A doctor who allegedly prescribed condom to a woman who was suffering from stomach pain is facing a probe. A class 4-grade woman employee went to Asraf Badar for stomach pain treatment on July 23 at the Ghatshila government hospital of West Singhbhum district here. Asraf who works on contract in the hospital allegedly prescribed condoms to the woman.
The woman went to a medical shop with the prescription where she informed by the shopkeeper that the prescribed medicine was a condom. The issue was raised by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha legislator Kunal Sarangi in the assembly after the woman complained about the matter to senior doctors.
Based on the complaint, a medical team with one psychiatrist was constituted to probe the entire issue, which began the probe on Sunday. “Based on the complaint of the woman, a medical team has been constituted which has started the probe,” Shankar Tudu, in-charge of the Ghatshila sub-divisional hospital, told reporters. The doctor in question has denied the allegation. (IANS)
Parents and teenagers often find it difficult to talk about sex and alcohol, but a new study suggests that doctors can help.
Results published in the journal JAMA Network Open suggest that doctors have an opportunity to help parents and teens communicate about sex and alcohol in ways that will help young people make healthier choices about sexual behaviours and alcohol use.
The randomised clinical study from the University of Pennsylvania in the US evaluated whether interventions targeted at parents in primary care pediatric settings might improve communications between parents and their teenagers about sexual health and alcohol use.
According to the researchers, the study included 118 parents-adolescent pairs, with 38 pairs in a sexual health intervention, 40 pairs in an alcohol prevention intervention, and 40 pairs in a control group for comparison who received usual care.
‘The interventions were selected because in previous research, they have been shown to encourage teens to wait until they are older to have sex, use protection if they do have sex and reduce alcohol use.
Parents in the interventions received coaching on key messages regarding sexual health and alcohol and were encouraged to engage in parent-adolescent communication about it within two weeks, at which time there was a follow-up call to parents from health coaches.
Participants were surveyed four months later and the researchers reported an increased frequency of parent-teen communications about sexual health and alcohol use in the intervention groups compared to the control group. (IANS)