Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:19 January,2020

Health department to administer pulse polio vaccine to 2.28 lakh children in Kozhikode

The vaccination drive will be conducted through the booths set up at Anganwadis, health sub centres, Family health centres, government hospitals, private hospitals, bus stands, railway stations.

KOZHIKODE: District collector Sambasiva Rao here on Friday said that pulse polio vaccine will be administered to 2,28,768 children up to five years in Kozhikode district during the pulse polio immunization to be held on January 19. He said that steps have already been taken to administer pulse polio vaccine to children of migrant workers....read more

WHO: 13 Global Health Challenges for the New Decade

1.Climate Crisis

2.Delivering Health in Conflict and Crisis

3.Healthcare Equality ....read more

Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha of Medical Profession

The eras of Ram and Krishna represent two different perceptions of life. While Rama taught us the message of truthfulness, Krishna taught us when not to speak the truth and when speaking a lie is justified. The medical profession today cannot survive on the principles of Rama. According to principles of Krishna, a truth which if spoken may cause harm to someone and if not spoken does not cause any harm, may not be spoken. Similarly, a lie, which without harming the community may help a particular person or situation, may be spoken. Doctors come across situations every day in their medical practice, where speaking the truth may be harmful to the patient. Quite often false hopes are given and patients of terminal cancer are not told about their exact nature of illness and the prognosis. There is no way a doctor is going to tell the patient that you are going to die in the next 24 hours even if it is medically true....read more

Health Sutras By Dr K K Aggarwal

Food of plant origin contains no cholesterol.



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Delhi DCA restricts sale of habit forming drugs, limits quantity of stocks in retail & wholesale premises
Pharmabiz India – Peethaambaran Kunnathoor

Aiming to curb the menace of using intoxicated drugs, the department of drugs control administration (DCA) in Delhi has imposed restrictions on stocking, sale and distribution of habit forming drugs in the whole region of NCT of Delhi. If any retail chemist violates the direction in this regard, the licence of the firm will be cancelled. “All the drugs which cause drug addiction among people, especially among the young generation, will be restricted and only their careful sale will be allowed. On dispensing the medicines, the prescriptions should be affixed a “dispensed” stamp over them. And, on the side of wholesalers, they should give only the limited quantity of the habit forming drugs to the retailers”, sources from Delhi DCA informed. The department wants to control pharmaceutical drug abuse in the national capital territory. Both the wholesalers and the retailers have to record how much of these drugs they have purchased and how much sold. All the traders should be careful in selling these drugs, sources added. As part of the new initiative of the department, the drugs coming under Schedule H1 which comprises anti-TB drugs, habit forming drugs (including psychotropic drugs) and a certain anti-biotic drugs will be put under restrictions of the drugs control officials. The retailers will not be allowed to keep huge quantities of codeine or corex syrups or morphine injections or other narcotic items. Wholesalers can stock huge quantities, but they will also be restricted and properly recorded for anytime check up by the officials.

Nagpur: Lawyer moves HC, seeks curbs on medicine prices
ET Healthworld - Vaibhav Ganjapure

Expressing anguish over exorbitant pricing of even generic medicines, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Wednesday asked Centre and state governments to inform on measures to be taken in this regard within two weeks. A division bench comprising Justice Ravi Deshpande and Justice Atul Chandurkar directed the respondents to file an affidavit on action they propose to take against manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and doctors for misuse of provisions of law and depriving public of concession available to the patients in generic drugs. Union and state ministries of chemicals and fertilizers along with National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) have been made respondents in the PIL filed by lawyer Manogya Singh through counsels — M Anilkumar, Rukshar Sheikh and Akansha Wanjari. According to the petitioner, medicines which are manufactured at a very low cost are sold at very high prices due to negligence of authorities in controlling the rates. Thus, the prices remain out of bound for poor people who don’t get those in time leading to casualties in most cases.

Rajasthan SDM asks doctor to vacate his chair, he refuses, she blasts him. Internet is furious
India Today

A video of a Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) arguing with a doctor at a community health centre has surfaced on the internet and is going viral. You might be surprised to know that the heated argument took over a mere chair. The shocking incident took place in Hanumangarh, Rajasthan when Priyanka Talania, the SDM of Pilibanga, went to the district's community health centre for a surprise inspection. She directed the on-duty doctor Narendra Bishnoi to get up from his chair as she wanted to check some documents. The doctor, who was attending the patients at the OPD, politely refused to vacate the chair. He insisted that she could sit on any other chair. His refusal to vacate the chair did not go down well with the SDM and she started shouting on the doctor. The entire event was recorded on camera and the video has been shared on Twitter by Dr. Manish Kumar. "She is SDM. Went for sudden inspection of CHC. Asked duty in-charge to vacate his seat which he politely and strictly refused. And she went berserk," he wrote in the caption.

Poor infra, manpower affect Oral healthcare in Valley
Daily Excelsior-Irfan Tramboo

As the Government has failed to up-grade manpower and the infrastructure linked to the Oral health in Jammu and Kashmir, the number of unemployed dental surgeons are surging beyond numbers with oral health taking a hit. “The patient influx in oral health care has witnessed a manifold increase but human resources and infrastructure have not been developed as per the need”, an official of Health department said. He said that there has been no post creation in the speciality of oral health vis-à-vis dental surgeons for last more than 10 years and a recent proposal submitted to the department is pending with the Government. Official sources told Excelsior that the number of Dental Surgeons for a 300, 200 and 100 bedded District Hospitals, 50-100 bedded Sub District Hospital and Primary Health Center is only 2 but as per guidelines it should be 5. “The patient load and the range of Oral health services provided at these hospitals are multi-pronged and varied,” source said. The officials said that the increase in patients in OPDs at District Hospitals and Sub District Hospitals has become challenging with the limited human resource. “It is not possible for the Dental Surgeons, who are 2 at District Hospital and one at Sub District Hospital to manage both OPD and surgical and conservative procedures there by leading in devaluing of ideal oral health care services,” the officials said. With the non-availability of the required facilities, people are forced to consult quacks for dental ailments, resulting in further deterioration of oral health. “…Public Service Commission (PSC) has not advertised any post of dental surgeons for last 10 years which has created a huge gap in doctor-patient ratio, unemployment and consequent brain drain,” a doctor said. As per the numbers available with the J&K Dental Surgeons Association, the number of unemployed dental surgeons in Jammu and Kashmir has reached more than 3000.