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Pak PM Nawaz Sharif writes to Sushma Swaraj wishing her speedy recovery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has wished speedy recovery to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who underwent a kidney transplant recently.According to official sources, Sharif wrote a letter to Swaraj wishing her quick recovery.The External Affairs Minister had undergone a kidney transplant at AIIMS on December 10 and was discharged on December 19 from the hospital.

Search panel reconstituted on orders of PMO for AIIMS director job

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The search-cum-selection committee, tasked with shortlisting names for the AIIMS director’s post, has been reconstituted following orders from the Prime Minister’s Office and it would be headed by the Health Secretary instead of the Union Health Minister.The new five-member panel will be led by Health Secretary C K Mishra as the chairman. The committee will include Principal Scientific Adviser to PM R Chidambaram, Secretary in Department of Health Research Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Jagdish Prasad and Vice Chancellor of the Delhi University Yogesh Tyagi.The PMO last week had ordered reconstitution of the search panel based on DoPT guidelines amid allegations of nepotism against some members of the panel. “We had recommended the names for the search-cum- selection committee which has been approved by the DoPT and the order has come today,” a senior official in the Health Ministry said.Also, antecedents of applicants will be verified thoroughly before finalisation of names, sources in the Union Health Ministry said.As per rules, the search-cum-selection committee selects a name from the list of candidates which is then sent to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister for final approval.It is learnt the move came after some applicants for the AIIMS top job accused some members of the panel of conflict of interest as they have close relationship with a particular candidate. They have also raised the issue of eligibility of promotee professors for the director’s post.Earlier, a search-cum-selection panel under the chairmanship of Health Minister J P Nadda was constituted to select the new Director of AIIMS. “The PMO had ordered the reconstitution of the committee after certain issues concerning members of the panel were raised. Also, DoPT had sought opinion of the PMO regarding AIIMS president J P Nadda chairing the panel,” a source said.According to sources, 53 eminent doctors, including 35 candidates from outside AIIMS, have applied for the post and the screening of applications is complete.The main contenders for the top post include V K Paul, Head of the Department (HOD) of Paediatrics, Randeep Guleria, HOD of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders and Alka Kriplani, HOD of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.Current AIIMS director M C Mishra is set to retire on January 31 next year.

Sushma Swaraj discharged from hospital after successful kidney transplant surgery

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, was discharged from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Aiims), 10 days after she underwent a kidney transplant at the premier hospital. The authorities said that Swaraj was recuperating steadily and was fit enough to observe postoperative care at home.

Doctors decided to discharge her after all her latest biochemical tests were found normal including kidney function.

“Sushma Swaraj has been discharged from Hospital at 7 pm after her postoperative uneventful recovery following kidney transplant operation on December 10,” the AIIMS said in a statement.

“A team of doctors will continue to review Swaraj’s progress over next several weeks,” AIIMS Director MC Misra said expressing happiness over her recovery.

File image of Sushma Swaraj. PTI

File image of Sushma Swaraj. PTI

According to the authorities, the minister’s post-operative recovery was closely monitored by a team of specialists.

“A team of specialists, which included Transplant Surgeons, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Endocrinologist reviewed her today (on Monday) for her post discharge advice regarding medications,” the AIIMS said.

It further said necessary detailed advice has been given pertaining to her nutrition and diet, physiotherapy and fluid intake.

64-year-old Swaraj has been advised to restrict visitors for next three months at home and office to minimise the chances of infection. However, the minister has been known to discharge her duties and issue prompt responses to distressed Indians on twitter even while in hospital.

Swaraj, underwent a kidney transplant at Aiims hospital in New Delhi on 10 December, with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor, following which her health has been improving steadily.

According to sources at Aiims, Swaraj underwent a nearly six-hour-long surgery which was conducted at the cardio-thoracic centre by a team of 50 personnel including transplant surgeons, transplant anaesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and other supporting staff.

The team comprised Mishra, surgeons VK Bansal and V Seenu, nephrologist Sandeep Mahajan and Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS) chief Balram Airan among others.

Swaraj has been suffering from diabetes for quite sometime and after it was found that she had renal failure, she was put on maintenance dialysis.

The Union minister, who has been in and out of the hospital for the last few months, was admitted to Aiims on 7 November.

Earlier she was admitted to Aiims in April for treatment of pneumonia and other health issues.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 19, 2016 19:12 IST

Girl comes to Delhi looking for work, gets raped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the news of a 13-year old’s gangrape a few days ago comes yet another horrific incident of rape of a girl in India’s capital.A girl was allegedly raped in a car in a car in Delhi’s Moti Bagh on Thursday. According to News18, the 20-year-old was raped by a taxi driver whose vehicle bore the sticker of Home Ministry.The girl had come to Delhi to look for a job, as per the News18 sources. She hailed a cab from AIIMS to Noida.The driver stopped the car in an isolated place and allegedly raped her near Moti Bagh in South Delhi.The girl saw a patrolling van and raised an alarm, following the driver ran away from the scene. The cops rescued the girl and taken to the police station where she told the officials about the incident.The driver was arrested late in the night and has been put in police custody. He has not been found to be related to the Home Ministry.The police is carrying further investigation into the incident.

Sushma Swaraj is recovering well, confirms AIIMS: Messages of ‘speedy recovery’ pour in on Twitter

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who underwent a kidney transplant three days ago, was shifted out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at AIIMS on Tuesday and was recovering well, reports said. The 64-year-old minister is likely to be discharged in another seven to ten days, senior hospital officials told PTI.

“The minister has been shifted out of the ICU to a private ward of the Cardio-Neuro Centre. Her post-surgery recovery is on the expected lines,” AIIMS Director Dr M C Mishra was quoted as saying by PTI.

File photo of Sushma Swaraj. PTI

File photo of Sushma Swaraj. PTI

He said her recovery is being closely monitored by a team of transplant surgeons, physicians (endocrinologist, nephrologist, cardiologist and pulmonologist) and anaesthesist besides critical care expert, physiotherapist and transplant specialists. “She is likely to be discharged in another seven or 10 days,” Mishra added.

Swaraj had undergone a kidney transplant on Saturday with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor. According to Mishra, the woman who donated her kidney to the minister is also in the process of being discharged.

“During transplant surgeries, the recipient is put on Immunosuppressants in order to lower the body’s ability to reject a transplanted organ.

“That is the reason why the minister, after the transplant, was shifted to ICU and kept in isolation to avoid any infection,” a senior doctor at AIIMS said.

Messages for Swaraj

The political fraternity and many eminent personalities wished speedy recovery to the external affairs minister. Considering Sushma’s Twitter presence and her efforts to use the medium to do good, Twitter India made this video for Sushma:

AIIMS earlier had stated that the surgery of Swaraj was successful and uneventful.

Swaraj’s nearly six-hour long surgery was performed by a team of 50 personnel led by Dr Mukut Minz, former head of the department of renal transplant surgery at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and Dr V K Bansal from AIIMS. Minz is currently with Fortis, Mohali. A team of transplant anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and other support staff assisted them.

On 16 November, Swaraj herself had posted on Twitter that she was in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Swaraj, who has been in and out of the hospital for last few months, was admitted to AIIMS on 7 November. After Swaraj made her health conditions public on social media, several people had offered their kidneys to her.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 14, 2016 15:45 IST

Great news: Sushma Swaraj recovering well after successful kidney transplant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who underwent a kidney transplant three days ago, was today shifted out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at AIIMS and was recovering well. The 64-year-old minister is likely to be discharged in another seven to ten days, senior hospital officials said. “The minister has been shifted out of the ICU to a private ward of the Cardio-Neuro Centre. Her post-surgery recovery is on the expected lines,” AIIMS Director Dr M C Mishra said.He said her recovery is being closely monitored by a team of transplant surgeons, physicians (endocrinologist, nephrologist, cardiologist and pulmonologist) and anaesthesist besides critical care expert, physiotherapist and transplant specialists.”She is likely to be discharged in another seven or 10 days,” Mishra added.Swaraj had undergone a kidney transplant on Saturday with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor.According to Mishra, the woman who donated her kidney to the minister is also in the process of being discharged.”During transplant surgeries, the recipient is put on Immunosuppressants in order to lower the body’s ability to reject a transplanted organ.”That is the reason why the minister, after the transplant, was shifted to ICU and kept in isolation to avoid any infection,” a senior doctor at AIIMS said.AIIMS earlier had stated that the surgery of Swaraj was successful and uneventful.Swaraj’s nearly six-hour long surgery was performed by a team of 50 personnel led by Dr Mukut Minz, former head of the department of renal transplant surgery at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and Dr V K Bansal from AIIMS. Minz is currently with Fortis, Mohali. A team of transplant anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and other support staff assisted them.On November 16, Swaraj herself had posted on Twitter that she was in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Swaraj, who has been in and out of the hospital for last few months, was admitted to AIIMS on November 7.After Swaraj made public her health condition on social media, several people had offered their kidneys to her.

Sushma Swaraj can help change organ donation law in India

It is indeed heartening to know that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj underwent a successful kidney transplant operation at the All India Institute of Medical sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday (December 10) and that she is recuperating fast. In a few weeks time, she should be able to resume her duty at the South Block to guide our country’s relationship with the larger world.

Swaraj has been one of the most successful ministers of the Narendra Modi government. She has succeeded in enhancing India’s international profile through her astute diplomatic skills, her legendary gift of the gab and her exemplary personal conduct. The manner in which she made the world know about her ailment and treatment (compare that with the absolute secrecy in J Jayalalithaa’s case) has endeared her to her countrymen and women.

However, one would hope that when Swaraj recovers completely from the post-operational rehabilitative process, she would spare a thought to around two lakh men and women across the country who have been waiting for years to get the official nod for a kidney transplant. It is common knowledge hat the denial of permission for a kidney transplant to those who carry little personal or political weight is common and thousands are dying every year due to it.

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. File photo. AFP

Consider the rules for being eligible for a kidney transplant in India. If a near relative of the patient is willing to donate his or her kidney, then there is little problem. Private hospitals would expedite the process as they charge a fortune for the transplant. In the government hospitals, the delay could be due to usual red-tape in convening the mandatory meeting of the authorised committee to consider the requests, to examine the relevant papers and to interview the concerned persons. It depends on the relatives of the patients as to how strongly they can push the official machinery to get it going fast. Those who are familiar with the ways of making the government institutions work get the sanction quickly, but those who just wait for their turn not knowing where and how to push the system suffer a delay.

In all such cases, the permission for the kidney transplant may get delayed, but, usually, not denied. That is the advantage of a near relative offering a kidney for transplant. But then the definition of a near relative is quite specific: one’s parents or children, grandparents or grandchildren, spouse or siblings. If the donor is one of them, then the patient can breathe easy.

But, if any “near relative” of a patient is unavailable, unwilling, or unfit to donate a kidney, then the long arm of the law takes its toll. The law provides that a non-relative donor can be considered only if one is willing to offer a kidney out of “affection and attachment” to the donee, or for a special reason, but never out of consideration of money. Such a provision virtually blacks out the possibility of a kidney patient getting a donor.

How many ordinary patients will get a donor who would offer a vital organ like kidney out of “affection and/or attachment” for a distant relative or a non-relative? Such offers, however, may pour in for big celebrities. It was the same case with Swaraj who is a political celebrity. When she broke the news of her kidney ailment over Twitter, she was flooded with the kidney offers from scores of Indians who admire her for her personal and political standing. As the Indian Express reported, her doctors selected a 40-year old woman — out of a brood of non-relative donor offers — to service the need of the ailing political leader.

Now consider the timeline in Swaraj’s case: She made the announcement of her ailment over social media on 16 November, her kidney transplant happened on 10 December. In a span of fewer than four weeks, the donor was selected, mandatory testings for compatibility of donor-donee organ were carried out, all official permissions kicked in and the transplant was carried out. It must have been a record of sorts in the history of the AIIMS in showing such alacrity in carrying out a transplant of a kidney offered by a non-relative donor.

But then Swaraj deserved every bit of this special treatment, not for her own sake, but for the sake of the country. However, as a senior leader of the ruling party and the government, now it would be her turn to consider the plight of those waiting for a transplant from a non-relative donor. For most of them, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.

And that is because the official committee to screen such applications is usually not convinced that a non-relative donor is offering the vital organ just out of affection and attachment, and not out of mercenary considerations. The fact that most of these men and women, who come forward to donate, are from the poorer strata of the society and are mobilised by middlemen to offer a kidney in consideration of a certain sum of money, doesn’t help either.

Not that the kidney patients like it that way; but the law of the land does not give them any other option; they are left with a Hobson’s choice – either adopt the illegal course or embrace an impending death. Many such illegal transplants happen; but if and when they come to light, the harsh law of the land entails that the donor, donee, their relatives, middlemen and the doctors and administrators associated with the illegal transplant go to jail.

It is a harsh law, which is tilted in favour of the powerful who can manage to find a donor, and whose altruistic credentials, the official committee is ready to endorse. It is a law against the non-elite for whom it is virtually impossible to convince the committee about the altruism of the donor. There are examples such as that of a Delhi professor offering a kidney to a stranger in Kerala as was reported in the media, but they are rare; it has something to do with the elevating religious and moral sentiment of the donor.

The draconian law was envisaged with good intentions — to ensure that the poor are not exploited and made to part with vital organs by organised gangs — but then the illegal racket that thrives ensures that some poor people are misled into extortionist tactics, lose their body part and get a little money in return.

Why can’t the government make a law allowing voluntary donation of an organ in exchange for a minimum stipulated amount of money? The donor can bargain for a higher sum too, and the entire money could be deposited in the donor’s bank account before the transplant process kicks in.

With a proper monitoring mechanism in place that would make the system open and transparent; it would create a win-win situation for both the donor and the donee.

Unfortunately, our political establishment often fails to rise to the occasion to offset the acute problems, especially in the health sector that doesn’t promise much political dividend.

However, if Swaraj, who has gone through the trauma behind a kidney ailment, takes the lead to change the law to benefit all, she would win the sincere gratitude of thousands of sufferers and relieve them of their suffering.

First Published On : Dec 12, 2016 12:44 IST

Swaraj undergoes kidney transplant, condition stable: AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj “successfully” underwent a kidney transplant at AIIMS in Delhi on Saturday and her condition is stable. Swaraj, 64, was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit after the nearly six-hour-long surgery by a team of 50.AIIMS sources said the kidney for Swaraj was donated by a woman who is in her 40s and not related to the External Affairs Minister. A team of senior doctors has been monitoring the minister’s condition round-the-clock. “The surgery was successful and uneventful. She is admitted in the ICU and her condition is stable. Her condition is being closely monitored by a team of doctors. The donor voluntarily donated her kidney to the Minister,” AIIMS Director MC Mishra said when contacted.As no suitable donor was available in the immediate family, the transplant was done with the kidney from a living unrelated donor, sources said, adding the clearance for it was obtained from the Authorisation Committee of AIIMS. Mishra said the surgery was carried out at the cardio-thoracic centre by a team of 50 personnel including transplant surgeons, transplant anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and other supporting staff.
ALSO READ Sushma Swaraj undergoes kidney transplant at AIIMSThe team comprised Mishra, surgeons VK Bansal and V Seenu, nephrologist Sandeep Mahajan and Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS) chief Dr Balram Airan among others. “The surgery started at around 9 AM and ended at 2.30 PM following which the minister has been shifted to the ICU. First, the organ was harvested from the donor which took one-and-half hours and then it was transplanted,” Mishra said.Living, unrelated donor could be anyone who is emotionally attached to the recipient, such as a friend, a relative, a neighbour or an in-law. A large number of people including Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit wished Swaraj speedy recovery. “We wish MEA Sushma Swaraj Sahiba speedy and full recovery,” he tweeted.Swaraj has been suffering from diabetes for quite sometime and after it was found that she had renal failure, she was put on maintenance dialysis. On November 16, Swaraj herself had tweeted that she was in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Swaraj, who has been in and out of the hospital for last few months, was admitted to AIIMS on November 7. After Swaraj made public her health condition on social media, several people offered their kidneys to her.

