The Indira Gandhi National Open University is going to launch several courses and formal study programmes on social work and HIV/AIDS, masters in social work (MSW) from July 2008.

A two-day workshop for "Prevention and Control of Vector and Water-Borne Diseases' organised by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi opened at India Habitat Centre here on Monday. Inaugurating the workshop, Delhi Mayor Arti Mehra emphasised the need to sensitise children to take preventive measures for control of vector and water-borne diseases. "A separate action plan formulated for children will be implemented in municipal schools, public schools and aided schools. This plan will create awareness and will also target residents' welfare associations, slum dwellers and municipal employees,' she added. Delhi Health Minister Yoganand Shastri congratulated the civic body for taking the initiative of organising the workshop and said, "It is only through vigorous efforts of the MCD that dengue cases in the Capital are on the decline. Local bodies such as the Delhi Cantonment Board, the New Delhi Municipal Council and the Railway Board should come together in a joint endeavour to control diseases.' Addressing the gathering, MCD Standing Committee Chairman Vijender Gupta said the action plan proposed during the workshop would be implemented from April 1. Health Committee Chairman V. K. Monga and Municipal Commissioner K. S. Mehra were among those present on the occasion.

Doctors in 12 states went on strike in the first week of December protesting mandatory rural posting. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare came up with the proposal in July. A

A health camp conducted in Sama, 60 km north of Bageshwar in Uttaranchal in November, revealed that anaemia, chronic infections, gout, tuberculosis and rheumatoid arthritis are the common ailments


Medical education is in the news for all the wrong reasons. The government s decision to extend reservations in institutions of higher education under the Centre triggered off a storm of protest, led by medical students. There were spurious arguments on b

Global patterns of funding clearly show that medical education remains very much a state-dominated sector. In countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Santosh Medical College in Ghaziabad, affiliated to Santosh Hospital, is a private college that has been exposed by media reports as being inadquate both in terms of infrastructure and faculty. The hospital has 800 beds, 80 per cent of which are free. But most of the facilities are not used.

A rare killer disease, Japanese encephalitis, has been annually and invariably breaking out in eastern Uttar Pradesh, India. This year, so far, 3,952 people have been affected. 914 are dead.

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The conflict between allopathy and homeopathy is an old one