Day of the humble ANM!

Day of the humble ANM!

Today, May 5, is the international Day of the Midwife. Most of us, owe our lives to the person who assisted at our birth. Isn’t that a reason to celebrate midwives? Inmost of North India, midwives are known as ‘dai’.  Auxiliary nurse midwives (ANM) are  village-level female health workers. The ANM is  known as the […]

Toxic Litchis behind Bihar’s encephalitis outbreak !

Toxic Litchis behind Bihar’s encephalitis outbreak !

The outbreak of ‘encephalitis’ among Muzaffarpur’s children, may actually be caused by Muzaffarpur’s famous litchis (lychees), say a team of virologists led by Dr T. Jacob at the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, in Tamil Nadu. The findings were published in Current Science last month (December 2015). Jacob and his team confirm that a toxic […]

Arsenic in water may give your child pneumonia: study

Arsenic in water may give your child pneumonia: study

[DHAKA] A new US-supported study carried out in Bangladesh has linked low or moderate exposure to arsenic in drinking water is a risk factor for pneumonia in under-five children. This study is significant for India as well, because it shares the groundwater arsenic contamination problem. Findings of the study, jointly conducted by the International Centre […]

Health minister orders Govt. hospital to disinfect with cow urine

Health minister orders Govt. hospital to disinfect with cow urine

JAIPUR: Would you wash your living room floors or your kitchen with animal excreta? Well, in ‘Post-modern’ India, a health minister, no less, has ordered that government hospital wards be ‘disinfected’ with cow urine! Rajasthan health minister Rajendra Rathore has ordered that Cow urine replace phenyl as a disinfectant in Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh (SMS) […]

UP delivers ‘Mother’ of Birthday scams

UP delivers ‘Mother’  of Birthday scams

LUCKNOW: Can a woman give birth three times in four months? Can a 60 year old have babies five times in ten months? Such aberrations of nature regularly happen in Uttar Pradesh, at least in the paper work of the ‘Janani Suraksha Yojana.’ An audit of beneficiaries of the Janani Suraksha Yojna in Uttar Pradesh, which primarily […]

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