More pregnant women now visit maternity clinics than before

Some still don’t see docs due to taboos, shyness The percentage of women who made at least four antenatal visits to maternity clinics has risen by 0.8 per cent over four years as per the State Fact sheet of the National Family Health Survey, 2019). According to the NFHS, the percentage of women who made […]

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No usable washrooms for the differently-abled

They are either locked or lack basic facilities Washrooms for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) are not usable at many railway stations in Bengaluru. “Washrooms for PwDs are closed due to renovation in the general waiting area. All three (waiting areas) were locked due to Covid. Now we have opened the ladies and general waiting area, […]

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10 pads under Shuchi scheme are just not enough, say girls

State govt has raised budget by Rs 2 cr, but No. of beneficiaries has gone up The Karnataka government has decided to re-implement the Shuchi sanitary napkin distribution scheme in the financial year 2021-22, but with a reduced budget, the adequacy of this scheme is still in question. The state government has allocated a budget […]

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Headaches, back and neck pain rise for WFH adults

Docs: Do yoga, get enough sleep, take breaks People working from home amid the pandemic are suffering from severe headaches, back and neck problems “I have been working 9-12 hours a day since the lockdown happened. I’ve had severe headaches and back issues, which has at times lowered my productivity. What helps me cope with […]

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Bengal nurses oppose contractual posts

Prefer permanent jobs to higher pay for 2 months Kolkata: Registered nurses and para-medical staff of West Bengal who are waiting for permanent government jobs are unhappy with the state government’s decision to hire them on a contract basis for two months.  Manisha Samanta, a staff nurse at R.N. Tagore Hospital, a private hospital in […]

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Bengal evacuees worry Covid will spread in cyclone shelters

They have been provided masks and sanitizer Kolkata: The fear of being exposed to coronavirus is troubling people who are being evacuated from West Bengal’s low-lying areas to safe camps ahead of the cyclonic storm Yaas.  Chakradhar Sahoo, who lives in a mud house at Dihibirkul village of East Midnapore district, shifted to a camp […]

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Bengal nurses use cannulas to divide oxygen between patients

Method comes handy during shortage of O2 Nurses at the Bolpur super specialty hospital in West Bengal have found a unique way to provide oxygen support for two critical Covid-19 patients from a single oxygen cylinder and regulator. Madhurima Saha, a staff nurse of the hospital, informed The Observer: “Somewhere I heard that it was […]

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Lack of access to menstrual products can badly affect health of women

MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY Lack of access to menstrual products can badly affect the health of women. According to studies, about 88 per cent of Indian women and girls use alternatives to sanitary pads like cloth, rags, hay, sand or ash. Dr Alok Deb, a gynecologist at Woodland Hospital, Shillong, informed The Observer: “Menstrual Hygiene is […]

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College gets barber on campus as a step to curb Covid

Dr Prabhakar Bhimalapuram is the chairperson of the Campus Health and Medical Committee set up by the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, to oversee the efficient running of health clinics on campus. Recently, the committee undertook the responsibility of fighting against Covid to safeguard students on campus. It took the unusual measure of getting […]

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Biomed waste is dumped unsegregated

BBMP waste collectors don’t touch waste from houses that have Covid patients Bengaluru: In several parts of the city, biomedical waste produced by home-isolated Covid-19 patients is being dumped in Bellahalli, near Yelahanka, as unsegregated waste.  Rahul Hipparkar, the driver of a BBMP garbage-collection truck, said: “All the waste collected, except for a certain category […]

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