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NipahVirus - Do's & Don'ts

4:17 PM

Q : What is Nipah Virus ?

A : Nipah virus was initially discovered when it caused an outbreak of brain fever among pig farmers in Malaysia.

Q : Should I be worried ?

A :  A little. As it is transmitted from person to person and there is no effective antiviral therapy for this infection .

Q : Who is at high risk ? How is it transmitted ?

A : 1. People working with pigs and consuming pigs.

2. Farmers who come in contact with bats.

3. Consuming Fruits which are already bitten by bat.

4. Contact with people who already have Nipah virus infection.

Q : What are the early symptoms  ?

A : The initial presentation is non-specific, characterized by the sudden onset of fever, headache, muscle pain , nausea and vomiting. Neck rigidity and photophobia are also  seen.
The disease rapidly progresses, with deterioration in consciousness *leading to coma within five to seven days.*

Q :How is it diagnosed ?

A : The rdiagnosis is by ELISA which is currently  done at National institute of Virology, Pune.

Q : How is it treated ?

A : Supportive care is the mainstay of treatment and infected patients may require intensive care monitoring.
*THERE IS NO APPROVED  SPECIFIC THERAPY FOR THIS INFECTION* . So prevention is the only cure !

Q : How do i prevent it ?

A : 1. Avoid contact with pigs and pig handlers  .

2. Maintain personal hygeine and intensive hand washing practices

3. *Avoid consuming raw fruits,* Consume only well cooked, clean, home made food till the outbreak settles down.

4. Preferably use N95 mask while travelling or working in public places to avoid person to person transmission.

5. Be aware of the symptoms and report to the doctor immediately for early diagnosis and treatment.

Share this message with all your cared ones ,
*Together, we can fight and win !* 

- Dr.Arjun.M.B, MD
Dr.R.M.L Hospital, New Delhi.
(National Nodal Centre for Control of yellow fever and other communicable diseases)

Siliguri gets new super-specialty hospital in Shivmandir Medical More

7:48 PM
Siliguri 14 Apr 2016 Mukta Healthcare a state-of-the art super-specialty hospital located in medical more, Shivmandir, Siliguri was inaugurated today on the auspicious occasion of Poila Baisakh. An effective beginning of the hospital has been made with a noble cause like blood donation camp and a free health check up camp organized on the hospital premise.

Mukta Healthcare is one of the prominent names in the healthcare sector in Siliguri with its ventures like Mukta Nursing Home, Mukta Sonoscan Centre & Mukta Medical, a valuable foundation has been made with its recently launched 60 bedded State of the art Super-specialty Hospital. The hospital being strategically located  comprises of 24 x 7 emergency and trauma services, highly equipped twin operation theatre, labour rooms, super specialty OPD clinics , IPD  & Daycare  services, male and female wards, deluxe and private rooms, comprehensive  indoor & outdoor pharmacy outlet and a widespread laboratory  &  radiology (X-ray and USG) services further to compliment with an comfortable and contemporary ambiance for patients and their keens .
Siliguri gets new super-specialty hospital in Shivmandir Medical More
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In the year February 2014 Managing Director of Mukta Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Samar Kumar Dhar had laid the foundation stone of Mukta Hospital. The hospital is equipped with modern equipments & latest infrastructure to provide finest healthcare services with a dedicated team of highly experienced and qualified Healthcare Professionals. The hospital is committed in its endeavor to provide safe, transparent and affordable super specialty medical services to its patients along with progressive patient centric diagnostic, & pathology services.


Source EOI

All you want yo know about the Zika Virus and its First Vaccine

9:12 PM
About All you want yo know about the Zika Virus
Zika virus is spreading at a rapid pace everywhere. According to WHO (World Health Organisation), it is 'spreading explosively'. Global health officials are saying that the virus that's linked to birth defects in thousands of new-born babies in Brazil is spreading like wildfire towards America and could end up infecting 3 to 4 million people. While people race against time to find a vaccine for the terrible virus, here are some answers to questions you always wanted to ask about Zika virus and the current outbreak.
zika-symptoms
zika symptoms
What is Zika virus?
Zika is a disease caused by the Zika virus and spreads to people from a mosquito bite. Most newborns whose mothers have had the virus are suffering from Microcephaly - a disorder where the baby's head is much smaller and underdeveloped.

