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NipahVirus - Do's & Don'ts

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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.

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)

Most Common Habits That Damage Your Kidneys

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Kidneys are one of the vital body organs, as their function is to eliminate waste and toxins from the body through the urine.

Thus, they regulate the levels of minerals, such as calcium, and phosphate.

Additionally, kidneys regulate blood pressure as they produce essential hormones which are necessary for this function, as well as for the formation of red blood cells whose responsibility is to carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.

Therefore, it is of high importance to support the proper function of kidneys. If it is obstructed in some way, you may experience some of the following symptoms: vomiting, bad breath, changed urine in color and quality, dizziness, itchy skin, breathing issues, sudden pain, anemia, fatigue or tiredness, or feeling cold most of the time.
Most Common Habits That Damage Your Kidneys
Symptoms of kidney disease
If you notice some of these warning signs, you should visit your doctor and check the situation. Kidney issues may often be a result of different factors, but some of the following most common habits contribute to their damage as well:

Pain-killer abuse  
Way too often we take medications too fast, in too big doses and not in the right way. When pain occurs, it’s so easy to just swallow the pill. But, you should think twice. All pharmaceutical drugs come with side effects, and many cause damage to the kidneys. Having said that, there are some drugs that you should be taking. See the next point.

Research has shown that over-the-counter analgesics can reduce the blood flow to the kidneys and obstruct their function. Thus, the long-term use of these drugs leads to chronic kidney diseases, such as acute kidney injury or interstitial nephritis.

Note that you should consult your doctor before using any of these drugs, and make sure you take analgesics shortly, as they can cause damage to the ones with normal kidney function as well.

The Sugary Soda Habit 
A study carried out on employees at Osaka University in Japan suggested that drinking two or more soda drinks a day (diet or regular) may be connected with a higher risk of kidney disease. 12,000 employees were included in the study, and those that consumed larger amounts of soda were more likely to have protein in their urine. Protein in urine (proteinuria) is an early sign of kidney damage, but, when discovered at that stage, the disease can still be reversible.

Vitamin B6 deficiency
A healthy diet is important for good kidney function. According to the studies performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin B6 deficiency increases your risk of kidney stones. For optimal kidney function, you should consume at least 1.3 milligrams of vitamin B6 daily. The richest sources of this vitamin include fish, chickpeas, beef liver, potatoes and starchy vegetables, and non-citrus fruits.

Lack of exercise
Exercise is another good way to protect your kidneys. A large study published in 2013 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggested that postmenopausal women who exercised had 31% lower risk of developing kidney stones. Generally speaking, maintaining a healthy weight will reduce your chances of kidney stones, so get moving.
Magnesium deficiency
If you don’t get enough magnesium, calcium can’t get properly absorbed and assimilated, which can result in calcium overload and kidney stone formation. To prevent that, consume green leafy vegetables, beans, seeds and nuts. The mighty avocado is a good source of magnesium as well.

Insufficient Intake of Water
Lack of water in the body may lead to significant kidney damage, as blood will get so concentrated that there the blood flow to the kidneys will be reduced.

In this way, the ability of kidneys to eliminate toxins from the body will be impeded, and as toxins accumulate in the body, the number of diseases and health issues will increase.

The recommended amount of water daily is at least 10-12 glasses in the case of an adult person. Yet, make sure you do not exaggerate as excessive amounts of water may harden the kidney function.

Delaying the Urge to Urinate
This is one of the most common causes of damage to the kidneys, as the urine remains in the bladder longer, as it supports the multiplication of bacteria in the urine.

These harmful bacteria cause urinary tract and kidney infections. Moreover, retaining the urine applies pressure to the kidneys and leads to renal failure and urinary incontinence. Hence, note that you should never postpone the urge to urinate.

Smoking is a really detrimental habit, which damages all body organs, including the kidneys. Numerous studies have found a link between smoking and kidney disease, and according to the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), smoking is the number one cause of ESRD (end-stage renal disease).

