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.
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.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, September 8, 2017:Hospitals in India are starting to tag newborns, mothers, and medics as well as installing extra security cameras and educating staff to spot baby thieves amid fears that baby trafficking is becoming an organized crime nationwide.
Officials said this was part of a drive starting at government hospitals in southern Tamil Nadu state to ensure nurses, doctors and visitors know of the threat of babies being stolen from maternity wards and babies being sold illegally for adoption that is baby trafficking.
At the Rajaji government hospital in Madurai, the first in Tamil Nadu to introduce the program, laser beams at exit points trigger alarms if untagged adults take babies out in order to curb baby trafficking.
“We just want to prevent the theft of babies,” N.K. Mahalakshmi, the doctor in charge of laser tagging at the hospital, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “It is not fool proof but a deterrent. … Our hospital staff has also been told to be extra vigilant.”
Traffickers, officials sometimes collude
Campaigners have raised concerns that traffickers are often colluding with officials to steal babies from maternity wards and illegally sell them for adoption which is baby trafficking.
Mumbai police arrested a gang for convincing single mothers to sell their babies last year, while in West Bengal police found newborns being stolen from mothers in medical clinics after staff told them that their babies were stillborn.
Dev Ananth, a child protection officer in Tirunelveli district, said the state government is investigating several cases where hospital staff persuaded mothers to sell their babies for about 10,000 Indian rupees ($156).
Tirunelveli district will put posters up in every hospital, alerting pregnant women, families, and staff to the dangers of baby trafficking in overcrowded corridors.
“Many don’t see it as a trafficking issue,” he said.
“We are going to train hospital staff to identify potential cases, including what to do if a baby is abandoned at birth. At present, the do’s and don’ts are not clear.”
No official data on baby trafficking
There is no official data on the number of babies stolen from hospitals in Tamil Nadu, but almost 180,000 children were born in government facilities in 2016, statistics show.
More than four out of 10 of human trafficking cases in India in 2015 involved children being bought, sold and exploited as modern-day slaves, according to crime figures.
“Public hospitals are vulnerable spaces where there are no effective ways to monitor access to newborn babies,” said Paul Sunder Singh of the children’s charity Karunalaya. (VOA)
New Delhi, May 16, 2017: More than 50 per cent physicians have been found to have uncontrolled hypertension or high blood pressure (BP) despite taking hypertensive medicines, owing to high-stress levels, a study has showed.
Hypertension is one of the most common lifestyle diseases prevalent today with one in three Indian adults suffering from it and is equally high amongst the medical fraternity.
However, it is often misdiagnosed given the difference in blood pressure readings at home and in a clinical setting.
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The findings found that 56 percent of doctors suffered from irregular BP at night and 21 percent from masked hypertension — a condition in which a patient’s blood pressure reading is inaccurate due to specific environments.
This masked hypertension is also associated with an increased long-term risk of sustained hypertension and cardiovascular morbidity, the study said.
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“Over 50 per cent physicians had uncontrolled hypertension despite taking hypertensive medicines. While 21 per cent of the doctors surveyed had masked hypertension or isolated ambulatory hypertension, another 56 per cent doctors suffered from irregular BP pattern at night making them prone to future adverse cardiac events,” said Indian Medical Association (IMA) Presidet K.K. Aggarwal.
For the study, the team took nearly 20,000 readings of 533 doctors.
The study aimed to raise awareness about the benefits of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) — where the BP of the patient is continuously evaluated over a period of 24 hours — in the timely and correct diagnosis of hypertension. (IANS)
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New Delhi, May 11, 2017: The Delhi high court on Tuesday inquired to know if Indian-origin doctors which are suspended from practicing by a foreign country, can be forbidden from treating patients in India.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice V K Rao raised the doubt while taking note of a news report that an Indian-origin doctor, barred from practising by a US court is now treating patients in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The court recorded that the report had declared that mechanisms administering medical practice in India were ill-equipped to identify such cases which permitted such doctors to practice in India. It designated the member secretary of Delhi State Legal Services Authority, Sanjeev Jain, to verify the name and address of this doctor, carry out an immediate scrutiny and file a report within four days, mentioned TNN report.
Besides this, the court also issued a notice to the Medical Council of India asking it to file a report on the mechanism, the statutory regime as well as rules and regulations in place to examine and curb down such practices.
The bench further sought the acknowledgement of the ministry of health and family welfare before the next date of hearing on May 15.
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As per the report the doctor had pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery and was asked to resign all US medical licences, evict the country and “not practice medicine in any form within the United States or any other country,” the court noted in its order.
Though, he continues to run a clinic each in Delhi and Gurgaon.
– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94