How does it spread to people?
Like mentioned before, the virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito, the same kind that spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Spreading explosively in the Americas right now, The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is saying that the mosquitoes can be found in all countries in the Americas except for Canada and continental Chile. The virus is likely to reach countries in the region when Aedes mosquitoes are found.

Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito.
Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito.
What are the symptoms of Zika?
People who have Zika virus typically have a mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, constant muscle fatigue and joint pain from anywhere between two to seven days. The scariest bit, however, is the fact that as many as 80 percent of people infected never develop a symptom strong enough to suspect anything.

Can people die because of it?
Not that we know of right now. The PAHO said there is no evidence that Zika can cause deaths but there have been some serious complications reported in patients who are already suffering from a medical condition.

There's also microcephaly, and Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the nervous system. Scientists are studying whether there is a causal link between Zika and these two disorders.

What's the connection with microcephaly?
To tell you more in detail, microcephaly is a condition marked by an abnormally small head and brains that haven't developed properly in a newborn. Although scientists haven't really found a direct relationship between Zika and birth defects, it is strongly suspected. Brazil has reported around 3,700 cases of possible microcephaly that might be linked with Zika. Research in Brazil shows that the risk of microcephaly is the highest during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Is India at risk?
Not yet, but we'd be foolish to ignore it considering what's at stake here. Since the mosquito is found in abundance in the country, and dengue is a problem India faces every year, we fall in the most dangerous zone for Zika virus to spread.

How do you treat Zika? 
Unfortunately, there is no treatment or vaccine available for Zika. Companies and scientists are racing against time to develop a safe and effective vaccine, but it's not expected to be ready for months or years.

Can it be contained?
Efforts are being made to control the spread of the virus. Authorities are focusing on eliminating the breeding grounds of the mosquito and taking precautions against mosquito bites by using insect repellent and mosquito nets. Expecting mothers have been advised to avoid visiting Latin American and Caribbean countries where they might be exposed to Zika.

Which countries are fighting the Zika outbreak?
According to WHO, Zika has been reported in 23 countries in the Americas. While Brazil remains the most affected nation, other countries, and territories include Barbados, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, Venezuela and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the PAHO.

Can it be contained?
Efforts are being made to control the spread of the virus. Authorities are focusing on eliminating the breeding grounds of the mosquito and taking precautions against mosquito bites by using insect repellent and mosquito nets. Expecting mothers have been advised to avoid visiting Latin American and Caribbean countries where they might be exposed to Zika.

Which countries are fighting the Zika outbreak?
According to WHO, Zika has been reported in 23 countries in the Americas. While Brazil remains the most affected nation, other countries, and territories include Barbados, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, Venezuela and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the PAHO.

India Has Developed The World's First Vaccine For Zika
Bharat Biotech, a city-based vaccines and bio-therapeutic manufacturer, on Wednesday claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in developing a vaccine to fight the dreaded mosquito-borne Zika virus, which allegedly causes serious birth defects in children.

Bharat Biotech is home to some of the most brilliant minds in the world and began work on the Zika virus a year ago, Krishna Ella, CMD Bharat Biotech, said.

"We believe we have an early mover advantage in developing the Zikavac and we are probably the first in the world to file for global patent for Zika vaccine candidates"
India Has Developed The World's First Vaccine For Zika, The Deadly Virus Terrifying The World!.
India develops First Vaccine For Zika, The Deadly Virus Terrifying The World!
"We have two candidate vaccines in development. One of them is an inactivated vaccine that has reached the stage of pre-clinical testing in animals," Ella said. Quoting a WHO report, he said Zika is now present in 23 countries and Brazil, the hardest-hit country, has reported around 3,530 cases of the devastating birth defect, called microcephaly, in 2015 that are strongly suspected to be related to Zika.

"We hope to announce the arrival of Zikavac to the world as early as possible," he said.
Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, which can breed in a pool of water as small as a bottle cap and usually bite during the day. The mosquito-transmitted infection is related to Dengue, Yellow Fever and West Nile virus. "Considering that women of child-bearing age and pregnant women are the prime target group for Zika virus vaccine, we consider safety as the overriding factor in the development of a new vaccine for this virus.