This bad habit raises blood pressure and the heart rate, and reduces the blood flow and narrows the blood vessels in kidneys. Moreover, it aggravated kidney diseases and accelerates the loss of the function of kidneys.

High Protein Diet
The consumption of excessive amounts of protein-based foods, such as red meat, increases the risk of kidney disease, as the function of these organs is to eliminate and metabolize nitrogenous wastes from the body, which are by-products of the digestion of protein.

The excessive consumption of protein chronically increases the glomerular pressure and hyperfiltration, thus raising the metabolic load of kidneys, and leading to the development of kidney issues.

Hence, you should limit the intake of red meat, and in the case of kidney issues, completely eliminate it from your diet, in order to prevent further complications.

High Intake of Salt
The regular use of high amounts of salt severely damages the kidneys and leads to various health problems.

To be more precise, kidneys metabolize even 95% of the sodium consumed through food, and in the case of excessive amounts of salt, kidneys need to work much harder to excrete it, and their function is reduced, and the body retains water. Water retention may increase the blood pressure and the risk of kidney disease.

Numerous studies suggest that the consumption of salt increases the amount of urinary protein, which contributes to the development of kidney disease. Note that all excess salt you intake causes harm to your body, especially to your kidneys, and a teaspoon contains around 6 grams.

Lack of Sleep
Numerous people ignore the importance of rest and sleep. However, a good night sleep of 6- 8 hours is essential for the body. The organ tissues renew during the sleep, so in the case of sleep deficiency, these processes will be stopped, leading to damage of body organs.

Numerous studies have shown that improper sleep leads to increased clogging of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and high blood pressure, which elevated the chances for development of kidney diseases.

Hence, make sure you always find a perfect balance between work and sleep, rest and leisure and everyday tasks, as this has a major impact on your overall health, including your kidneys.

Excessive amounts of Caffeine
Too much caffeine increases the blood pressure, and applied pressure to the kidneys, leading to kidney damage. According to a 2002 study published in Kidney International, the consumption of caffeine is directly linked to kidney stones, as caffeine increases the excretion of calcium in the urine.

Yet, moderate consumption of drinks like coffee or tea will not be harmful, but you should reduce the intake of energy drinks, chocolate, medications, cocoa, and soft drinks.

Too Much Alcohol
This toxin leads to stress on the kidneys and liver, and its excessive amounts lead to damage of the kidneys. If you drink alcohol a lot, the uric acid will be stored in the renal tubules, leading to the tubular obstruction which elevates the risk of kidney failure.

Additionally, alcohol dehydrates the body and thus destroys the normal function of the kidneys. The advised amount of alcohol a day is a glass for women and elder people, and 2 drinks for men.

Ignoring Common Infections
Kidney damage may also result by neglecting the existence of infections, such as coughs, colds, flu, tonsillitis, and pharyngitis. If you leave a common infection untreated, you may develop kidney damage, so you should always make sure you give a proper rest to the body, use antibiotics properly, and treat these issues on time.

Siliguri gets new super-specialty hospital in Shivmandir Medical More

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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

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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
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

Bharatiya Gorkha Ekta Sangh have undertaken a ‘Cancer Patient Accommodation Project’

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The Bharatiya Gorkha Ekta Sangh is a socio - cultural organisation established in 2002 by Indian Gorkhas settled in Mumbai. The members are from different parts of India including Darjeeling, the Dooars, Assam, Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. The objective of the Sangh is to showcase, preserve and promote the culture, language, literature and arts of the Indian Gorkhas by uniting them on one platform. Since its inception, the BGES has organised several social and cultural events in Mumbai. In the sphere of social welfare, it has hosted many free medical and blood donation camps in various parts of Mumbai including Navi Mumbai.

