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RIMS alumni association's meet - Punarmilan 2009

RANCHI:6 December 2009: The alumni of Ranchi Medical College Hospital/Rajendra Institute of Medical Science had a gala time during the alumni association's meet Punarmilan 2009' held on the campus here on Saturday.

About 400 former students and their families from different parts of India participated in the event and shared nostalgic moments. The doctors organized fun fare for everybody as others reminisced their youthful days spent here. Thirkan' a musical extravaganza in the evening helped others reunite at the Gymkhana Club.

The alumni meet started with introduction of the first (1960) batch to last year's passouts. One by one each former batch came up to the stage and introduced themselves. Comments and compliments were part of the game where everyone made fun of each other and made the audience laugh.

"The 1968 batch used to be known as Super-75. You know why? Most of them had taken the final examinations from jail after participating in the JayPrakash agitation," said Ajay Kumar Singh.

Nicknames such as frooti, Loha Singh and others almost caught most people off-guard in the presence of their children and spouses. Everybody was in a mood to celebrate and a lot of catching-up went on as the evening progressed.

Over a dozen former students from the 1972 batch walked up to the stage and introduced themselves as Genius Batch'. "People call our batch a genius because we passed out in seven years instead of the four years medical course. Reason the first year examination had been postponed nine times," said Tulsi Mahto laughing with his other batch mates.

Among them there were many prominent surgeons, from Delhi, Mumbai and other metros. Few of the alumni are now RIMS faculty.

"Punarmilan is a great platform to acknowledge contributions and achievements of all present and former students," said Sushil Kumar. Another, alumni of 1964 batch M Prasad said, "The event provides an opportunity for us to rekindle relationships, engage with current academic batch, meet the faculty and also meet their friends. It was memorable for us all." Source

तेज बुखार के मरीजों से पटा रिम्स का औषधि तल्ला

तेज बुखार के मरीजों से पटा रिम्स का औषधि तल्ला

Dec 05, 01:35 am

रांची। मलेरिया व वायरल फीवर के मरीजों से रिम्स का औषधि तल्ला पटा हुआ है। चार दिनों के भीतर वायरल फीवर के 20 नए मरीज रिम्स में भर्ती हुए हैं। औषधि तल्ले के लगभग सभी वार्ड मरीजों से भरे पड़े हैं। इसमें फीवर के पुराने मरीज भी हैं, जिनका इलाज चल रहा है।

वहीं, दूसरी तरफ देखा जाए तो नगा आ‌र्म्ड पुलिस के वन आर बटालियन के जवानों से रिम्स का डेंगू वार्ड पूरी तरह पट चुका है। जवानों की संख्या जब अधिक हो गई तो कई जवानों को औषधि तल्ले में भर्ती कराया गया, जहां उनका इलाज चल रहा है।

चिकित्सकों को कहना है कि तापमान में उतार-चढ़ाव से यह परेशानी उत्पन्न हुई है। यही कारण है कि वायरल फीवर तेजी से फैल रहा है। ठंड-गर्म के इस मिले-जुले मौसम में वायरल फीवर के मरीजों की संख्या भी बहुत होती है। मेडिसिन ओपीडी में भी वायरल फीवर के मरीजों की अधिक तादाद अधिक पहुंच रही है। इन मरीजों कों आवश्यक जांच और कुछ दवाइयां लेने की सलाह दी गई है। Source:dainik jagran

ragging in Coimbatore Medical College - Four students held

25 October 2009:COIMBATORE: Despite SC bans and pleas, ragging refuses to die out.

In the latest horror, four students of the government-run Coimbatore Medical College Hospital were arrested and suspended from the college for allegedly assaulting juniors. According to police, the four seniors allegedly took 11 second-year students to the terrace of the hostel and asked them to 'swim' on the floor on the night of October 21.

When they hesitated and resisted, they were assaulted, the police said. Two days earlier, three other boys were also allegedly ragged and beaten up by the same group.

''As ragging of freshers would have come to our notice immediately, these seniors appear to have targeted second-year students,'' medical college dean Dr V Kumaran said. Source

Squad set up to check ragging at RIMS

Ranchi, Oct. 20: An anti-ragging squad has been constituted at the premier Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to curb incidents of ragging amid unconfirmed reports of mental and physical torture.

RIMS acting director A.K. Mahto said that the squad comprised three teachers each of clinical and non-clinical departments, besides representatives of the Junior Doctors' Association.

"Though we have not received any complaint of ragging, we have set up an anti-ragging squad. Its members will sit together on October 29 to chalk out a strategy to put a complete halt on ragging, if any, on the campus," Mahto said.

Vijay Pratap Singh Tomar, the association's secretary and also a member of the squad, supported Mahto, saying there was no question of ragging as students were aware of its consequences. "Everyone knows that s/he will have to lose at least one semester if found ragging a fresher. No one enjoys harassing juniors at the cost of his or her career," he said.

Tomar, however, did not deny the practise of freshers introducing themselves on the campus.

"Sometimes, freshers are asked to introduce themselves to seniors. This practice is sometime seen as ragging and spoken about in an exaggerated way outside the campus by some freshers," he said.

Sources, however, said the squad was constituted after cases of harassment of newcomers were reported from the campus.

"It was reported that new girls were being asked by seniors to wash their dirty laundry at odd hours while boys were being asked to impersonate birds. Apart from this, some seniors asked freshers to bend at 90 degrees when in front of them," a RIMS employee alleged on condition of anonymity.

No fresher was available for comment as the Puja vacations are on. But sources close to them supported the claims of the RIMS employee.

"There is an old tradition of ragging on the campus. It is difficult to find out about every case as freshers prefer to remain tight-lipped as they fear trouble in the hostel otherwise. Only extreme cases of ragging come out or only those students open their mouths whose parents are influential," said a friend of a fresher.Source
Comments By Ragging India;
It is a good step but the management should know that  No complain does not meen that ragging is not taking place. Very serious ragging takes place in RIMS.  SC/ST students freshers is brutely ragged by their SC/ST seniors continuously for three to four months. General and OBC category students are being ragged by their counterparts similarly for three to four months.
In this country we just make a commitee and sleep. Neither the committe do anything neither the Management/Government. Committee is made just to hide the truth and for not taking any action.

IMA safety net for doctors

Dhanbad, Oct. 8: Increasing number of criminal cases against doctors in the district has prompted the local unit of Indian Medical Association to seek judicial intervention.

This apart, the association will also seek support for implementation of a law that will ban lodging of criminal case against doctors without prior approval of a specialised committee. Seven states, including Bengal, have already implemented the law. Andhra Pradesh was the first to implement the law.

President of Dhanbad chapter of IMA A.K. Singh said that a delegation comprising senior office-bearers of the association would soon meet the district judge demanding constitution of the specialised doctors' committee in the light of Supreme Court ruling.

"The ruling clearly prohibits lodging of a criminal case against doctors without the prior approval of the specialised doctors' committee. They can only be booked under the Consumer Protection Act," said Singh. He added that the administration must initiate steps to prevent these.

Speaking about the association's action plan, IMA secretary Sunil Kumar Sinha said that a delegation would also meet Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and demand implementation of the law.

He said that in many cases the family members of the patients resort to violence alleging negligence against the doctors only to avoid paying the bill of the nursing home.Source:The Telegraph India

IMA seeks ban on quacks

Dhanbad, Oct. 6: The Dhanbad chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) today presented a petition before the deputy commissioner demanding a ban on unregistered medical practitioners.

The move was a part of the nationwide anti-quack week, which would include an awareness drive on dangers of availing services of quacks and unqualified doctors.

The IMA's week-long programme began from October 2 and would continue till October 10.

