Tabassum Barnagarwala


‘15% commercial sex establishments provide minors for sex trade in Mumbai’, says Report
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Survivors were given “medications and injections to make them more compliant, for birth control measures or to make them fatter”, the report observed.

Hotel staffers to be trained to identify victims of trafficking
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Staffers will be trained on 50 signs indicative of sex trade, such as request for change of bed linen too frequently, male guest with minor in a room for too long, suspicious requests by guests and of absence of identification proof by girls who check in.

Mumbai: Over 200 hit the road to march for science
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

About 200 scientists marched over a 2-km stretch in South Mumbai protesting budgetary cuts in scientific research and the shift towards “pseudo-scientific ideas”.

Sexual abuse of boys: Shame, poor awareness behind under-reporting
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

NCRB data of 2015 shows Maharashtra reported maximum cases (13,921) of crime against children in the country. It also ranked highest in rape cases of children (2,231) and sexual harassment of minors (1,043) .

Mizoram House: Where patients fight cancer together
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

The two travelled over 3,000 km from a village near Aizawl to Mumbai to undergo treatment at the Tata Memorial hospital. Like them, in 2015 and 2016, 359 and 337 cancer patients, respectively, stayed in the Mizoram House for cancer treatment. This year, 158 Mizo patients have sought shelter.

Complaint based on BARC research: NHRC asks for report on levels of bromate in drinking water
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

The complaint is based on a Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) report that found high levels of bromate in packaged drinking water in 27 per cent of the samples they tested in Mumbai. Bromate is known to have carcinogenic effects, reduce weight and affect renal function.

Ghatkopar building collapse: After 15-hour ordeal, the last man alive — Rajesh Doshi
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

“Patte ke mahal ki tarah mere saamne mera ghar toota (I saw my flat collapse like a pack of cards),” recollects Rajesh Doshi, as he nurses his injured foot in Shantiniketan Hospital.

Ghatkopar housing society building collapse: Victims do not just lose their homes, but also dreams, identity, says survivor
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The news of the collapse of Ghatkopar’s Siddhi Sai Cooperative Housing Society on Tuesday made the residents of Borivali’s Laxmi Chhaya building and Dockyard Road’s Babu Genu Mandai building revisit the horrors of a similar tragedy in the past. “I saw myself when I watched the victims of Ghatkopar’s building collapse on TV channels on […]

Seven still in hospital
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

At Shantiniketan hospital, four patients — Rajesh Doshi, Riddhi Khanchandani, Ganesh Thanage and Pradnya Jadeja —remained admitted. Doctors said all of them were stable.

Away from India, Burjeel doctors claim ‘cheerful’ Eman is in better shape now
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

"Eman will be the ambassador for obesity treatment to help the hospital spread awareness on childhood and adult obesity, treatment and nutrition intake," said Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, managing director at VPS Healthcare

Dr Gopalrao Deshmukh Marg: The name does little to keep the memory of Mumbai’s first mayor alive
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

In 1962, on the same piece of land, Deshmukh, the first mayor of Mumbai after Independence and also the first president of Indian Medical Association, had breathed his last at age of 78.

H1N1: BMC stresses on vaccination for high-risk group
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

The BMC analysed deaths of 22 people due to H1N1 and found that most of them either belonged to the high risk category or suffered from a delay in starting the Oseltamivir drug.

Govt schemes have little impact in uplifting Muslim women: Unpublished minority commission report
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

The report was completed in 2012 but was not released by the former Congress-NCP government or the current BJP-led regime.

Hiranandani Hospital kidney racket: Three suspects to be questioned
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

On June 26, the DHS had written to Powai police about producing recipient Dimple Himmatramka, who underwent an alleged illegal transplant in April 2016, recipient Rasilaben Kantharia and donor Harshaben Kevadia, who underwent a transplant in May 2016.

Sensitisation drive by NGO in Mumbai: ‘Being gay is not a disorder’
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Realising the necessity for sensitisation of both the medical fraternity and the community, city-based Humsafar Trust is now holding awareness sessions. Outside Mumbai, community outreach has been held in Pune and Delhi so far.

Praja report: ‘Corporators spent more time discussing hospital name changes than health issues’
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Between 2012 and 2017, information gathered by NGO Praja through the Right to Information (RTI) law showed there were 90 questions raised by corporators in both the health and standing committee meetings seeking change in names of hospitals.