More recently, the Sangh has undertaken a ‘Cancer Patient Accommodation Project’ for cancer patients who come to Mumbai seeking treatment. Funds for the project are raised both on the local and national levels and there have been significant contributions by members. BGES chairman DhruvPradhan and joint secretary RohitPradhan recently visited Dehradun to promote the objective of the Sangh and the Cancer Patient Accommodation Project. People come to Mumbai from all over the country for treatment of cancer and they have to wait for weeks and months for an appointment. The treatment period takes even longer. Moreover, Mumbai is a very expensive city and most patients and their families cannot afford hotel and guesthouse charges. Keeping this in mind, BGES members initially hosted cancer patients at their own residences and even helped them financially. As many cancer patients do not survive, Sangh members also made arrangements to send their mortal remains home by air.
Bharatiya Gorkha Ekta Sangh undertaks a ‘Cancer Patient Accommodation Project’
Bharatiya Gorkha Ekta Sangh undertaks a ‘Cancer Patient Accommodation Project’
The CPAP came into being to help such needy cancer patients. Currently, accommodation for six patients and one companion has been made available at a very nominal cost. A kitchen with all cooking provisions has also been provided for guests to cook their own food. Further, there is a caretaker 24x7 to guide the patients during treatment. The number of beds will increase over time. The accommodation facility at Kurla was inaugurated in Kamgar Colony, Kurla on December 13 by Krishna Tamang from Kurseong, now a hotelier based in Mumbai. MGM Hospital in Vashi has donated five beds with bedding and side tables. The Sangh has started the project on a small scale, but the plan is to provide accommodation to poor and helpless patients on a much larger scale.


Rs.3.61 crore for Darjeeling district hospital - Gautam Deb

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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


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.


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.


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

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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

5 Darjeeling plant extracts have cancer curing properties

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A recent study conducted on 30 medicinal plant extracts from the hills of Darjeeling has concluded that five among them have cancer curing properties. The research was conducted under the aegis of the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015.
 5 Darjeeling plant extracts have cancer curing propertie
Alternative Medicine : Pic  - samingersoll
Ethanolic leaf extracts from the 30 plants were tested for their cytotoxicity against human breast adenocarcinoma cell line (MCF 7), human hepatocarcinoma cell line (HepG2) and human cervix adenocarcinoma cell line (HeLa). Cytotoxicity levels were evaluated by performing MTT assay, trypan blue exclusion assay and morphological assessment under phase contrast inverted microscope. For the extracts that tested positive, IC50 (the concentration that inhibits cell growth by 50 per cent) was calculated. The extracts were further subjected to Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) to determine their phytochemical profile.

As a result, five of the extracts, namely Artemisia Indica (Japanese Magwort or Titeypati), Eupatorium Odoratum (bitter bush/tonka bean), Eupatorium Adenophorum (small daisy), Maesa Macrophylla (big-leafed Magnolia) and Phlogacanthus Thyrsiformis (Nongmangkha) showed a 50 per cent capability of inhibiting cancer cell line growth at concentrations of 50gm/ml.

The five leaf extracts were then screened for their cytotoxic activity against three human cancerous cell lines - MCF7, HeLa and HepG2. Maesa Macrophylla (big-leaf Magnolia), comprising multiple known biologically active compounds, significantly inhibited the growth of HeLa and MCF7 cancerous cell lines.

Variations in climate, geographical location and rich ethno-medicinal tradition have made the Darjeeling hills an invaluable repository of traditional medicinal plants, the researchers noted. The study may provide the platform for further exploration of M. Macrophylla for its potent anticancer constituents, they added. (HS)

Source: EOI

Darjeeling Doctors Are Prescribing More Expensive Branded Medicines

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Reports: Amitava Banerjee

A prescription audit at the Darjeeling Sadar Hospital by the District Consumer Protection Council (DCPC), Darjeeling revealed that majority contained names of branded drugs instead of their generic counterparts. The DCPC has asked the hospital superintendent to look into this.

