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Various facets of Chennai come to fore after floods

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Chennai: The floods in Chennai and its suburbs which have put millions into misery also showed the good, bad and the ugly sides of people and organisations.

On the positive side, several individuals opened up their residences to strangers caught in the floods and provided food and shelter.

Without waiting for the official agencies, many individuals started offering food to the flood hit and also provided whatever they could — biscuits, blankets and more.

Those who had access to the internet posted messages on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter about stranded people so that help could reach them.

There were — and are — unscrupulous traders who jacked up the prices of milk, eggs and vegetables. But there are those who stuck to honest trading practice.

“We sell milk and other essential items at normal rates. We have not jacked up the prices. In fact, I donated cooked food to the flood-hit which cost me Rs.60,000,” Muthu, owner of Angalaparameswari Stores, a provision store in Mylapore in south Chennai, told IANS.

Voluntary organisations and others gave away food and biscuit packets near water- logged areas.

On the bad side, apart from traders who jacked up prices of essential commodities, autorickshaw and taxi drivers fleeced people even for plying short distances.

“Why blame the auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers? Look at private airlines. They ripped off passengers by charging sky-high rates to fly people out of Bengaluru to Delhi,” T.E.N. Simhan, a private sector employee, told IANS.

“Is it not an irony when even common people are contributing their bit to the flood affected, airlines took advantage of people’s distress,” he asked.

With Chennai Airport closed for days due to flooding of the runway, many people from other places reached Bengaluru to fly out to their destinations.

Surinder Singh of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) told IANS that he paid a whopping Rs.25,600 to a private airline to fly to Delhi out of Bengaluru.

According to reports, vandals are breaking into locked houses in flood-hit areas in Chennai and swimming away with valuables.

(V. Jagannathan, IANS)

(image: ibtimes.com)

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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