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Old May 19th, 2012, 12:02 PM   #81
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Kochi floating hospital a hit with locals

The initiative of converting a vessel into a hospital has benefited the elderly living around Kochi backwaters, as it is difficult for them to visit hospitals located on the mainland.

Doctor Jace John told reporters on Wednesday that the boat is of great help to villagers, as they are poor, and many islands are so rural and remotely located, that except boats, there can be no other mode of transportation.

"The islands in the rural area are remotely located and no vehicle can reach there. Patients face difficulty as it is surrounded with water. The floating hospital is of great help to them," said John.

Nearly 20 small and big islands near Kochi and around 11 islands near Alleppey have benefited from the mobile hospital.

The hospital, set up on a motorboat, consists of a medical team comprising of one medical officer, a staff nurse and a pharmacist who visits the jetties every day as per the predefined schedule, which dispenses free medicine and checkups.

Apart from consultations, the hospital is equipped with facilities to conduct minor surgeries and dressings of wounds.

The service, which kicked off some two to three years ago is still running smoothly and facilitates over 1,00,000 villagers in Kochi and Alleppey.

Each floating hospital visits the surrounding islands and covers around four islands in a day.

An 80-year-old patient, Jonathan Johny said that the service is a blessing for all the villagers, especially the elderly.

"Earlier elder people like me were not able to go to hospital or there was no one to take us to hospital, but now it comes to our doorstep and is very much useful during the outbreak of Dengue in our villages," said Johny.

The mission aims to improve the availability and access to quality health care for people, especially poor women and children residing in rural areas.

According to the latest proposal, a similar hospital with ICU facilities, full fledged laboratory has been sanctioned recently for the Goshree Islanders and it is estimated to cost around Rs. 6.5 million.
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 07:16 PM   #83
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Mobile healthcare unit launched

KOCHI: To prevent the spread of contagious diseases among migrant workers during the monsoon, the Kochi Corporation has launched a mobile healthcare unit.
The unit will visit major construction sites in the city in the next 15 days and conduct free medical camp for the migrant labourers.
The first such camp was organised at the Puravankara Flat Construction site on Goshree Road on Saturday.
“The mobile unit was launched under the pre-monsoon hygiene programme ‘Mazhayethum Munpe’.
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Lack of facilities in Pathanamthitta General hospital


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T'puram: Minister promises all steps to upgrade RCC

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Government will take all efforts to upgrade the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) as a national cancer institute, Health Minister V S Sivakumar said on Sunday.
He was speaking after inaugurating a state-level workshop on ‘Role of dental surgeons in prevention and control of oral cancer’ here. The Minister assured all support for the development and growth of RCC, which has been providing treatment to nearly two lakh patients every year.
Sivakumar also said that a proposal to provide free transport to cancer patients in KSRTC buses was in the pipeline and orders to this effect would be issued soon. He termed the workshop a first-of-its-kind exercise which would serve to provide specialised awareness to dental professionals on oral cancer treatment and care.
The workshop was organised with the support of National Rural Health Mission, Kerala and Indian Dental Association (IDA), Kerala State, to explore and discuss the opportunities and challenges for dental practitioners and surgeons in early detection of oral cancers.
RCC director Dr Paul Sebastian, in his presidential address, said early detection of oral cancer cases would bring down treatment costs and post-treatment complications. Early detection and appropriate referral by dental practitioners can help cure 90 per cent of oral cancer cases, he said.
Dr M Ravindranath, IDA national vice-president, called upon dental professionals to provide greater support to oral cancer management.
Dr K Ramadas, Professor, Radiation Oncology Division and Medical Superintendent, RCC, said that the incidence of oral cancer was highest among males and third highest among females in India. Nearly 46,000 people die from oral cancer in the country every year.
Dr Shibu Rajagopal, honorary state secretary, IDA, Kerala State; Dr Premjith, vice- president, IDA, Kerala State and Dr Babu Mathew, dean, Azeezia Dental College, Kollam spoke on the occasion. Dr Gigi Thomas, Additional Professor, Community Oncology Division, RCC, proposed a vote of thanks.
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Team visits site of Idukki medical college

Preliminary steps have been taken to speed up the work for the Idukki Medical College near the district hospital at Painavu near here. The medical college for the district was announced in the last budget.