 Expensive Branded Medicines
According to the Medical Council of India guidelines, “All physicians should, as far as possible, prescribe drugs with generic names. He / she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs.”

The West Bengal government too has asked doctors in government-run hospitals and health centres to prescribe generic drugs. To keep check, the health directorate has also been conducting prescription audits in state-run hospitals.

In order to promote generic drugs, the state government has opened up fair price shops. Generic medicines can be procured at a 48% rebate on the maximum retail price.

The DCPC comprising of members from different government departments conducted an inspection at the hospital and the fair price shop in the hospital premises on Tuesday morning. The district magistrate is the chairman of the committee.

“When we checked the prescriptions generated from the out-patient department (OPD) we saw that in most cases generic medicines were not being prescribed. Our visit to the fair price shop also revealed that many of the generic medicines were not available. We have asked the shop to make available these generic medicines,” said Kausik Bhattachariya, ADM, Darjeeling.

Anand Moktan, in-charge of the fair price shop, said that 142 generic medicines are dispensed from fair price shops. “However, doctors mostly prescribe branded drugs,” he said.

Later the DCPC visited the hospital superintendent and requested him to look into the matter. The superintendent was told to ensure that doctors adhere to the Medical Council of India’s guidelines by prescribing generic drugs.

“For years Doctors have been prescribing branded drugs. However, we are constantly telling them to prescribe generic medicines. Around 70% of doctors are prescribing generic drugs. In cases of single composition drug it is easy to write. However at times it is difficult to remember combination drugs. The doctors are trying,” said Dr Saikat Pradhan, Superintendent, DarjeelingSadar Hospital.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health, which had met in June 2010 to discuss the status of using drugs in generic names, found that doctors in Bengal, Bihar and Maharashtra were flouting norms and prescribing branded drugs. Health Department officials claim that Rajasthan, Delhi and some southern states are way ahead of West Bengal in prescribing generic drugs.


According to the Medical Council of India guidelines, “All physicians should, as far as possible, prescribe drugs with generic names. He / she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs.”

The West Bengal government too has asked doctors in government-run hospitals and health centres to prescribe generic drugs. To keep check, the health directorate has also been conducting prescription audits in state-run hospitals.

To keep check, the health directorate has also been conducting prescription audits in state-run hospitals.

In order to promote generic drugs, the state government has opened up fair price shops. Generic medicines can be procured at a 48% rebate on the maximum retail price.

Source: Hindustan Times

Tama / Bamboo Shoots Health Benefits

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The bamboo plant, which is included in the grass family, is a hidden treasure of health. Bamboo shoots (Tama in Nepali) are a delicacy in Asia, and are available either fresh, fermented, dried or in a canned form and are now rising in popularity in the west due to modern research accrediting various health benefits to bamboo shoots. Known as the "king of the forest" in Japan, this traditional forest vegetable can benefit your health and be the silent doctor to all your ailments.
 Health Benefits of Tama (Nepali) / Bamboo Shoots
 Health Benefits of Tama (Nepali) / Bamboo Shoots
Here is what bamboo shoots (Tama in Nepali) can do for your healthy lifestyle:

Aids weight loss: Bamboo shoots have a low calorie content that is almost negligible. Moreover, bamboo shoots have a really low carbohydrates content in them that make them a great addition to your calorie free, weight loss diet. They are rich in dietary fiber and can be used as an appetizer that makes you full with no added calories.

Controls cholesterol and is heart friendly: The total amount of sugar in bamboo shoots is approximately 2.5 grams per 100 gram serving which is lower than the sugar content of any fruit or vegetable. The total fat content including saturated and unsaturated fats is just 0.49 gms which is healthy for the body. Due to the negligible amount of fats and sugar, bamboo shoots have been said to decrease LDL levels of cholesterol, lipids and bowel function that also makes it a diet for a healthy heart.

Cure to respiratory problems: Bamboo shoots are an excellent source of protein consisting of the entire essential and semi essential amino acids range for the body. Bamboo shoots are also beneficial in curing respiratory problems such as congestion, cough, and common cold.

