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New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain today urged Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Police to ensure the safety of doctors in hospitals in the capital.

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The appeal from Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain follows two incidents of violence against doctors in two hospitals here.

The Minister also asked Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi to probe both the cases and submit a report in 15 days. The two incidents were reported from the Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital and Babu Jagjiwan Ram Hospital.

Jain said: “You are requested to conduct an enquiry in both the incidents and fix responsibility against the guilty. The report … may be sent to me within 15 days.”

In his letter to Jung, Jain wrote: “While you instructed the police to provide adequate security in hospitals, two incidents have taken place…

“In these incidents, policemen were present at the site of the incidents. (But) they did not prevent the occurrence of the incidents and remained spectators.

“It seems there is a deliberate and malafide action on the part of the police to create such incidents and spread disaffection among the doctors to paralyze the services in the hospitals,” Jain wrote.

He said the police should nominate a senior officer to monitor all such cases.

Resident doctors of 22 government hospitals in Delhi went on strike on June 22-23 seeking security and better healthcare facilities.

(IANS)

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Paralysis Causing Illness In Children Baffles Doctors

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)