The vaccine methods developed early on, before the devastating consequences of the epidemics in Brazil came to light, provided us a push to accelerate vaccine development," Dr Sumathy, Director, R&D, Bharat Biotech said.
Currently, the vaccine maker is focusing towards scale up and characterization of the vaccine product, Ella further said.

Via: indiatimes

Rs.3.61 crore for Darjeeling district hospital - Gautam Deb

11:45 AM
North Bengal Development Department minister Gautam Deb on Monday said that the West Bengal  government had sanctioned Rs.3.61 crore for various development works in the Darjeeling district hospital.
Darjeeling district hospital
Darjeeling district hospital
“The state government has several projects lined up for the Darjeeling district hospital (also called Eden hospital) and we want to implement it so that the hill people are benefited,”the minister said, on the sidelines of the Rogi Kalyan Samity (RKS) meeting in Darjeeling. “The government has sanctioned Rs.3.61 crore under various heads of which Rs.1.99 crore has already been given to the hospital,” he added.

Elaborating on some of the projects, the minister said primary focus was to set up a separate paediatric and sick new born care units in the premises of the now defunct Victoria hospital. “We will shift the paediatric unit to Victoria hospital and also establish a SNCU and
dialysis department there,” Deb said.

When asked about the Central forces that are presently housed in the Victoria hospital, the minister said, “Our chief minister has already asked the forces to shift to other place which will be done within 10 days”.

Although, the infrastructure of the Victoria hospital is in shambles but some offices of the district hospital are in operation. The district hospital will also get a new digital x-ray and MRI facility. “The state government has already sanctioned Rs.7 crore for setting up a MRI facility in the Eden hospital for which work is already in progress. We will try to implement most of the projects within the Puja season,” Deb said.

Deb said that the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) and the district magistrate had been asked to ensure that the projects were expedited. The minister also said that the NBDD would sanction funds for internal repairing work in the district hospital and asked the authorities to submit a proposal with estimates, besides he also promised to provide two ambulances.

The state government also has plans to establish an Emergency Observation Ward (EOW) in the district hospital and start the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY). “The EOW and the RSBY will greatly benefit the people here, we feel. The district administration will look into this issue,” the minister said.
Another meeting of the RKS of which Deb is the chairman will be held in the third week of September to discuss in details the action taken report.

Earlier in the day, the minister attended a programme organized by the state’s Information and Cultural Affairs department and the Nepali Sahitya Sammelan to mark the 201st birth anniversary of renowned Nepali poet, Adi Kavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya at Chowrastha. The minister also visited the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) and interacted with Trinamool Congress activists in the party office.

Source - EOI


Siliguri Gorkha Manch successfully organized a Free Medical and Blood Donation Camp

SILIGURI GORKHA MANCH – SUCCEFULLY CONDUCTS FREE MEDICAL & BLOOD DONATION CAMP

The Siliguri Gorkha Manch is doing an incredible job of connecting communities in Terai and Dooars region. Through their efforts, they are not only helping the Gorkhas, but also all the people from other communities as well.
Siliguri Gorkha Manch successfully organized a Free Medical and Blood Donation Camp
Siliguri Gorkha Manch successfully organized a Free Medical and Blood Donation Camp
Continuing with their efforts at taking medical help to each and every village in the Terai region, SGM successfully organized a Free Medical and Blood Donation Camp at Kholachand Fapri in collaboration with Hariyali Club of Kholanch Fapri.

A total of 43 units of blood was donated out of which 26 ladies have voluntarily donated blood which is a good sign for the village, though this was first such blood donation camp organized at the village.

A total of 131 eye patients were examined 18 cataract was found and the patients were taken to Siliguri Lions Club Hospital for free operation, and 73 patients were examined by acupressure technicians.

The camp was a grand successful.

Addressing the gathered people, General Secretary of SGM Mr. Suren Pradhan informed the people that the Manch is an apolitical organization and helps the people in social causes.

He said, “We help the people in Siliguri who are having problems in treatment, college/University admission etc. We also help the people in preparing ration card, voter card, and Aadhar cards.”
He reminded the locals that, “In case our people face any problem in preparation of the basic documents in Siliguri they may contact us.”

