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After Gorakhpur: Ensure supply of life saving items, says Health ministry advisory to central govt hospitals
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

The UP government has not yet accepted on record the claim that the deaths were caused by the stoppage of oxygen supply at Gorakhpur’s B R D Medical College Hospital.

‘Increase in vector-borne cases can be attributed to mosquito adaptability to changing environment’
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, UT’s anti-malaria officer, talks to Indian Express about climatic conditions and spread of vector-borne diseases in Chandigarh.

Monthly amount of rainfall correlated with monthly cases of malaria: Study
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Also, rain and humidity are enablers for both diseases as they assist in the hatching of young mosquitoes and the survival of adult mosquitoes. Higher temperatures over longer periods are extending the transmission time for both dengue and malaria.

Ten year-old rape victim delivers baby girl, told she has a stone inside her
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Doctors at the hospital described the condition of the newborn and the mother, who was in the 36th week of her pregnancy, as “stable”. But they added that the rape victim’s parents had submitted a written representation disowning the newborn.

ICMR Report From January onwards, 1,335 cancer cases reported in Chandigarh
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Rajya Sabha MP Shamsher Singh Dullo had asked several questions, including if “it is a fact that the number of cancer patients is on the rise in the country, particularly in the states of Punjab and Haryana.

Two more succumb to swine flu in Punjab; death toll rises to 12
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

A senior health official said three more swine flu cases have been reported and the total number of patients diagnosed with H1N1 cases in the state has reached 71 till date.

10 fresh cases of dengue reported in eight days, number goes up to 31
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

The first case of swine flu in Chandigarh was reported on June 24. Since then, the number has gone up steadily. Also, five swine flu deaths have been reported in the city. Last year, the number of swine flu cases reported in the city was six and no one died.

State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation: Rajasthan, UP earmark a hub each, send proposals to Centre
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

The medical institutes in both the states, once they become SOTTO, will report to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), which is the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation(ROTTO) for north India.

Union Ministry of Health Scheme: PGIMER plans to start dental sealant programme for students in city schools
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

There has been a rise in the number of children suffering from dental cavities. According to PGI doctors, around 70 per cent of the children aged 12 years suffer from dental cavities.

This winter, flight operations at Chandigarh may be hit
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

“The teams of all airlines will sit and everyone will prepare a new schedule. Either the flights would be rescheduled or they would be cancelled,” said an airline official. He said there was no confirmation whether the International flights operating from the airport would continue or they would be halted.

Chandigarh tops Union Territories with 36 snakebite deaths in 2016
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

According to the report, of the seven UTs, Chandigarh had the highest of 36 snakebite deaths, while Dadra & Nagar Haveli reported nine. Three UTs - Daman and Diu, Lakshwadeep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands - did not report any snakebite death in 2016.

Swine flu death toll rises to four in Chandigarh
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

For the health department, the worry is that the patients who have died so far due to swine flu reach hospital at the terminal stage. “When the patients reach the hospital late, it becomes very difficult for the doctors to manage such cases,” said a health official.

Panjab University: RSS leader dares Mehbooba Mufti to Revoke Art 370 to test waters
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

SENIOR RASHTRIYA Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar on Wednesday suggested revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir as an “experiment” to check whether people would as a reaction burn the tricolour or unfurl it. Kumar’s comments came days after J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti said in New Delhi that if the special constitutional status of […]

‘PGI lacks funds for cutting edge research’
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Varma retired from the service on Monday after more than four decades in the medical hub.

Four doctors suffering from swine flu, PGIMER takes steps to stop disease spread on campus in Chandigarh
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

According to health department sources, out of the four doctors, one lives within the campus while the three doctors are living in different sectors of the city.

Five-year-old son of PGI doctor latest swine flu case in city
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Five-year-old son of a woman doctor working with the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research has become the latest positive case of swine flu in the city. The total number of positive swine flu cases in the city has now reached seven.

No school, cartoons on TV, pup in her arms: child’s home waits for ruling on her abortion
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

The victim had been subjected to repeated rape allegedly by her maternal uncle, and the pregnancy was confirmed by doctors at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Chandigarh.

Jammu & Kashmir: SMHS hospital becomes first govt hospital to perform corneal transplant
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

The SMHS authorities have setup an eye bank at the hospital and the corneas were transported from Delhi. A doctor from All India Institutes of Medical Sciences New Delhi was among the team which successfully performed the transplants.

Child denied abortion, mother asks: What does a 10-yr-old know
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

The girl, subjected to repeated rape, allegedly by her maternal uncle, is approximately 30 weeks pregnant, according to doctors at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh, who have examined the girl.

