Social Distancing norms flouted at KSR Railway Station testing centre

Not every passenger arriving at KSR is getting tested at the station Of all the passengers arriving at the KSR railway station, only some are getting tested. Umashankar P, one of the in-charge responsible for the testing informed The Observer: “We do everybody’s testing. Does not matter from where they come outside of Bengaluru or […]

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Despite Omicron, Bengalureans are not following Covid protocols

Citizens say govt must take action to avert 3rd wave People in Bengaluru continue to flout Covid rules despite the emergence of the Omicron variant. Sneha S, a Metro commuter, informed The Observer: I travel by Metro regularly and I can say this new variant has no effect on people as of now. Most of […]

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The grass is not yet green for Nandi Hills

People fear the new covid variant and increasing cases. Very few visitors for Nandi Hills, this season amid Omicron fear.  Will face another  period  of loss, say resort owners and travel agencies. R K Shree, the owner of R K Tours and Travels informed the Observer, “There have been many enquiries this week for Nandi Hills. […]

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As suicides rise, easy access to sleeping pills becomes a worry

We cannot verify prescriptions each time: Pharmacies Sleeping pills remain easily accessible to  Bengalureans despite an increase in the number of suicides by their overdose. NCRB data for accidental deaths and suicides in India showed that in the year 2020,  882 people committed suicide by consuming sleeping pills, which accounts for 0.6 percent of total suicide cases […]

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Karnataka fares well in reducing HIV positivity, but medicine availability is dicey

Systemic issues and taboos cause hiccups While HIV awareness programmes in Karnataka are successful, systemic issues like funding are causing problems in drug procurement for the disease, say medical officials in the field. On the eve of World AIDS Day, Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society and Lions Club organised an awareness campaign for blood donation, […]

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Omicron fear makes parents reluctant to send their children to school

Fear of an emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid in Bengaluru, parents are reluctant to send their children to school. For their part, schools are waiting for government orders. Hemu R, a parent whose child studies in class 9, informed The Observer: “It is very scary for me to send my girl to school […]

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EECP therapy: an alternative to Angioplasty

Only a few seekers of this therapy as people are unaware of it Enhanced External Counterpulsation is a less expensive and safer alternative to regular angioplasty surgeries. Awareness about EECP, however, is relatively low among heart patients. “Despite the fact that the therapy requires no surgery at all, not many people know about the existence […]

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Resident doctors and interns of two govt hospitals go on strike

Joined by staff who have not been paid  Resident doctors and interns of government-run Victoria Hospital and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute began an indefinite strike on Monday. They have withdrawn all services at OPDs and operation theatres. The strike, organized by the Karnataka Association of Resident  Doctors (KARD), has also been joined by housekeeping […]

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Men more prone than women to commit suicide: NCRB report

Their reluctance to seek help is a factor behind this Men are more prone to suicide than women, says the report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2020. In 2020, India reported 1.53 lakh cases of suicide out of which 1.08 lakh (70.9 percent) were by men. Among men, 22.6 percent were in the […]

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We are confident of fighting a third Covid wave, say hospitals

But lack clarity on how to treat Omicron variant In the wake of an increasing number of Covid cases in the state,hospitals in Bengaluru are confident of handling Covid-19 better than before if a third wave comes. Dr Dakshinamurti , a resident medical officer at Chinmaya Mission Hospital, informedThe Observer: “Most…hospitals are ready for a […]

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