Wednesday October 18, 2017

Union government will promote birth spacing through contraceptives: Nadda

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Bali: The Indian government will start promoting birth spacing by expanding the choice of contraceptives and improving quality healthcare in the country, Health Minister JP Nadda said here on Monday.

Calling the endorsement of birth spacing through contraceptives a paradigm shift, Nadda said there was also a need for other techniques apart from female sterilisation, which the government has been using till now.

Speaking at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) 2016 being held here, he said the government was committed to the FP 2020 goals, and called upon the civil society members to work together with the government to accelerate the progress on achieving the goals.

The meeting, organised by the Population Foundation of India (PFI), brought together political leaders, policy makers and programme managers to deliberate India’s strategies for meeting Family Planning (FP) 2020 commitments and attaining the new Sustainable Development Goals.

This is a bold and timely step by the Government to expand contraceptive choice for birth spacing. The inclusion of contraceptive choice by introducing injectables in the public health system, laying down new guidelines for improving the quality of care and providing training to health workers will definitely work for the Indian population,” said PFI executive director Poonam Muttreja.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Nadda unveils the cornerstone of National Cancer Institute in Jhajjar

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Jhajjar (Haryana):  Union Health Minister JP Nadda, who on Saturday laid the foundation stone of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) here, said the institution will be a boon for the patients suffering from cancer in the country.

NCI will be the nodal institution for all activities related to cancer in the country and will have linkages with all regional and other cancer centres within the country. Equipped with cutting edge technology, the premier institution will have 26 operation theatres, five linear accelerators, four PET scanners, three Brachytherapy, three CT scanners, two MRI scanners and other facilities.

There are approximately 30 lakh cases of cancer in India out of which nearly 6 lakh patients die each year while about 11.5 lakh new cases occur every year. This calls for an urgent need to understand the various causes of cancer specific to our country, and to our lifestyle – which is why this National Cancer Institute is being built on priority,

Earlier the hospital was being operated from a building at the outskirts of Jhajjar with a bed strength of 18 beds which later expanded to 182 beds and catered to over one lakh cancer patients every year.

According to World Health Organization, cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for approximately 7.6 million deaths.

Nadda said the institute will be modeled after the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of US and the Indian government has already entered into a MoU with it during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United States in October 2014.

The total cost for establishment of NCI will be approximately Rs.2,035 crore and it will be completed in next three years. The institute will have 710 beds out of which 200 beds will be dedicated for translational research in India specific cancers. There will be 372 units of flats and 1, 080 hostel rooms for the staff members.

For the patient’s attendants, a night shelter having a capacity of 800 units is also being planned.

The minister also announced that apart from NCI, the institution will also have several centers for research and innovation in areas like genomics and proteomics, bioinformatics and health informatics, stem cell and regenerative science and nano biomedicine. (IANS)

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Study to look into medicinal value of Ganga water

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New Delhi: The health ministry on Monday said that it will initiate a study to find out if the water of the Ganga river has medicinal properties to destroy various kinds of bacteria and microbes.

This would be the first of its kind research that will also check if the water of the Ganga river, considered sacred, can be used for holistic health purpose.

“In a world where new and powerful bacteria have gained resistance against powerful drugs, such a study, which would explore and examine the unique properties of water of the Ganga, which is believed to not only cleanse itself by destroying germs and microbes present in it, but also purifies the water, is worth conducting,” Health Minister J.P. Nadda said, addressing a workshop on the agenda of the research at AIIMS.

Water Resource Minister Uma Bharti was also present on the occasion.

“It is the mandate of the government not only to clean the river but to also rejuvenate it,” Nadda said.

He said the “valuable scientific evidence generated as a result of this research and in-depth study will help to understand the medicinal properties of the Ganga water”.

Bharti highlighted that despite crores of people taking a dip in the river during numerous religious occasions very year, the river has not led to any pandemic or epidemic.

“This had to be the consequence of some self-purifying power of the river water which prevented its deterioration,” she stated.

She added that the study will help in using the Ganga water with this unique property for a larger welfare and health of mankind.

Besides the government extending financial help, the ministry has said, several researchers from premier institutions like All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), IITs Kanpur and Roorkee, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and National Botanical Research Institute will be participating in this detailed study.

(IANS)

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 Disproportionate assets case: Himachal CM seeks FIR copy

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By NewsGram staff writer

New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh sought a copy of the first information report (FIR) in a disproportionate assets case lodged against him from a Delhi court on Monday.

Virbhadra Singh filed an application before Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge SC Rajan. The court will hear the plea later in the day.

In June, the CBI initiated a preliminary inquiry against Virbhadra Singh and his family over allegations of corruption and acquiring assets disproportionate to their known sources of income during his tenure as the union steel minister.

“The FIR was registered when Virbhadra Singh was union steel minister. There was corruption and this has been proved now. He has no right to continue. He should resign,” union Health Minister JP Nadda said earlier.

The case was registered on September 23 under the Prevention of Corruption Act against the former union minister, his wife Pratibha Singh, LIC agent Anand Chauhan and an associate, Chunnilal.

The CBI raided Virbhadra Singh’s private residence, Holly Lodge, located in Jakhu Hills in Shimla, on September 26. At that time, the chief minister and his family were not at home. They were celebrating his daughter’s wedding elsewhere.

(With inputs from IANS)