Improves immune system: Bamboo shoots are rich in vitamins such Vitamin B6, Vitamin E and A, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine and folate. Bamboo shoots contain minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, manganese and iron. The presence of these vitamins and minerals improves the immune system.

Fights cancer: Due to the presence of Phytosterols like Chlorophyll, Amylase and Flavone, bamboo shoots have shown results of controlling mutation and decreasing the risk of cancer.

Heals ulcers and wounds: According to recent research, bamboo shoots possess anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties in its juice which helps in healing wounds and ulcers faster.

Prevents irregular menstrual cycle: The juice of bamboo leaves corrects irregular menstrual cycle if taken regularly. Apart from that, they also help in other gynaecological problems such as heavy flow and contractions.

Induces labour: Bamboo shoots are listed as an uterotonic plant that increases uterine contractions  and used as a medicinal supplement for a pending delivery in the last month of pregnancy.

Promotes digestive health: Bamboo shoots cure digestion problems such as Gastroenteritis and  Diarrhoea. In rare occasions, bamboo shoots have also been used as a remedy to remove intestinal worms.

Lowers blood pressure: Due to the high level of potassium content in bamboo shoots, they are recommended for maintaining and reducing blood pressure. They are also known to reduce depression, anxiety and mental alertness.

The above mentioned health benefits of Bamboo Shoots makes it a perfect recommendation for a healthy diet.

*Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
Source: mtsindia

GTA up against Scrub Typhus, holds awareness programme in kurseong

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It may have taken some time, but the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) now seems to be taking an initiative on the fatal ailment called ‘Scrub Typhus’.

GTA Sabha member Yogendra Rai from Kurseong on Sunday held a press conference at the multipurpose hall of the Kurseong SD hospital to raise general awareness on the issue with help from experts in the field. Dr. AK Barui, an expert on Scrub Typhus, described various aspects of the sickness and said it is very easy to treat an infected person if ST is detected at an early stage. If a person complains of fever along with severe headache, he can be suspected of being infected. As per Barui, ST has not been diagnosed by blood tests, hence its treatment is done by taking note of the above symptoms including a black mark on the suspect’s skin called ‘eschar’ that is caused by the bite of the mite.

He added fever and headache are also associated with other illnesses such as typhoid and sometimes it becomes very difficult to find out whether a suspect is really suffering from Scrub Typhus. In such cases, treatment of the typhoid along with scrub typhus medication is subscribed simultaneously so that both get treated. Barui said ST in its early stage can be cured by Azithromycin, a medicine that costs only a few rupees. Instead of panicking, one must rather remain aware and in case of fever along with headache, the nearest health centres and medical officers should be contacted.

Meanwhile, the GTA sabhasad said once the pujas end, awareness programmes in rural and urban areas will be held with the support of NGOs and panchayat and municipal bodies. The Scrub Typhus disease is easily treatable, but lack of awareness among the people is the root of the problem, noted Rai. He added the advice given by doctors should be adhered to and hygiene maintained at home.

Scrub Typhus was first discovered in some areas of the hills a decade ago, but perhaps lack of proper awareness is still taking its toll on human life from time to time.

Source: EOI

Scrub typhus horror in the hills, Health officials yet to take proper action

10:39 AM
Local political leadership and administration took several measures in the plains regarding the fatal disease Japanese Encephalitis that recently rocked north Bengal but another fatal disease Scrub Typhus that has already claimed several lives in the hills is yet to be noticed properly by the hills concerned bodies.

On 25 September only, a GJMM youth and Khambu Rai Community popular leader Bishal Rai from Kurseong breathed his last in a nursing home in Siliguri, reportedly following the same fatal disease Scrub Typhus. Presently, three to four persons have reportedly been admitted in Kurseong SD Hospital suspected to have scrub typhus.

