals found involved in corruption and fraud have been listed on the official website of Ayushman Bharat insurance scheme as part of the government's "name and shame" policy, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday. The policy is aimed at creating deterrence among healthcare establishments. Addressing the 'Arogya Manthan', organised on the first anniversary of Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (AB-PMJAY), Vardhan said the government is also planning to adopt a "name and fame" approach to reward hospitals performing well under the scheme. The 'Arogya Manthan' was organised by the the National Health Authority (NHA), the apex body implementing the scheme. "As part of the government's zero-tolerance towards corruption, names of 111 hospitals, which have been de-empanelled after they were found involved in some kind of corruption or fraudulent activity, have been put up on the official website of the AB-PMJAY as a part of our 'name and shame' policy," the minister said.

IMA points out 'loopholes' in Ayushman Bharat Scheme
ET Healthworld - ANI

New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Sunday raised questions over central government's Ayushman Bharat Scheme claiming that there are several "loopholes" in it including the eligibility criteria, package rates, number of disciplines and involvement of insurance companies. Addressing media here, IMA President Santanu Sen said, "Government should take suggestions from real practising doctors, then only they can have the actual idea before fixing up these rates." He stated that the eligibility criteria should be based on the "income of the beneficiaries." "There should be no insurance model. Before fixing up the package rates, before making decisions on a number of disciplines, an organisation like IMA should be taken into confidence," Sen said while adding that if IMA is there onboard, then this project might be successful, otherwise in coming days it might be a "big flop".

New silicosis policy: Patients to get health, security & pension benefits in Rajasthan
ET Healthworld- Sidhartha Dutta

JAIPUR: Under the new silicosis policy, which will be formally launched by chief minister Ashok Gehlot on October 3, those suffering from the disease will be treated on a par with specially abled persons and they will enjoy all the social security benefits under the social justice and empowerment department, including pension and Palanhar. It would also focus on prevention of the disease. The government will launch a new silicosis policy to address health and security concerns of the mining labourers. The cabinet has already approved the new policy. Silicosis is a terminal ailment as there is no treatment for the disease. “Earlier, the government's responsibility was limited to providing grants to silicosis patients. Hence, under the new policy, the role of the government would be to prevent the disease by enforcing a certain kind of work environment at the construction, stone crushing and mining sites. This is a major shift in the emphasis of the government,” said Akhil Arora, principal secretary, social justice and empowerment department. “Prevention will be done through regulation, IEC (Information, Education and Communication), facilitation and capacity building. As a part of regulation, awareness would be created among workers to sprinkle water at the mining sites to prevent suspension of dust particles. This policy will focus on its enforcement and monitoring," he said.