Sushma Swaraj undergoes kidney transplant at AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday underwent a kidney transplant at AIIMS, with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor.According to sources at AIIMS, the nearly five-hour-long surgery was conducted at the cardio-thoracic centre by a team of doctors including AIIMS Director MC Mishra, surgeons VK Bansal, V Seenu and nephrologist Sandeep Mahajan. “The surgery started at 9.00 am and ended at 2.30 pm following which the minister has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the same building,” the sources said. “Living, unrelated donor could be anyone who is emotionally attached to the recipient, such as friend, a relative, a neighbour or an in-law. As no suitable donor was available in the immediate family, the transplant was done with the kidney from a living unrelated donor. “The clearance from the authorisation committee was obtained prior to the procedure,” the sources at AIIMS said, adding.According to doctors, 64-year-old Swaraj has been suffering from diabetes for quite a long time. After the kidney failure diagnosis, she was put on maintenance dialysis. “She was undergoing dialysis thrice a week,” a senior doctor said.On November 16, Swaraj had tweeted that she was in AIIMS because of kidney failure. “I am in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis. I am undergoing tests for a kidney transplant. Lord Krishna will bless,” Swaraj had tweeted. Swaraj, who has been in and out of the hospital for last few months, was admitted to AIIMS on November 7.After Swaraj made public her health condition on social media, support had poured in for her with several people offering their kidneys for transplant. Earlier she was admitted to AIIMS in April for treatment of pneumonia and other health issues.

EAM Sushma Swaraj to undergo kidney transplant at AIIMS today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to undergo a kidney transplant at AIIMS on Saturday, with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor.”Living unrelated donor could be anyone who is emotionally attached to the recipient, such as friend, a relative, a neighbour or an in-law. As no suitable donor was available in the immediate family, the transplant will be done with the kidney from a living unrelated donor. As of now the transplant is scheduled to take place this weekend. The clearance from the authorisation committee has been obtained,” PTI sources at AIIMS had said on Tuesday, adding that Swaraj’s pre-transplant process was complete.The surgery will be performed by a team of experts constituted by AIIMS. According to doctors, Swaraj been suffering from diabetes for quite a long time. After the kidney failure diagnosis, she was put on maintenance dialysis. “She undergoes dialysis thrice a week,” a senior doctor said.On November 16, Swaraj had tweeted that she was in AIIMS because of kidney failure. “I am in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis. I am undergoing tests for a kidney transplant. Lord Krishna will bless,” Swaraj had tweeted.64-year-old Swaraj, who has been in and out of the hospital for last few months, was admitted to AIIMS on November 7. After Swaraj made public her health condition on social media, support had poured in for her with several people offering their kidneys for transplant.Earlier she was admitted to AIIMS in April for treatment of pneumonia and other health issues.

DNA Evening Must Reads: Jayalalithaa buried next to mentor MGR, Russia protests against India’s cash crunch and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1) Live | Amma no more: Jayalalithaa buried next to mentor MGROver two tonne of flowers from several destinations were used by about 40 workers who worked for 10 hours to prepare the Army truck and gun carriage for the final journey of Jayalalithaa. Thousands came out on the streets to pay their last respects and have a last glimpse of their leader popularly known as Amma. Jayalalithaa, who died of a massive cardiac arrest late Monday evening, was buried next to the memorial of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) founder and her mentor MG Ramachandran at Marina beach. Read more…2) Amma no more: O Panneerselvam breaks down as PM pays floral tributes to JayaAn inconsolable Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam hugged Narendra Modi emotionally on a couple of occasions as the Prime Minister approached the casket containing Jayalalithaa’s body to pay his last respects. The atmosphere was surcharged as Modi, amid tight security, walked into Rajaji Hall, where the AIADMK supremo’s body is lying in state. As he walked towards Panneerselvam after placing a wreath near the body, the latter broke down and hugged him. Read more…3) Sushma Swaraj’s kidney transplant likely this weekend, donor unrelatedExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to undergo a kidney transplant at AIIMS this weekend, with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor. “Living unrelated donor could be anyone who is emotionally attached to the recipient, such as friend, a relative, a neighbour or an in-law. As no suitable donor was available in the immediate family, the transplant will be done with the kidney from a living unrelated donor. “As of now the transplant is scheduled to take place this weekend. The clearance from the authorisation committee has been obtained,” sources at AIIMS said, adding Sawaraj’s pre-transplant process was complete. Read more…4) No plan to impose tax on jewellery, farmers’s produce: Ravi Shankar PrasadUnion Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that there was no plan to impose tax on farmers for their produce or on women for their jewellery. Addressing a rally in Nainital as part of the BJP’s ongoing parivartan yatra, Prasad said the country was moving towards a cashless economy under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose demonetization move had made the rich bow to poor for the first time in the country. Read more…5) Demonetization: Russia lodges protest, says cash shortage affecting working of its MissionRussia has strongly protested with India on cash shortage affecting the working of its Mission after demonetization, and wants a quick resolution of the issue, failing which it may explore other options including summoning Indian diplomat in Moscow. In a letter, Russian Ambassador Alaxander Kadakin has raised the issue of diplomats not being able to withdraw enough money hampering the normal functioning of the mission and sought intervention of the External Affairs Ministry so that the withdrawal restrictions for diplomatic staff are lifted. Read more…

Jayalalithaa’s health: Lowering AIADMK flag amid rumours hits a new low of absurdity

After spending close to two days warning people not to spread rumours, AIADMK’s efforts proved to be in vain as false information caught fire and flared through Chennai on Monday that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was no more. That the party lowered its flag at its headquarters to half mast seemed like total proof that the worst had happened. It seemed to signal an end to this Marx brothers tragic-comedy, which sparked violence in areas around the town as folks rushed to supermarkets and groceries to stock up on fruit, vegetables, milk and other staples, because a spectre of violence masquerading as grief was very much on the cards.

Why would anyone lower the party flag at such a time, essentially sending out a false signal?

It seems to be absolutely absurd and serves as another reminder of how dangerous social platforms are in this hi-tech age and how tracking perpetrators is almost impossible.

Visuals of women and men crying over rumours of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's death were repeated on a loop on TV news channels. PTI

Visuals of women and men crying over rumours of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death were repeated on a loop on TV news channels. PTI

Visuals of women and men crying over rumours of Jayalalithaa’s death being repeated on a loop on TV news channels only added to the tension. It is almost like the cameras want to generate a certain level of stress and drama, while mouthing unctuous concern about the chief minister’s condition. There is, at times, a palpable whipping up of sentiment through a clever use of denial and caution, expressed every now and then, before launching another audio-visual sortie high on emotion.

The situation seems a bit hypocritical and even the arrival of Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu at the venue seems uncalled for. What does the I&B minister have to do with a medical emergency? And what exactly can the Centre not find out over the phone, forcing VIPs to make this trip to Tamil Nadu?

In case she does not make it, the state is going to be in turmoil. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) seems to be totally lost without their shepherd and has shown no mettle or presence, except for a statement made by expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa. The personality politics has made everyone, regardless of their fancy designation, utterly irrelevant and incapable of keeping things under control.

One can only hope that the people themselves will display restraint. Burning buses, rioting and looting in the name of the person one presumes to love so much reaps no dividend. Why hurt yourself or others or bruise the city itself? Surely, if one has to emulate a beloved leader like Jayalalithaa, it makes more sense to emulate her values and not to go against them.

This constant repetition of ’emotion’ and ‘churn of feelings’ on TV channels is only doing a disservice. Here, one can recall a similar premature treatment by the media when a statement about Jayaprakash Narayan’s death was released and newspapers began to print obituaries, only to later realise that he was still alive. But with no instant news in the form of social media platforms back then, the story was quickly retracted and the matter subsided within minutes.

But that is not the way it works anymore. Now, it seems that the need to take advantage of even matters of life and death and of keeping people’s sentiments whipped up to a level where they can be catapulted into the realm of a future frenzied pitch immediately seems to be the singular priority.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 19:48 IST

Jayalalithaa health update: TN CM on ECMO – all you need to know

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apollo Hospitals said this evening that a team of its doctors and those from AIIMS were continuously monitoring the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and denied as “totally baseless and false” reports that she was no more. “Some TV channels are wrongly reporting that the Honourable CM is no more. It is totally baseless and false. They are advised to rectify this mistake based on this press release,” the hospital said in a statement after news channels reported that the AIADMK leader was no more. With the health of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa deteriorating, party MLAs are scheduled to meet later this evening apparently to chalk out the next course of action. Earlier in the day also the AIADMK MLAs had met at Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment, and reportedly discussed the leadership issue among other matters.Though party sources did not reveal the agenda of the meeting scheduled in the evening, they, however, confirmed that the legislators would discuss key matters. According to doctors, the condition of Jayalalithaa, who suffered cardiac arrest, is very “grave”. AIADMK has a total of 136 MLAs in the 234-member House, including Jayalalithaa, who represents Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar here.68-year-old Tamil Nadu supremo Jayalalithaa is wired up from head to toe inside the High Dependency Unit of private-run Apollo Hospital in Chennai. After she is said to have suffered a cardiac arrest on December 4 evening, she was transferred on Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine.Dr Richard Beale, Intensivist at London Bridge Hospital who had been monitoring her condition said in a written statement, “She had been doing well. Inspite of the progress she was making, her underlying health conditions inevitably meant that the risk of further problems always remained. She is now on extra corporeal life support.”Outcomes of patients on ECMO are poor, said Dr Ramakant Panda, Cardiac Surgeon who had operated on Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2009. “Even if a person recovers it may take weeks, we cannot expect a miraculous overnight change in the patient’s condition.”ECMO explained A sudden cardiac arrest can occur due to multiple reasons, say doctors. “Her lungs had already been compromised, as a result the heart may have weakened. It could be a result or an infection. It could also have been a result of electrolyte imbalance, which leads the levels of Potassium to peak in the body causing an arrest,” said a senior Cardiologist requesting anonymity. In an ECMO procedure, huge cuts are made in the groin area and two thick pipe-like tubes are inserted inside to flush out and pump recycled blood back inside. ECMO machine consists of a pump which mimics the heart and lungs.An endo-tracheal tube is attached along with the ventilator to aid breathing. Leads are attached on chest to monitor heart rate. A line is inserted inside the arm to check on blood pressure. Patient is also put on dialysis and special leads are attached on the head to monitor brain functioning.When the pumping of heart is compromised, organs like kidney, liver and brain may suffer damage and fail. ECMO takes over the heart and lung function, giving them time to heal.“One must understand that ECMO is a support system and not a treatment modality. The machine takes blood out of the body, oxygenates it and returns it back to the body.As ECMO takes on the burden of performing the functions of heart and lungs, it gives temporary rest to the wounded organs to recover. At times patients, even old ones do get revived on ECMO,” said Dr Sandeep Dewan, head of department, Critical Care at Fortis Memorial Research Institute.Doctors said that even when the heart completely collapses, but the patient is put on ECMO within a few minutes, there are chances of revival of the heart over a few days. While in US and Europe, where technologies have advanced of all patients put on ECMO, upto 56% of them bounce back, in India, the survival rates hover between close to 40%.The entire procedure of wiring a patient up for ECMO and fixing the circuit costs upto Rs 3.5 lakhs. Additionally, each day that a patient is on ECMO costs Rs 10,000. It is the last resort for a patient when ventilator support and drugs fail. Dr Dewan has treated 25 patients on ECMO in the past one and a half year of which ten have survived.Jaya illness timeline: September 22 – Jayalalithaa hospitalized and it is maintained that she is recoveringOctober 2 – Dr Richard Beale is flown in from London to advise on her respiratory distress due to infection in lungsOctober 6 – A team from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi is flown inOctober 7 – It is announced that she is on respiratory support, on nebulisation and antibioticsOctober 21 – It is noted that she is sitting up and is recovering wellNovember 19 – She is shifted to a private room and is said to be responding well without ventilator supportDecember 4 – Earlier in afternoon, AIIMS doctors say she is good to go home, but later in evening suffers cardiac arrestDecember 5 – She is put on ECMO life support, after having tried cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for close to 40 minutes.

Jayalalithaa’s health status LIVE: Apollo denies media reports, says CM on life support

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago.

Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late on Sunday night, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Sangita Reddy tweeted:

68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that the AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Security has been beefed up across the state with the Tamil Nadu DGP ordering all police officers and personnel to report for duty by 7 am for deployment.

Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since 22 September, suffered a cardiac arrest late on Sunday evening.

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

“She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” chief operating officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in the statement yesterday.

Dr Richard Beale from London has also been consulted and concurred with line of treatment by our cardiologists and pulmonologists, the hospital said.

Soon after the Apollo Hospitals statement came, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.

Rao, who is also Governor of Maharashtra, rushed to Chennai from Mumbai and went to the hospital.

Ministers and top police officials also rushed to the hospital and held informal consultations on the situation. Heavy deployment of police was made at the hospital on Greams Road where thousands of supporters of ‘Amma‘ (mother), as she is fondly called by her supporters, and AIADMK cadre had gathered on hearing the news.

In a communication to ADGPs of Enforcement, CB-CID, Economic Offences Wing and Crime wings, the Director General of Police’s office asked them to “mobilise all the officers in the rank of SPs and police personnel of other ranks of Enforcement, CBCID, EOW and Crime completely and they should report” to SPs and Commissioners of Police at 7 am.

“They should report in full uniform with their vehicles for law and order bandobust duty until further orders,” it said.

Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.

To read the liveblog in Hindi, click here.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 18:05 IST

Jayalalithaa’s doctor says his prayers and thoughts are with CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is “extremely grave”, the London doctor who is being consulted for her treatment said on Monday. “Unfortunately, and in spite of the progress she had made, her underlying health conditions inevitably meant that the risk of further problems always remained,” Dr Richard Beale said in a statement.”The situation is extremely grave, but I can confirm that everything possible is being done to give her the best chance of surviving this shocking event. She is being cared for by a highly multi-disciplinary team and is now on extra corporeal life support.”This is the most advanced level of support available and is the approach the best centres internationally would take in this situation. That this technology is available in Apollo Chennai reflects the high degree of expertise of this centre and, that at all times, Madam has received exceptional care from Apollo and AIIMS care team, which are equal of any in the world,” he said.He said his prayers and thoughts were with the Chief Minister, her family, her carers and the people of Tamil Nadu “at this very difficult time”.

