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Jharkhand doctors, teachers oppose new leave system

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Ranchi: Doctors and teachers in Jharkhand on Sunday protested against the leave system introduced by the state this month.

According to the new system, the doctors and teachers posted in rural areas would have to seek leave from ‘mukhiyas’ (village heads).

The mukhiyas have also been empowered to check the attendance of the doctors and teachers.

The new system has not gone down well with the doctors. More than 600 doctors under the Jharkhand Health Services Association (JHSA) took out a protest march on Sunday.

The agitating doctors were on their way to blockade the chief ministers’ residence but were stopped near the governor’s house. The doctors then staged a sit-in near the governor’s house.

“We demand immediate withdrawal of the leave and attendance system introduced by the state government. We will not seek leave from the mukhiyas,” JHSA president Bimlesh told reporters.

He said: “If the state does not roll back the new system, then we will step up our agitation.”

A teachers’ association also announced their protest against the new leave system.

“The teachers will launch a signature drive against the leave system and hand over a memorandum to Chief Minister Raghubar Das,” said Arvind Kumar Singh, president of the Jharkhand Primary Teachers’ Association, to reporters.

“The new leave system is not acceptable as it will increase political interference in the education system,” he said.

(IANS)

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Parents are urged to have their children take basic precautions, such as washing hands and using insect spray to ward off mosquito bites.

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Children inspect a Blue Morpho butterfly at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Oct. 3, 2018. Little is known about acute flaccid myelitis, but it is known that more than 90 percent of the confirmed cases are in children 18 years old or younger. The average age of patients is 4.. VOA

Federal and state health officials are baffled by a mysterious and rare illness that seems to target children, causing paralysis.

As of Tuesday, 62 cases of what doctors are calling acute flaccid myelitis have been confirmed in 22 states. Sixty-five suspected cases are being investigated.

“There is a lot we don’t know about AFM and I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts, we haven’t been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness,” Nancy Messonnier, a top official at the Centers for Disease Control, said Tuesday.

What is known about the illness is that more than 90 percent of the confirmed cases are in children 18 years old or younger. The average age of patients is 4.

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But what is particularly confounding doctors is that the number of cases spikes only every other year. Pixabay

Victims generally suffer from muscle weakness and some paralysis of the face, neck, back, arms and legs. The paralysis sets in about a week after the children have come down with fever and respiratory illness.

There is no specific treatment, and most of the victims recover. But the long-term effects are still unknown.

Messonnier called it a “pretty dramatic disease.”

Health experts have ruled out some causes, including poliovirus and West Nile virus.

But what is particularly confounding doctors is that the number of cases spikes only every other year — with larger numbers in 2014, 2016 and this year — and fewer cases in 2015 and 2017.

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Parents are urged to have their children take basic precautions, such as washing hands and using insect spray to ward off mosquito bites. Doctors are also urging that vaccines be kept up to date.

Any child experiencing weakness or loss of muscle tone in the arms and legs should be examined immediately. (VOA)