Though banned, sale of tobacco products near colleges continues

Students smoke cigarettes in the open sold from the shops near their institutions. Shops around educational institutions continue to sell cigarettes and tobacco products though it is banned. Students smoke in the open near their schools and colleges. Also, many shops sell loose cigarettes though there is a ban on it. The Observer found noticed […]

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Affordable health care is still a work in progress

In India, where mostly health care expenditure is borne by the individual, free health camps by organisations help in bridging the gap of accessibility to affordable health care. In one such free health camp organised by PES College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru, individuals were freely tested for blood sugar, blood pressure and BMW. Dr. Saravanan, Principal […]

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Hungund taluk reels from damage caused by rain

Has no regular supply of drinking water Shivani Priyam Villages in Hungund taluk, in the north Karnataka district of Bagalkot, are in a sorry state following heavy rain in October. People The Observer interviewed complained of spread of mosquito-borne diseases and inaction by the panchayats. Mahantesh M.B., who cultivates sugarcane and sunflower in Chittaragi village, […]

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Mosquito infestation increases spread of diseases in B’luru

Accumulation of garbage blamed for the problem More and more Bengalureans are falling victim to vector-borne diseases because of the proliferation of mosquitoes. Residents of various localities have reported the matter to authorities. Dr Venkatesh, a rural health officer, informed The Observer: “Pointing out a specific reason will be difficult. Factors like waste dumping and […]

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Karnataka has high incidence of fluorosis

National Health Profile 2019 says 19 of its 30 districts are affected with fluorosis Karnataka has high incidence of fluorosis in more than half of its districts, according to the National Health Profile released in October 2019. Out of the state’s 30 districts, 19 are under National Programme for Prevention and Control of Fluorosis for […]

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Cases of diphtheria go up as govt hospitals lack vaccines

Not many people are aware about the child disease Diphtheria cases in Karnataka have increased as 48% of children between 5 and 6 years have not been vaccinated. There is a paucity of both vaccines and awareness. The number of diphtheria cases in the state was 203 in 2017. It dropped to 115 in 2018, […]

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No pharmacies in villages, people have to go to Maski for drugs

Maraldini, Antargange, Banaklal and many other villages in Maski taluk in Raichur district have no pharmacies nearby. Residents have to travel long distances to get medicine and first aid. Residents of the villages informed The Observer that there are local shops that sell tablets for cold and cough. They have to travel to Maski town […]

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BBMP slaps KIMS hostels with Rs 1-lakh penalty for improper disposal of waste

The girls’ and boys’ hostels of the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) have had to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 each to the BBMP Solid Waste Management Plant for not segregating waste properly despite repeated warnings. The hostel authorities say they will now on follow the rules governing segregation. On Tuesday, the BBMP’s […]

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50 more railway stations to get baby-feeding centres

A baby-feeding centre has been opened at the Majestic railway station’s AC waiting room. Covered with thick curtains, the centre has two wooden stools for lactating women to sit comfortably and feed their children. “We have installed the Corner Baby-feeding Centre as a pilot project at the Majestic station. We will soon implement such centres […]

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