Jayalalithaa’s health: A timeline of events since hospitalisation over two months ago

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago. Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late on Sunday night, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Sangita Reddy has said that the AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists. Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan had indicated that the  team of experts included cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists.”

File photo of Jayalalithaa. AFP

File photo of Jayalalithaa. AFP

A large number of AIADMK cadres, including women, anxiously stayed put outside the hospital, which has been covered in a thick blanket of security. Worried party supporters continued to pray for her recovery.

While an IANS report claimed that normal life was not affected in Tamil Nadu, security has been beefed up across the state with the Tamil Nadu DGP ordering all police officers and personnel to report for duty by 7 am for deployment.

Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, who arrived at the airport in Chennai on Monday morning, said all BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wished for a complete recovery of Jayalalithaa and they were praying for her. He expressed confidence that Jayalalithaa will soon recover and resume official duties.

Here is a timeline of events that have taken place ever since Jayalalithaa was admitted in the Apollo hospital in September.

22 September

Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital for fever and dehydration. The hospital then shortly issued a statement saying she was under observation and that she had “no fever now” and was subsisting on a “normal diet.”

24 September

AIADMK party members dismissed reports that Jayalalithaa will be flown to Singapore for further treatment. On reports in a section of media, including on social media, that Jayalalithaa will be flown to Singapore for further treatment, party Spokesperson CR Saraswathi said, “It is false information. She is not going anywhere…someone is spreading wrong news. She will soon return home.” Apollo Hospitals said that Jayalalithaa would be discharged from the hospital in a few days and would resume normal official duties soon.

Meanwhile, actor Rajinikanth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, DMK leaders M Karunanidhi and MK Stalin and Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Puducherry, Siddaramaiah and V Narayanasamy respectively, were among those who had wished her speedy recovery.

30 September

Meanwhile, DMK chief M Karunanidhi wished Jayalalithaa a speedy recovery, but urged the government to “put an end to the rumours.” He suggested that photographs of the Chief Minister may be released through the media to quell any kind of rumours being circulated about her health. Quoting from a section of the media, he said when AIADMK founder and former chief minister late MG Ramachandran was hospitalised in 1984, regular briefings on his status were made by then health minister HV Hande.

The DMK requested Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao to take “due steps” in dispelling rumours even as the police filed a case against an “unknown person” for allegedly circulating rumours about the AIADMK supremo’s condition. The case was filed under various sections of the IPC, including those dealing with “public mischief” and “promoting enmity between classes.”

1 October

AIADMK members continued to assert that Jayalalithaa was healthy, even as a doctor from the UK, Dr Richard John Beal, an experienced investigator in the fields of sepsis, ARDS, haemodynamics, critical care nutrition and ICU informatics, was reportedly flown in to examine her. Party members even said that had announced the candidates for the upcoming civic polls while in the hospital.

A senior leader and spokesperson ‘Panruty’ S Ramachandran, also insisted that Jayalalithaa would “return home soon”.On DMK chief M Karunanidhi seeking an explanation over Jayalalithaa’s health, Ramachandran said “he has no right” to demand so.

2 October

AIADMK dismissed demands to release photographs of hospitalised party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to quell rumours about her health, saying the hospital was regularly releasing bulletins about her condition. “Even if we do so, he will say it has been photo shopped. He is making such comments just to criticise us,” said CR Saraswathi. While Apollo Hospitals initially said Jayalalithaa was cured of fever, it then said she was being treated for infection and put her on respiratory support.

4 October

The Apollo hospital said in a press release, Jayalalithaa’s health condition “continues to improve” and the same line of treatment, including antibiotics and other clinical measures, is being continued. Chief Operating Officer of Apollo hospitals Subbiah Viswanathan said in a press release that “the same line of treatment is being continued. The honourable CM is under close observation by the team of doctors”. Meanwhile, the Madras High Court directed Tamil Nadu’s Additional Advocate General to get instructions from the government on her health, after social activist Traffic Ramaswamy filed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking the real status of Jayalalithaa’s health. The court also observed that people were anxious to know about the Chief Minister’s health.

6 October

Reports claimed that a three-member doctors team from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) consisting of pulmonologist GC Khilnani, cardiologist Nitish Naik and anaesthetist Anjan Trikha were to examine Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the hospital.

According to Apollo Hospitals, the treatment plan followed was based on detailed discussions with Beale. The treatment plan included appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures presently being continued to treat the infection. In the meanwhile, the Madras High Court dismissed the PIL filed by activist Traffic Ramaswamy, as the one filed for seeking publicity.

7 October

Rahul Gandhi visited Apollo Hospital, becoming the first national leader to visit Jayalalithaa. BJP MP Subramanian Swamy urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to impose President’s Rule in the state following her prolonged hospitalisation.

8 October

In a statement issued in Chennai, Apollo Hospitals said the chief minister is under constant monitoring by intensivists and consultants in the panel, announcing that she was being treated for lung decongestion, and that all other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were underway.

AIADMK continued to maintain its stand that there is no legal necessity for a substitute chief minister. DMK leader MK Stalin was not able to meet the CM on his visit to the hospital, but the doctors and state ministers like Finance Minister O Panneerselvam and others briefed him about her health.

9 October

Main Opposition party DMK demanded either a “Chief Minister incharge or a new Chief Minister,” to streamline governance. However, the demand failed to find support even from the key ally of DMK, the Congress.

10 October

According to a report by The Financial Express, AIADMK launched a Twitter campaign titled ‘My CM is fine’ to counter spreading of rumours regarding Jayalalithaa’s health.

11 October

Police registered 43 cases and arrested two persons in connection with posting of “malicious and false content” on social media about Jayalalithaa’s health, undergoing treatment at a hospital. Special teams, constituted to investigate such cases, were working to identify those who had posted the content on social media, such “offences are liable to be punished with rigorous imprisonment for more than seven years,” police officials said. Meanwhile, doctors indicated that she was not yet fit to resume her duties following which the Tamil Nadu governor allocated the portfolios held by Jayalalithaa to Finance Minister O Panneerselvam, even as she continued to be CM.

12 October

BJP President Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley visited the Apollo Hospital to enquire about the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s health. And Opposition leaders questioned how the ailing Jayalalithaa told the Governor to allocate her portfolios to Finance Minister O Panneerselvam.

13 October

Aiims experts and UK doctor Richard Beale visited Apollo Hospital to examine Jayalalithaa again.

18 October

Apollo Hospitals did not release an update on the chief minister’s health for the eightht consecutive day.

19 October

O Pannerselvam presided over a Cabinet meeting in Chennai for the first time after the Governor allocated portfolios of ailing Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to him.

21 October

The Apollo Hospital declared Jayalalithaa’s health was showing gradual progress, stating that the Chief Minister “is interacting (with people) and progressing gradually”, according to a medical bulletin, the first issued after a 11-day gap.

27 October

AIADMK claimed that the doctors at Apollo Hospitals have said that Jayalalithaa is on the road to full recovery and have even decided on her discharge date. However, the hospital continued to remain silent for the sixth day since its last update on 21 October.

29 October

Jayalalithaa reportedly affixed her left thumb impression on the poll documents submitted by a AIADMK candidate as her right hand was inflamed following a tracheostomy. It was attested by a government doctor — P Balaji, Professor of Minimal Access Surgery in Madras Medical College. Dr Babu K Abraham, working in Apollo Hospitals, signed as a witness.

4 November

A senior AIADMK member said that Jayalalithaa would be soon moved out of the critical care unit to a private room, stating that the lung infection was under control and that she had passed the critical stage. Apollo hospitals announced that she had recovered fully. “She is very satisfied. She is completely recovered and understands what is going around her,” Pratap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group, said. He added that it was up to Jayalalithaa to decide when to return home.

7 November

AIADMK said that Jayalalithaa may be discharged from Apollo Hospitals in less than 15 days, adding that all her vital parameters were under control and she was even being given physiotherapy exercises. A senior of the party said that she was now able to sit when the respiratory systems were removed. She was also taking semi-solid food. Meanwhile, Madras HC dimissed a PIL challenging the earlier affixing of her thumb impression on election documents.

12 November

Apollo Hospitals said that Jayalalithaa’s infection is fully under control and she needs recuperation.

13 November

In her first direct communication since her hospitalisation, Jayalalithaa said she had taken rebirth because of people’s prayers and urged them to vote for AIADMK in the 19 November polls, in a statement released to AIADMK in Chennai.

18 November

Apollo Hospitals Chairman Pratap C Reddy said that Jayalalithaa is fine and is in the ICU in order to protect her from fresh infection. He said Jayalalithaa is breathing and sleeping well, and is on ventilator only for 15 minutes in a day.

19 November

Jayalalithaa was shifted to a special room from the Intensive Care Unit in the Apollo Hospitals according to a senior AIADMK leader.

25 November

Chairman Pratap C Reddy said that Jayalalithaa is returning to normalcy and all her vital organs are functioning well. The Hospital told media that she was shifted out of Intensive Care Unit as there were no health complications.

4 December

Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest, hours after AIADMK members said she would be returning home soon and a team from AIIMS confirmed that she has completely recovered after two months of hospitalisation.

5 December

Centre dispatched a team of specialists from AIIMS to look into her treatment. Contrary to the Union Health Minister, JP Nadda ‘s satetements that she is out of danger, the hospital in a press release said that Jayalalithaa continues to be critical and is on ECMO and other life support systems, besides being treated and closely monitored by a team of experts.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 13:55 IST

Jayalalithaa’s health status LIVE: CM is very critical, says Apollo Hospital

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago.

Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late on Sunday night, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Sangita Reddy tweeted:

68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that the AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Security has been beefed up across the state with the Tamil Nadu DGP ordering all police officers and personnel to report for duty by 7 am for deployment.

Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since 22 September, suffered a cardiac arrest late on Sunday evening.

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

“She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” chief operating officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in the statement yesterday.

Dr Richard Beale from London has also been consulted and concurred with line of treatment by our cardiologists and pulmonologists, the hospital said.

Soon after the Apollo Hospitals statement came, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.

Rao, who is also Governor of Maharashtra, rushed to Chennai from Mumbai and went to the hospital.

Ministers and top police officials also rushed to the hospital and held informal consultations on the situation. Heavy deployment of police was made at the hospital on Greams Road where thousands of supporters of ‘Amma‘ (mother), as she is fondly called by her supporters, and AIADMK cadre had gathered on hearing the news.

In a communication to ADGPs of Enforcement, CB-CID, Economic Offences Wing and Crime wings, the Director General of Police’s office asked them to “mobilise all the officers in the rank of SPs and police personnel of other ranks of Enforcement, CBCID, EOW and Crime completely and they should report” to SPs and Commissioners of Police at 7 am.

“They should report in full uniform with their vehicles for law and order bandobust duty until further orders,” it said.

Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.

To read the liveblog in Hindi, click here.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 12:53 IST

Jayalalithaa health setback puts life in Tamil Nadu in suspended animation

Since Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday, everything in the state seems to be in suspended animation although normal life in the city and elsewhere is unaffected.

The entire AIADMK leadership, ministers and a large number of party workers are camping in and around Apollo Hospitals on Greams Road, where she has been admitted since Sunday evening, when the hospital issued a press release announcing the latest setback. The hospital had confirmed earlier that she had completely recovered from the medical conditions for which she was admitted and was on a path of recuperation. An AIADMK leader had also announced a few hours earlier that she would be going home soon.

It’s rather impossible to gather anything new other than what the hospital has said: That she is on an “extracorporeal membrane heart assist device” and is being treated by a team of experts that includes cardiologists, pulmonologists and critical care specialists. The hospital did admit that she was in a critical condition.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Even as get-well messages pour in from all over the country — from national and state government leaders and ministers, all that Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK leadership, her supporters and well-wishers can do is to wait. The procedure that the hospital said that it has conducted on her is not very unusual in critical situations and it does take time for the patient to stabilise and recover.

In simple terms, “extracorporeal membrane heart assist device” means that the functions of her heart and lungs have been temporarily taken over by an external machine (extracorporeal means outside the body). Right now, she is on such a life support system because of the cardiac arrest and it takes the load from her heart and lungs and helps her recover. It’s somewhat similar to a heart-lung machine that’s commonly used during a coronary bypass surgery.

Given that the emotions of party workers run high during such distress situations, the state administration is reportedly taking all necessary precautions for ensuring normal life. Media reports said that senior police officers across the state have been ordered to report for law and order duty by Monday morning. There were also reports that both the state cabinet and the top brass of the police held late night meetings on Sunday night to ensure that there are no untoward incidents. Live TV feeds from the surrounding areas of the hospital showed considerable frenzy among her supporters. Prayers by groups of women appears to be a common sight. Party supporters are also organising prayers everywhere across the state.

Anything beyond what’s officially announced is speculation. Since Sunday, social media has been rife with rumours and unconfirmed reports, some of which were mischievous and misleading. Doctors will have to wait and watch and her supporters have to hope for the best. Medical literature shows that the present situation could last a few days. Reportedly, Dr Richard Beale, the critical care specialist from the UK, who had advised Apollo Hospitals on her treatment earlier, as well as the team from All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (Aiims) have been consulted and they will provide continued to support.

Jaya was admitted at the Apollo Hospitals more than two months ago with distress to her lungs and heart and also some infection. Although the hospital was tight-lipped about her condition initially, it later admitted that she was on respiratory support and on medicines to fight the infection. Later on, the hospital chairman Dr PC Reddy himself told the media that she had fully recovered and could go home whenever she was ready.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 11:30 IST

LIVE: Jayalalithaa on extra-corporal life support, Centre sends Aiims specialists

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago.

Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late on Sunday night, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Sangita Reddy tweeted:

68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that the AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Security has been beefed up across the state with the Tamil Nadu DGP ordering all police officers and personnel to report for duty by 7 am for deployment.

Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since 22 September, suffered a cardiac arrest late on Sunday evening.

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

“She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” chief operating officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in the statement yesterday.

Dr Richard Beale from London has also been consulted and concurred with line of treatment by our cardiologists and pulmonologists, the hospital said.

Soon after the Apollo Hospitals statement came, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.

Rao, who is also Governor of Maharashtra, rushed to Chennai from Mumbai and went to the hospital.

Ministers and top police officials also rushed to the hospital and held informal consultations on the situation. Heavy deployment of police was made at the hospital on Greams Road where thousands of supporters of ‘Amma‘ (mother), as she is fondly called by her supporters, and AIADMK cadre had gathered on hearing the news.

In a communication to ADGPs of Enforcement, CB-CID, Economic Offences Wing and Crime wings, the Director General of Police’s office asked them to “mobilise all the officers in the rank of SPs and police personnel of other ranks of Enforcement, CBCID, EOW and Crime completely and they should report” to SPs and Commissioners of Police at 7 am.

“They should report in full uniform with their vehicles for law and order bandobust duty until further orders,” it said.

Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 11:20 IST

‘We pray that she regains her health’: Centre dispatches team of AIIMS specialists for Jayalalithaa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Centre on Monday dispatched a team of specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Science to Apollo Hospital in Chennai where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment after suffering cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.Four specialists from AIIMS will soon be reaching Apollo Hospital, Health Minister J P Nadda said here.”We are in constant touch with Apollo and Tamil Nadu Government. They had requested a team of doctors from AIIMS. We have sent a team of specialists from AIIMS Dr Khilani, Dr Trikha, Dr Narang and Dr Talwar. We hope that doctors from AIIMS and Apollo will be able to help in her recovery. We pray to God that she regains her health,” Nadda said.The team of AIIMS doctors inlcude pulmonologist Dr GC Khilnani, anaesthetist Dr Anjan Trikha, cardiac surgeon Dr Sachin Talwar and cardiologist Dr Rajiv Narang.Jayalalithaa has been critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in Apollo Hospital on Sunday where she was admitted over two months ago.Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late last night, had said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.”Our doctors are closely monitoring Hon’ble CM’s condition and they are trying their very best,” Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, tweeted.68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago.

Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late on Sunday night, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Sangita Reddy tweeted:

68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that the AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Security has been beefed up across the state with the Tamil Nadu DGP ordering all police officers and personnel to report for duty by 7 am for deployment.

Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since 22 September, suffered a cardiac arrest late on Sunday evening.

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

“She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” chief operating officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in the statement yesterday.

Dr Richard Beale from London has also been consulted and concurred with line of treatment by our cardiologists and pulmonologists, the hospital said.

Soon after the Apollo Hospitals statement came, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.

Rao, who is also Governor of Maharashtra, rushed to Chennai from Mumbai and went to the hospital.

Ministers and top police officials also rushed to the hospital and held informal consultations on the situation. Heavy deployment of police was made at the hospital on Greams Road where thousands of supporters of ‘Amma‘ (mother), as she is fondly called by her supporters, and AIADMK cadre had gathered on hearing the news.

In a communication to ADGPs of Enforcement, CB-CID, Economic Offences Wing and Crime wings, the Director General of Police’s office asked them to “mobilise all the officers in the rank of SPs and police personnel of other ranks of Enforcement, CBCID, EOW and Crime completely and they should report” to SPs and Commissioners of Police at 7 am.

“They should report in full uniform with their vehicles for law and order bandobust duty until further orders,” it said.

Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 07:55 IST

Jayalalithaa cardiac arrest: Chennai re-emerges as a city of the wildest rumours

At around 6 pm on Sunday, PTI put out the following tweet, attributing this information to the AIADMK:

At around the same time, cardiologists, pulmonologists and a battery of critical care physicians were struggling to revive Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. She had suffered a massive cardiac arrest at 5 pm and had been immediately put on ECMO or extra-corporeal membrane heart assist device. This is a life-sustaining intervention to provide both cardiac and respiratory support to persons whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of gas exchange to sustain life. Either the party apparatus was blissfully unaware of the development or was deliberately trying to mislead everyone.

That Tamil Nadu’s political culture is famously opaque when it comes to disseminating information is well known. In this case, medical bulletins in the initial days only spoke of fever and dehydration and it was only when critical care specialist Dr Richard Beale was flown in from London to corroborate the line of treatment that people realised there was more than what meets the eye. For the better part of the 70-odd days, Jayalalithaa has been on the ventilator, as she is suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. She has also been given passive physiotherapy.

File image of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. PTI

In fact, people reacted with surprise when she put her thumb impression on the forms of the party candidates in the by-elections. The reason given was that her right hand was swollen.

Only in the past two weeks or so when Apollo Hospitals chairman Dr Prathap Reddy has been speaking to the media, has there been some clarity on the chief minister’s condition. The discussion at the hospital centered around when Jayalalithaa could be discharged. But Sunday evening has pushed the situation back to square one. A top source grimly described the chief minister’s condition as “more than critical”.

But while the mainstream media has reported on Jayalalithaa’s health with restraint — not overstepping the line, refusing to speculate, WhatsApp has shown itself to be the spoilt cousin. With every forward giving incorrect information under the halo of authenticity, WhatsApp converted Chennai and several cities around the world into a web of rumours.

Many received WhatsApp messages that there would be an editors’ meet at midnight. No clue as to who had called for it. Some spoke of Section 144 imposed in Chennai. Again wrong. All of them designed to create panic and confusion.

On Twitter, several people tweeted mentioning the worst. Suddenly a lot many people “knew” a doctor working at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai or were “friends” with one of the doctors in the Aiims team.

As evening passed into the night, the media contingent (or circus, as the critics would like to say) had become very large. It will only get larger as Monday wears on. Battling sleep, tiredness, anxiety, rain and the mosquitoes of Greams Road. Jayalalithaa’s health is a big story to cover for all media — print, television and digital. Regional, national and international. But at the same time, it runs the risk of degenerating into a Peepli Live. Accuracy in disseminating news is the only way to fight rumour-mongering.

The entire Tamil Nadu police machinery has been on duty since 7 am on Monday, suggesting the law and order machinery is gearing up for something untoward. This kind of a bandobast has not been seen since 22 September when Jayalalithaa was admitted to hospital. What would really help is if the administration told the citizens the truth, so long as it didn’t compromise the law and order situation.

In October, more than 50 people were arrested by the Tamil Nadu police for spreading rumours about Jayalalithaa’s health. Many of these arrests were on the basis of complaints filed by the AIADMK IT wing. Ironically, the same party spread wrong information about its own leader.

Information — and accurate one at that — is always at a premium in Tamil Nadu. That makes the challenge of doing journalism all the more in the state. especially at a time like this.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 07:35 IST

Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh flags of fLucknow metro’s trial run; Mayawati says it’s cheap popularity

Lucknow: The trial run of the Uttar Pradesh government’s much publicised Lucknow Metro was flagged off today by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav even as BSP chief Mayawati alleged the project was completed in haste to gain cheap popularity ahead of polls.

The function was held at Transport Nagar depot for the trial run up to Charbagh railway station, a distance of 8.5 km.

Representational image. Pradesh18Representational image. Pradesh18

Representational image. Pradesh18

Addressing the gathering, Akhilesh said it was a challenge to start the project on time, and added that adding that they have “set an example before the country”.

“Metro was not in our manifesto but we initiated the project. The work for the same has also been started in Ghaziabad, between Greater Nodia and Noida, and also in Kanpur. If we come to power again, we will start work in
Varanasi too,” he said. Asserting that the ruling Samajwadi Party did not play politics on the issue of development, Akhilesh said his government gave land for establishment of Aiims in Raebareli and in Gorakhpur as well so that people could avail the best medical facilities.

“We don’t believe in blame game. We are for development and support every move initiated for it,” he said.

The trial run, however, evoked strong criticism from BSP supremo Mayawati, who said it was a decision taken in haste by the ruling SP, “as it knew very well that it would not return to power” in the upcoming UP Assembly elections.

“It was done in haste to gain cheap popularity and smacks of ‘bachkani zid’ (childish stubbornness) of the chief minister,” she said.

SP supremo Mulayam said he was glad the project was completed in a timely fashion.

“When I was asked to lay foundation for the project, I wanted to know how much time it will take and refused when I was told it will take four years. Them they said it will be completed in three years, but I again declined. When I was told it will be completed in 2 years, I agreed,” he said.

Terming it as “historic day”, Mulayam said he would be happy if metro will also be started in Varanasi and appealed to people to vote for SP so that it could form government again to resume developmental work.

“The work done in UP during present SP regime are historic and have set an example before the country. UP’s work is being appreciated everywhere,” he said.

“We have done good work but we don’t discuss it,” Mulayam said, asking party workers to propagate it.

The entire 23-km long North-South corridor will have 21 stations including eight elevated ones, and the estimated cost of the project will be around Rs 6,800 crore.

The primary section (between Transport Nagar to Charbagh) would be open for public on March 26 next year after three months of rigorous trial.

At the function, SP state president Shivpal Yadav was also present.

LMRC, a special purpose vehicle, was registered under the Companies Act by the state government in 2013 to execute metro-rail project in city. Padma Vibhushan E Sreedharan, who has successfully handled many mega projects in country, like Konkan railway and Delhi metro, is principal advisor of LMRC.

First Published On : Dec 1, 2016 16:53 IST

Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh flags of Lucknow metro’s trial run; Mayawati says move for cheap popularity

Lucknow: The trial run of the Uttar Pradesh government’s much publicised Lucknow Metro was flagged off today by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav even as BSP chief Mayawati alleged the project was completed in haste to gain cheap popularity ahead of polls.

The function was held at Transport Nagar depot for the trial run up to Charbagh railway station, a distance of 8.5 km.

Representational image. Pradesh18Representational image. Pradesh18

Representational image. Pradesh18

Addressing the gathering, Akhilesh said it was a challenge to start the project on time, and added that adding that they have “set an example before the country”.

“Metro was not in our manifesto but we initiated the project. The work for the same has also been started in Ghaziabad, between Greater Nodia and Noida, and also in Kanpur. If we come to power again, we will start work in
Varanasi too,” he said. Asserting that the ruling Samajwadi Party did not play politics on the issue of development, Akhilesh said his government gave land for establishment of Aiims in Raebareli and in Gorakhpur as well so that people could avail the best medical facilities.

“We don’t believe in blame game. We are for development and support every move initiated for it,” he said.

The trial run, however, evoked strong criticism from BSP supremo Mayawati, who said it was a decision taken in haste by the ruling SP, “as it knew very well that it would not return to power” in the upcoming UP Assembly elections.

“It was done in haste to gain cheap popularity and smacks of ‘bachkani zid’ (childish stubbornness) of the chief minister,” she said.

SP supremo Mulayam said he was glad the project was completed in a timely fashion.

“When I was asked to lay foundation for the project, I wanted to know how much time it will take and refused when I was told it will take four years. Them they said it will be completed in three years, but I again declined. When I was told it will be completed in 2 years, I agreed,” he said.

Terming it as “historic day”, Mulayam said he would be happy if metro will also be started in Varanasi and appealed to people to vote for SP so that it could form government again to resume developmental work.

“The work done in UP during present SP regime are historic and have set an example before the country. UP’s work is being appreciated everywhere,” he said.

“We have done good work but we don’t discuss it,” Mulayam said, asking party workers to propagate it.

The entire 23-km long North-South corridor will have 21 stations including eight elevated ones, and the estimated cost of the project will be around Rs 6,800 crore.

The primary section (between Transport Nagar to Charbagh) would be open for public on March 26 next year after three months of rigorous trial.

At the function, SP state president Shivpal Yadav was also present.

LMRC, a special purpose vehicle, was registered under the Companies Act by the state government in 2013 to execute metro-rail project in city. Padma Vibhushan E Sreedharan, who has successfully handled many mega projects in country, like Konkan railway and Delhi metro, is principal advisor of LMRC.

First Published On : Dec 1, 2016 16:53 IST

Kidney has no religious labels: Ailing Sushma Swaraj gives healing touch to social divide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Kidney has no religious labels, this is what External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, undergoing treatment for renal failure, tweeted while thanking a Muslim man who offered her his kidney.64-year-old Swaraj has been offered kidneys by scores of people since Wednesday when she said on Twitter that she was in hospital due to kidney failure and was undergoing tests for a transplant. “Thank you very much brothers. I am sure, kidney has no religious labels,” she tweeted. Her remark came in response to a tweet by Mujib Ansari who offered his kidney to her while adding that he is a Muslim and a supporters of BSP in Uttar Pradesh.”@SushmaSwaraj mam I am a BSP supporter and a Muslim,bt I want 2 donate my kidney 4 u,4 me u r like my mother figure, May allah bless u,” he said on twitter.Another Muslim Nyamath Ali Shaik also offered his kidney to Swaraj saying he was ready to donate his kidney, if need be. Another Twitter follower Jaan Shah also said he was ready to offer his kidney to her. Swaraj has been flooded with wishes from politicians cutting across party lines as well as from a cross-section of society. She has been undergoing treatment for renal failure at AIIMS.Swaraj also exuded confidence of being able to come out of the health condition with good wishes of people and blessings of God.

TDP MP offers his kidney to Sushma Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telugu Desam Party MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao offered one of his kidneys to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who is undergoing treatment for renal failure. The 73-year-old MP from Narsaraopet wrote a letter to Swaraj (64), who is currently on dialysis in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. “I am very sorry to hear about your health problems.As AIIMS doctors have advised you for renal transplant at the earliest, I shall be very grateful if you could kindly accept my offer for donation of my kidney to you for the transplant,” the six-time MP said in the letter.Swaraj had on Wednesday tweeted that she was admitted to AIIMS due to kidney failure and has been undergoing tests for a transplant.Support from politicians as well as people from a cross- section of society started pouring in soon after that..

Sushma Swaraj moved by Muslim man’s offer, says kidney has no religious labels

New Delhi: Kidney has no religious labels, this is what External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj,
undergoing treatment for renal failure, tweeted while thanking a Muslim man who offered her his kidney.

Union Externam Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. AFPUnion Externam Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. AFP

Union Externam Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. AFP

The 64-year-old Swaraj has been offered kidneys by scores of people since Wednesday when she said on Twitter that she was in hospital due to kidney failure and was undergoing tests for a transplant.

“Thank you very much brothers. I am sure, kidney has no religious labels,” she tweeted.

Her remark came in response to a tweet by Mujib Ansari who offered his kidney to her while adding that he is a Muslim and a supporter of BSP in Uttar Pradesh.

“@SushmaSwaraj mam I am a BSP supporter and a Muslim,bt I want 2 donate my kidney 4 u,4 me u r like my mother figure, May allah bless u,” he said on Twitter.

Another Muslim Nyamath Ali Shaik also offered his kidney to Swaraj saying he was ready to donate his kidney if need be.

Another Twitter follower Jaan Shah also said he was ready to offer his kidney to her.

Swaraj has been flooded with wishes from politicians cutting across party lines as well as from a cross-section of society.

She has been undergoing treatment for renal failure at AIIMS.

Swaraj also exuded confidence of being able to come out of the health condition with good wishes of people and blessings of God.

First Published On : Nov 18, 2016 22:39 IST

DNA Evening Must Reads: RS debate on demonetization, Jaitley clarifies Mallya’s loan write off ‘only in books’ and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1) Demonetization: Congress likens PM Modi to Hitler, Mussolini and Gaddafi; Naidu calls comparison ‘atrocious’With frustration over the cash crunch mounting, debate on the issue of demonetization began in Rajya Sabha, with Congress leader Anand Sharma demanding Modi’s apology for mocking people standing in queue to withdraw money and exchange old currency of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. Read more…2) Arun Jaitley clarifies Vijay Mallya’s SBI loan write off ‘only in books’Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has clarified in the Rajya Sabha that Vijay Mallya’s State Bank of India loan has been written off ‘only in books’ and the government will still pursue the case. A DNA Exclusive story titled ‘SBI writes off loans of 63 wilful defaulters’ said that a part of Mallya’s loan along with 62 others’ was written off or added to the Advance Under Collection Account (AUCA), meant for toxic loans. Read more…3) Dhaka cafe attack: 3 terrorists involved were admirers of Zakir Naik, says govtThree terrorists, involved in the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, were admirers of Zakir Naik, founder of Islamic Research Foundation, which was banned by the government, Rajya Sabha was informed today. “The three terrorists involved in the attack were reportedly admirers of Zakir Naik,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said in a written reply. The Minister said as per the available information, although the mandate of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) is educational and social, it is also involved in other activities. “Noticing certain violations of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, the IRF has been placed under the prior permission category”. Read more…4) PMLA court issues letter of request seeking Lalit Modi’s transfer from UKThe special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) ​court on Wednesday issued a letter of request (LR) to the UK competent authority to execute a non bailable warrant issued against former IPL chairman Lalit Modi and bring him back to India. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday in its application had pleaded the court to issue the LR for the execution of non bailable warrant. The court presided over by judge PR Bhavke, said that it would pass the orders on the issue on Wednesday. Read more…5) Sushma Swaraj admitted to AIIMS, undergoing tests for kidney transplantExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is admitted at AIIMS, is undergoing treatment for kidney-related ailment and is likely to remain in the hospital for a few days. “I am in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis. I am undergoing tests for a kidney transplant,” she said on Twitter. Read more…

Sushma Swaraj on dialysis at Aiims after kidney failure, awaiting transplant

Sushma Swaraj on dialysis at Aiims after kidney failure, awaiting transplant

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj sent out a health update on Wednesday, tweeting that she is in Aiims Hospital because of a kidney failure. She is currently under dialysis and is undergoing tests for a kidney transplant.

