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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

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