It was learnt that scrub typhus was reported for the first time in West Bengal from the Kurseong S.D.Hospital in 2004. The blood samples for confirming scrub typhus then had been sent to the NICED, New Delhi. Since then, laboratory facility for diagnosing scrub typhus has been commissioned at Kurseong S.D.Hospital under local initiative. Further, in 2005-2006, a study was conducted to find the geographical areas affected by scrub typhus which included Pahilagaon and Duptin areas of Mirik. Similarly, areas of Ambootia, Makaibari, Mahanadi, Rinchingtong, Latpanchar and Sittong areas of Kurseong block were also found to be affected. However, there were no reports of outbreak happen during the period and hence no any reason for immediate concern.

The disease presents as fever with severe headache and a black scar called eschar at the site of bite. So far more then hundreds of cases have been diagnosed and treated over a period. As treatment is readily available deaths due to this disease is low. However, people should report it at an early stage if they have fever with a black scab mark. This disease is due to the bite of an infected mite which generally lives on the body of rats and shrews. These mites are predominantly present in areas where rats are present in large numbers. Humans get bitten by these mites accidentally when they are exposed to mite infected areas called ‘mite islands’. Earlier studies have found that having houses near bushes like bamboo groves, stacking piles of wood in the backyard of the house, rearing domestic animals near the house and working in the fields without protective clothing for long hours expose humans to the risk of the disease. Having separate work clothes and changing clothes before going to sleep were found to be protective. Further, having a wash or bath after daily work was also found to be protective.

As per the doctors and experts from Kurseong S.D.Hospital recommended that the best solution would be to take measures that would lead to control of rat population in and around households and place of work. This included proper storage of food in the households and proper disposal of waste food matters. Further, people should reporting to the nearest health unit in case of fever with black scab mark. Treatment for it is simple and available in all the PHCs, BPHCs and hospitals course.

It was learnt that when the disease had been first found in Kurseong region in early 2000 the medical officer from Kurseong SD Hospital Dr. AK Barui had played an important role to diagnose and prevent the out break of scrub typus. He visited many places in the country and hobnobbed with several medical and research experts in the field. Accordingly to curb the disease several other teams from various parts of the country visited Kurseong and investigated the matter.

But unfortunately maybe perhaps due to lack of proper awareness on the disease the human toll taken by it is reported from time to time.

Source: (EOIC)

Bishal Khambu Rai died due to 'Scrub Typhus.'

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Kurseong: Bishal Khambu Rai,General Secretary of KKRSS Central Committee and one of the eminent Khambu Rights Movement youth leader,a social worker and a teacher, died On 25th September evening at around 5:30 due to Scrub Typhus. It was learnt that four days ago he had been admitted at a nursing home in Siliguri due to severe headache and sickness. Only yesterday he was shifted to another nursing home in the ICU unit.
Bishal Khambu Rai died due to 'Scrub Typhus.'
Bishal Khambu Rai died due to 'Scrub Typhus.'
The cause of the death of 36 years old youth leader has been said to be a bite by a microscopic insect which is also called Scrub Typhus. The insect is said to be found among mice.

Rickettsia tsutsugamushi, a tiny parasite
Rickettsia tsutsugamushi, a tiny parasite
What Is Scrub Typhus?Scrub typhus is an infectious disease that is transmitted to humans from field mice and rats through the bite of mites that live on the animals. The main symptoms of the disease are fever, a wound at the site of the bite, a spotted rash on the trunk, and swelling of the lymph glands.

Scrub typhus is caused by Rickettsia tsutsugamushi, a tiny parasite about the size of bacteria that belongs to the family Rickettsiaceae. Under the microscope, rickettsiae are either rod-like (bacilli) or spherical (cocci) in shape. Because they are intracellular parasites, they can live only within the cells of other animals.

Scrub Typhus in the hills
So far this year alone, 16 cases of "Scrub Typhus" have been reported from Mirik Hospital. Other such cases have been reported from various hospitals and clinics all over Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong.