He told the people that, “in a very short span of time we have helped the poor people more than 40 in getting free operation through such camps and we have provided blood approximately 25 units to the needy within these two months and we have been monitoring patients under treatment.”

Speaking at the occasion Vice-president Mr. Sunil Rai told the people that, “that we don't collect money from public so we have no tension of any corruption. So please come and join hands for the betterment of our society.”

Representing Gorkha Manch were Suren Pradhan, Sunil Rai, C B Rai, Nanda Lal Sharma, Bhanu Prakash Marmik, Smt Mamta Lama and Smt TD Bhutia.

The Manch has thanked Shri. K K Rai, K K Chhetri, Bikash Timsina, Smt Priya Chhetri, Smt Sunita Bhutia from the village who helped a lot to make the camp a grand success.

SGM has informed that their next medical camp and blood donation camp on 12 Jul 2015 at Dhimal Chant under Phansidewa Block.

IF YOU LIVE IN SILIGURI/DOOARS REGION, PLEASE JOIN SILIGURI GORKHA MANCH, THROUGH UNITY COMES STRENGTH

CONTACT:
President: Smt Sudha Pasi - 9749303339
General Sec: Suren Pradhan - 9851260369
Treasurer: S D Tamang - 9593846380


Via TheDC

Siliguri Gorkha Manch organizing a free medical camp & blood donation camp

Siliguri Gorkha Manch in collaboration with Hariyali Club of Kholachand Fapri is organizing a free medical camp & blood donation camp. Keeping in mind scarcity of blood in Siliguri we are organizing blood donation camps at various places.
Siliguri Gorkha Manch organizing a free  medical camp & blood donation camp

We are providing blood to the needy in Siliguri. Within 2 months SGM helped more than 40 poor people for free cataract operation through such medical camps. Interested persons are requested to please come forward and donate blood as your one unit of blood can save someone's precious life further blood donation is the most valuable social work so let's join hands. Next camp of SGM is at Dhimal Chant on 12 Jul 2015 where blood donation camp will also be organized. Any social organization interested in organizing free medical camp and blood donation camp may contact SGM for the same.

Details

Date of medical camp. 4 Jul 2015
Time. 10 A.M to 1.30 P.M
Venue : Polio Centre, Kholachand Fapri

For more Details contact:
President Smt Sudha Pasi 9749303339
General Secy Suren Pradhan 9851260369
Treasurer S D Tamang 9593846380

Source:Times Dooars


No blood in Darjeeling blood bank says officials

10:49 AM
Every half an hour, a person in Darjeeling is in need of blood. But blood bank officials say that currently there is an acute shortage of blood across the town. The supplies have reached zero unit, which means there is no supply of blood in the bank.
No blood in Darjeeling blood bank says officials
No blood in Darjeeling blood bank 
Red Cross officials say that there is a lot of lethargy on the part of medical organizations, and locals of the area. Also concerned about the lack of awareness, he said, “People think that the blood they donate cannot be replenished. This insecurity is usually among the first time donors who are almost 30-40 percent of the people who turn up in every camp that we hold.”

He observed that more camps must be mobilised almost on a daily basis to handle the shortage that is primarily due to the sudden rise of epidemics such as Dengue and Swine Flu. To address the demand for specific components of blood, which comprises almost 60 per cent of the total demand, the Red Cross team feels that a more effective way of collecting blood is by separating it into platelets, plasma and red blood cells during the time of collection. If this is done, one bottle of whole blood would benefit two recipients, said the spokesperson.

Another definite reason for the shortage, according to Darjeeling District Hospital officials, was the college vacation period. “The largest part of the donations is from college students. Due to the vacation period, we are unable to collect voluntary blood,” said the hospital source. “It is mandatory for all the denizens of Darjeeling to come together and donate blood voluntarily in order to avert such panic situation. And it is the duty of local NGOs and other governmental organizations to sensitize people of the importance of blood donation,” he added.  A similar situation was reported on January 2014.

“It is sad that after water, Darjeeling has now run out of blood. Such situation arises when the administration, and we the residents of the area, don’t give importance to blood donation camps. We must take it as our duty to donate blood periodically,” said a concerned senior citizen.

Source: EOI

 
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