A team consisting medical college special officer, Roshin Agustin MLA and District Collector T. Bhaskaran visited the site on Wednesday and reviewed the primarily work to be conducted, so as to complete the construction work as early as possible. About 40 acres of land owned by the district panchayat has been earmarked for the medical college. Kerala Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation (KITCO) will begin the survey of the land using the total station technology on May 29, Mr Bhaskaran said. That the formalities for handing over the land owned by the district panchayat to the Medical Education Directorate will be completed soon.

It has been agreed to start transportation of water from the Idukki dam to the construction site, waste disposal and construction of an electric substation to cater exclusively for the need of the medical college . Mr. Bhaskaran said that the term of reference with the Water Authority, Kerala State Electricity Board and Pollution Control Board will be prepared before June 1. The paper works will be completed in such a way to lay down the foundation stone in a time bound manner, he said.

At present the team from the Kottayam Medical College reaches the district in times of epidemic and similar situations. It is difficult for the people of the High Ranges to reach the Kottayam Medical College for specialized treatment. The people of High Ranges have to travel more than three hours to reach the medical college at Kottayam. It is expected that the medical college at Painavu will be a great relief to the people of High Ranges.

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Dubai firm KEF to invest INR 1100 crore in Kerala

Dubai based KEF Holdings, a manufacturer of steel castings and valves, announced it would invest INR 1,100 crore in various projects in Kerala. This followed discussions KEF Holdings chairman E Faisal had with chief minister Mr Oommen Chandy and industries & IT minister Mr PK Kunhalikutty.

The investments to be made in projects in Kozhikode district will involve setting up of a new multispeciality hospital, a five star hotel and an assembly facility with state of the art building technology. KEF Group officials had recently held a preliminary round of talks with Mr Kunhalikutty, Mr V Somasundaram additional secretary, Mr G Vijayaraghavan state planning board member and Mr TP Thomas Kutty executive director of KSIDC among others on the investment plans in Kozhikode district.

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KERALA'S RS 600 CR AYURVEDA INDUSTRY IN JEOPARDY

The Rs 600 crore Ayurveda industry in Kerala is facing its biggest challenge. The state government is clamping down on what it considers dubious claims by three companies that promise magical remedies. Products worth almost Rs 2 crore have been seized and the three major companies may lose their licences.
The Drugs Controller of Kerala is set to cancel the licenses of the Ayurvedic giants for violating provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act & Magic Remedies Act.
The manufacturing companies found to be violating the provisions are - Dhathri Ayurveda Pvt Ltd and Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Medicines Pvt Ltd.
Show cause notices have been issued against them for false or misleading claims under section 33 E of the Drugs and Cosmetics act & section 4 of the Drugs and Magic Remedies Act, 1954 for objectionable ads. This can result in the maximum punishment of 3 years with fine.
Drugs Controller official CS Satheesh Kumar says, "These companies are putting many claims on the labels to attract consumers. For example, when the oil is only to treat skin diseases, they claim it is for whitening and stretch mark removal. It's misleading. So under D&C Act we can proceed against them and cancel the licences of the products.”
The department also warns celebrities not to endorse such products. There would be legal provisions to prosecute them as well. But the companies in the dock deny any wrong doing, defending their ads.
The Kerala Drugs Control Department has decided to act tough after receiving complaints including from committees of the state assembly. The department found the companies did not submit any documented evidence to prove their claims. Prosecuting them could be a crucial step in regulating the manufacture and sale of Ayurvedic products.

