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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Covaxin trials on 2-18 age group get a nod

The Drugs Controller General of India has granted permission to Bharat Biotech to conduct clinical trials of Covaxin on children in the 2-18 age group, according to an official release. Bharat Biotech had submitted the proposal of conducting trials on children earlier this year. An expert committee that looked into the matter asked Bharat Biotech […]

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Covid-19 patients in Hyd find service in Pvt hospitals poor

Docs say they are overworked, but doing their best    Hyderabad: Covid-19 patients say staying in hospitals in the twin cities is a nightmare. Although doctors and other staff are doing their best, many patients are disappointed with their efforts. “I wish I had suffered and died at home rather than got admitted to hospital,” said P. […]

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States’ vaccine wastage should be below 1 per cent, says Centre

National average is 6.3 per cent The Centre has again asked the states to keep their vaccine wastage below 1%. States such as Jharkhand (37.3%), Chhattisgarh (30.2%), Tamil Nadu (15.5%), Jammu and Kashmir (10.8%), Madhya Pradesh (10.7%) are reporting much higher wastage than the national average of 6.3%. The Union health secretary has urged the […]

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