The Dhanbad chapter of the association also held an executive committee meeting at IMA hall at Luby Cicular Road, said the president of the Dhanbad chapter, A.K. Singh. Besides the DC, members also spoke to the drug controller and will approach the district civil surgeon in this regard.

Comparing Jharkhand with Gujarat, which has laws banning quacks, the president rued the lack of such laws here. He added that the state should take a cue from states that provide incentives to doctors who accept posts in rural, remote areas, which would also put an end to quacks' practise.

Singh also demanded a strict crackdown on drug-sellers providing medicines without prescriptions.

He added that the state government should look into the practice of allopathic medicines by doctors who have homeopathic and alternative medicine degrees.

Dhanbad chapter's vice-president Leena Singh, secretary Sunil Kumar Sinha and vice-president of the district unit S. Kumar were also present in the meeting.Source:The Telegraph India

Surprise Visit of Governor at RIMS

Ranchi, Sept. 14: The Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in the state capital today failed to pass the governor's surprise visit test.

K. Sankaranarayanan, who dropped into the hospital unannounced at 9.30am, was shocked by the dirt and squalor around him. Advisers G. Krishnan and Wilfred Lakra, principal secretary Suhdir Tripathi and health secretary Sukhdev Singh accompanied him. RIMS director N.N. Aggarwal was also present during the inspection.

Upset with the stinking emergency ward, Sankaranarayanan asked the RIMS management to construct night shelters for the relatives of patients. He was also appalled to see the dirty space on the ground floor of the institute that is provided to the patients' attendants to cook food.

The governor also directed the authorities to start its cardiac unit immediately to provide benefit of cath lab to poor and helpless patients, who flock into the hospital from all corners of the state.

Sankaranarayanan stayed in the hospital for about 40 minutes, during which he visited central emergency, outdoor unit, trauma centre and blood banks. He met hyena bite victims in the isolation ward of the institute and enquired about the facilities being provided to the patients.

He took the opportunity to stress on the importance of punctuality, urging the doctors to be present on time and called for further improvement of the services being provided by the hospital.

Meanwhile, a resident of Giridih, Birendra Kumar Gupta, submitted a written complaint to the governor, accusing RIMS doctors of not providing proper care to his pregnant sister-in-law.

Meanwhile, Sankaranarayanan met a delegation of Junior Doctors' Association of MGM Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, at Project Bhavan secretariat. The delegation complained about lack of teachers and basic infrastructure in the institute.

He took serious note of the fact that there are only eight professors, 30 assistant professor, 47 tutors and 43 residents in the institute against the sanctioned strength of 117, 154, 50 and 97, respectively.

After lending a patient ear to their problems, the governor assured the doctors that necessary action would be taken soon. Source:The Telegraph India

Governor slams health officials over RIMS

14 September 2009:RANCHI: Governor K Sankaranarayanan came down heavily on senior officials of the health department and Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS)
following a surprise visit at RIMS on Monday.

The dysfunctional catharisation (cath) lab, where a heart patient is examined, annoyed the Governor the most. The cath lab at RIMS was inaugurated last year but it stopped functioning after a couple of months due to a technical fault. And, after it was repaired, there was no expert to operate it. State-of-the-art equipment, worth Rs 3.30 crore and imported from Germany, was installed in the cath lab last September.

A source at the review meeting said the Governor was upset over non-utilization of the equipment for the past several months. "He directed the health secretary and RIMS officials to immediately appoint competent people, who could operate the equipment," he said.

The hospital neither has a doctor nor a technician who is well versed in handling the equipment. Naturally, poor patients are now forced to visit private hospitals.

"Almost 80% of those who visit RIMS cannot afford treatment at private hospitals. I would like to see that the facilities at the hospital improve at the earliest so that no one has to return without treatment or lack of facilities," said an RIMS official, quoting the Governor.

Post-inspection, Sankaranarayanan said the hospital was not up to the mark. "There is need for improvement and I have asked the concerned officials to take up the matter seriously," he told reporters, adding that all the vacant posts would be filled up at the earliest.

The governor also met patients at the isolation ward where victims bitten by hyena were kept under observation and promised them all possible help from the government. Source:The Times of India

Vacancy for faculty at RIMS, Ranchi

Applications are invited for the following posts in RIMS Ranchi in various departments :

College of Nursing

  • Professor cum Principal : 01 post, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs. 5400
  • Professor cum vice Principal : 01 post, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs. 5400
  • Associate Professor : 01 post, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs. 4200
  • Assistant Professor : 06 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.4200
  • Clinical Tutor : 14 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs. 4200
  • Teacher : 05 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs. 4200

School of Nursing

  • Principal : 01 post, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs. 5400
  • Vice Principal : 01 post, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.4200
  • Senior Tutor : 03 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.4200
  • Tutor : 12 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs. 4200

Hospital Services

  • Nursing Superintendent : 01 post, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.4200
  • Dy. Nursing Superintendent : 01 post, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs. 4200
  • Assistant Nursing Superintendent : 05 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800 Grade Pay Rs.4200

Application Fee : DD of Rs.500/- (Rs.250/- for SC/ST candidates) in favour of The Director, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi.

How to Apply : Application should be sent to The Director, RIMS, Bariatu, Ranchi - 834009 on or before 12/09/2009 by Speed post/ Registered post only.

MGM Medical College and Hospital - initiated action to curb ragging

Jamshedpur, Sept. 2: It will be a month-long separation between freshers and seniors at MGM Medical College and Hospital.

The decision has been enforced by the authorities to curb ragging this year.

The college that organised its induction programme for freshers yesterday, formally introducing seniors and juniors, has asked its seniors "to stay as far away from freshers" as possible. Though seniors have not been made to sign any forms, they have been asked to maintain distance for at least a month.

With the Supreme Court and the UGC placing the onus on educational institutions to prevent ragging on campuses, the medical college has made freshers sign an undertaking that they will not indulge in ragging. The first-year students were made to sign a form issued by the Union human resource development department during admission.

Though no case of ragging has been reported from the college, authorities said that signing of an undertaking was a precautionary measure. "We decided to take the initiative after the SC verdict. The process of signing the form was completed at the time of admission. It's applicable only to freshers. However, senior students were also instructed not to indulge in ragging," said A.N. Mishra, the principal. After signing the undertaking, with a declaration from parents, if any student is found to be involved in ragging, s/he will have to abide by the college's decisions.

"The issue (ragging) is big enough to ruin a life. Initially, we thought of an informal interaction, but at a meeting called by senior students yesterday, we decided to completely stay away," said a final-year student.Source:The Telegraph

Interview result of RIMS director

RANCHI: The Jharkhand High Court on Tuesday asked the state government to furnish the interview results for the post director of Rajendra Institute
of Medical Science (RIMS) in sealed cover and asked its director NN Agarwal to furnish documents pertaining to his qualification.

Hearing a PIL filed by one Asim Kumar Samanta, the division bench comprising Chief Justice Gyan Sudha Misra and Justice DK Sinha asked the state to furnish the results of the interview conducted on Friday last.

The court on Friday stayed the publication of results of interview till further order. Twelve candidates have applied for the post of director of RIMS including incumbent director NN Agarwal and interviews were taken by the screening committee headed by development commissioner Sushil Kumar Chaudhary on Friday itself.

The petitioner has sought the court's directive to the state government to remove Agarwal from the post of director and not to re-appoint him as he did not have the requisite qualifications as mandated by the regulation of Medical Council of India (MCI).

The petitioner has submitted that as per the MCI guidelines, a candidate for the post of the director or dean or principal must possess a post graduate medical qualification from a recognized institution with a minimum of 10 years of teaching experience including five years of professorship.