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Old June 4th, 2012, 07:39 PM   #89
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Over 385 infants died in SAT, over the last one year

More than 385 infants were died over the last one year in SAT, trivandrum. 168 in OB nursery and 217 in IB nursery died last year due to infection. VS sivakumar orderd an enquiry regarding this and submit a report within three days.
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BCG group to enter into healthcare sector

The Kochi-based BCG Group has laid out plans to develop close to 16 lakh sq ft of space into social infrastructure projects in education and healthcare sectors.
BCG Education Services has already launched two schools in the State, under the brand name Guardian Public School, in association with Manipal K12 Services. These schools, which are coming up in Ernakulam and Palakkad, will have world-class infrastructure and best of academic standards.
The Group will be opening at least five schools in the K12 segment under the Guardian brand, in the next three years and it is on the lookout for strategic partnership to set up a modern international schools in Kochi. Special attention will be given to set up institutions with focus on job-oriented training, a press release said.
The Group is planning to enter the healthcare sector with a new project. The first of its kind in Kerala, BCG Health Mall will bring under its umbrella, doctors, investigation centres, health and wellness products, etc. The first project, which will be here, is in the final stage of completion, the release said.
There are also plans to set up a 400-bed hospital in Kochi. The hospital will be part of a 7.5 lakh sq. ft. health village, which is in the conceptual stage. The health village will provide residential solutions for individuals who require prolonged healthcare, the release added.


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Old June 19th, 2012, 06:42 PM   #91
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NABH Hospitals in Kerala- Survey

How many NABH accredited hospitals are there in Kerala.
As per my knowledge the following are NABH accredited
  1. Kerala Institute of Medical Science, Trivandrum
  2. Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Cochin
  3. Malabar Institute of Medical Science, Kottakal
  4. Baby Memmorial Hospital, Calicut

Also, I think kerala have more number of NABH hospital than other regions.
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Here's the list

1. Kerala Institute of Medical Science, Thiruvananthapuram
2. Amrita Institute Of Medical Sciences, Kochi
3. General Hospital, Ernakulam
4. Medical Trust Hospital, Cochin
5. Trichur Heart Hospital Limited, Trichur
6. Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences Ltd., Kottakkal
7. MIMS Hospital (MIMS Ltd.), Calicut
8. Baby Memorial Hospital Calicut , ACCREDITATION KEPT IN ABEYANCE

Ernakulam General Hospital is the state's first and country's 4th NABH accredited Govt hospital.
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How many NABH accredited hospitals are there in Kerala.
As per my knowledge the following are NABH accredited
  1. Kerala Institute of Medical Science, Trivandrum
  2. Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Cochin
  3. Malabar Institute of Medical Science, Kottakal
  4. Baby Memmorial Hospital, Calicut

Also, I think kerala have more number of NABH hospital than other regions.
MIMS calicut claims that they are the first NABH accredited multi speciality hospital in INDIA !!!!!
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New facilities opened at hospital

Union Minister of State for Power K.C. Venugopal said that open heart surgeries will be conducted at the Alappuzha medical college hospital from July onwards.

The Minister was inaugurating the renovated office of the District Medical Officer (DMO) here on Saturday. He also inaugurated the artificial limb wing, geriatric ward and new ambulance service on the occasion. He said that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy would lay the foundation stone for the panchakarma hospital in Alappuzha on July 7. Steps were being taken to set up a dental college here.

The Centre has allotted Rs.40 crore for constructing the building for housing the Virology Institute. The State governemnt has sanctioned Rs.2.5 crore for the modernisation of Alappuzha general hospital. The modenisation works will start this July and will be completed by March 2013. The aim was to convert the hospital into the best hospital in the State, he said.

The new lifestyle diseases treatment clinic, with the Centre's assistance, will begin in the district from next month. Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar will visit the medical college hospital to review the development activities being undertaken there on July 7, he said. DMO K.M. Sirabudeen presided over

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Cancer detection centres to come up to come up in five districts
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National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) will set up early cancer detection centres in five districts. The new centres will come up in government district hospitals in Pathanamthitta, Kozhikode, Alappuzha, Idukki and Thrissur.

Dr Dileep Kumar, district programme officer, NRHM Thrissur said, "The centres will be equipped with state-of-the-art machines and will cost Rs 7 crore per hospital. Every year, a maximum of 100 patients would be given treatment at each hospital and Rs 1 lakh would be spent for the treatment of each person every year."

Thrissur district hospital already has the service of an oncologist. About150 BPL patients benefit from the cancer treatment facilities here.

"With the NRHM initiative, APL card holders will also be able to avail cancer treatment at Thrissur district hospital" said Dr Tony Joseph, resident medical officer, Thrissur district hospital.