House-to-house Screening Dead pigeon, algae in water, finds inspection at PGI campus
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

The health department’s malaria wing has launched a massive house-to-house screening in the city to prevent outbreak of vector-borne diseases.

Five-year roadmap towards eliminating malaria — zone by zone, year by year
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22) lays down a blueprint of action to tackle the problem, working in parcels and identifying annual targets for each. The Indian Express unpacks the details

Punjab War on drugs: Govt plans to introduce opioid Buprenorphine on OPD basis to treat addicts
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

The treatment model, named as Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT), was suggested by a renowned American drug therapist and consultant Dr Kanwar Ajit Singh Sidhu

Give details of pending procurement cases: PGI director to HoDs
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Professor Jagat Ram, in the letter, has also asked the heads to supply the information in the next 10 days regarding all the pending procurement cases along with complete details of the approval and current status of every case.

Lung transplant: PGI doctors stress need for funds for financially weak patients
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

On July 11, the PGIMER became the country’s first government hospital to conduct lung transplant. The cost of the transplant is being borne by the institute after it was found that the family of the recipient belong to low socioeconomic status (SES).

Paid Rs 700 a day for wife’s treatment… hopeful situation will change for good now
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

The recipient of the transplant, doctors said, was diagnosed with lung disease in 2015 and was initially taken to a local hospital in Patiala. She was brought to PGI in February 2016 and since then she had been receiving treatment at the institute. A month ago, Singh was told that his wife required a transplant.

Chandigarh PGI becomes first govt hospital to perform lung transplant
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

The lung was harvested from an accident victim, Bhola Singh from Punjab’s Moga district. The Brain Death Certification Committee of PGI declared him brain-dead on Monday night. Soon thereafter, he was considered as a donor for the lung transplant.

Medical officers told to keep health workers on high alert
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

Recently, the Chandigarh health department launched a house-to-house inspection in the city for mosquito-prone conditions. According to the health department, 24,000 houses have been inspected as part of the ongoing drive.

Kalka-Shimla train ride: Northern Railway plans see-through coach on the UNESCO World Heritage Track
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Officials at the Kalka Railways Workshop told Chandigarh Newsline that the plan is to manufacture an 18-seater coach. “We have recently sent a revised drawing of the coach to the railways headquarters. We are waiting for the approval of the drawings,” said the official.

Hallomajra school bus accident: The day after worried parents ask how safe buses are, schools say all norms followed
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Parents associations blame the Chandigarh administration for ‘not listening’ to them and allege that school managements were not completely implementing the safety guidelines laid down by CBSE and also the UT administration.

‘Missing home’, minors return after bid to cross LoC, families say boys detained
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

The four boys, two 15-year-olds, a 13-year-old and the 11-year-old, reached home a day later, on the evening of June 27, and are now “in detention” at the Kupwara police station.

PGIMER course in medical imaging
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

PGIMER spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said the course has been named BSc in Medical Animation and Audio-visual Creation. “The course will have 15 seats. Ten students will be selected through an entrance exam. The other seats will be reserved for sponsored candidates and foreign nationals.”

Joie De Vivre: Far away from home, Afghan students celebrate Eid to get a feel of nostalgia
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

“I am the host today. Around 10 of us will have lunch together. We have prepared some dishes today,” said Yasmeen, a BCA student at SD College in Sector 32 on the special occasion of Eid celebrations.

Chandigarh: Union health secy to visit PGI on June 27 to attend SFC meet
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Sources said the PGI administration would also make a detailed presentation on Tuesday about the four new facilities, announced by PGI, to come up at Sarangpur. “We are yet to send the project details of the four major facilities to the Union health ministry.

Chandigarh International Airport: Two years after inauguration, new terminal to get Wi-Fi facility
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Earlier, the officials had said that “technical problems in the server, were hampering the trail run of the Wi-fi services at the airport and the problems have been resolved now.” Sahota said that passengers will have free access to Wi-fi services for the first 15 minutes.

Chandigarh records first swine flu case this season
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

This is the first swine flue case to be recorded in the city. Earlier, a resident of Panchkula district had died of swine flue. Besides swine flu, health department officials said the city has not recorded any fresh case of dengue or Chikungunya so far.

J&K Police told to pray at protected mosques on Eid
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

According to sources, the advisory was a “preventive measure” to ensure the safety of its personnel who have been the target of attacks as Kashmir witnesses a series of protests ever since last year’s unrest over the killing of Burhan Wani.