Samanta has said in his petition that Agarwal has not served even for five years as a professor in any of the department of a medical college recognized by MCI and former health secretary in a letter on March 4, 2009 has sought action against him for financial irregularities.

Appearing for the state counsel, A Alam argued that Agarwal has necessary qualifications meant for the post of director of the medical institute, which are mentioned in his bio-data submitted at the court and the screening committee.

Counsel for petitioner Kalyan Roy contended that although Agarwal has submitted his bio-data but he has not submitted any relevant documents pertaining to his qualification mentioned in it.

The court observed that if Agarwal has been selected in the interview, then the court would examine the facts pertaining to his qualification but if he is not selected then the case could be nullified.

The court then adjourned the hearing of the case for September 3 asking the state to furnish the interview results and asked the RIMS director NN Agarwal to furnish the documents clarifying the details given in the bio-data. Source: The Times of India

Ragging in BIT Meshra - Six Senior suspends and fined

Ranchi, Aug. 17: Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra, has suspended and fined six second-year students for ragging freshers during the first week of August, the first such action initiated by the deemed university two years after the Supreme Court advocated stringent punishment to curb such malpractice.

BIT identified the guilty students as Abhimanyu Setia, Ashutosh Pratik, Lakhan Rastogi, Himanshu Aggarwal, Shashank Singh and Kumar Abhisek, but refused to divulge the number and identity of the freshers who were their targets.

Setia and Pratik were given the maximum punishment — suspension for a year, which means they lose two semesters, and a fine of Rs 50,000 each. Rastogi and Aggarwal were fined Rs 20,000 each, with both losing a semester each. Singh and Abhisek were fined Rs 10,000 each.

Anand Kumar Sinha, the dean of students' welfare who also heads BIT's anti-ragging committee constituted as per UGC guidelines, told The Telegraph the complaints levelled by a group of juniors against the six seniors were "proved" after a thorough investigation by the 10-member panel.

The committee, that also includes a chief medical officer, recommended its findings to senior authorities and the registrar accordingly issued a notification specifying the quantum of punishment given to the erring students on August 12.

Without elaborating, Sinha said the victims had complained that the seniors used to call them to their hostels "with ulterior motives" in the evenings during the first week of August.

Even the BIT vice-chancellor, P.K. Barhai, refused to divulge the identity of the victims, citing a UGC directive. "Freshers being called by seniors to their hostel came under the purview of ragging and was thus tantamount to punishment," he said.

BIT's anti-ragging committee was reconstituted this year as per UGC guidelines.

In 2007, the Supreme Court came out with a directive advocating stringent action against senior students involved in ragging. Terming ragging as "human rights abuse in essence", the apex court once again directed educational institutions to take stringent measures against ragging, even filing criminal cases against erring students. Source:The Telegraph.

अपनी ही डिग्री का रिम्स में वजूद नहीं

अपनी ही डिग्री का रिम्स में वजूद नहीं
रांची, प्रतिनिधि : अपनी ही डिग्री का रिम्स में कोई वजूद नहीं। अगर रिम्स में रिक्तियां भी निकलें, तो उसमें यह लिखित होता है कि मेडिकल काउंसिल आफ इंडिया (एमसीआई) की मान्यता वाली डिग्रियां ही मान्य होंगी। लेकिन, एमसीआई की टीम जब भी भ्रमण करने पहुंची, वह विभाग उसके मानक पर खरा नहीं उतरे और नहीं मिल सकी मान्यता। गत वर्ष ही एफएमटी और न्यूरो विभाग को एमसीआई की मान्यता मिली थी। लेकिन, अब भी दूसरे विषयों के सैकड़ों ऐसे विद्यार्थी हैं, जिनका भविष्य वर्षो से एमसीआई की मान्यता के अभाव में लटका हुआ है। आर्थोपेडिक विभाग में कुछ वर्षो से पढ़ाई ही बंद हो गई। मेडिकल काउंसिल आफ इंडिया (एमसीआई) की टीम जब आर्थो का भ्रमण करने पहुंची, तो वहां फैकल्टी की कमी पाई। एमसीआई का तर्क था कि जब यहां शिक्षक ही नहीं हैं, तो विद्यार्थियों को पढ़ाएगा कौन। इसके बाद से ही आर्थो की डिग्री बंद हो गई। अब पुराने चिकित्सकों के भरोसे ही चल रही है पढ़ाई। अब भी आर्थो का मानक पूरा नहीं हो पाया है। वैसे विभाग, जिन्हें नहीं है एमसीआई की मान्यता रेडियोलोजी : डिग्री व डिप्लोमा दोनों। डीटीएमच : डिप्लोमा इन ट्रापिकल मेडिसिन एंड हाइजिन। डीसीपी : डिप्लोमा इन क्लिनिकल साइकोलाजी। आर्थो : फैकल्टी की कमी की बात कह पूरी तरह से कर दिया गया बंद। एनेस्थीसिया : डिग्री एंड डिप्लोमा का था मामला।Source:Prabhat Khabar-Ranchi 12.08.09

एमसीआई के दौरे से एनेस्थेटिक्स में जगी उम्मीद

रांची, प्रतिनिधि : मेडिकल काउंसिल आफ इंडिया (एमसीआई) के दौरे से एनेस्थीसिया के सीनियर तथा जूनियर रेजिडेंट्स खुश हैं। उम्मीद की नई किरण उभरी है। इस बार पूरा भरोसा है कि उनकी डिग्री को मान्यता मिल जाएगी। टीम ने निरीक्षण कार्य पूरा कर लिया है। अब रिपोर्ट का इंतजार है। चिकित्सकों का कहना है कि इस बार का भ्रमण सकारात्मक दिख रहा है। टीम के तीनों सदस्य बुधवार को विमान से कोलकाता लौट जाएंगे। टीम के सभी पदाधिकारियों ने रात्रि विश्राम होटल महाराजा में किया। रिम्स के एनेस्थीसिया विभाग के निरीक्षण को आई टीम में एमसीआई इंस्पेक्टर डा. रीता सरकार व एक्सटर्नल के रूप में डा. गोजी और डा. सर्वपल्ली शामिल हैं। तीनों सोमवार की शाम किंगफिशर के विमान से कोलकाता से रांची पहुंचे थे। टीम ने सोमवार की शाम ही रिम्स के ट्रामा सेंटर, ब्लड बैंक, सेंट्रल लाइब्रेरी आदि का भ्रमण किया था। मंगलवार को दिनभर टीम के पदाधिकारी रिम्स का निरीक्षण करते रहे। इस क्रम में टीम एनेस्थीसिया विभाग, सर्जरी आपरेशन थिएटर, सीओटी, स्त्री एवं प्रसूति रोग विभाग, लेबर रूम, न्यूरो सर्जरी विभाग, आंख, ईएनटी सहित लगभग सभी आपरेशन थिएटर देखे और संतोष जताया। उन्होंने कुछ कागजात पर हस्ताक्षर भी कर दिए हैं। अब तक इसे सार्वजनिक नहीं किया गया है। चिकित्सकों के साथ एनेस्थीसिया के विभागाध्यक्ष डा. अजीत कुमार सहित लगभग सभी शिक्षक थे। टीम निदेशक कार्यालय भी गई थी। एमसीआई ने निरीक्षण के क्रम में विभागीय फैकल्टी पर भी संतोष जताया है। विभाग में वर्तमान में एक प्रोफेसर, दो एसोसिएट प्रोफेसर व छह सहायक प्रोफेसर के अलावा सात सीनियर रेजिडेंट्स हैं। फिलहाल यह देखना है कि अब एमसीआई की टीम अपने दौरे की रिपोर्ट में रिम्स को क्या लिखकर देती है।Source:Prabhat Khabar - Ranchi 12.08.09

Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You

What is novel H1N1 (swine flu)?
Novel H1N1 (referred to as "swine flu" early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread. On June 11, 2009, the
World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a pandemic of novel H1N1 flu was underway.