NRHM has appointed psychotherapists and psychotherapy technicians to diagnose cancer. Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), a premier cancer institute in the state has registered 35,000 new cancer patients this year, said a source in the RCC.
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Medical tourism in Kerala to bring in $2 billion by 2012

KOCHI: According to the CII-McKinsy report, medical tourism industry in Kerala is expected to be worth $4 billion by 2017. This sector will bring in as much as $2 billion by 2012 as compared to an estimated $333 million in 2006-07. While medical tourists from Germany, France, Switzerland and the US prefer ayurveda treatment, those from West Asia and the UK give more importance to modern medicine.

"Kerala has an immense potential to develop the scope of health tourism in the country. It can become the hub and one of the most preferred destinations in the world for potential health tourists," Sri Lankan minister for minor export crop promotion Reginald Cooray said on Friday. He was inaugurating the two-day international conference and exhibition on health tourism, Kerala Health Tourism 2011, organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Hotel Le Meridien.


"Kerala has become an excellent brand by itself in the health tourism sector either because of its reputation in modern as well as traditional systems of treatment like ayurveda, yoga, meditation and homoeopathy or its cost effectiveness. The lengthy costal belt, peculiar geographical location, lusty back waters, a large number of beaches, serene hillocks, moderate climate throughout the year and highly literate populace also have contributed," he said.

Dr Philip Augustine, chairman of the conference and director and CEO of Lakeshore Hospital, said that the medical tourism industry in the state was expected to be worth $4 billion by 2017.

"Ayurveda sector pioneered the whole concept of health tourism in Kerala which is also witnessing a surge in dental and modern medicine for the cost that is around six to ten times lower than anywhere in the world," he said.

Umang Patodia, former chairman of CII, highlighted the preparedness of Indian hospitals to meet the global demands in health tourism with its resources and infrastructure.

The event has brought major hospitals, health insurance companies, policy-makers, tourism promotion boards, hotels and resorts, health, travel and tour operators and international institutions for promotion of health tourism under one roof.

The exhibition being held in connection with the conference is showcasing the products and services of leading hospitals, national and international insurance companies, third-party administrators and travel and tour operators.
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Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences sets up unit in Bahrain

CHENNAI: The Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) group, has expanded overseas operations, with the KIMS Royal Bahrain Hospital, which will be opened this week.

Company officials said KIMS-RBH was Bahrain's first custom-built hospital in the private sector in Bahrain, and that it had Bahrain's first operational sleep lab, advanced laser technology for cosmetic surgery, and foetal medicine treatment facilities, among others.


The 6-million dinar project is promoted by Bahraini and Indian businessmen and has been conferred a special Indo-Bahraini project status by the Economic Development Board (EDB), company officials said, adding that the KIMS group's investment underlined increased economic co-operation between Bahrain and India.

The Royal Bahrain Hospital is KIMS group's second venture in Bahrain after the KIMS Bahrain Medical Center (KBMC) and the sixth project of the group in the Gulf Co-operation Council region. The group's flagship hospital is the 650-bed hospital in Kerala.

The group's regional operations are based out of Bahrain, and it also has a presence in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE. The group is looking at expanding with more units in the region, officials said
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‘Develop plan to make Kerala a global destination for Ayurveda’

Darshan Shanker, founder of the Foundation for the Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions, Bangalore and a member of the Sam Pitroda Mission, today, said that a strategic plan had to be developed to make Kerala a global destination for ayurveda.

He was speaking at the vision conclave on ayurveda organised by the Ayurveda Medical Association of India, here on Saturday.

“You get the most authentic expression of ayurveda in Kerala, be it the medicines that are the best in terms of quality, the panchakarma treatment for its authenticity and specialised treatment procedures and clinical excellence for sectors like mental health, ‘nethruchikitsa’ (ophthalmology), neurology and so on. The lamp has already been lit, you just need to raise the profile,” he said.

Chalking out the various ways in which ayurveda can be promoted to international acceptability and recognition Darshan Shaker advocated the development and widespread use of a well-designed web-based software at every clinic so as to bring about large-scale clinical evidence about efficacy of ayurvedic treatment and drugs.

