Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:03 December,2019

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of their situation in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

This year, the Day focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as anticipated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’ and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issue, to be considered in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)… (UN)

HCFI Round Table Suggestions for Amendments in Delhi Health Bill

Dear Sir,

Heart Care Foundation of India Round Table on Health and Wellness: Building Consensus on 21st November, 2019 passed the following suggestions for amendments in draft Delhi Health Bill: ....read more

Thane: 10 patients develop health problems post antibiotic injections

Soon after the being given the antibiotic in the form of injections, the patients complained of nausea, giddiness, vomiting and headache, Ambernath Municipal Council president Manisha Walekar said.

Thane: Ten patients, including eight women, developed various health complications after they were administered an antibiotic medicine at a hospital in Thane district of Maharashtra, an official said on Tuesday. ....read more

HCFI Survey - Dr KK Aggarwal

Why do we light a lamp during pooja?


|| Deepajyothi parabrahma
Deepa Jyotir Janaardanah
Deepo harati paapaani
Sandhyaa deepa namostute ||

"I prostrate to the dawn/dusk lamp; whose light is the Knowledge Principle (the Supreme Lord), which removes the darkness of ignorance and by which all can be achieved in life." ....read more

Healthcare News Monitor

Kerala government prepares draft law to address ‘drug abuse’ on film sets
The Indian Express

Kerala Law Minister AK Balan on Sunday announced that Kerala government has prepared a comprehensive draft law to check ‘immoral activities’ including drug abuse on film sets. Balan, who also holds the Culture and Cinema portfolio, made this announcement after a meeting with Kerala Film Producers Association in the light of controversy involving actor Shane Nigam. The Malayalam film industry found itself in trouble following a fallout between Shane and the producers of his upcoming films. The controversy resulted in the Kerala Film Producers Association imposing an indefinite ban on the young actor accusing him of unprofessionalism. Shane chopped his hair short and shaved his beard putting the makers of upcoming films Veyil and Qurbani in a fix. In addition to banning him, the association also asked the actor to pay up to Rs 7 crore to affected producers in damages. Kerala Film Producers Association alleged that Shane Nigam may be acting under the influence of some substance. They also demanded stringent action to control the use of drugs by actors on film sets.

IRDAI’s modified guidelines likely to block growth of Ayush hospitals and industrial units
Pharmabiz India - Peethaambaran Kunnathoor

The Modified Guidelines on Standardization in Health Insurance Business issued by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) on November 26, this year, is likely to block the growth of the Ayush industry and institutions in India, according to manufacturers and practitioners. The regulatory authority has issued the new guidelines to all insurance companies and third party agencies (TPAs) in India. As per the modified guidelines, the insured patients can claim for reimbursement of their treatment expenses only if they take treatments from institutions certified by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) or institutions obtained State Level Certificate under National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS) issued by National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHRC). All the institutions must comply with the requirements within 12 months of notification of the modified guidelines, says the circular issued by IRDAI. According to sources from Ayush sector, the insurance companies will settle the reimbursement claims only to those patients who were admitted and treated either in NABH accredited hospitals or state level accredited institutions. Unlike allopathic health institutions, there are very few number of Ayush hospitals which have obtained NABH accreditation. In certain states, respective governments have launched state level accreditation programs. Institutions which have obtained higher level certificates of such agencies are also eligible to admit patients under the insurance claim scheme. But less than ten hospitals have obtained this accreditation in any state in India.

Students, activists protest at Jantar Mantar against Telangana doctor rape-murder case
India Today- Ashutosh Mishra

The civil society and students came out in numbers at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday to protest against the Telangana doctor rape-murder incident demanding justice for the victim. Several women activists and organisations expressed their anguish and anger against the horrific incident. Left-wing students tried to march to Parliament from Parliament Street, however, heavy security arrangements by the Delhi Police did not allow protesters to cross beyond the area permitted for the protest. Social activist Suhasini Ali led the protest at Parliament Street with many other women organisations. While speaking to India Today TV, Suhasini Ali said, "The government has failed to protect the women and despite the December 16 Nirbhaya case, the crime like rape against women is not being contained. The implementation of stringent laws is the need of the hour." Many woman protesters particularly the college-goers shared their fear. Anu, a Delhi University student protesting against the Telangana incident told India Today TV, "My family remains concerned when I don't reach back home on time. I am scared to travel alone even in a city like Delhi but our government has only made hollow promises to ensure our safety. Nothing has been done on ground for us."
Many protesters held placards saying, "There are cow vigilantes to protect cows but no one to protect women."

Ghaziabad: 'Doctor' tries to kill patient, her mother; strangles puppy
Times Now

The argument over dental treatment complaint turned fatal when the 'doctor' allegedly attacked his patient, her mother and strangled their puppy in Vijay Nagar Nagar area of Ghaziabad on Saturday (November 30). Police have now arrested the accused identified as Yamin Siddqui. The woman said the accused attacked them with a knife following an argument after she complained of improper dental treatment. According to a report in Times of India, the accused runs a dental clinic at Sector 9 of Vijay Nagar in Ghaziabad. The woman said that her teenage daughter was getting tooth treatment at the clinic of the accused, but when her ailment did not cure, she had an argument with the dentist. The woman also alleged that the accused does not hold any valid medical degree and was indulging quackery. According to the victim, her daughter was having tooth treatment at the clinic for the last six months. "Every time my daughter visited the clinic, he demanded money for the treatment. But I found out that he could not cure my daughter's tooth problem and after that, I had a heated argument with the 'dentist'," said the woman. But on Saturday, the accused doctor barged into the victim's house and attacked her with a knife. As the family's puppy tried to intervene and save the woman, the accused threw the canine away and strangled it with his feet.