H1N1 Influenza virus imageWhy is novel H1N1 virus sometimes called "swine flu"?
This virus was originally referred to as "swine flu" because laboratory testing showed that many of the genes in this new virus were very similar to influenza viruses that normally occur in pigs (swine) in North America. But further study has shown that this new virus is very different from what normally circulates in North American pigs. It has two genes from flu viruses that normally circulate in pigs in Europe and Asia and bird (avian) genes and human genes. Scientists call this a "quadruple reassortant" virus.

Novel H1N1 Flu in Humans

Are there human infections with novel H1N1 virus in the U.S.?
Yes. Human infections with the new  H1N1 virus are ongoing in the United States. Most people who have become ill with this new virus have recovered without requiring medical treatment.
CDC routinely works with states to collect, compile and analyze information about influenza, and has done the same for the new H1N1 virus since the beginning of the outbreak. This information is presented in a weekly report, called FluView.

Is novel H1N1 virus contagious?
CDC has determined that novel H1N1 virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human.

How does novel H1N1 virus spread?
Spread of novel H1N1 virus is thought to occur in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or object – with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

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What are the signs and symptoms of this virus in people?
The symptoms of novel H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Severe illnesses and death has occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus.

How severe is illness associated with novel H1N1 flu virus?
Illness with the new H1N1 virus has ranged from mild to severe. While most people who have been sick have recovered without needing medical treatment, hospitalizations and deaths from infection with this virus have occurred.

In seasonal flu, certain people are at "high risk" of serious complications. This includes people 65 years and older, children younger than five years old, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions. About 70 percent of people who have been hospitalized with this novel H1N1 virus have had one or more medical conditions previously recognized as placing people at "high risk" of serious seasonal flu-related complications. This includes pregnancy, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and kidney disease.

One thing that appears to be different from seasonal influenza is that adults older than 64 years do not yet appear to be at increased risk of novel H1N1-related complications thus far. CDC laboratory studies have shown that children and few adults younger than 60 years old do not have existing antibody to novel H1N1 flu virus; however, about one-third of adults older than 60 may have antibodies against this virus. It is unknown how much, if any, protection may be afforded against novel H1N1 flu by any existing antibody.

How does novel H1N1 flu compare to seasonal flu in terms of its severity and infection rates?
With seasonal flu, we know that seasons vary in terms of timing, duration and severity. Seasonal influenza can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Each year, in the United States, on average 36,000 people die from flu-related complications and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related causes. Of those hospitalized, 20,000 are children younger than 5 years old. Over 90% of deaths and about 60 percent of hospitalization occur in people older than 65.

When the novel H1N1 outbreak was first detected in mid-April 2009, CDC began working with states to collect, compile and analyze information regarding the novel H1N1 flu outbreak, including the numbers of confirmed and probable cases and the ages of these people. The information analyzed by CDC supports the conclusion that novel H1N1 flu has caused greater disease burden in people younger than 25 years of age than older people. At this time, there are few cases and few deaths reported in people older than 64 years old, which is unusual when compared with seasonal flu.  However, pregnancy and other previously recognized high risk medical conditions from seasonal influenza appear to be associated with increased risk of complications from this novel H1N1. These underlying conditions include asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disease, kidney disease, neurocognitive and neuromuscular disorders and pregnancy.

How long can an infected person spread this virus to others?
People infected with seasonal and novel H1N1 flu shed virus and may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. This can be longer in some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems and in people infected with the new H1N1 virus.

Prevention & Treatment

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against novel H1N1 virus.  However, a novel H1N1 vaccine is currently in production and may be ready for the public in the fall. As always, a vaccine will be available to protect against seasonal influenza
There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza.

Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners* are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.

Other important actions that you can take are:

  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for a week or so; a supply of over-the-counter medicines, alcohol-based hand rubs,* tissues and other related items might could be useful and help avoid the need to make trips out in public while you are sick and contagious

Photo of man sneezingWhat is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?
If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
Keep away from others as much as possible. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

If I have a family member at home who is sick with novel H1N1 flu, should I go to work?
Employees who are well but who have an ill family member at home with novel H1N1 flu can go to work as usual. These employees should monitor their health every day, and take everyday precautions including washing their hands often with soap and water, especially after they cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.* If they become ill, they should notify their supervisor and stay home. Employees who have an underlying medical condition or who are pregnant should call their health care provider for advice, because they might need to receive influenza antiviral drugs to prevent illness. For more information please see General Business and Workplace Guidance for the Prevention of Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Flu in Workers.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner*. CDC recommends that when you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

What should I do if I get sick?
If you live in areas where people have been identified with novel H1N1 flu and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people. CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.Staying at home means that you should not leave your home except to seek medical care. This means avoiding normal activities, including work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.

If you have severe illness or you are at high risk for flu complications, contact your health care provider or seek medical care. Your health care provider will determine whether flu testing or treatment is needed.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Are there medicines to treat novel H1N1 infection?
Yes. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with novel H1N1 flu virus. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. During the current pandemic, the priority use for influenza antiviral drugs during is to treat severe influenza illness (for example hospitalized patients) and people who are sick who have a condition that places them at high risk for serious flu-related complications.

What is CDC's recommendation regarding "swine flu parties"?
"Swine flu parties" are gatherings during which people have close contact with a person who has novel H1N1 flu in order to become infected with the virus. The intent of these parties is for a person to become infected with what for many people has been a mild disease, in the hope of having natural immunity novel H1N1 flu virus that might circulate later and cause more severe disease.

CDC does not recommend "swine flu parties" as a way to protect against novel H1N1 flu in the future. While the disease seen in the current novel H1N1 flu outbreak has been mild for many people, it has been severe and even fatal for others. There is no way to predict with certainty what the outcome will be for an individual or, equally important, for others to whom the intentionally infected person may spread the virus.

CDC recommends that people with novel H1N1 flu avoid contact with others as much as possible. If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.


Contamination & Cleaning

Photo of hands and soapHow long can influenza virus remain viable on objects (such as books and doorknobs)?
Studies have shown that influenza virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on the surface.

What kills influenza virus?
Influenza virus is destroyed by heat (167-212°F [75-100°C]). In addition, several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics), and alcohols are effective against human influenza viruses if used in proper concentration for a sufficient length of time. For example, wipes or gels with alcohol in them can be used to clean hands. The gels should be rubbed into hands until they are dry.

*What if soap and water are not available and alcohol-based products are not allowed in my facility?
Though the scientific evidence is not as extensive as that on hand washing and alcohol-based sanitizers, other hand sanitizers that do not contain alcohol may be useful for killing flu germs on hands.

What surfaces are most likely to be sources of contamination?
Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. Germs can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk, for example, and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.

How should waste disposal be handled to prevent the spread of influenza virus?
To prevent the spread of influenza virus, it is recommended that tissues and other disposable items used by an infected person be thrown in the trash. Additionally, persons should wash their hands with soap and water after touching used tissues and similar waste.

Photo of cleaning suppliesWhat household cleaning should be done to prevent the spread of influenza virus?
To prevent the spread of influenza virus it is important to keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.

