THE government may increase the number of days on which vaccines are administered under the State's vaccination drive, Director of Public Health and Medicine Dr P Padmanabhan has said. As of now, vaccines are administered every Wednesday by Village Health Nurses, usually in schools or anganwadis.

Mobile Medical Teams (MMT) launched by the army and the state government under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) as a part of the comprehensive approach to the border management with focus on socio-economic development including healthcare of remote and inaccessible areas has almost proved to be a failure in Kashmir.

The Rajiv Arogyasri scheme has come as a boon for the poverty stricken parents of seven-year-old Lavanya of Sanjeevapuram in Bukkara-yasamudram mandal. The little girl was suffering from congenital cardiac problems and her parents, Mr Thimmappa and Ms Bhagyalakshmi, did not have the Rs 1,00,000 required to repair her heart valves through surgery.

Chhatna, (Bankura): Five pairs of hands have reached out to a remote rural pocket of Bankura that the healthcare authorities seem to have forgotten about. Led by P.K. Sarkar, a former director of the School of Tropical Medicine and state drug controller, the team is building a 10-bed hospital in the tribal-dominated Fulberia village, about 270km from Calcutta. Amader Haspatal (Our Hospital), slated to start operations from May-end, will later be expanded to a 100-bed facility. It will initially have four residential doctors and three nurses.

India will help construct a 150-bed hospital in Sri Lanka and provide vocational training to the people in rural areas of the island nation under the two agreements signed here between the neighbouring countries. The Sri Lankan government has provided three acres of land for construction of the district general hospital at Dickoya in Hatton in the Central Province. The Rs (Sri Lankan) 918 million project will be implemented by the state-owned HSCC (India) Ltd, a company providing consultancy services in healthcare and other social sectors.

HAILAKANDI, March 25

Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today gave away appointment letters to as many as 3,548 unemployed youths of the State against technical and non-technical posts under the National Rural Health Mission

On the lines of National Rural Health Mission, the National Urban Health Mission will be launched in 429 towns, having over one lakh population, within four months, Union Health Minister Dr Anbumani R

Launches pilot project in Maharashtra M. Somasekhar Hyderabad, March 5 The successful e-Choupal model of ITC has provided impetus to an experiment in healthcare

Markets and partnerships can be effective only when there are strong and enforceable regulations, meaningful competition, and an informed consumer base. These are rare in rural India. With less than one per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) invested in public healthcare provision, India is currently one of the world's most privatised health economies. It is a country which is home to one-fifth of the world's diseases, where the regular level of malnourished children is higher than that of sub-Saharan Africa, and with higher rates of anaemia and maternal under-nourishment. The buzzwords inscribed into current government policy, includi ng the Eleventh Five Year Plan, are Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)

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