No further details are currently available.

Get well soon wishes poured in for from politicians like Arvind Kejriwal, Vasundhara Raje for the external affairs minister.

Meanwhile, with the Winter Session of Parliament starting on Wednesday, her colleagues in the Narendra Modi government are set to face questions on demonetisation from the Opposition parties.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 10:20 IST

Sushma Swaraj undergoing treatment for kidney ailment at AIIMS

Tue, 15 Nov 2016-09:25pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is admitted at AIIMS, is undergoing treatment for kidney-related ailment and is likely to remain in the hospital for a few days.”Her condition is stable. Her history of chronic diabetes has affected her kidney functioning. She is on dialysis,” sources at AIIMS said.She was admitted to AIIMS on November 7 and is being monitored by a team of doctors. Swaraj is admitted at the cardio-neuro centre under the supervision of Balram Airan, Chief of the Cardio Thoracic Centre. She has been suffering from diabetes for almost 20 years. The 64-year-old BJP leader was admitted to AIIMS in April also when she underwent treatment for pneumonia and other health issues.

Whistleblower IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi gets promotion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, whose appointment as OSD to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was shot down by the Centre, has been promoted by the Uttarakhand government, a move which will pave way for his posting. The officer has been promoted as Conservator of Forests. Separate order will be issued regarding his posting, as per an order issued by Uttarakhand government. Chaturvedi, a 2002-batch Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer of Uttarakhand cadre, has been awaiting a posting for past over three months. The promotion is important as he was at loggerheads with the Centre and had approached courts against some of the Centre’s decisions of allegedly denying him due service- related benefits. Chaturvedi worked as Chief Vigilance Officer and then as Deputy Secretary in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here from June 2012 to June 2016. Last year, he had sought inter-cadre deputation to Delhi government.The Appointments Committee of Cabinet-led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declined the proposal for inter- cadre deputation of Chaturvedi (for appointment as Officer on Special Duty to the Delhi Chief Minister) from Uttarakhand cadre. He is at present working without any post in the Uttarakhand government.As per norms, an officer of Indian Foreign Service is appointed to the post of Conservator of Forests after completing 14 years of service. However, the Annual Confidential Report of the officer concerned need to be outstanding.The Supreme Court had recently sought responses from the Centre, AIIMS and the Central Vigilance Commission on the plea of the officer who has alleged that he was not given any work at the premier medical institution here despite having an exemplary service record.

Sushma Swaraj admitted to Aiims

Sushma Swaraj admitted to Aiims

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was on Monday admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Aiims), where she will undergo certain endocrinological tests.

“The minister (Swaraj) was admitted at around 7.22 pm at Aiims. She is having diabetes and other medical problems. She will undergo certain endocrinological tests on Tuesday,” a senior doctor said.

Swaraj is admitted at the cardio-neuro centre under the supervision of Balram Airan, Chief of the Cardio Thoracic Centre.

The 64-year-old BJP leader was admitted to Aiims in April this year after she complained of chest congestion. She was also brought here on 25 October for a routine medical check-up.

EAM Sushma Swaraj admitted to AIIMS, to undergo endocrinological tests tomorrow

Mon, 7 Nov 2016-11:11pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on Monday, where she will undergo certain endocrinological tests. “The minister (Swaraj) was admitted at around 7.22 PM at AIIMS. She is having diabetes and other medical problems. She will undergo certain endocrinological tests tomorrow,” a senior doctor said.Swaraj is admitted at the cardio-neuro centre under the supervision of Balram Airan, Chief of the Cardio Thoracic Centre. The 64-year-old BJP leader was admitted to AIIMS in April this year after she complained of chest congestion. She was also brought here on October 25 for a routine medical check-up.

10,851 chikungunya cases reported in Delhi this season

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 10,851 chikungunya cases have been reported in Delhi this season, with nearly 640 of them being recorded in the last week, according to a municipal report released on Monday.Of the total chikungunya cases, nearly 720 of them have been reported in areas falling under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). “As many as 10,851 suspected cases have been recorded this season till October 29, out of which 8,720 have been confirmed,” the report by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation said.SDMC tabulates the data for vector-borne disease cases in the national capital on behalf of all the civic bodies in New Delhi.At least 10,210 suspected chikungunya cases were reported in the city till October 22. As per the report, at least 3,650 dengue cases were reported in the national capital till October 29 this season.3,333 cases were recorded till October 22.Among the three corporations, 718 confirmed chikungunya cases have been reported in areas under NDMC, 638 under SDMC and 354 under EDMC this season. 3,395 cases have also been reported from areas falling outside the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations. And, 3,615 cases have been recorded from other states. At least 15 fatalities have been reported at various hospitals in the city due to complications triggered by the chikungunya, though the civic bodies have kept the death tally at zero.Delhi and other parts of north India are facing a spike in chikungunya cases after nearly 10 years. In 2006, over 13 lakh suspected cases of chikungunya were reported.Dengue cases on the other hand, continued to taper down, with just 317 fresh cases reported in Delhi in the last one week. This month 1,517 cases have been recorded till October 29.Last year, out of the 15,867 dengue cases, 7,283 were reported in October, the highest among all the month. Also, September last year had seen 6,775 cases but only 1,362 cases were reported this September.At least 21 deaths due to dengue have been reported at various hospitals, including nine at AIIMS, though the civic bodies said only four persons died of the disease this season. Experts say a “less virulent strain” of dengue virus is in circulation this year compared to the one last year or in 2010 when 6,259 cases and eight deaths were reported by SDMC. 1,477 cases were reported from areas falling outside the jurisdiction of municipal corporations in the city. 1,133 cases were reported to have originated from neighbouring areas outside of Delhi.In NDMC area, breeding of mosquitoes was found in 62,690 houses, 84,943 houses in SDMC area and 22,930 in EDMC area. The number of prosecution launched in these areas was 5,000, 9,016 and 3,007 respectively.In 1996, Delhi had recorded about 10,252 cases of dengue and 423 deaths, prompting the authorities to declare it a notifiable disease.

AIIMS proposes increasing retirement age of faculty to 67

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The governing body of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences has cleared the proposal to increase the retirement age of its teaching faculty from 65 to 67 years. The proposal will now have to await the approval of the Cabinet for it to be implemented. The decision was taken during the 150th meeting of the governing body and 10th meeting of the institute body chaired by Union Health Minister JP Nadda late Friday evening. Nadda in his capacity as the Health Minister is also the President of AIIMS. “The two bodies have cleared the proposal to increase the retirement age of teaching faculty to 67 years from the present limit of 65,” an AIIMS spokesperson said. The new proposal, however, does not apply to the AIIMS Director. “Though the proposal does not include the institute’s director, the government can still bring the same in its ambit through Parliamentary procedure,” the spokesperson said. The AIIMS has already begun the search for its new director starting this month.Present Director Dr MC Misra is superannuating on January 31 next year. During the governing and institute’s bodies meeting, Nadda had also directed the AIIMS administration to take all necessary steps to operationalise the National Cancer Institute by April 2018.The NCI is coming up in Jhajjhar in Haryana which would be equipped with top medical facilities including first-of-its-kind tissue repository.

Jayalalithaa’s health: Tamil Nadu CM is interacting, progressing gradually, says Apollo hospitals

Chennai: Almost a month after she was hospitalised, Apollo Hospitals on Friday for the first time said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa “is interacting”, a key indicator of improvement in her physical condition. “The Honourable Chief Minister is interacting and progressing gradually,” Director of Medical Services, Apollo Hospitals, Dr N Sathyabhama said in a press release.

Apollo Hospitals. PTI

Apollo Hospitals. PTI

She said Jayalalithaa “continues to be under treatment and observation for all vital parameters, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy.” Dr Sathyabhama said the team of experts of the critical care group, senior cardiologists, senior respiratory physicians, senior consultants of the infectious diseases department, senior endocrinologist and diabetologist of Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai have been giving treatment and care to her.

“The nutrition and the essential nutrient intake are being attended to by senior consultants from the dietary team.” In its last medical bulletin on 10 October, the hospital had said, “Prof Dr G Khilnani, Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), visited Apollo Hospital again on 9 and 10 October and examined Honourable Chief Minister.”

It had said that Khilnani, part of a three-member AIIMS panel, had discussions with the hospital’s expert panel and “concurred with the present line of treatment” being given to the Chief Minister.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo hospital on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. Consultant Intensivist from the UK Dr Richard John Beale had also examined her and deliberated with the Apollo doctors’ team on her treatment.

Meanwhile, AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathy said Jayalalithaa would be back home “soon”. “Amma will be back home very soon. Amma is perfectly all right. She is conscious. She is talking,” she told PTI, adding that prayers continued to be offered across the state for her well-being.

After Odisha hospital tragedy, Aiims reviews fire safety measures

New Delhi: In the wake of a major fire mishap at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, Aiims, which has witnessed two small fire incidents this year, on Wednesday reviewed its fire safety measures and preparedness.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Following a review meeting with all the officials of Delhi Fire Service, Aiims Engineering Wing, Fire Supervisors and Security Personnel, the Deputy Director Administration of the Aiims V Srinivas said, “Aiims fire preparedness is in accordance with the provisions of the Delhi Fire Services Act.”

The premier institute has witnessed two small electrical fires this year, both of which were due to UPS cables catching fire. The fires were extinguished and no major loss to property was reported, the Aiims said in a statement.

“The recommendations made by the CISF in their Fire Preparedness Study of Aiims have been fully implemented. There are 30 trained fire officers and supervisors deployed at the Main Hospital and various centres. Fire systems are well maintained and on auto-mode.”

“All fire exists are fully operational. The fire supervisors have trained over 4,000 faculty, non-faculty and nursing personnel in 2016,” the statement said.

The Centre for Medical Education and Training Aiims has conducted training programmes for 700 newly-recruited nurses on fire preparedness, it added.

“Monthly fire preparedness exercises are being held in the main hospital and centres. The main hospital and centres would also be undertaking evacuation drills in October to further enhance their preparedness,” it said.

To address the electrical fires at the institute and centres, Srinivas said, “thermal scanning and thermal imaging audits have been conducted.”

“Cables where temperatures increase are immediately detected in the process. All panels having loose wires have been checked. Fire safety circulars have been issued to all faculty and laboratory in-charges,” he said.

Delhi Fire Service has advised some improvements in fire safety operations for the Jaiprkaash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre and Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Studies with regard to installation of smoke management systems and sprinkler automisation, he said.

“These shortcomings would be rectified in the next 10 days. The institute also said that over 2,000 fire extinguishers installed in all patient care areas, teaching blocks, residential areas are well maintained, fully functional and available on auto-mode,” it said.

SC asks Rajasthan govt to respond to Asaram Bapu’s bail pleas

SC asks Rajasthan govt to respond to Asaram Bapu’s bail pleas

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Rajasthan government to respond to the bail pleas of self-styled religious figure Asaram Bapu who is facing trial in rape cases.

File image of Asaram Bapu. AFP

File image of Asaram Bapu. AFP

A bench of Justices AK Sikri and NV Ramana issued notice to the state government and sought its reply on two separate interim and regular bail pleas of Asaram. Senior advocate and noted jurist Soli Sorabjee appearing for Asaram said he has been in jail for three years and needed to be granted bail.

The bench said it will take up the plea for interim bail on 24 October and for regular bail at a later stage. On 3 October, a medical board of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had told the apex Court that the health condition of Asaram was stable.

Asaram had refused to undergo several tests, the seven-member board had also said in its report filed before the bench of Justices AK Sikri and NV Ramana. On 11 August, the apex court had denied interim bail to Asaram in a rape case and directed AIIMS to set up a medical board to ascertain his health condition before taking up his regular bail plea.

Asaram was arrested by Jodhpur Police on 31 August, 2013 and has been in jail since then. On 9 August, the High Court had rejected his bail application in the rape case. A teenage girl had accused him of sexual assault at his ashram in Manai village near Jodhpur. The girl, who belonged to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, was a student living in the ashram.

Bhubaneswar fire: Four hospital staff suspended, victims’ kin blame admin

Bhubaneswar: Four staff members of a private medical hospital where a massive fire broke out killing
20 people were suspended on Tuesday even as over 100 patients, mostly from the gutted Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and dialysis unit, were shifted to other hospitals.

While 20 deaths were officially confirmed, authorities of different hospitals where the injured were shifted last night put the toll at 22.

As many as 106 patients, who were shifted from the private SUM Hospital following the blaze last night, are now undergoing treatment at different hospitals in Bhubaneswar, Health Secretary Arti Ahuja said, amid reports that some of them are in critical condition. Most of them were from the ICU and the dialysis unit, an official said.

Rescue work underway at the hospital in Bhubaneshwar. PTI

Rescue work underway at the hospital in Bhubaneshwar. PTI

Ahuja, who visited the hospital, said that 14 and five bodies were received at the Capital Hospital and AMRI Hospital respectively, while a spokesman of AIIMS-Bhubaneswar said that one death was reported at their facility.

Most of the deaths in the four-storey hospital took place due to suffocation and asphyxiation, a senior official said, adding that majority of the patients at the ICU were on ventilator support.

The authorities of the Siksha O Anusandhan University (SOU), which runs the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, suspended four of its staff members and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the victims’ families. Those suspended were one fire officer, two engineers and one hospital manager, SOU vice-chancellor Amit Banerjee told reporters, rejecting allegations that there was any irregularity in the management of the hospital.

“We have suspended four officials as part of the hospital’s bid to maintain transparency. Tomorrow no one
should accuse that evidence was tampered with,” he said.

Ahuja said the ICU and dialysis unit of the hospital have been sealed to ensure proper investigation. The blaze was suspected to have been triggered by an electric short-circuit in the dialysis ward on the first floor which spread to the ICU. The fire rapidly spread to other areas on the same floor of the hospital building.

Some patients have also been shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack for treatment.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visited some of the hospitals, including AIIMS and AMRI Hospital, to inquire about the condition of the patients undergoing treatment.

State Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said the priority was to provide ‘proper’ treatment to the patients from the fire-hit hospital who have been shifted.

The state government has already ordered a high-level probe by the director, Medical Education and Training, into the incident. In addition, a probe by the revenue divisional commissioner (RDC) has also been ordered, an official said.

Rejecting allegation that the high casualty was due to wrong evacuation process, Banerjee said, “We have followed the best of the evacuation protocol. Had we not followed it the casualty would have been more.”

Banerjee claimed that the fire safety parameters were checked properly only three weeks ago and there was no lacuna on the part of the hospital authorities in the maintenance of the electrical equipment.

“There were nine to ten people under ventilator support,” he said, adding that most of the people died due to asphyxia.

Meanwhile, Baina Behera, a resident of Mangalpur village under Pipili police station area in Puri district, said he was really lucky to have escaped the thick smoke and fire that engulfed the hospital while about a dozen others waited till being evacuated.

“The fire broke out when I was undergoing dialysis. I asked the doctor to stop it. I broke the window pane and went down with the help of a water pipe. A technician also followed me and came down from the first floor dialysis unit by using the same water pipe,” Behera said.

Behera’s brother Babuli, who was also present at the dialysis unit during the fire mishap, jumped from the first floor and escaped.

The nurse at the dialysis unit, however, said she continued to remain till all the people were evacuated safely. “I along with other nurses at the nearby medicine ICU ensured that all the patients are shifted. It was smoke and fire everywhere,” the shocked nurse said, adding that she too required to overcome the trauma.

Badrinath Nanda, whose father (Pradumnya nanda-73) has been shifted to the Capital Hospital after the fire incident, said he was asked by the hospital staff to take away the patient. “How could I have taken my father out alone. My father has been suffering from paralysis. It took about one hour to shift my father,” he said.

Many complained that more patients would have survived had there been prompt and proper evacuation.

Tribeni Nayak (65), wife of Raghunath Nayak of Sastri Nagar in Ganjam district, was about to be discharged from the hospital on Tuesday. “We were supposed to take back her on Tuesday as her condition had improved. But, we are now told to take her body,” said one of her relatives.

Anil Patra of Khurda, whose mother Rajani Patra (46) died in the fire, blamed it on the mismanagement in evacuation. “The hospital staff and security personnel who were supposed to ensure a smooth evacuation had no coordination leading to a chaotic situation. This delayed the process. As a result, people died,” Anil said.

Supreme Court to hear Asaram Bapu’s bail plea today

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court will hear the bail petition of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu on Monday. A medical board of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had on October 3 told the apex court that the health condition of Asaram Bapu was stable. Asaram, accused of rape, had refused to undergo several tests, the seven-member board also said in its report filed before the bench of Justices AK Sikri and NV Ramana. On August 11, the top court had denied interim bail to Asaram in a rape case and directed AIIMS to set up a medical board to ascertain his health condition before taking up his regular bail plea. The Rajasthan High Court had earlier rejected Asaram’s bail plea citing that the case had reached its “fag end” and thus it was not “appropriate” to grant him bail. This was his ninth regular bail application to be rejected. In 2013, a minor girl had alleged that Asaram had sexually assaulted her at his ashram in Jodhpur. The self-styled godman was subsequently arrested on August 31, 2013, and has been in jail since then. Asaram’s counsel had sought bail citing that the accused has been suffering several ailments.

Jayalalithaa’s health: Tamil Nadu CM’s condition greatly improves in last 48 hours, AIADMK relieved

First the good news. Multiple sources have confirmed that the condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has improved significantly in the past 48 hours and she has been off the ventilator during the day. She is on respiratory support only for some time in the night as a precautionary measure.

The CM however, still continues to be in the Critical Care unit at Apollo Hospital. Apart from antibiotics, her treatment includes medication to help her in breathing and also nebulisation.

“We are not so worried any more. We are a lot more relieved,” said a source who is aware of Jayalalithaa’s treatment.

File photo of Jayalalithaa. PTIFile photo of Jayalalithaa. PTI

File photo of Jayalalithaa. PTI

AIADMK leaders who have access to information from inside the Critical Care unit at Apollo Hospitals also confirm that Jayalalithaa is conscious. “She is also aware of what is happening around her,” says CR Saraswathi, spokesperson of the AIADMK.

The next step would be to slowly move her away from the bed, where she has been for more than three weeks now, and make her sit on a chair. Passive physiotherapy that Apollo’s medical bulletins say the CM is undergoing, is part of the treatment to help her do this.

But despite the improvement, Apollo Hospital and the Tamil Nadu government are fighting shy of announcing it to the world. That is because experience shows that an ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) patient even when he or she shows dramatic improvement, is deemed vulnerable.

ARDS is a life-threatening medical condition, characterised by inflammation in the lungs. ARDS is triggered by pneumonia and sepsis, one of the reasons why intensivist Dr Richard Beale, an experienced investigator in the field of sepsis, ARDS and clinical nutrition, was flown in from London to treat the CM. An intensivist by definition is a doctor who specialises in treating critically-ill patients.

Experts point out that ARDS is known to have a high mortality of up to 50 percent. When it is accompanied with other ailments, it only complicates the issue and the treatment. In Jayalalithaa’s case, her diabetes, hypertension and cellulitis — ailments mentioned in her 2014 bail plea at the Karnataka High court — were factors the team of doctors took into account.

“If it was a 30-year-old patient, the body recovers that much faster. Since the CM is 68, she needs that much more care,” said a source.

Given her medical history, doctors are of the opinion that her recovery is remarkable. But they would want to monitor her for some more time as with her diabetes, the risk of secondary infections always exists.

Hospitals, especially Intensive Care Units, are a more risky place for critical patients. That is because hospitals are teeming with virulent bacteria. If an infection is contracted from the community, it requires a basic antibiotic for treatment. But if a patient contracts an infection from the ICU, bacteria is likely to be resistant to basic antibiotics and doctors have to prescribe high-end antibiotics. Such potent antibiotics in high dosage can lead to side effects like diarrhea, renal failure, myopathy and neuropathy.

In order to ensure against any such complication, Jayalalithaa has been kept in a part of the Critical Care unit where no other patient is admitted. This means getting a secondary infection is out of the question.

It is expected that if the CM continues the same pace of progress, she could be out of hospital soon. However, she would still need significant rest, care and physiotherapy for at least two months. It is not clear whether Apollo doctors would prefer Jayalalithaa to rest under their supervision at the hospital or send her home by the end of October.

Doctors, who are visibly relieved now, were not in the same state of mind earlier this week. In fact, the hospital in consultation with Dr Richard Beale and the team of specialists from AIIMS had reportedly decided that if there is a further deterioration in Jayalalithaa’s health, she will be shifted to either AIIMS in New Delhi or to a hospital abroad.

That possibility has now been firmly ruled out. “She will come out like a tigress,” said a source.

AIIMS experts, UK specialist visit Apollo Hospital again to examine Jayalalithaa

Chennai: The expert team of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), along with a UK-based specialist, who had earlier examined Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, on Thursday visited Apollo Hospital again.

File image of Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of Jayalalithaa. PTI

Hospital sources said international specialist and consultant from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, Dr Richard Beale, and the AIIMS team, comprising Dr G Khilnani, Professor of Department of Pulmonology Medicine, Dr Anjan Trikha, Professor of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, and Dr Nitish Nayak, Professor of Department of Cardiology, visited the hospital in the afternoon.

The expert panel, during its earlier visit to the hospital on 6 October, had drawn up a detailed medical management plan to treat the 68-year-old AIADMK supremo. During its last visit, the team had held detailed deliberations on the treatment protocol provided to Jayalalithaa.

On 9 and 10 October, Khilnani had visited the hospital and examined the chief minister. An earlier press release from the hospital had said, he had discussions with the hospital’s expert panel and had “concurred with the present line of treatment” being given to the chief minister.

Jayalalithaa continues to be under treatment and “is being constantly monitored by the intensivists and other consultants
in the expert panel”, it had said. Necessary respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were being given to her, it had added.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration.

Jayalalithaa ‘constantly monitored’; Kerala Governor, CM visit hospital; two arrested for spreading rumour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa continuing to receive treatment, a stream of high-profile visitors, including Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday visited the Apollo Hospital and enquired about her health.The hospital, where the AIADMK general secretary was admitted on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration, said she was “constantly being monitored”.”Prof Dr G Khilnani, Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), visited Apollo Hospital again on October 9 and 10 and examined Honourable Chief Minister,” the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, Subbiah Viswanathan, said in a release.Khilnani, part of a three-member AIIMS panel which had examined Jayalalithaa last week, had discussions with the hospital’s expert panel and “concurred with the present line of treatment” being given to the chief minister, the release said.Jayalalithaa continues to be under treatment and “is being constantly monitored by the intensivists and other consultants in the expert panel”, it added.Necessary respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were being given to her, the release said.Earlier, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who visited the hospital yesterday, described Jayalalithaa as a “fighter” and expressed confidence that she would continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu.”I am confident that she has a strong willpower and she is always a fighter. I am confident that she will fight back, become normal and continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu and that is my wish,” he told reporters after making a “courtesy call” on Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan.Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi also visited the hospital and quoted the doctors as saying that Jayalalithaa “was recovering”.Vijayan, accompanied by Sathasivam, visited the hospital and held discussions with hospital CMD Prathap Reddy.”We met Dr Prathap Reddy and the other doctors providing treatment to the chief minister. The specialists informed us that she was responding well to the treatment,” Sathasivam told reporters.”Within a short period, she is likely to be discharged and it is possible for her to take charge of the administration. We also pray for her speedy recovery,” he said.Vijayan said the two had come to “convey the collective good wishes of the people of Kerala”.Bedi said, she was informed by Reddy that Jayalalithaa was “progressing”.”He said, Amma (as Jayalalithaa is addressed) is under very good care and that she is progressing. I would like to pray for her to keep progressing. I have come here out of absolute respect as a neighbour as Puducherry is Tamil Nadu’s neighbour and it is my duty to be here,” she said.Meanwhile, the AIADMK said “all is well” with Jayalalithaa.”All is well with Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (revolutionary leader mother),” the official Twitter handle of the party, @AIADMKofficial, said.Party workers and supporters continued to hold prayers across the state at different places of worship for the chief minister’s speedy recovery.Meanwhile, the police today arrested two persons, including a software engineer, for allegedly spreading rumours regarding Jayalalithaa’s health.The Central Crime Branch arrested Sathish Kumar, a software engineer from Tiruchengode, for allegedly sharing such information on his Facebook page.He “confessed” to his crime, the police said, adding that the arrest was made on a complaint from AIADMK IT Wing secretary G Ramachandran.Another person, Madasamy, was arrested from Madurai on a complaint from a Chennai resident who alleged that an audio clip, purportedly featuring the voice of a hospital employee and referring to Jayalalithaa’s health, was being circulated on the internet.The two were booked under IPC sections dealing with “wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot” and “statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes,” the police said, adding that they were remanded to judicial custody.Steps were on to nab those behind “spreading rumours” about the chief minister’s health, the police said.Efforts were on to remove such posts from social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp, the police said, adding that 43 cases have been filed so far in this regard.Such an offence, if proved, was punishable with seven years of imprisonment, the police said and warned the people against indulging in such activities.

Jayalalithaa’s health improves, requires longer stay in hospital: Apollo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was hospitalised in Chennai recently for fever and dehydration, continues to improve but requires a longer stay at the hospital, even as a team of doctors from AIIMS examined the AIADMK supremo. The AIIMS team, comprising Dr G Khilnani, Professor of Department of Pulmunology medicine, Dr Anjanthrika, Professor of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care and Dr Nithish Nayak, Professor of Department of Cardiology had held detailed deliberations on Wednesday on the treatment protocols provided to Jayalalithaa by the specialist team at the Apollo hospital, the hospital said in a release on Thursday.”The expert team from AIIMS examined the Chief Minister and concurred with the present line of treatment being provided to Jayalalithaa,” the release from Subbiah Viswanathan, Chief Operating Officer of Apollo hospital said.”The expert team will be available till tomorrow even as the British specialist Dr Richard John Beale examined the AIADMK chief again today,” he said.Based on the deliberations and clinical examination, the group of doctors from Apollo hospital have drawn up a detailed medical management plan, keeping in view Jayalalithaa’s “known history of diabetes and winter bronchitis in inclement weather,” the release said. It said the present treatment regimen includes continued respiratory support, nebulisation, drugs to decongest the lungs, antibiotics, nutritions, general nursing care and supporting therapy.”The consensus of opinions of all the experts is that the line of treatment given to the Chief Minister should be continued as she will require a longer stay at the hospital,” the release said.Jayalalithaa’s health condition “continues to improve and is making gradual progress,” it said.The comprehensive treatment plan, including appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures were being continued, the release said. “The Chief Minister under observation of a panel of doctors, consisting of intensivists, cardiologists, respiratory physicians, infectious disease specialists and diabetologists,” it said, adding that detailed lab and radiology investigations were continuously being carried out by the doctors.

Tree planted by Queen Elizabeth at AIIMS lost to termites

New Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) currently celebrating its diamond jubilee has lost to termites the tree planted by Queen Elizabeth on the grand opening of the premier campus.

AIIMS was established in 1956 and the institute’s buildings were formally opened by the British monarch on 27 January 1961 at an impressive ceremony attended by the then President Rajendra Prasad.

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“During her visit to the campus, Queen Elizabeth II was accompanied by Prince Philip and President Rajendra Prasad. It was a glittering ceremony and on the opening day, she had planted a tree. Unfortunately, we have lost that tree to termites. But we have planted new trees there,” AIIMS Director Dr MC Misra told PTI.

Rare images of the royal couple visit are part of the institute’s archives, and several of these photographs were put on display during the diamond jubilee exhibition which ended on Saturday.

Queen Elizabeth, now 90, visited India in 1961 as the state guest for the Republic Day function.

At AIIMS a plaque commemorating the event still stands on a pillar inside the JL Nehru Auditorium building. The tree was planted somewhere closer to this building.

“It was a Gulmohar tree. After losing it sometime in the past, to termites, we have planted four bottle brush trees at that spot and eight would be planted in the outer circle,” he said.

Incidentally, the photograph showing the Queen planting the tree is a coloured one, a rarity as by 1960s, very few had then access to the colour photography technology. Other archival photographs too are a mix of monochrome and colour.

“We dug up our own archives and many students and alumni also helped us to put together the exhibition. These rare images, including those showing the under-construction phase buildings of the campus buildings, give us a unique insight into the inception of AIIMS,” he said.

The exhibition was opened on the AIIMS’ Institute Day on September 26 by Union Health Minister JP Nadda. Among other rare images include photographs of the visit of Jacqueline Kennedy to the campus.

Misra said the college is planning to put together these archive material into a coffee-table book.

“We are still looking for more rare material for the book. Also, a documentary chronicling the 60 years of AIIMS is also being planned, besides a special postal stamp. Hopefully, these would be released during the convocation day in November,” he added.

The exhibition also extolled the contribution made by Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, who was instrumental in founding the institution. It also carried old pictures of her mansion ‘Manorvile’ in Shimla, which she gifted to AIIMS for use as a holiday home for doctors and nurses.

AIIMS performed 1.5 lakh surgeries in 2015-16: Health Minister JP Nadda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIIMS Delhi performed about 1.5 lakh surgeries and attended to 30 lakh outpatients and 2.5 lakh inpatients during 2015-16, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said on Tuesday.”AIIMS has contributed significantly in quality health care. It has discharged its roles as clinical provider, research institute and teaching Institute with considerable accolades over the past six decades,” he said. He was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the Foundation Day of AIIMS currently celebrating its diamond jubilee. “During 2015-16, AIIMS Delhi, attended to 30 lakh outpatients, 2.5 lakh inpatients and performed about 1.5 lakh surgeries,” he said.The institute has always maintained the highest standards of meritocracy and learning. It has attracted the best talents across the country that enter this institute as young students and pass out with the intensity of commitment to serve the poorest of the poor,” Nadda said Nadda further said that AIIMS New Delhi is also the “mentor institution” for the new AIIMS-like institutions being established across the country. In this regard, the work done by AIIMS in formulating and reviewing subordinate legislation including the AIIMS rules and regulations has been commendable, he said.Highlighting its contribution, the Health Minister said that AIIMS not only has established high reputation but has also contributed significantly in academic quality, student care, infrastructure, and placement opportunities. “With its 9 centres and 52 teaching departments, and a manpower of over 10,000 including more than 800 faculty positions; AIIMS Delhi produces a large number of specialists (MD/MS), super-specialists (DM/MCh), PhD scholars and allied health and basic sciences experts, including nurses and paramedical professionals,” he said.

AIIMS to increase number of seats to 100 for UG courses from 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi will admit 100 students from the country for its undergraduate programme from next academic session, increasing the number of seats from the existing 72, its director announced on Monday. Besides, seven foreign nationals would also be admitted for the institute’s MBBS course from 2017.”In sixty years of its journey, AIIMS has grown in strength, thanks to the sheer dedication of our predecessors and former directors who shaped this institution. It has grown tremendously with time, both academically and in service delivery. We have decided to increase our UG intake, and, I am happy to announce that from next year onwards, we will be admitting 100 students for this course,” AIIMS Director Dr M C Misra said. He was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the Foundation Day of AIIMS currently celebrating its diamond jubilee.The medical college currently admits 77 students — 72 Indian nationals and five foreigners — for UG courses. The percentage of reserved seats under various categories would remain the same, he said.AIIMS Registrar Dr Sanjeev Lalwani said relative share of seats meant for Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe, OBC and physically handicapped reserved categories would remain the same.AIIMS was established in 1956. It was the vision of Rajkumari Amrita Kaur, the first Health Minister of India, that led to the establishment of a medical institute of international repute in India. Besides, the main Delhi campus, AIIMS also has six regional centres in Bhopal, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Raipur and Rishikesh.”The regional centres currently admit 100 students each but no foreign nationals. So, the UG intake of AIIMS Delhi will be increased,” Lalwani said.”Besides, we have already increased by almost 90 per cent the intake for DM (Doctorate in Medicine) and MCh (Master of Surgery) programmes. We have been expanding facilities at our Masjid Moth campus here too and at Trauma Centre we have added 1,800 beds. In next 10 years, we target 6,000 beds for AIIMS,” Misra said.

Doctors divided over debate on chikungunya deaths in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid debate over chikungunya deaths in the city, opinion of doctors seem to be divided with some asserting only 0.1 % people run the risk of dying due to its complications while other medical professionals attribute the fatalities to the vector-borne disease.”1 out of 1,000 people, i.E., 0.1 % run the risk of dying due to chikungunya complications and that too if the patient has co-morbid conditions. Chikungunya is otherwise non-fatal,” AIIMS Head of the Department of Medicine Dr S K Sharma said.At least 15 fatalities due to chikungunya complications have been reported at various city hospitals, including one at AIIMS, while over 2,600 people have been affected by the mosquito-borne fever this season.”If one analyses the deaths, attributed to chikungunya, being reported in Delhi, you would realise that most of them had co-morbid conditions, like hypertension or diabetes or kidney or other renal problems. Chikungunya as such cannot cause death,” AIIMS Director Dr M C Misra said.But doctors at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), where nearly half of these deaths have been recorded, say it was chikungunya that precipitated the death.”Yes, most of these patients were old and had co-morbidity, but why are people finding it hard to believe that chikungunya cannot cause death. There are six crore diabetic people in Delhi, nearly 15 lakh suffer from blood pressure problems, they weren’t dying earlier.”The seven persons, who died here, were elderly people and suffered complications triggered by chikungunya and succumbed. Why are we so embarrassed to admit that these deaths were due to chikungunya? As per WHO reports, chikungunya outbreak in France and the US and South America have caused deaths,” Chairman of Department of Medicine at SGRH, Dr S P Byotra told PTI.Among the remaining fatalities, five of them were reported at Apollo Hospital, one each at AIIMS, Hindu Rao Hospital and Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute.Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, senior consultant in Department of Internal Medicine at Apollo Hospital, says, while a debate over the fatality issue is fine, “doctors should not get dogmatic that chikungunya cannot lead to death.””Out of the five patients who died at Apollo, while four of them were old and had some kind of co-morbid conditions, a 31-year-old man from Noida, did not have it, and died within a day of admission. His death has puzzled all of us doctors here,” he said.Besides, a 22-year-old girl died of cardiac arrest triggered by chikungunya complications at Hindu Rao Hospital.Most of the deceased belong to Uttar Pradesh, including the one at AIIMS, who hailed from Muzaffarnagar, and died of multi-organ failure. Gulab Chand Gupta (70) from Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi, had died on September 12 Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute (PSRI).His family members are still trying to come to terms with his death, as Gupta was “fit and had no medical history”.”We have been told chikungunya is non-fatal. And, that may lead to death in those cases where the patients has co-morbidity. But, he had no medical history, he was fit and never smoked a cigarette or consumed alcohol. And, he even practiced yoga everyday,” his son-in-law Santosh Mangal said.Doctors at PSRI in the report said, describing his death from chikungunya complications said, “he died of acute febrile illness with septic shock and multi-organ failure.”AIIMS Head of the Department of Medicine, Dr Sharma, when asked about this case said, “I will have to scrutinise this case, before commenting on it.”At AIIMS laboratories, at least 2,000 blood test samples have tested positive for chikungunya, and doctors there are also studying the viral strain that is in circulation.Experts have conjectured that the outbreak of chikungunya this year could be due to “evolution” in the virus strain.Chatterjee and Byotra, both say that there is a possibility of viral strain of chikungunya “having evolved” but only a scientific study can give us a real picture.The national capital and several other parts of north India are witnessing an outbreak of chikungunya after nearly 10 years. In 2006, over 13 lakh suspected chikungunya cases were reported in Delhi.Dr Lalit Dar of Department of Microbiology at AIIMS, however, says, the rising cases of chikungunya after the 2006 outbreak could be due to “Delhi having a lot of migrant population and generation born after 2006.””Since they were not exposed to the viral strain in 2006 and hence not grown immune, so they are getting affected by it,” he said.According to Dar, AIIMS laboratories have “tested 3,500 cases of chikungunya samples out of which 2,000 have tested positive, nearly 58 %. And, for dengue, out of 8,500 samples only 474 have tested positive.”The committee set up by the Delhi government to review the death attributed to dengue and chikungunya, had earlier, “ruled out” chikungunya as the primary cause of fatality.”Why is a debate about primary or secondary cause. Chikungunya complications have proved fatal in many of these patients, and it is better to acknowledge the deaths do a proper research of the virus, rather than seeing it as something to be embarrassed about,” Byotra said.

Centre wakes up to drug abuse after 15 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fifteen years after the last drug abuse survey in 2001, the long-overdue process for a pan India report has finally begun with the central government giving its approval. To be steered by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, the survey will update addiction figures that strategists need to plan a course of action on how to combat drug abuse.Currently, neither the World Health Organisation nor the United Nation Office on Drug and Crime have any updated data on India. In the absence of any other figures, the two multilateral organisations have been quoting 2001 data, officials admitted.The survey, which will cover 600,000 people across 36 states and union territories, will be almost two years in the making with AIIMS scheduled to submit its report by 2018.It will be the largest drug abuse survey to be conducted in the Indian subcontinent, covering transgenders, transport workers and prison populations amongst others. Depending on the size and the population density of each state, the sample could vary between 4,000 to 16,000.”We are taking 16,000 as optimal sample size for any state of the country. However, it may vary from size of the states and the response that we get from them,” said Dr Atul Ambekar, of the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre at AIIMS who is steering the project for the ministry of social justice and empowerment.”To get our numbers right, we will be identifying the drug network and will follow the snowball or chain referral sampling method, where every drug dependent will help identify three more depends and the chain will follow,” Ambekar told dna. The effort will be to reach out to every district in India.AIIMS will collaborate with NGOs working in the sector along with prominent individuals and has also identified five regional medical centres for help. These are NIMHANS, Bengaluru, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, King George Medical College, Lucknow, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi, and the Regional Institute of Medical Science in Imphal. Five AIIMS researchers are in the process of fine tuning a working model.”We want to leave no stone unturned as we start doing the ground work. The team will hit the field by January next year. We will make out a submission for the ministry by the end of 2018,” said Ambekar.Alarm bellsThe much-delayed decision to conduct a study that would reflect the incidence of drug abuse in the country came after surveys in Punjab and Manipur showed that more than 28 per cent of the population, including women, in the two states were affected.”The proposal for an all-India survey was floated on several occasions but could not materialise. So we conducted a sample survey for two states which had been reporting a large number of drug abuse cases. The result of the two states helped in expediting the process of carrying out a countrywide survey,” said an official in the ministry.Asked for reasons for the 15-year delay, he blamed the political will of the previous UPA government which, he said, showed no interest in the matter. The ministry is still to finalise its drug abuse policy and is hoping to get a clear picture with the survey.According to the 2001 survey, also conducted at a time when the NDA was in power, the official pointed out, 10 million people in India are addicted to alcohol, 2.3 million to cannabis and 0.5 million to opiates. Rural population, unemployed youth and single individuals top the list.

Neet to be held in December

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for Post Graduate Diploma courses will be conducted by the National Board of Examinations (NBE) from December 5-13 across 41 cities.For MDS courses (dental), the examination will take place from November 30 to December 3 across same number of cities.It will be a computer based test, with multiple choice questions from the MBBS curriculum followed at medical colleges in India.”The examination will be held in 86 test centres at 41 cities from 5-13 December 2016. The questions will be based on MBBS curriculum followed at medical colleges in India duly prescribed as per the Graduate Medical Education Regulation notified by Medical Council of India (MCI) with prior approval of the health ministry,” an official statement said.The statement said that it will be a single eligibility cum entrance examination for admission to PG medical courses for the academic session 2017 and include all India 50 per cent quota seats for MD, MSand PG Diploma courses. This will apply to all states except Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmirand Telangana.It will also include state quota seats for MD, MS and PG diploma courses for all states and UTs including Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Telangana. Similarly, the examinations for NEET MDScourses (Dental) will be held in 86 test centres at 41 cities and it will also be a computer based test which will comprise of 240 multiple choice questions.”AIIMS, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) and SRICHITRA Institute are not covered by NEET PG.”The AIIMS, New Delhi Dental institution is not covered by centralised admissions for MDS seats through NEET-MDS for 2017 session,” the statement added.The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is an entrance examination in India, for students who wish to study any graduate medical course (MBBS), dental course (BDS) or postgraduate course (MD / MS) in government or private medical colleges in India.

Delhi stung by dengue: Death toll reaches 19, number of cases cross 1300

New Delhi: The death toll due to dengue in the national capital has increased to 19 even as the number of cases of the vector-borne disease crossed 1,300.

At least 220 fresh cases of dengue have been reported in the last week while 607 cases have been recorded this month till 17 September, according to a municipal report released on Monday.

“An adult man died of dengue about a month ago at our hospital. However, no fatality was reported due to chikungunya in the hospital,” a senior doctor at Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital told PTI.

LNJP Hospital is the biggest under the Delhi government and the first dengue death of this season was also reported. The victim was a 17-year-old girl from from Jafrabad in northeast Delhi who had died on 21 July.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

“This season, 522 dengue cases have been diagnosed at our (LNJP) hospital. We are getting about 750 patients in our fever clinic everyday. We have kept 52 beds in fever wards and 21 in fever clinics,” the doctor said.

Out of the 19 fatalities, nine have been reported at AIIMS, while the rest at other hospitals in the city.

However, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, which compiles the report on vector-borne diseases on behalf of all civic bodies here, has maintained the death toll at four.

These four deaths include that of Iram Khan (25), a native of Meerut, who lived in Jamia Nagar in south Delhi, and succumbed to dengue on 31 August at Apollo Hospital.

The other three deaths reported by SDMC include Nazish (38), sister-in-law of Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan, who had died of dengue shock syndrome at Apollo Hospital on 12 August.

Muskan (12), a resident of Shaheen Bagh, had died on 29 July, while Deepak (19), from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, succumbed to the disease on 27 July. Both died at Safdarjung Hospital.

Besides, five other fatalities have been reported by different hospitals in the city which have not yet been acknowledged by the SDMC.

AIIMS in a report released on 15 September had said among the dengue and chikungunya patients visiting it, 70 per cent belonged to Uttar Pradesh, 10 per cent to Bihar and rest to Delhi.

AIIMS is getting several suspected dengue patients everyday in its fever clinics, though less number are showing confirmed cases compared to chikungunya for which 1,440 blood samples have tested positive till 13 September.

At least 1,378 cases of dengue have been reported in the national capital. September-October is the peak season for dengue and other vector-borne diseases.

Out of the total number of cases, August alone accounted for 652.

Last year, the city saw a staggering 15,867 dengue cases –the worst in 20 years–with the disease claiming 60 lives, as per municipal reports. In 1996, a severe outbreak of dengue had occurred in Delhi when about 10,252 cases and 423 deaths were reported.

SDMC has recorded 302 cases, the maximum among all the regions in the city. North Delhi Municipal Corporation and East Delhi Municipal Corporation have registered 134 and 86 cases respectively, according to the report.

Central Zone of South Delhi Municipal Corporation has recorded 119 cases, the highest among its four zones. Najafgarh, West and and South Zones reported 84, 53 and 46 cases respectively.

For North Delhi Municipal Corporation the cases reported are Sadar Paharganj (11), Rohini (28) and Narela (6), Karol Bagh (16) and City (33) and Civil Lines (40).

This year cases have been reported early. A total of 91 cases were reported in July, six cases were recorded in May, while June witnessed 15 cases.

Four hundred and forty-six cases have been reported from areas falling outside the jurisdiction of municipal corporations in the city.

While 99 cases were reported from Uttar Pradesh, 35 of those diagnosed with the disease came from Haryana and 276 from other states.

In NDMC area, breeding of mosquitoes was found in 47,710 houses, in SDMC area in 67,045 houses and 17,283 in EDMC area.

The number of prosecution launched in these areas were 3,908, 6,191 and 1,720 respectively.