If this disease is ignored for long, then it can cause death.

Hill organizations and individuals including the GJMM and the GTA chief, Bimal Gurung has also paid condolence and expressed grief following the sudden demise youth leader Bishal Rai.

Darjeeling district hospital set up a committee for maternity death issue

10:42 AM
Authorities at the Darjeeling district hospital have decided to set up a committee to inquire into the death of a woman following the birth of her child after her family members lodged a complaint with the chief medical officer of health against a doctor and the nurses on duty.
Darjeeling district hospital set up a committee for maternity death issue
The Darjeeling district hospital.

Peshok tea estate resident Sumita Rai (29) was admitted at the district hospital on August 30 with labour pain. On the night of September 1, she complained of extreme pain and went into labour. Her family members alleged the nurses on duty refused to attend to her saying the pain was normal in such circumstances.

According to Sumita’s sister-in-law Sangita Tamang, who was attending on her since admission, it took a call from the doctor for the nurses to get into action. Around 7:25am on September 2, Sumita gave birth to a girl child, but half an hour later the mother was declared as dead by the nurses. The newborn though, is in good health and is in the care of her father and relatives.

Sangita alleged it was the callousness of the nurses on duty and negligence of the doctor that caused Sumita’s demise. “Sumita complained of extreme labour pain on the evening of September 1. I rushed to the nurses’ cabin, but I was told the time for delivery had not approached yet. However, unable to bear my sister-in-law’s condition, I went to the nurses’ room again, but found the door bolted from inside,” alleged Sangita.

This prompted Sangita to summon her relatives and ask them to contact the doctor who was treating the patient. “It was around one o’clock in the morning when the nurses attended on my sister-in-law after a relative of ours called the doctor. By then I had already taken my sister-in-law to the labour room,” said Sangita. She added, “I was reprimanded by the nurses every time I requested them to check my sister-in-law’s condition. Around 7:00 in the morning, Sumita was taken inside the labour room where she delivered the child. But half an hour later, the nurses said my sister-in-law was no more.”

CMOH Asit Kumar Biswas today confirmed of receiving a complaint against the concerned doctor and nurses and promised to set up an inquiry committee to investigate the incident. “The husband of the deceased has filed a complaint alleging negligence in treatment and misconduct by the nurses on duty. I have asked the hospital superintendent to submit a report by Friday morning following which we will form a three-member committee to inquire into the allegation,” said Biswas.

According to the CMOH, the District Maternity Child Health Officer (DMCHO) will head the inquiry committee that will focus on three aspects: what transpired exactly; whether there was any negligence and who was responsible for it; and how best to avert such incidents in future.

“It is important to know the facts after taking into account the versions of all parties involved. In any case, we will take strict action on the guilty based on the findings of the inquiry committee,” assured Biswas.

The CMOH said remedial measures could include a show-cause notice to the doctor and the nurses and even transfers.

Meanwhile, Samir Sharma, the doctor who was treating Sumita, refused to comment on the allegations against him when contacted. The nurses who were on duty that day could not be contacted either.

Source: EOI

Super-specialty hospital in Kurseong worth Rs80 crore, construction to begin soon

11:58 AM
Kurseong: The construction work for a super-specialty hospital is likely to soon start at the premises of the SB Dey TB Sanatorium in Kurseong at an estimated cost of Rs80 crore.

Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) executive member Anit Thapa said the building work could begin within a day or two. GTA chief Bimal Gurung and government officials including a team of architects visited the SB Dey TB Sanatorium on Tuesday where the super-specialty healthcare facility is to come up. Discussions were also held for starting several development projects in the Kurseong sub-division, informed Thapa.

He said the super-specialty hospital had been originally planned at the INS Bus Terminus area and the foundation stone had also been laid on February 20. However, due to various reasons, the site had to be relocated to the SB Dey TB Sanatorium.

