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Mufti Muhammad Sayeed admitted in ICU

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New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) in AIIMS after his condition deteriorated, an official said today.

Sayeed was “rushed in an air ambulance to New Delhi and admitted in AIIMS” last Thursday for treatment after he complained of neck pain for two days, and “after symptomatic treatment did not relieve the pain”.

Stating that Sayeed is in the ICU since December 24, All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) spokesperson Amit Gupta said: “He (Sayeed) is presently sick, requiring oxygen therapy but hemodynamically stable. He is conscious, alert, and is taking food orally.”

Sayeed, who continues to be on antibiotics, antifungal drugs and supportive therapy, is being closely monitored by a team of experts, the spokesman added. (IANS)

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AIIMS Delhi Invites Advance Appointments for Tele-Consultations

Follow-Up patients can now book in advance for tele-consultations

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AIIMS Delhi have provided their follow-up patients with a number to book advance appointments. Wikimedia Commons

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Thursday said that it has invited advance appointments for tele-consultations from follow-up patients of the hospital.

In a press statement, the AIIMS said, “The follow-up patients of AIIMS, New Delhi can now book advance appointments for tele-consultation by calling the number 9115444155.”

The Hospital also said after verification of the UHID numbers, an appointment will be fixed. A message to this effect will be sent to the patient through an SMS after booking an appointment.

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“This facility of booking appointments on phone will be available from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. on all working days i.e., from Monday to Saturday,” said AIIMS Delhi in a press statement. Wikimedia Commons

“The patients will be able to update their registered mobile numbers while booking the appointment. This facility of booking appointments on phone will be available from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. on all working days i.e., from Monday to Saturday,” said the press statement.

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According to the statement, on the day of their appointment, the patients will receive a phone call from the concerned department on their registered phone or mobile numbers, during the regular OPD or Clinic times. This arrangement will be operational during the lockdown period due to COVID-19 and as long as the regular OPDs and Clinics remain closed.

The Out Patient Service (OPDs) of hospitals across the country remain affected due to ongoing nationwide lockdown amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The decision has been taken in order to ease the burden on the healthcare workers and to avoid the transmission of COVID-19 in the hospital premises. (IANS)

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AIIMS Prepares Research Project on Air Pollution’s Impact on Health

"People with respiratory problems are increasing. Apart from asthma patients, there were fresh cases who visited AIIMS owing to pollution,"

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AIIMS launches research project on air pollution's impact on health.

As the National Capital Region (NCR) battles poor air quality during winter, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has started a research project to study the effects of air pollution on public health.

“Delhi’s air quality deteriorates every year during Diwali owing to multiple reasons like stubble burning and bursting of crackers. However, last year, when the air pollution level escalated, we noticed a surge in patients visiting AIIMS,” Dr Karan Madan, Associate Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders, AIIMS, who is part of this research programme, told IANS.

So the country’s premier medical research and referral hospital decided to conduct empirical research on the impact of air pollution on health.

For the study, titled “DAPHNE” (Delhi Air Pollution Health And Effects), AIIMS researchers have developed an air pollution sensor technology.

“This sort of study has not been earlier conducted in India. The device has been developed in a belt format which is very light and it gives clear continuous pollution data. The belt can be wrapped around the waist or on the arms,” Madan said.

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In this Sept. 19, 2018 photo steam and cooling towers of a lignite power plant are reflected in a pond in Peitz, eastern Germany. VOA

He explained that the device is wireless and directly sends data to a monitoring system through a Global Positioning System (GPS). AIIMS is primarily focusing on children suffering from pulmonary diseases like asthma, bronchitis and other breathing troubles — as well as pregnant women.

The device, which is to be worn by children suffering from asthma or bronchitis, will give an idea of the exposure level of air pollution when one is travelling in the school bus, at home, when in school, or outdoors while playing.

“On pregnant women, we are trying to see how pollution might affect the unborn child. We are also trying to figure out the birth rate issue from this study owing to poor air quality,” Madan noted.

Funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Medical Research Council, Britain, the project is a collaborative effort of the the two nations.

In India, apart from AIIMS, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, IIT Delhi and GTB Hospital are also associated with the research.

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A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India. VOA

“While the data on asthma in children will be compiled at AIIMS, GTB Hospital will be following the cases of pregnant women,” Madan said.

The research process, initiated last year, began on a pilot basis two months ago. Dr Madan stated that around 10 children have been given this belt across Delhi NCR.

“So far, the project is going good and the readings have come accurate. The study will conclude next year and the report will be released,” he added.

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Talking about the rise in health hazards among residents in the National Capital Region and its surrounding areas, Madan said that AIIMS has witnessed an increase of 15-20 per cent in the number of patients with cases of respiratory problems like coughing, heavy breathing, asthma symptoms, and burning sensation in throat and nose.

“People with respiratory problems are increasing. Apart from asthma patients, there were fresh cases who visited AIIMS owing to pollution,” he stated. (IANS)

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Cabinet Approves Plan to Set-Up 20 AIIMS

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a plan to set up 20 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across the country, six of which have already been established, and to upgrade 73 medical colleges.

The decisions are part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), which has been extended by two years till 2020, with a financial outlay of Rs 14,832 crore, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters while briefing on the cabinet decisions.

“Under this (PMSSY), we are going to set up 20 AIIMS in the country, six have already been established, and would upgrade 73 medical colleges. This is a historic decision,” said the Union Law and Information Technology Minister.

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.
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The decision to extend the PMSSY was aimed to meet the shortfall in healthcare professionals and facilities across the country.

“Setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training but also address the shortfall of healthcare professionals in the region… Setting up of new AIIMS in various states will lead to employment generation for nearly 3,000 people in various faculty and non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS,” said an official statement.

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.

The upgradation programme broadly envisages improving health infrastructure through construction of super specialty blocks, trauma centres and others, according to the statement.

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The procurement of medical equipment for existing as well as new facilities will be done on sharing basis by both Central and state governments.

“PMSSY was started during the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to provide quality healthcare in remote areas as it’s not right to put all the pressure on AIIMS in Delhi. There were talks of setting up six AIIMS. But what happened in the next 10 years is for all to see,” said Prasad. (IANS)