Darshan Shanker talked about the need for tying up and collaborating with IT institutions as well as clinical research institutions, institutions that have already shown excellence in the field and a communication agency for mass education programme on ayurveda. He also suggested the introduction of insurance cover for ayurveda.

Health Minister V S Sivakumar, who inaugurated the event, said that as part of the State Government’s initiatives to make Kerala the capital of ayurveda, the proposed Ayurveda University will not be one that just run courses and exams, but it will give priority to research as per international standards. “The importance attached to ayurveda by this government can be assessed by the fact that Pitroda Committee has ranked development of ayurveda as third in a list of ten development initiatives,” said V S Sivakumar.

“We are examining ways by which this ancient system of medicine can be utilised in public health matters. At the same time, steps will be taken for a global propagation too,” he added.

The Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment executive vice- president V N Rajasekharan Pillai said that one of the major challenges faced by ayurveda is international acceptability for which clinical evidence and scientific validation is a must.

But he cautioned that this has to be done without losing out on the tradition of ayurveda.

AMAI state president Vinodkumar, in his presidential address said that there should be a realistic assessment of where this science of healing would be twenty-five years from now, by recognising both strengths as well as weaknesses.

The inaugural session was followed by group discussions on various topics such as Clinics, Industry and Economy, Research and Clinical Validation, Global Propagation, Public health, Cultivation of Medicinal Plants and Education. The suggestions from the conclave will be developed into a comprehensive action plan and submitted to Sam Pitroda committee as well as the State Government.

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NICE of U.K. to help mother and baby care

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the U.K., will collaborate with the State Health Department in evolving risk-reduction strategies and standard clinical guidelines for reducing maternal mortality in Kerala.

NICE will also help the State design, for the very first time, a methodology for infant death audits, which will help the Health Department improve the monitoring, surveillance and reporting of infant deaths in the State and eventually work towards strategies for bringing down the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR).

A team of senior officials from NICE International, the wing of NICE UK, which works with other health systems to guide them in effective and equitable use of resources and helps them in capacity building for evidence-based decision-making to achieve better health care, had been in Kerala on a three-day visit to discuss how best they could work with the State Health Department in drawing up protocols and standard practice guidelines to better maternal and childcare services here.

Senior advisers of NICE International Francis Ruiz and Francoise Cluzeau, and founding director of NICE’s international programme Kalipso Chalkidou held detailed discussions with high-level Health officials and participated in a workshop on Kerala’s maternal mortality scenario here on Wednesday.

Mortality rate

As per the latest Sample Registration Survey (SRS) data of 2007-09, the maternal mortality rate (MMR) of Kerala is 81.

The data collected by the Directorate of Health Services from the field (2011-12) indicates that the MMR of Kerala is just 27. However, Kerala Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (KFOG), which will be an active partner in the exercise that the Health Department and NICE would be undertaking, puts the MMR of Kerala around 50 because “a lot of maternal deaths do not get reported at all.”

The data available with the Health Department indicates that in Kerala, the primary cause of maternal deaths is post partum haemorrhage (19.38 per cent). “Diabetes and hypertensive disorders are a major worry for us, so is rheumatic heart disease. There are also issues like the inadequacies in health care institutions, lack of emergency transport and the public perception that Caesarean section is a very safe option for delivering a baby,” pointed out V.P. Paily, senior obstetrician and president of KFOG.

“Measuring MMR accurately is difficult because of under-reporting, system of issuing medical certificate of cause of death, the challenges of determining the cause of death and so on. NICE has been engaging with the Government of Kerala since 2009 and we fully intend to draw up a plan with clear deliverables and timelines on developing clinical standards, policies and guidelines for reducing the maternal mortality here,” Ms. Cluzeau said.

NICE International will be working with the huge repository of data collected by KFOG since 2004 as part of an exercise they had launched, Confidential Maternal Death Review, as well as the baseline statistics provided by the Health Department on why mothers are dying in Kerala.

“We are very excited about this project because the basic building blocks and the measurable indicators are all here. NICE team will work with KFOG’s recommendations and try to identify the key matrices involved and develop standard clinical practices and protocols,” Dr. Chalkidou said.
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