How should linens, eating utensils and dishes of persons infected with influenza virus be handled?
Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick do not need to be cleaned separately, but importantly these items should not be shared without washing thoroughly first.
Linens (such as bed sheets and towels) should be washed by using household laundry soap and tumbled dry on a hot setting. Individuals should avoid "hugging" laundry prior to washing it to prevent contaminating themselves. Individuals should wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub immediately after handling dirty laundry.

Eating utensils should be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap.

Exposures Not Thought to Spread Novel H1N1 Flu

Can I get infected with novel H1N1 virus from eating or preparing pork?
No. Novel H1N1 viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get infected with novel HIN1 virus from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe.

Is there a risk from drinking water?
Tap water that has been treated by conventional disinfection processes does not likely pose a risk for transmission of influenza viruses. Current drinking water treatment regulations provide a high degree of protection from viruses. No research has been completed on the susceptibility of novel H1N1 flu virus to conventional drinking water treatment processes. However, recent studies have demonstrated that free chlorine levels typically used in drinking water treatment are adequate to inactivate highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza. It is likely that other influenza viruses such as novel H1N1 would also be similarly inactivated by chlorination. To date, there have been no documented human cases of influenza caused by exposure to influenza-contaminated drinking water.

Can novel H1N1 flu virus be spread through water in swimming pools, spas, water parks, interactive fountains, and other treated recreational water venues?
Influenza viruses infect the human upper respiratory tract. There has never been a documented case of influenza virus infection associated with water exposure. Recreational water that has been treated at CDC recommended disinfectant levels does not likely pose a risk for transmission of influenza viruses. No research has been completed on the susceptibility of novel H1N1 influenza virus to chlorine and other disinfectants used in swimming pools, spas, water parks, interactive fountains, and other treated recreational venues. However, recent studies have demonstrated that free chlorine levels recommended by CDC (1–3 parts per million [ppm or mg/L] for pools and 2–5 ppm for spas) are adequate to disinfect avian influenza A (H5N1) virus. It is likely that other influenza viruses such as novel H1N1 virus would also be similarly disinfected by chlorine.

Can novel H1N1 influenza virus be spread at recreational water venues outside of the water?

Yes, recreational water venues are no different than any other group setting. The spread of this novel H1N1 flu is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.


Note: Much of the information in this document is based on studies and past experience with seasonal (human) influenza.  CDC believes the information applies to novel H1N1 (swine) viruses as well, but studies on this virus are ongoing to learn more about its characteristics. This document will be updated as new information becomes available.

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3M, one of the global manufacturers of the N95 respirator (medical mask), said its supply of respirators in India has increased three times in the past three months, as compared to those before the H1N1 pandemic.

The company, which has its India headquarters in Bangalore, announced last month an infusion of $20 million to increase by 10% its global production capacity of these respirators. The company did not say whether some of the new capacity would be in India. Currently, all its masks supplied here are imported.

Nagaraj Maskeri, VP for safety and protection services, 3M India, said the company is working closely with government bodies. "We have been supplying to them as best as possible to meet this extraordinary and unusual demand. We are also working closely with the state governments by helping them to prepare for pandemic situations," he said.

3M has four kinds of N95 respirators, each with a set of features and applications, and priced between Rs 44 and Rs 227. The N95 uses advanced electrostatically charged microfibres. It ensures the user is not exposed to particle sizes of more than 0.3 microns with about 95% filter efficiency. While critics say that many virulent viruses come in sizes less than 0.3 microns, the N95 has been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for pandemics. These are single-use respirators and must be disposed of after it's used once.

3M also provides EFR (elastomeric facepiece respirator) which provides a higher filtering efficiency of 99.97% but is more expensive than the N95. Source:The Times of India

Swine flu masquerade in Ranchi -

Ranchi, Aug. 11: Wearing a mask is no longer about concealing one's real intentions. In fact it's about declaring one's sole intention — safety from swine flu. And while most of Ranchi is hiding behind masks, the one that is most needed is out of supply.

The spread of swine flu is shooting the demand in surgical facemasks to the extent that two out of every five persons visiting medical shops are asking for them.

Medical shops are doing good business, selling masks between Rs 3 and Rs 25 per piece. Most are stocking up. "So far, I have sold well over 1,000 surgical face masks. I have placed fresh orders too," said Sourabh Roy, the proprietor of Sudhir Surgical.

Three different kinds of facemasks are available in shops — single filter, double filter and a pollution mask. Doctors, however, prescribe the N95 mask for swine flu, which they believe is the only one capable of providing foolproof protection against the N1H1 virus.

"The face mask N95 is prescribed by World Health Organisation (WHO). However, supply of these masks is limited. The masks available in the market are surgical and can offer only some degree of protection against N1H1," said Rajendra Kumar Jha, professor of medicine at Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), Ranchi.

Jha said the N95 mask is a must for doctors and nurses who come in contact with suspected swine flu patients. These masks trap the virus in them and do not allow it to pass on to the person wearing them.

Members of Jharkhand Chemists and Druggists Association (JCDA) confessed that the WHO-prescribed N95 is not available in the market. They also agreed that the ones available do not offer full protection against N1H1, but only offer a sense of security.

"So far, I have not been able to spot an N95 mask in medical shops though other kinds of masks are being sold in good numbers among the residents," said Amar Sinha, general secretary of JCDA.

He said there is no harm in wearing the surgical facemasks, but people wearing them should not think they are fully protected.

Sinha also said that the JCDA is trying to procure N95 masks, but does not know where to place orders. "I have asked some colleagues to find out which companies are supplying these masks so that we can buy them here," he added, pointing out that even in Delhi, few are using N95 masks because of short supply.

But when there is not much to choose from, residents are making the most of what's available. "My family members wanted me to buy face masks and therefore I am here," said Sushant Banerjee, while queuing up at a medical shop in Ranchi. Source:The Telegraph India

RIMS students of department of anaesthesia end six-day strike

RANCHI: The six-day strike called by the students of department of anaesthesia at the state's premier medical institute Rajendra Institute of  Medical Sciences (RIMS) was called off after their demand of invitating the Medical Council of India (MCI) team was met on Thursday.

RIMS director N N Agarwal agreed to the demand of agitating students to send an invitation to MCI that is likely to inspect the institute by August 10 and 11. Agarwal faxed an invitation to MCI on Thursday evening.

"The inspection is necessitated by the fact that the department has been recognized by the MCI since the past 23 years. Once the team visits, there are chances of recognition of the department," said Dr Sanjay Kumar of the department.

A total of 28 residents, including junior and senior doctors, were on strike for the past six days due to which about 100 regular operations of patients were not done. "We tried not to disrupt emergency facilities. Operations of patients in emergency were done," said Kumar, adding that work would resume in a full-fledged manner from Friday.

Meanwhile, a general body meeting of the RIMS was held on Wednesday in which it was decided that the vacant seats in the college-cum-hospital should be filled up and for the purpose, the advertisements be published.

In support of their demand, students had even met advisor for health Sunil Basant and explained their point of view demanding speedy redressal of their demands. Source:The Timesofindia

Open heart surgery at Brahmananda Narayana Hrudayalaya - Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, Aug. 5: Everywhere Naresh Prajapati went, he was refused jobs. But one surgery and his life seems to be changed for the better.

With an open heart surgery, Brahmananda Narayana Hrudayalaya, a unit of Devi Shetty's Narayana Hrudayalaya, scripted a new chapter in the city's medical history.

A team led by senior cardiac surgeon Perwaiz Alam and Vikash Toshniwal, a specialist in cardiac anaesthesia, conducted the surgery on Naresh (24) on July 31.

"It gives us immense pleasure to say that the open heart surgery was a success. The patient, who comes from a poor family, had a hole in his heart. He was refused employment due to his serious cardiac complications. When we discussed the matter with Dr Devi Shetty he asked us to perform the surgery free of cost," Alam told The Telegraph.