The sanatorium area has already been earmarked for the establishment of a medical college when the GTA agreement was signed in 2011. As plenty of vacant land still remains there, the super-specialty hospital will come up along with the medical college.

The SB Dey Sanatorium is spread across 33 acres and has 301 beds, but only a handful of patients come seeking treatment from tuberculosis. It was built in 1936 by SB Dey, a noted social worker, in his personal property. The sanatorium was handed over to the state government in 1975. Previously, the sanatorium also used to house a 50-bed hospital for railway employees.

Source: EOI

Ebola Virus infection, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

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What is Ebola Virus Infection?
Ebola is a rare but deadly virus that causes bleeding inside and outside the body.
As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, it causes levels of blood-clotting cells to drop. This leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding.The disease, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus, kills up to 90% of people who are infected.
Ebola Virus infection, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention
Ebola Virus infection
How Do You Get Ebola?
Ebola isn’t as contagious as more common viruses like colds, influenza, or measles. It spreads to people by contact with the skin or bodily fluids of an infected animal, like a monkey, chimp, or fruit bat. Then it moves from person to person the same way. Those who care for a sick person or bury someone who has died from the disease often get it.
Other ways to get Ebola include touching contaminated needles or surfaces.
You can’t get Ebola from air, water, or food. A person who has Ebola but has no symptoms can’t spread the disease, either.

What Are the Symptoms of Ebola?
Early on, Ebola can feel like the flu or other illnesses. Symptoms show up 2 to 21 days after infection and usually include:
  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Lack of appetite
As the disease gets worse, it causes bleeding inside the body, as well as from the eyes, ears, and nose. Some people will vomit or cough up blood, have bloody diarrhea, and get a rash.

How Is Ebola Diagnosed?
Sometimes it's hard to tell if a person has Ebola from the symptoms alone. Doctors may test to rule out other diseases like cholera or malaria.
Tests of blood and tissues also can diagnose Ebola.
If you have Ebola, you’ll be isolated from the public immediately to prevent the spread.

Free eye check-up camp in Kalimpong

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Mangal Dham Yuva Sung and Lions Club Eye Hospital, SIliguri jointly organised a free eye check-up camp today at Mangal Dham in Kalimpong. Around 180 people hailing from various areas of the town showed up for free eye check-up. 

Free eye check-up camp in Kalimpong
Free eye check-up camp in Kalimpong
Dr Kritika Munda, the eye-specialist from Lions Club Eye Hospital, conducted the camp and detected six people with immediate need of eye-operation, which shall be done for free by the hospital in Siliguri. Saroj Chettri, the representative of Yuva Sung while giving information on today’s free eye check-up camp also expressed the organisation’s desire to bring about a better medical facility for the underprivileged people of Kalimpong in the near future. 

Source: EOI

Encephalitis awareness programme in Kalimpong

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Kalimpong: Amidst Encephalitis deaths Kalimpong have come up with an awareness programme on Encephalitis from 7th to14th August in Town Office of Jan Sarokar n KTV Dambar Chowk Kalimpong at  at 2pm.

 "ENCEPHALITIS" is one of the most dreadful disease taking several life today. So to discuss about the disease in detail, the joint venture of HIMALAYA DARPAN Kalimpong, KTV, JANSAROKAR and NEOTIA HEALTH CARE CENTRE is organizing a conversation with DR.PRINCE PAREKH (Child critical Care Specialist), DR.JAYDEEP DEY (Neurologist) of Neotia n other Doctors of Kalimpong. Every interested individual who are eager to know the details are heartily welcome. The programme will also be live telecast through KALIMPONG TELEVISION NETWORK for the benefit of the people.

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Encephalitis awareness programme in Kalimpong
Event Details:
Date : 7th Aug 14
Venue:Town Office of Jan Sarokar n KTV Dambar Chowk Kalimpong
TIME : Sharp at 2pm..
Ajay Agarwal,
Ph no-9832094610

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