Lend me a hand
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

Ever since the first hand transplant in India in 2015, patients from across India and abroad have been lining up at a Kochi hospital, even as more hospitals have registered for the procedure. But only two more transplants have been possible since.

GST rollout: Prices of many popular drugs may be unaffected, supply won’t be hit, says NPPA
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

GST rollout: “We expect normal supply to return in three-four days. But there will be no scarcity anywhere,” said Anil Navandar, secretary of Maharashtra State Druggists and Chemists Association.

Byculla jail inmate’s death: Rights panel issues notice to prisons dept
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

According to the first information report (FIR), the prison staff assaulted Mnajula Shetye, who was also appointed as a warden in prison, over an argument over food on June 23 afternoon.

6 months since polls, medical council yet to start operating
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

The state’s quasi judicial body has 85,000 registered allopathic doctors. Apart from issuing licence for practice to doctors, the council also looks into complaints of medical negligence and introduces regulations regarding ethics of medical practice.

FDA plans to issue hygiene guidelines for restaurants, hotels, street food stalls
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

For a hotel or restaurant to renew its licence or for a street vendor to get registered, the owner will have to display the set of FDA formulated guidelines in a prominent spot, where all customers can view it.

Include 18 medical devices among drugs, cap prices: FDA
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Another FDA report shows how private hospitals allegedly gain a profit margin of 200-500 per cent on routine medical instruments such as urinary bags, disposable syringes, needles and oxygen masks, among a list of 18 medical items.

Subramanian Swamy calls for tax to fund gaushalas across India
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

“There is no such thing as absolute fundamental right. The right to eat beef is subject to ‘reasonable restrictions’ in the Constitution. Soon, a national ban will be announced on cow slaughter and consumption,"said BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

State to issue notifications to civic bodies on hookah ban
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

The notification has been approved internally, says DHS joint director.

Maharashtra to soon reject all CSR and other funds from tobacco firms
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

The move is aimed at curtailing direct and indirect promotion of tobacco brands by the state government

GATS Study: Tobacco users in India have reduced by 81 lakhs
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

he most noticeable decline in tobacco use was amongst youngsters aged 15-24 years. Between 2010 and 2016, prevalence of tobacco among teenagers (15-17 years) shot down from 9.6 per cent to 4.4 per cent.

BMC inspects govt buildings, finds mosquito breeding in 1,858 water tanks
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Maximum breeding, with 536 spots, found in PWD buildings, followed by Central Railway, CPWD.

Regulate prices of intraocular lenses: FDA report to Maharashtra govt
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

The FDA report, sent to the Maharashtra government, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) and the NPPA, has stated that intraocular lens must be included in the definition of ‘drug’ under Drug Price Control Order 2013

FDA report urges NPPA to cap catheter prices
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

A detailed study of 12 hospitals, distributors and importers by the FDA in Maharashtra, Delhi and Chennai found that private hospitals were earning a profit margin of 25 to 472 per cent on six varieties of balloon catheter and 50 to 529 per cent on four brands of guiding catheter.

Ban on e-cigarettes likely, FDA set to draft resolution
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

An e-cigarette or an Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) is a smoking battery-operated device that uses liquid nicotine, propylene glycol, water, glycerin and flavour to give a user the sense of smoking a real cigarette.

E-cigarettes: Understanding the e-puff situation in India, challenges new fad presents
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

Selling e-cigarettes has attracted a conviction in Punjab, Maharashtra has taken steps towards a ban, and the Centre last month asked experts to assess its dangers

‘Hepatitis detection remains high among voluntary blood donors, HIV dips’
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

While National Aids control Organisation (NACO) programme conducts active screening and treatment of HIV infection, making considerable dent in new cases, hepatitis has no active screening campaign under central or state government.

Decoding sleep disorder, a nap at a time
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Sleep apnea is caused when oxygen supply is blocked during sleep, leading to frequent episodes of waking up

Nod to ready-to-use food to tackle malnutrition
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Ready to Use Therapeutic Food is a WHO recommended ready-to-eat paste

Study to relate food habits to diseases in arid Barshi
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Bio-bank will store blood samples of two lakh residents for at least 5 years

BMC’s online birth and death certification system shut
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Health department’s online system unavailable for a fortnight now since central government notified BMC of malpractices and misuse of the facility