Delhi's Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital has seen a growth of 8 to 10 per cent in patients suffering with respiratory problems due to pollution after Diwali, its Medical Director Dr Suresh Kumar said on Sunday.
Talking to IANS, Dr Suresh Kumar said that they everyday have 10-12 patients visiting the hospital with breathing problems.
"Air pollution has become a major issues post Diwali. Elderly people and chlidren are the main victim of the pollution," he said, adding that long-term exposure to chronically high PM 2.5 levels weakens the lungs' ability to function.
The air quality in Delhi improved marginally on Sunday from Saturday's "severe" to "very poor category". According to the forecast from the Air Quality Early Warning System, the AQI will continue to remain in the "very poor" category till at least Tuesday.
About the pollution caused respiratory and other problems, Dr Kumar said that they have capacity for 120 patients but due to the outbreak in pollution-related diseases post Diwali, they are getting around 140 patients every day in the hospital.
He said the emergency and OPD wards are getting average 140 patients in total, with all types of problems, but most of them are suffering with respiratory and dipping levels of oxygen. It also includes the rising number of asthma cases in children.
About the preventive measures, he said that only two things - use of masks and avoiding stepping outside - can protect people from such rising level of pollution.
He added that the high level of PM 2.5 particles at this time can lead to lung infections, irritation in eyes, and respiratory problems.
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Shri Sarbananda Sonowal Union Minister for Ayush, Ports, Shipping and Waterways inaugurated today Rathnashree Arogyadhama”, a new unit of Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Ayurveda Hospital at Udupi, Karnataka. Kum. Shobha Karandlaje, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Sri Kota Srinivasa Poojary, Minister for Social Welfare and Backward Classes Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka were also present on this occasion.
This new unit includes Aesthetic Medicine unit – Shringara. Deluxe Ward – Health Cottage unit, Dhyana Mandira, Panchakarma Centre and Special Ward.
Addressing the gathering Sri Sonowal, highlighting the role of Ayurveda in promotion of holistic health. He said that the health status of Indians can be enhanced by following AYUSH system of medicine and thus build a healthy Nation. He stressed on carrying out vast research in the field of Ayurveda for its global acceptance. The Minister wished the newly inaugurated hospital to serve the mankind, to strengthen the vision of our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s “Atma Nirbhar Bharath”.
On this occasion, Chief guest, Kum. Shobha Karandlaje, highlighted the vision of Dr D Veerendra Heggade in making the educational institute the centre of excellence. She also added about role of RUDSET (Rural Development and Self Employment Training Institute) in the development of self-employment in rural India and stands as a role model for the society.
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Chandigarh, Aug 20 (IANS) Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan on Friday reviewed the progress of the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre at Medicity in New Chandigarh near here and was assured that the ultra-modern cancer tertiary care facility will be made operational by November.On her visit to the construction site, she was apprised that the ambitious project is in the advanced stage of completion, and directed all the departments concerned to extend all requisite assistance for its early opening.The Chief Secretary said the 300-bed state of the art hospital will act as a tertiary care centre for the entire northern region, comprising Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh."The hospital will start radiotherapy, radiology, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, x-ray, mammography, medical oncology, chemotherapy, day-care ward, pathology and lab facilities, minor OT, besides initiating OPD services such as surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, palliative care preventive oncology," she said, adding these facilities will be available for public from November onwards.Taking stock of the works being executed at the hospital site, she said the Amarinder Singh government is fully committed to provide the best possible healthcare facilities to its citizens and the Chief Minister has desired to make this medical facility available to the people at the earliest.Mahajan said that the project, a unit of Tata Memorial Centre Mumbai, under the Department of Atomic Energy, is being set up with a sanctioned cost of Rs 663.74 crore in the built-up area of 40,545 square metres for which 50 acres of land has been provided free of cost by the Punjab government.The cancer care centre will be equipped with high-end diagnostic and treatment facilities such as two linear accelerator, brachytherapy, PECT CT, bone marrow transplant, CT simulator, MR simulator, interventional radiology and surgical facilities, besides daycare centre, ICU and recovery units, said Mahajan.It will be fully IT-based with electronic medical records facility, she said, adding that it will also be interlinked with all the Tata Memorial Centres located across the country.This will help the patients of this region to get online superspecialty consultation for managing various types of cancer ailments under the disease management groups, she said.Besides residential hostels for doctors and nurses and residential accommodation for faculty, the hospital also offers stay facilities for cancer patients in the specially-built 'dharamshala', she said.On completion, the project will not only make healthcare facilities accessible to the region but will also help in promoting medical tourism as the state government was developing Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Mohali as hubs for medical tourism through various initiatives.The Medicity, which comprises sites for multispecialty and superspecialty hospitals, medical research institutes and housing facilities for doctors and other staff, in New Chandigarh, spreads over 250 acres in the immediate vicinity of the PGIMER.The Chief Secretary also said two state-of-the-art cancer hospitals have already been functioning in the state at Sangrur and Bathinda in the Malwa region.While the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital in Sangrur has treated more than 23,000 cancer patients till date, the advanced cancer diagnosis, treatment and research centre in Bathinda has cured more than 2,500 cancer cases since its inception.Mahajan also said that a tertiary cancer centre was also being established in Fazilka to further strengthen cancer treatment facilities in the state. "Major civil work has been completed and it is likely to start operation next year," she said.More than 65,000 cancer patients have been provided cashless treatment under the Mukh Mantri Punjab Cancer Rahat Kosh Scheme at various cancer hospitals in the state, she added.--IANSvg/vd
Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be camping at SSKM -- the state-run tertiary referral hospital -- once in a week along with senior bureaucrats to make on-the-spot survey for further upgradation of the healthcare system in the state.It will be the first occasion since the time of the first Chief Minister of the state, Bidhan Chandra Roy, who was also a medical doctor by profession, that a Chief Minister will spend regular hours at a city hospital."Healthcare is an important sector for me. The health secretary himself sits at the Swasthya Bhavan. So we have decided to camp at SSKM every Thursday. If I am not in the city, it would be held every 15 days. The purpose of my visit is to address health related issues as early as possible with better monitoring and coordination," Banerjee, who also holds the health portfolio, said during her visit to the SSKM on Thursday evening."Many new projects are also coming up at SSKM, including a new cancer hospital in collaboration with the Tata Memorial. I can also monitor the developments taking place at the hospital," she added.Banerjee will camp at the SSKM along with Chief Secretary H.K. Dwivedi and senior officials of the health department, including Health Secretary N.S. Nigam, to carry out an in-depth study of the infrastructure available in the state-run hospitals.Banerjee also asked SSKM Director Manimoy Bandyopadhyay to set up the necessary infrastructure so that it can accommodate a dozen officials who would be present with her during her visits to the hospital every week. The Chief Minister would visit the hospital at 4 pm every Thursday and would be present there for the next three to four hours.The Chief Minister's decision comes at the time when the state government has introduced Swasthya Sathi Card that provides health insurance coverage for every 10 crore people of the state. The state government has also introduced free treatment at the government healthcare establishments."The Chief Minister wants to oversee the execution of different projects personally. She wants to see the implementation of the projects so that the people are not left out of the government benefits. She will personally monitor all the health-related developments and instruct the officials for the fast implementation of the projects," an official said.Talking about a second cancer hospital that is coming up in Siliguri, Banerjee said that she has asked G.K. Dhali of IPGMER, who had earlier visited Siliguri in connection with setting up of the hospital, to once again visit north Bengal as there are reports of rise in Covid cases on the Sikkim border.When asked about the condition of her leg, in which she had received injuries during Assembly election campaign at Nandigram and had subsequently campaigned on a wheelchair, Banerjee said: "Last week only there was an MRI on my ankle. It is yet to heal completely and it is still swollen. They (doctors) are saying that it would take another one-and-a-half months to heal completely."--IANSsbg/arm
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) The Jawaharlal Nehru University in its Academic Council meeting on Tuesday passed the setting up of a medical school and a 500-bed super speciality hospital on the university campus.This school will offer PhD, MDPhD, MD, MS, DM, MCh and MBBS degree programmes with an emphasis on modern medicine integrated with traditional medicine and knowledge systems."The hospital and the medical college in the JNU University campus will be operational by the year 2024, if all the concerned approvals to the medical college and hospital get nod on time. The hospital will function under the School of Medical Sciences, JNU", said the statement.University Vice-Chancellor Professor M. Jagadesh Kumar said that a great need was felt in JNU for this type of medical school. Therefore, it has been decided to open a medical school based on modern technology and health services. Under this, the introduction of various courses in medical and health sciences is being considered.According to the proposal tabled in the Academic Council meeting, the medical college and hospital to be set up in JNU will offer super-specialty treatment including cardiology, organ transplantation, neurology and pulmonology.The proposal for the medical college and hospital has been prepared under the new National Education Policy and the JNU Act 1966. Along with JNU Administration, the committee that made this proposal includes experts from hospitals like AIIMS and National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences.There is a proposal to set up a medical college and hospital on the available 25 acres of land in the south-western part of the university campus.The proposal states that admission to MBBS and MD courses will be done through NEET by the National Testing Agency.---IANSavr/skp/
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Delhi, has become the first hospital in India to house a fire station inside the hospital premises, its Director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Sunday.Making the announcement at a function to mark the 75th Independence Day, he said that the AIIMS has joined hands with the Delhi Fire Service for the purpose.The fire station, meant for quick response in case of fire emergency, will have its infrastructure developed by the AIIMS, while the fire tender, equipment, and manpower will be managed by the DFS.Delhi Fire Services Director Atul Garg termed it a "proud moment". "Again a proud moment for DFS, DFS has joined hand with AIIMS to open a fire station inside the Hospital to meet any emergency. AIIMS become a First Hospital in the country to have fire stn in his campus, Infrastructure will be provided by the AIIMS& manpower etc will be managed by DFS", he said in a tweet.Having a total of 61 fire stations and 3,616 personnel, including 3,280 firefighters, the DFS attends to nearly 22,000 fire and rescue calls on an average in a year.--IANSavr/vd