The patient thanked the hospital for gifting him a life free of complications. "The surgery would have cost me Rs 1.3 lakh and I tried to raise funds. When I did not succeed, the hospital administration said it would waive the cost," said Naresh, who will be released from the hospital on Friday.

The hospital had also achieved another milestone by successfully performing a coronary angioplasty on Mohammad Masih Alam on June 21 headed by consultant cardiologist Dilip Kumar.

The super speciality hospital, located in Tamolia in the outskirts of the city, has been set up at a cost of Rs 35 crore. Facilities including cardiac and general operating theatres, cardiac catherisation laboratory, specialised out patient department for cardiac treatment, intensive care and dialysis units are available.

In the second phase Rs 50 crore will be spent for coming up with kidney transplant, neuro surgery and joint replacements facility. The 200-bed hospital has set a target to perform five heart surgeries and 15 cardiac catherisation a day.

"The hospital was set up to fill the void in cardiac treatment in the region. The hospital will look after the common people and provide them with high-tech medical facilities at affordable cost," said Mono Bindu Bhattacharjee, the managing trustee of Brahmananda Seva Sadan, which joined hands with Narayana Hrudayalaya to establish the hospital. Source:www.telegraphindia.com

Swine flu alert across hospitals

Ranchi, Aug. 5: With the state seeing its first swine flu case today, the nodal officer appointed to check the spread of the disease in Jharkhand said that people with symptoms can approach Infectious Diseases Hospital in Ranchi and 30 other state-run hospitals for clinical examination.

"The Infectious Diseases Hospital on Jail Road in Ranchi and 30 prominent government hospitals across 24 districts are the designated centres where clinical evaluation for the pandemic flu will be done," said Dr Pradeep Baski.

He added that all necessary arrangements had been done to fight the disease in the state and advised the people to follow all safety guidelines such as avoiding mingling in the crowd and overseas travel.

"The spread of pandemic flu can be checked by adopting a scientific approach instead of mobilising masses to approach government hospitals in case of minor symptoms. One should focus on those persons who have returned from foreign tours with severe symptoms. A tab should also be kept on persons who are in contact with people who have returned from foreign trips," he said.

The nodal officer added that the nearest designated test centre of pandemic H1N1 virus was in Calcutta, where samples can be sent on recommendation of doctors.

Till now, four samples from Jharkhand — three from Jamshedpur and one from Bokaro — had been sent for swine flu tests. Of them, one — a youth from Jamshedpur — had tested positive.

A.K. Matho, in-charge of the state control room at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, seconded Baski, saying that the state had sufficient anti-flu drugs to handle any emergency.

The nodal officer, however, could not give the exact quantity of drug stocked in Jharkhand. "The medicine is at the district headquarters and instruction has been given to doctors to use them in case of emergency only," he added.

According to the new guidelines, private hospitals are not authorised to treat pandemic flu cases. Indra Mohan Prasad Gupta, who owns a private nursing home in the city, said: "We have been left with no option other than referring any swine flu case to government hospitals."

He, however, welcomed the guidelines, saying that it had spared them the extra efforts needed to be taken to check the virus. Source:The Telegraph

Transfusion medicine centre at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital

Jamshedpur, Aug. 4: Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital will soon have a transfusion medicine centre.

Once the centre is up and running, the hospital will be able to separate blood constituents to facilitate proper screening of diseases.

The centre will also be able to separate or manufacture plasma and PAC cells used for patients suffering from burns and those with anaemia. Plasma is the yellow-coloured liquid component of blood, in which blood cells are suspended.

For now, the hospital only has a blood bank, but no specialised facility catering to critical burn patients.

The centre will be set up at the spot where the mortuary was previously.

Talking about the proposed centre, MGM superintendent A.N. Mishra said that he had spoken with Jitendra Kumar, the director of state health department, regarding the demand and supply of plasma and PAC cells in the steel city during Kumar's recent visit.

"He (Jitendra Kumar) asked me to submit a proposal to the state health secretary, as soon as possible, for the transfusion medicine centre on hospital premises. As the centre would be an important addition to an already premier health facility and since it is a must in every medical college and hospital, the proposal should receive the administration nod immediately," said Mishra.

Mishra, who also holds the post of the principal of MGM Medical College and Hospital, revealed that the health director had, while visiting the hospital, asked him to submit separate proposals for the upgradation of the hospital infrastructure.

He added that the idea of a transfusion medicine centre was also in line with the health director's instruction of upgrading the facility.

"In absence of blood component separators, we usually have to administer whole blood to our patients, instead of just providing plasma or PAC cells to patients, according to their needs," he said.

"There has been a rise in cases of anaemia and we are in need of PAC cells. Currently, a patient's guardian has to procure PAC cells or plasma from Jamshedpur Blood Bank.

"But after the centre is set up, then we can not only meet the demand of our hospital's patients, but also of those in other smaller hospitals and nursing homes in the steel city," he hoped.Source:The Telegraph

Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) defers MCI inspection, PG courses to remain unrecognized

RANCHI: Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here may be one of the premiere institutions of the country but as far as PG courses are  concerned many of them have never been recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI) since its inception. This year PG students of anaesthesia and paediatrics departments were hopeful that their courses would get recognition after RIMS director N N Agarwal shot off letters to the medical council in March inviting an MCI team for inspection.

Much to the surprise of the students, however, the inspection was deferred once again by RIMS administration without citing any valid reason. Agarwal told TOI that unless the situation was favourable there was no point calling the inspectors.

"There are certain shortfalls in the departments in terms of strength of human resource and unless appointments are made, calling the MCI team will be of no use," he said adding that there is no time schedule fixed for fulfilling the shortfalls.

While the post-graduate degree in paediatrics is recognised, diploma in child health under the same department is not. Students argue that when degree course of the department is recognised it is sheer negligence on the part of the RIMS administration for failing to get the diploma course recognized. PG course in anaesthesia has also not been recognised.

One student said several batches have passed out and obtained degrees from Ranchi University but they have simply decided against taking MCI registration.

"MCI registration is required only when a doctor seeks employment in good medical college or government firm, while most doctors prefer private job and ignore even MCI registration," he said.

Due to strict MCI norms this year, the RIMS moved an application to invite MCI inspectors and get some of the courses recognised. Responding to the requisition, the MCI appointed Ranjana Chatterjee of RK Kar Medical college, Kolkata as inspector for the paediatrics department and communicated the matter to RIMS in first week of May.

Despite publication of advertisement for appointment of teachers in the department, it was cancelled by RIMS administration for reasons best known to it.

Subsequently, the clinical viva examination of students was delayed by two months by RIMS administration and students were convinced that examination would be conducted when the MCI inspectors visit is confirmed.

Later when appointments were not possible, the RIMS administration decided to defer the visit of the MCI team and students were directed to appear in examination (clinical and viva) on July 29 and 30 for which an undertaking has also been taken from the students.

"We were asked to sign a paper expressing our willingness to appear in clinical examination whereas we agreed to wait only when MCI inspection for recognition of the course was assured," said another student. Source:Timesofindia

College girl dies after park drink

Ranchi, July 28: A second-year arts student of Ranchi College died under mysterious circumstances after consuming a soft drink at Rock Garden while her friend is still fighting for life.

Seema Singh Yadav (24) and friend Kavita Kumari (22) were both admitted at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) after they vomited several times at the park around 1pm today. Seema died at the hospital while Kavita is still critical.

The management of Rock Garden and officials of Gonda police station admitted the incident took place this afternoon. But city superintendent of police A. Vijayalaxmi refused to comment saying that she was yet to collect statements on the matter.

