Thursday December 14, 2017

Health Minister announces 10 more new AIIMS in states

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Guntur: Health Minister JP Nadda on Saturday laid the foundation stone for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Mangalagiri and said 10 new AIIMS would come up in the country in one-and-half years.

The 960-bed facility is coming up on 200 acres at a cost of Rs 1,620 crore. To be completed in two to three years, it will also make 100 medical seats available.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that the government was setting up 10 new AIIMS in the country to extend tertiary healthcare services to all the regions. There are also plans to have AIIMS in all states.

Nadda said 10 new AIIMS would help fill the gap by adding 16,300 additional beds. The AIIMS will have all super specialties.

“An important feature of AIIMS will be department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy) because we believe in holistic and integrated approach of health system,” he said at the foundation stone laying ceremony attended by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, state ministers and MPs.

While Nadda said AIIMS would be completed in three years, Chandrababu Naidu urged him to ensure that it becomes operational in two years.

Nadda said steps were being taken to add super specialty blocks in 70 existing medical colleges in the country and upgrade existing hospitals into medical colleges.

The minister said 58 district hospitals were selected for developing them into medical colleges to ensure healthcare services in rural areas

Stating that the country is doing fairly well in controlling communicable diseases, he voiced concern that non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory disorders are on the rise and responsible for 60 percent of mortality.

The minister said two regional cancer centres would be set up at Jhajjar (Haryana) and Kolkata.

In addition to this, 20 state cancer units and 50 tertiary cancer care centres are coming up. He announced that one state cancer institute and one tertiary care centre would be developed in Andhra Pradesh.

Nadda said all innovations in healthcare would experiment in Andhra Pradesh. These will include public-private model, which can be replicated in other parts of the country.

Nadda noted though health is a state subject, the central government through national health mission started world’s largest public health programme called routine immunisation programme

“Our commitment is that no child should die because of preventable disease and that is why 2.70 crore children every year are immunised, some partially and some totally,” he said

The government has also taken up Mission Indradhanush which will ensure that no child is left without immunisation and will be prevented from seven types of diseases.

The health minister said vaccines to protect children from four more diseases were added to the immunisation programme.

Venkaiah Naidu said foundation stone laid for a number of institutes of higher education and research in Andhra Pradesh during last one-and-half year.(IANS)

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First Indian doctor in last 5 years and Ex AIIMS head M C Misra Awarded honorary fellowship of prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

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Former AIIMS Director and internationally renowned surgeon M.C. Misra. VOA

New Delhi, May 24, 2017: Former AIIMS Director and internationally renowned surgeon M.C. Misra has been awarded the honorary fellowship of prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, a first for an Indian doctor in the last five years.

The announcement was made on Tuesday evening.

“It is with great pleasure, we write on behalf of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to invite you to accept the award of fellowship ad hominem (Honorary fellowship),” reads the letter for Misra to convey the honor by the premier organization.

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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is an organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical practice, through its interest in education, training, and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical workforce.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world and traces its origins to 1505 when the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh were formally incorporated as a craft guild of Edinburgh.

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Today, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is an international network with a membership of almost 20,000, in almost 100 countries.

Misra, also a globally renowned trauma expert, retired on January 31, 2017 after serving All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as its director for more than three years. (IANS)

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Girl born with a rare medical condition, heart outside body in Madhya Pradesh

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A child with the parents (representational image), VOA

Chhatarpur (Madhya Pradesh):  A girl, born in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh with a rare medical condition with her heart abnormally located outside the chest, has been shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi for treatment, an official said on Sunday.

The baby girl was born with a rare congenital medical condition called Ectopia Cordis in which the heart is abnormally located either partially or totally outside of the thorax.

This rare medical condition occurs in eight children per 10 lakh births.

Dr Lakhan Tiwari, Pediatrician at Chhatarpur district hospital, told IANS that the girl was born on April 5 at Khajuraho Health Centre in the district.

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She was brought to the district hospital from where she was referred to the AIIMS.

Dr R.S. Tripathi, Civil Surgeon, Chhatarpur district, said: “The heart is covered by bones and skin in the human body but in this case though her heart was formed completely during embryonic development, the body wall could not mature properly.”

He said: “Keeping in mind the infant’s serious condition, the infant was sent to the All India Institute of Meidcal Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi along with a doctor.” (IANS)

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Can a Patient without Donors advertise for Transplantation?

Delhi High court was faced with the question; Can a common citizen without a donor for transplantcan use the help of media to advertise for his/her cause?

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New Delhi, Mar 4, 2017:  Can the authorities allow a person who has no family donor to advertise to get a volunteer for a kidney transplant? This is a question on which the Delhi High Court looked for the views of the government on Feb 28, this year.

The patient who raised the issue drew the attention of the court to the fact that it is easy in case of celebrities or well-known public figures to get volunteer donors because of media attention but common citizens do not have a right to avail the benefit of such media advertisements.

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Seized with the matter, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, asked the Ministry for Family Health and Welfare to look into various aspects related to the transplantation of kidney raised by the petitioner.

According to PTI reports, The judge also sought the opinion of the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and  the apex centre for registry, procurement and distribution of organs and tissues on the plea of the patient who has narrated his ordeal of 15 long years.

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NOTTO’s response was sought as the patient has prayed for scrapping of the body which maintains a registry of donations and transplantation of tissues and organs.

The patient named Vinod Kumar Anand, has suffered the loss of both of his kidneys and the one donated by his wife due to renal problems.

During the hearing, the patient’s advocate, Ashok Aggarwal, was asked by the court to explore the possibility of kidney exchange between his family and that of someone else who also required the organ.

Kidney exchange or ‘swap’ is a simple barter system in which a swap pair consists of a recipient (patient) and a donor (a family member). A swap transplant like this involves an exchange of organs between two families, who cannot donate the organ to their own family member due to the mismatch of a blood group.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang