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Multiple e-health initiatives launched by the Health Ministry

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New Delhi: ‘Kilkari’, which aims at providing information on child care through mobile phone, was among the host of e-health initiatives launched by the Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Friday.

A family expecting the birth of a child can choose to obtain free audio messages on pregnancy, child birth and child care on its mobile phone from the second trimester of pregnancy until the child is one year old.

‘Kilkari’ was being launched in Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and high priority districts (HPDs) of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in the first phase, the health ministry said.

Nadda also launched ‘mobile academy’, which is a free audio training course designed to expand and refresh the knowledge base of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and improve their communication skills.

‘Mobile academy’ allows ASHAs to upgrade their skills without the need to travel anywhere.

“These health services will be a game changer in health communications. They will bring us closer to people who need our services the most,” said Nadda.

He said the services aimed to improve family health, including family planning, reproductive, maternal and child health, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene.

Another facility launched on Friday is M-Cessation which will help those wanting to stop the use of tobacco.

Nadda said the tobacco users would be helped through text messages sent on their mobile phones.

“This is the first time in the world that such a two-way service is being provided as part of any mobile health initiative,” said Nadda.

A TB Missed Call initiative was also launched under which a helpline with a toll-free number will provide information, counselling and treatment support services for TB.

“Under this campaign the callers can give a missed call or call for free to get information related to TB symptoms, treatment services available, address and contact details of the nearest treatment facility etc.,” said the minister.

(IANS)

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FAIIMS asks Health Minister to reinstate removed AIIMS faculty

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New Delhi: Health Minister J P Nadda was asked by the Faculty Association of AIIMS (FAIIMS) to reinstate two faculty members of the institution, who were terminated for manhandling and misbehaving with a patient in 2015.

In a letter written to Nadda, the association also questioned the basis on which the inquiry committee was formed by the AIIMS director and also expressed concern over the conflict of interest of several members of the inquiry committee.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences on January 10 terminated Kuldeep Kumar and Arvind Kumar of the medicine department for allegedly misbehaving and manhandling a patient in September last year.

A committee was set up under department head S K Sharma, which earlier this month took the decision to terminate the doctors.

Earlier, a doctor associated with FAAIIMS said, “Only seven faculties have been terminated till now in the history of AIIMS, but that was also because they went abroad and did not respond to the communication by the institution about their return.”

The letter written to Nadda further said that if the ministry failed to reinstate the two doctors, then the FAIIMS members will go on an indefinite strike against the institution’s administration.(IANS)

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