Doctors at RIMS believe it to be a case of poisoning. "But we cannot be sure of anything unless we carry out the post-mortem," said chief medical officer of RIMS, Umesh Prasad.

Family sources said that Seema and Kavita had started from their homes in Chiraundi village of Morhabadi area around 11am. They told their families that they were going to attend computer classes at Panchwati Plaza. But instead of going to their classes, they went to Rock Garden and had some soft drinks there.

"After they took soft drink from a stall at Rock Garden, they felt uneasy and began vomiting," a visitor at Rock Garden said requesting anonymity.

Manager of Rock Garden, Ramadhir Singh, denied having any information on the consumption of soft drinks in this incident. "The girls were seen vomiting and were taken to the hospital. We did not notice any soft drinks around them. I do not even have any information on sale of poisonous soft drinks at our garden stall. If it had been so, more people would have suffered," he said.

Singh said that Seema was a permanent resident of Dhanbad. "When we found the girls unconscious, we called her residence from one her cell phone. Her sister in Dhanbad had received the call," he said.

Family sources said Seema was married to Pappu Singh Yadav, who worked as a daily wage earner in the science and technology department at Nepal House this April. Seema's mother Pushpa Devi also worked at the industry department at Nepal House, family sources said.

Kavita, who is undergoing treatment, is the daughter of a retired Ranchi University employee. Source:telegraphindia

RIMS to break agency monopoly - Cleaning Drive Started

Ranchi, July 21: Having learnt a lesson from the ongoing strike by cleaning staff over wage issue, the governing body of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) today decided to hire sweepers from two or more agencies to check the monopoly of a single union.

Meanwhile, the hospital today hired daily wage earners to clean up the premises.

Over 175 contractual labourers have been on a strike at RIMS since Saturday, demanding a hike in their wages from Rs 92 to Rs 124 per day. But the contractor, under whom they are working at RIMS, is not ready to pay more than Rs 99 in a day.

In the absence of sweepers, biomedical waste continued to pile up at all the wards, making it difficult for patients to stay at the hospital.

In another development, the RIMS authorities sanctioned posts of several paramedical staff and nurses, besides setting up a five-member committee to regularise the services of nurses working on a contractual basis, as well as operation theatre staff.

The governing body also decided to set up a committee for the appointment of a new director. The tenure of the present director, N.N. Aggarwal, will expire on August 15.

A governing body member, Ghanshyam Das, confirmed the news but refused to furnish further details.Source:telegraphindia.com

RIMS campus turns into garbage dump

RANCHI: Tara Devi, who is undergoing treatment at Rajendra Institute of medical Sciences (RIMS), is keen to return home despite the fact that she is 
yet to recover. Reason: she simply can't stand the abominable stench emanating from the garbage heaps on RIMS campus and the generally unhygienic condition which prevails there.

"I'm unable to bear the stink and garbage around me at RIMS. Instead of getting well, I fear I'll be infected by some new disease," she said.

Tara Devi is not the only one complaining. Many other patients like her want to return home to get away from the filth and grime that prevails at the state's premiere hospital due to the ongoing staff strike.

Be it the toilets, corridors or even intensive care units (ICUs), all are in equally pathetic condition.

Aware of the problems faced by patients, attendants and even hospital medical staff, the RIMS authorities callously say that cleaning responsibility has already been outsourced and it is upto the contractor to ensure that everything moves in the right direction.

The problem cropped up after some 125 contract cleaning staff working for a private firm Krishna Construction resorted to strike demanding payment on the par with recommendations of the labour commissioner.

RIMS management has outsourced the cleaning job to the private firm at a rate of Rs 72 lakh per year. The firm has engaged workforce of 125 labourers for the task and till date has been paying at the rate of Rs 92 per worker per day.

After a recent directive of the labour office, the contract cleaning workers raised their voice demanding increase in their daily wages to the tune of Rs 124 per day per head whereas the contractor is ready to increase the old rate by just Rs 7 and pay them daily wage of Rs 99.

The managing partner of Krishna Constructions, who owns the year-long contract, said they were not in a position to increase payment beyond Rs 99 per day per head.

"Workers are aware that they are working on contract and they are guided by the contract that we have signed with RIMS administration. Any change in wages will directly affect the business because the contract amount is not subject to revision before expiry of contract period," he said adding that still the firm offered to hike the daily wages slightly.

On his part, RIMS director-cum-chief executive N N Agarwal said since the cleaning job had been outsourced to a private agency the hospital had no role to play.

"Our job is limited to hiring service and, thereafter, in case any problem s it becomes responsibility of the agency to sort it out," he said adding that the charges that hospital is paying to the contractor was fixed through a proper agreement.

Admitting that the standard of cleanliness is not upto the mark, Agarwal said it may have an adverse affect during the renewal of contract.

"At present it has to be managed by the contractors," he said. Source:timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Plan to open medical college in Hazaribag

HAZARIBAG: Plans are afoot to establish a medical college and hospital under Vinoba Bhave University (VBU). A decision to this effect was taken at a 
high-level meeting attended by VBU vice chancellor Arvind Kumar, leading doctors and residents of the town, noted educationists and the vice-chairman of the Hazaribag Municipal Corporation here on Sunday.

Addressing the meeting, the VBU VC said that he mooted the idea after taking into consideration the sincere efforts of the state government towards providing financial assistance and necessary facilities to VBU to introduce engineering and management courses from the current academic session.

The VC said that the state's first dental college-cum-research centre, which is affiliated to VBU, is already functioning for the last few years. An OPD centre has also come up on the university premises under the guidance of Dr Rajat Chakrabortee.

Kumar said that the OPD centre would be upgraded with a 100-bed hospital. He said that the medical college at Hazaribag would be known as University College of Medical Sciences.

The meeting also deliberated on the ideal site for the medical college. It was of the view that over 100 acres of land belonging to the Calcutta Pinjrapole Society on the eastern part of the Hazaribag town would prove to be an ideal site for the medical college.

Secretary of the local unit of the Calcutta Pinjrapole Society Dhan Kumar Jain suggested that a delegation headed by the vice chancellor should meet the director of the Pinjrapole Society and impress upon him the need to donate the land to VBU to open the much-needed medical college at Hazaribag.

The VC said that he would approach the state government and the leading industrial houses in Jharkhand and seek fund to give shape to the idea.

Dr M K Singh of VBU and Dr Rajat Chakrabortee have been appointed co-ordinator and joint co-ordinator, respectively, of a 10-member committee constituted to work out the details of the proposed medical college. Source:timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Rate hiccups for rabies vaccine at MGM College.

Jamshedpur, July 16: While stray attacks continue to give citizens nervous nights, anti-rabies vaccines (ARV) remain off the shelves at MGM Medical College and Hospital.

With the purchase wing of the state health department yet to approve the price of the vaccine, the hospital administration is helpless and can't treat dog bite victims. The hospital authorities have now sought a bailout from the district civil surgeon.

The stock of anti-rabies vaccine exhausted at the hospital several months ago. A proposal for acquiring fresh stock is lying pending with the health department for the necessary price approval. Hence, the hospital administration is not able to float tenders. "We have adequate stock of other medicines except for ARV. A requisition has been sent but nothing has materialised yet. We have asked the district civil surgeon office to supply some stock and are also referring dog bite victims to the him," sources in the hospital said.

But there is no surety of getting a dose at the district civil surgeon's office. Several times, victims are again referred to public health centres or are asked to seek help from social organisations.

