Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                              Dated:4th August,2019

Health Ministry invites all for a stakeholders’ consultation to contribute to National Digital Health Blueprint report
The Health Ministry is organizing a stakeholder consultation under the chairpersonship of Secretary (HFW) on 06th August 2019 from 10:30 AM at the Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India, Rafi Marg, Behind RBI Bank, Sansad Marg Area, New Delhi for seeking comments/suggestions on the National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB) report.

In order to fulfil the vision of National Health Policy 2017, the Committee constituted by the Health Ministry to create an implementation framework for the National Health Stack (NHS), has come up with the National Digital Health Blueprint after surveying the global best practices in adoption of digital technologies holistically. The report was placed in public domain on 15th July 2019 for public comments... (Press Information Bureau)


Losing the golden hour
What does it say about health care if even celebrities don’t get critical first aid?

Reproduced from: https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/losing-the-golden-hour-timely-healthcare-india-5873843/

Will we get timely healthcare when we need it is a question often asked by people in India. The answer, unfortunately, is no. Cardiac arrest revival needs to be done within four minutes, angioplasty in a heart attack needs to conducted within 90 minutes and a road traffic accident victim needs to be provided on the spot first aid within 10 minutes and the victim’s vital parameters should stabilise in an hour. Advanced ambulance care needs to reach the victim within four minutes. But even in Delhi, a patient cannot get such care.
The right to health and right to timely medical care is a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution. But are we getting timely medical care? The December 16, 2012 rape victim, for example, was transferred from Munirka to Safdarjung Hospital — a distance of 6.2 km allegedly covered in 45 minutes — without any help......read more


Perivascular fat attenuation index is predictive of future cardiac events in patients with chronic skin conditions
(NIH): Treating underlying inflammatory conditions may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

A new study published online in JAMA Cardiology found that anti-inflammatory biologic therapies used to treat moderate to severe psoriasis can significantly reduce coronary inflammation in patients with the chronic skin condition.

The researchers analyzed 134 patients, from an ongoing, prospective cohort study at NIH, the Psoriasis Atherosclerosis Cardiometabolic Initiative cohort, who suffered moderate to severe psoriasis and had not received biologic treatment for at least three months before starting on the study’s therapy. Fifty-two of these patients were treated with topical or light therapies only and served as the control group......read more


The Infinite Powers of the Spirit
Om Poornamadah
"Om Poornamadah Poornamidam
Poornaat Poornamudachyate
Poornasya Poornamaadaaya
Poornameva Avasihyate"

‘The whole is whole; if you take away the whole away from the whole the whole will still remain.’ (That is infinite, this is infinite, from the infinite, the infinite has come out. Having taken the infinite out of the infinite, the infinite alone remains). (In Vedanta, "That" represents superconsciousness, God or the Brahman and "This" the visible universe)......read more


Healthcare News Monitor

Delhi doctors reject Centre’s plea to return to work
Times of India

New Delhi: Hundreds of patients, including those requiring emergency treatment, were turned away by Delhi’s top public hospitals on Friday, the second day of the strike called by resident doctors protesting against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. A 14-year-old girl, who had come to Safdarjung Hospital with chest pain, wasn’t admitted into the emergency ward. “The doctors said my condition was not life-threatening and asked me to come later,” she said … The emergency departments and ICUs at many hospitals were being managed with the help of faculty members, pool officers, other medical and surgical departments, while OPDs, radio-diagnosis and laboratory services were functioning on a “restricted basis”. Routine surgeries were cancelled and only emergency cases were catered to at several facilities. The resident doctors said they will continue with the protests until the government agrees to amend the NMC Bill. Doctors from several associations have expressed reservations over certain provision of the Bill alleging they are “anti-poor, anti-student and undemocratic”. The RDAs of AIIMS, Safdarjung and RML hospitals, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) and United Resident Doctors’ Association (URDA) had boycotted work and held demonstrations on Thursday over the issue. On Friday, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan met the representatives of the resident doctors’ associations and requested them to resume work. “I have explained to them that this historic Bill is in the interest of doctors and patients. I have also addressed the queries they had on certain provisions of the Bill. I told them that there is no reason to strike. Doctors should not renege on their duties towards patients,” he added. FORDA general secretary Sunil Arora said the meeting with the minister was “not satisfactory”. “We demand that our concerns regarding the role of community health providers vis-a-vis trained doctors and National Exit Examination be addressed. Once the Bill goes to the President for assent, we will urge him to send it back to Lok Sabha for effecting the amendments sought by our fraternity. Patient care shouldn’t be given in the hand of quacks,” he added.

OP services hit hard at Gandhi Hospital
The Hans India- Meghna Nath

Secunderabad: About 25% of the out-patients who visited Gandhi Hospital on Friday returned disappointed as the services were not available. The protest by junior doctors against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill for the past three days reached a peak. Except for emergency services, all surgeries too were put on hold. L Shanti, mother of a patient, said that they had been waiting for close to two hours but there was no one to attend to them. "For the past two days, I have been visiting the hospital as my mother is admitted to the gastrological department. No doctors have come to check her. I personally went to the senior doctor's cabin but I did not find anyone. I am clueless as to what to do," said Ramesh, a patient's attender. "My three-month baby is suffering from cold and fever, I am forced to return home," wailed Uma. "We came here from Medchal for my daughter's treatment as she has an infection in kidney and for the past two hours we have been waiting in the ambulance. Nobody, even the ward boy, has come to us. After asking the security over here, I came to know that as the junior doctors are in the strike, there is no doctor available. So now we have no option but to return home," said another Janaki Kumari.

Delhi: Govt to release list of mohalla clinic sites next week
ET Healthworld

New Delhi: Delhi government will declare the list of premises selected for opening of mohalla clinics on a rental basis next week, according to a notice issued by the state nodal officer of aam aadmi mohalla clinics. Recently, the government had issued an advertisement seeking expression of interest from people who want to rent out spaces. Sources said the government is offering up to Rs 20,000 rental for mohalla clinics, the first tier of health services in the state, with a minimum space of two rooms and two toilets spread over 50-60 sqm. “Currently, 195 mohalla clinics are operational. Of this, 97 are running out of rented premises,” said an official. The first mohalla clinic was started by Delhi government in 2015 in Punjabi Basti, a relief camp in Peeragarhi. Later, multiple surveys conducted by authorities identified 1,040 sites for constructing more clinics.

Mumbai : Woman gets Rs 15 lakh payout in 'medical negligence' case
ET Healthworld- PTI

Mumbai: The state consumer commission in Maharashtra has directed a civic-run hospital in Navi Mumbai and a Chembur-based hospital to pay over Rs 15 lakh compensation to a woman whose husband died nine years ago due to "medical negligence". In a recent order, the Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission said while one hospital could not recognise the illness of her husband, the other did not provide proper medical treatment to him. The victim, Datta Sherkhane (40), an employee of BPCL, was treated for malaria instead of myocarditis (a heart ailment) at the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation Hospital in 2010, his wife Swati alleged. She later shifted her husband to Chembur-based Sushrut Hospital, where the woman claimed that there was a delay in treatment, leading to her husband's death. In 2011, the woman moved the Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission seeking compensation on account of "medical negligence" in treatment of her husband.