With incidents of dog bites on the rise, demand for ARV has shot up. Poor victims have no option but to rush to MGM Hospital while others are forced to buy the vaccine from the market. "The poor cannot afford to buy ARV. A single vial of ARV costs about Rs 300-350. If we had supply, we could provide it for free," a doctor at the MGM Hospital said. Depending on the situation, about five or more vaccines are needed for one victim.

MGM Hospital superintendent A.N. Mishra said they were hoping for a solution soon. "We are facing other problems relating to stock as well. But we have no ARV at our disposal," he added.

Hospital authorities blamed civil bodies for not controlling the street dog menace.

Over 10 persons have fallen victim to dog bites recently. Three among them lived in the vicinity of Tatanagar railway station. An aged women of Azadnagar in Mango died after a street dog attack last week.Source:telegraphindia.com

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Central Laboratory of RIMS

The Central Laboraory, not only, is serving the hospital investigations , its being the integral part of RIMS, the only and sole medical institution in the state of Jharkhand. Patients are being referred not only from the PHC, sub centers of local & surrounding 211 blocks and uncountable villages but also from very far and distant places ( approx. 22 districts) covering 70 % of patient below poverty line (red card holders). This laboratory now caters the need of diagnostic health care of people of Ranchi district as well as the state of Jharkhand.

This laboratory has joined National Health Program relating to reduction of disease by controlling of the communicable diseases, which affects the poor and vulnerable populations, like Malaria, AIDS etc.

This laboratory has already been selected to support the diagnostic provisions of upcoming super specialty departments of RIMS.

Director, RIMS, Dr. N.N. Aggarwal

Giant leap towards success

Personnel & team of Central Laboratory shows its gratitude to all clinicians, surgeons , consultants ,residents and administrators of RIMS and Ranchi , who have shown their tremendous faith in the work and performances of this lab other wise it was impossible to attract the progressive increasing work load from initial 3940 (in the month of Jan-2007) to 14308 (in the month of July- 2008), which has gracefully broken all its previous records. This is another marked mile stone towards achieving its goal and target.


Authority of RIMS & Govt. of Jharkhand have already taken initiative for upgrading the facilities and to improve the diagnostic centers in RIMS. Central lab is likely to be made more sophisticated by installing more sophisticated and modernized diagnostic equipment and machinery and skilled man power so that it may be possible to cop up in discharging its work load in norms of absolute quality control within shortest period of time in the benefit of patients and people of the state. Source:riimsranchi.wordpress.com

President asks states to enact laws to check ragging

New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Concerned over several incidents of ragging reported from across the country, President Pratibha Patil Friday wrote to all the state governments to enact laws to prevent ragging in educational institutions.
In a letter written to all governors and Lieutenant Governors, Patil asked them to help to eliminate the menace of ragging.

Pratibha Patil"The Supreme Court has already taken a strong stand on ragging and rules and regulations including laws have already been enacted at different levels or are in the process of being enacted. The governors and lt. governors need to consider whether such legislation, if it does not exist in their states and union territories, could be brought in," a communique from the President's Office said.

The president said that the repeated incidents indicates "the perverse practice of ragging has not only become rampant in our educational institutions but acquired hideous proportions costing the sanity and life of some of the students".

"What is more worrisome is the persistent spread of this scourge both across a range of educational institutions as also across the length and breadth of our country. Such disorderly, aggressive, and inhuman conduct on the part of senior students inflicting physical cruelty and mental torment on the freshers has outraged society at large," she said.

According to the president, it is the primary responsibility of the management of educational institutions and the teachers to prevent ragging. However, "it would make eminent sense if parents and guardians are mobilised to counsel their wards to behave more responsibly and be supportive in their dealings with their juniors".

"As the new academic calendar is about to commence soon, time has come when all the stake holders in the realm of education and civil society need to seriously ponder and put their act together to prevent the menace of ragging," she said.Source:thaindian.com

Medical colleges offer PG degree with no hospital

NEW DELHI: The state of affairs pertaining to private medical and dental colleges is getting murkier.

Close on the heels of the capitation fee scam in medical colleges of Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court on Friday stumbled upon another blatant violation of rules in permitting private dental colleges to be attached to government hospitals for practicals of PG students.

Counsel for Dental Council of India (DCI) Gaurav Sharma opposed grant of permission to Surendra Dental College and Research Institute to admit students for post-graduation courses on the ground that it had no valid tie-up with a hospital. Since PG courses were more practical-oriented than classroom based, non-attachment to a hospital would jeopardise the standard of education, he said.

To counter this, the college at Sri Ganganagar produced a letter dated May 26, 2009, from the health department of Rajasthan allowing it to be attached to the government hospital in the town "till 2012-13 academic session or till construction of its own hospital".

Sharma pointed out that another private college -- Maharaja Ganga Singh Dental College, Sri Ganganagar -- was permitted by the state government to be attached to the same government hospital. "In the larger public interest, it is not appropriate to attach two dental colleges for the purpose of clinical training with a government hospital as the same would definitely deteriorate the standards of dental education," DCI said.

The Bench, returning the letter to the college's counsel, senior advocate P S Narasimha, said, "Mr Narasimha, we won't pass any order. You see the worth of this letter. It appears as if it is just taken out of the minister's pocket."

The letter, in possession of TOI, was written by a deputy secretary to the Rajasthan government and starts with "I am directed to write..." and ends by forwarding a copy of it to the private secretary of the health minister.

The college, through counsel Bina Madhavan, pointed out to the court that the college satisfied the regulations by being attached to a hospital. It also assailed the decision of DCI not to grant permission to it to admit students for the academic year 2009-10, for which it had already appointed teaching staff.

The Bench refused to accede to the college's request for an immediate inspection of the institute by DCI for infrastructure facilities, including the strength of faculty, and give its report to the Centre for permission to start post-graduate courses.

The court issued notice to the Centre, which sought four weeks time to file a reply. It ordered the matter to be listed two weeks after the Centre has filed its reply so as to allow others to respond to the Union government's stand. Source:timesofindia.indiatimes

Ragging helpline tips - How to Use it.

The helpline aims to help victims of ragging within minutes of their complaints. It will be operational at all hours. A four-digit, toll-free number will become operational once the helpline is launched. The steps being planned:

Step 1: A ragged student or a friend calls the helpline.

Step 2: The distress message is automatically stored in a central database with time, location and details of caller.

Step 3: The message is instantly replayed from the central control room, simultaneously alerting the head of the institution, the warden of the hostel and an appointed nodal officer of the affiliating university.

Step 4: An officer at the central control room will decide, immediately after the distress call, whether the case needs immediate intervention from district officials and police. If so, the message will be relayed to the district magistrate and the superintendent of police.

Step 5: The complaint will be placed on a website to enable the media and citizens to keep track of follow-up action.

Step 6: At the institution, its head will be required to act "immediately" on receiving the complaint. The head and the hostel warden will be held responsible for follow-up action.

Step 7: The head and the warden will have to alert an anti-ragging squad they are required to constitute in the institution. This squad is to consist of students and representatives of the staff. Its mandate is to be prepared for physical intervention in ragging cases 24x7.

Step 8: The squad is expected to intervene at the offence site, stop or prevent any ragging, and collect any evidence, including witness testimonies. If the victim called after the incident, or the anti-ragging squad could not arrive on time, the squad will initiate action against the accused.

Step 9: The institute head has to decide, within 24 hours of receiving the call, whether to register an FIR. Independently of any police action, the institute must complete its inquiry and action must be completed in seven days.

Step 10: The central database will also store the status of the action taken. It will also be made available to an NGO nominated by the Centre.

Step 11: Failure by the institute to act can lead to a range of punishments — from disciplinary action against the head, warden or members of the staff to declaring the institute doesn't meet academic standards.Source:.telegraphindia

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