Nation wide survey to assess drug abuse to be conducted by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

After a gap of about 15 years, the government has given nod for conducting a nation-wide survey to assess the extent, trend and pattern of drug abuse among people across the country. To be conducted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in collaboration with the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of AIIMS, the survey will provide national and state level estimates of proportion and absolute number of people who indulge in drug abuse, sources said. The two-year-long survey will also map the presence of services and interventions for drug dependent individual and identify the gaps in service delivery.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The last nation-wide survey to assess the drug use in India was conducted in 2001 and its data was published in 2004. “The earlier survey did not provide any data on prevalence of substance use at the level of different states in India, neither did it provide data on prevalence of drug use among women population. Since then there have been small scale studies focused on specific geographical areas or population. But there have been no nation-wide surveys.
ALSO READ Large number of people participate in a run against drugs”Thus the exact dimensions of this problem in India remain unknown,” a senior Ministry official said.The government’s decision to conduct the survey comes in the wake of a recent survey ‘Punjab Opioid Dependence Survey’ (PODS) which estimated that there are about 2.3 lakh opioid-dependent people in the state, which consumes drugs worth Rs 7,500 crore every year. Also, the recently released Bollywood film “Udta Punjab” had created a flutter over the issue of drug abuse.
ALSO READ Drugs ban: Madras HC differs with Delhi HC on lifting banInadequate information about alcohol and drug dependenceAccording to the official, one of the major programming obstacles is inadequate information about the extent and scale of alcohol and drug dependence in the country. “Additionally, India is expected to report to international agencies (like United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and World Health Organisation) on questions related to data on extent of substance use in India. In such instances, government has to rely on the old survey published in 2004,” he added.
ALSO READ Bill on transgender and drug abuse put on hold by PMOThe project is estimated to cost over Rs 22 crore. The drugs include all those listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) and include categories like alcohol, tobacco, opioids, sedative-hypnotics, cannabis, stimulants, hallucinogens and inhalants, said Dr Atul Ambekar, additional professor at NDDTC and principal investigator of the survey.”The study will include a household survey to determine the proportion of people who use drugs and people who are drug dependent,” Ambekar said. Besides, there will be focused thematic studies on specific topics or vulnerable populations which will include studying the pattern of drug abuse among homeless, prison residents, transgenders, female sex workers, transport workers (truck, taxi drivers, cleaners ets), said Dr Ambekar.The questions during the interview will pertain to socio- demographic data, substance use pattern, consequence of substance use, availability of services and knowledge and attitude towards substance use. As per the last survey report, the proportion of men using alcohol was 21%, cannabis 3% and opioids was 0.7%.The survey was jointly conducted by the Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses and NDDTC, AIIMS.

Centre to invest Rs 1,000 cr for 750-bedded Aiims in Assam

Guwahati: The Centre will invest around Rs 1,000 crore to set up a 750-bedded All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Assam, the land for which was handed over by the state government on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. File photo. PTIChief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. File photo. PTI

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. File photo. PTI

“The Aiims in Assam will be a 750-bedded hospital. We have got the land today from the state government. Now once
the Union cabinet approves the plan, we will start work,” Union Health and Family Welfare Additional Secretary Arun
Kumar Panda told PTI in Guwahati.

The AIIMS, to be set up in Kamrup district, will house 18 super-speciality departments, he said.

Responding to a question about financing, Panda said: “It is likely to incur an investment of around Rs 1,000 crore for the construction and equipment set up work. This amount will be spent by the Centre.”

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday handed over to Panda more than 571 acres of government land at Changsari area of Kamrup district.

“This is a historic day for people of Assam as a long- pending dream is about to come true. People have struggled a
lot democratically for this institute in the state,” Sonowal said at the function.

With setting up of the Aiims in the state, Assam will now figure in the the list of healthcare destinations of the
country, he said.

Referring to the ongoing protest by people of Nagaon and middle Assam for not selecting Raha as the place for AIIMS, the chief minister said: “We do not have any role in selecting the place. We showed seven locations, including Raha, to experts from the Centre and they chose Changsari in lower Assam.”

He also said the state government will work towards giving better healthcare facilities to hill districts and
Barak Valley in future.

PTI

J&K: Opposition parties stage a walkout alleging state govt of discriminating against valley

Srinagar: National Conference and Congress on Monday staged a walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in support of independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid’s allegation that the PDP-BJP government was discriminating against Kashmir Valley and favouring Jammu region.

File image of Naeem Akhtar. Facebook

File image of Naeem Akhtar. Facebook

Rashid had raised the question whether the government had any plans to set up an IIT and an IIM in Kashmir at par with Jammu region of the state. Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar in his reply said the IIM was sanctioned to Jammu under the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan and there was a possibility of setting up an out-campus in the Valley.

“The matter of IIT and IIM would be taken up with the Government of India at appropriate time after the establishment of main campus at Jammu,” he said. Raising supplementary to his question, Rashid asked whether the government would sanction these institutes for the Valley only after local people take to streets as was done in Jammu while demanding an AIIMS hospital for the region.

“The AIIMS hospital was sanctioned for the valley but you sanctioned another AIIMS hospital for Jammu after an agitation there. Do you want people of Kashmir to do the same,” he said. The minister defended the government’s decision to have separate AIIMS for Jammu and Kashmir regions, saying they were required to improve the healthcare sector of the state. Akhtar said admissions to IIT and IIM were open for students from all regions of the state as well as from the rest of the country.

His remarks infuriated Valley-based MLAs from National Conference and Congress who staged a walkout from the house. They alleged PDP came to power on the promise of ending regional discrimination but was fuelling it against the people of Kashmir.
Rashid also later walked out of the house.

National Conference (NC) members also staged walkout twice from the Legislative Council against encroachment of Wakf land in Jammu and failure of the government to table inquiry report of Handwara incident. The first time the NC legislators staged the walkout was after their demand for constituting a House Committee to probe the encroachment of Wakf land at Gole Market in Gandhi Nagar in Jammu was rejected by the government and Legislative Council Chairman Anayat Ali.

The issue of the encroachment was raised by Bashir Veeri who demanded setting up of a House Committee to probe the whole matter. His demand was supported by all of his party colleagues.

However, the demand was rejected by the government which assured the House that the land would be vacated. Minister for Roads and Buildings Abdul Rehman Veeri said there is a need to look into the matter and gradually the land would be retrieved.

“What you could not do in 40 years, why do you expect the Minister to do it now,” he told the opposition NC members. The opposition members were not satisfied with the minister’s reply and walked out from the House. They once again walked out of the House after party NC MLC Qaiser Jamsheed Lone raised the matter of killings in Handwara following molestation charges, saying despite government’s assurance, the probe report has not been tabled in the House.

“The government said the report will be tabled in two days. However, a month has passed, but it has not been tabled,” Lone said. He was supported by his party colleagues, who demanded the inquiry report be tabled. However, there was no response from either the government or the Council Chairman and the NC MLCs staged walkout from the House.

Assam: Bandh against proposed AIIMS at Changsari affects daily life in Nagaon, Morigaon

Normal life has been paralysed in Central Assam’s Nagaon and Morigaon districts on Monday due to a 24-hour bandh called by several organisations protesting against the proposed establishment of AIIMS at Changsari near Guwahati.All shops and business establishments were closed and vehicles remained off the roads, police said. Government offices were opened but attendance was thin.The National Highway 37 was blocked by the protesters at Raha, Phulaguri and Kathiatoli. Hundreds of protesters were taken into preventive custody at Raha. The bandh has been called by local units of All Assam Students Union (AASU), All Tiwa Students Union (ATSU) and Asom Jatiya Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS) from 5 AM on Monday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The organisations are protesting against Assam Government’s decision to establish the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) at Changsari and demanded that it be set up at Raha in Central Assam.

International Yoga Day: 70 diplomats from 35 countries participate in celebrations in New Delhi

Over 15,000 people, including 70 diplomats, on Tuesday took part in International Yoga Day celebrations at seven venues in the national capital.At Connaught Place, where Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was the chief guest and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi also participated, 9,000- 10,000 people turned up for the event, according to a senior NDMC official.The AYUSH Ministry helped organise events at six other locations – Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Talkatora Garden, Swarn Jayanti Park in Rohini, Yamuna Sports Complex in Patparganj and District Park in Dwarka. At least 100 Resident Welfare Associations selected by the ministry also hosted Yoga Day events. At Nehru Park, approximately 2,000 people turned up for the event.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Among those who were present were nearly 70 diplomats from 35 countries, including Japan, Sri Lanka and United States, according to an official of AYUSH Ministry. Thousands of police personnel too celebrated Yoga Day in all districts of Delhi Police.The Delhi government held a separate event at the Chhatrasal Stadium which was presided over by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. President Pranab Mukherjee too celebrated the Day with 1,000 people participating with him at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.Fifty-seven Union ministers across the country joined the masses to celebrate the day. Ten ministers, including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Maneka Gandhi attended yoga events in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.Around 200 officials and employees of the Civil Aviation Ministry and Airports Authority of India (AAI), including Secretary R N Choubey, performed various Yoga asanas at the lawns of the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan. Gurgaon-based carrier SpiceJet participated in the exercise with 40-crew members undertaking a 10-minutes session on board. Doctors at the AIIMS, including its director MC Misra, also marked the day.”Yoga is a way of life and it should be part of every one’s life. Yoga keeps several health complications away if done regularly with dedication,” said Misra.The participants also included many non-medical staff of AIIMS. Health Minister JP Nadda tomorrow will inaugurate a centre focused on scientific evidence of the therapeutic benefits of Yoga at the Convergence Block of AIIMS.

‘Anarchist’ Kejriwal liable for appointing 21 AAP MLAs: Congress

Coming down heavily on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Congress Party on Saturday said if bureaucrats had warned the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener of the situation where office of profit would be one of the issues, the former was responsible for deliberately appointing 21 party MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.”When the bureaucrats have warned him of a situation where office of profit would be one of the issues involved, and essentially these were secretaries who were appointed to assists the ministers, whereas it is only meant for the Chief Minister as convention has had it. Now, the fact is that they were appointed to assist the ministers, but they were actually operating as Ministers of States, because they had overriding powers to enter into portfolios,” Congress leader Tom Vadakkan said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said wherever the 21 AAP MLAs went, they had additional empowerment and have been using the office, the Government of India telephones and a variety of facilities that were given to them.”This is a standard example of what an anarchist can do despite warnings coming in from bureaucracy. If he has done it, he is liable and his ministers and the parliamentary secretaries will have to pay a price for it,” he added.Amid ongoing furor over Kejriwal’s appointing 21 AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries, former Delhi chief secretary Omesh Saigal has admitted that he was ‘aware of the danger in which the MLAs were being put into’ and that is why ‘he had written to Kejriwal after his government issued a notification that the MLAs would be using staff cars’.”I did not warn Kejriwal, but it was a friendly kind of note, which I wrote to my IIT batch mate. I did not warn Kejriwal. When they declared that the 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries, I did not apply my mind because the government had already applied its mind,” Saigal told ANI.”But when they issued another notification in newspapers that they would now use staff cars, then I did send a mail that it is not right, because I had earlier filed an application before the President, who had referred it to the Election Commission against one health minister, who was ex-official of AIIMS and he was also using this car,” he added.President Pranab Mukherjee refused his assent to a Delhi Government’s Bill seeking to exclude the post of parliamentary secretary from the office of profit, raising a question over the fate of 21 AAP MLAs, who have been appointed to the posts. The AAP Government had sought an amendment to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997 through which it had sought ?retrospective? exemption for the parliamentary secretaries from disqualification provisions.Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung forwarded the Bill to the Centre, which in turn was sent to the President with comments.

AIIMS MBBS Results 2016 to be declared today @ aiimsexams.org

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is expected to declare its MBBS entrance exam 2016 results today on the official website.Students need to get the admit card handy.How to check your result:1. Visit the website aiimsexams.org2. Click on ‘Results'<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>3. Click on ‘AIIMS MBBS Entrance Exam 2016 results’4. Enter your id, password, captcha5. Click ‘Login’6. Your result will be displayed on the screen.7. Now, save your scorecard and take a print out for future reference.About AIIMS MBBS Exams:The 2016 AIIMS MBBS Exam was held on May 29. There are just 672 seats on offer, but the number of candidates number in lakhs.There are seven AIIMS centres in all – New Delhi, Patna (Bihar), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Raipur (Chhattisgarh) Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh). Post the result declaration the counselling sessions will be conducted in three rounds, first on July 4,5,6; second on August 4 and third on September 6 respectively.Good luck to all the students.

Ayush ministry raises curtains on international yoga day, stresses on the science behind yoga

Mass yoga demonstration in Chandigarh, an expected turnout of 25,000 to 30,000 people, seven points for demonstration of yoga across Delhi, and multiple events on various scales planned for the rest of the country and the world; the Ministry of Ayush officially raised the curtain on the massive events planned for the upcoming International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2016, held on June 21. The plans were revealed on Wednesday at a conference dedicated to the scientific research proving health benefits of yoga, chaired by the Minister for Ayush, Shripad Yesso Naik, and other ministry officials.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yoga has also found an honourable mention in the joint US-India statement issued on June 7, during PM Modi’s trip to the US, where leaders of both countries recognised yoga’s importance in curving the rising threat of Non-Communicable Disease.Preceding the June 21 celebrations, there will be a Chandigarh yoga festival from June 10-12, where Baba Ramdev will hold the concluding session; post IDY there will be a two-day international conference on yoga held by the ministry. The Ministry of external affairs has been working with UN members, and 173 Indian missions abroad have drafted plans for yoga day celebrations; celebrities from different countries are being roped in to take part; 100 RWAs each in “metropolitan” cities will be trained in yoga; industry bodies such as CII, ASSOCHAM, Ficci, PHD Chamber of Commerce, have been requested to encourage their members to participate.However, the ministry doesn’t want to sound too ambitious. “We set two world records last year, we’re not looking at records this year,” said Ajit Sharan, Secretary, Ayush.The conference for the press, however, was to give a serious push to the “large number of inter-disciplinary researches in different fields”, as the minister said. Secretary, Ayush, Ajit Sharan too assured the audience that the panellists he introduced were the “top experts in the country”. These included Dr Shirley Telles, Director of the Patanjali Research Foundation, Dr SC Manchanda a cardiologist associated with AIIMS and Ganga Ram, Dr Usha Kiran, a Brahma Kumari member with AIIMS’ Department of Cardiac-Anaesthesia and Dr HR Nagendra, Chancellor, S-VYASA University.Dr Narayan is also the head of the expert committee created for the IDY 2016.Here were efforts to combine the science with the “spirituality” of yoga, rather than “religiosity”. However, while fielding questions Naik said that yoga without om was incomplete, and they were talking to those “opposed” to om being chanted.However, during her presentation Dr Tell is said that whether one chants “Om or Ave Maria”, the act of deep breathing and prolonged exhalation helped the body relax. Tellis also spoke at length of yoga’s uses in cooing with mental illnesses, whether among stressed out students, overworked school teachers with low salaries, army men who had to stay “alert and relaxed”, and survivors of natural disasters suffering from PTSD. Some of her studies are based in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami and floods in Bihar. Dr Manchanda spoke of his work on reversing heart disease through yoga that he said has gained acceptance over by cardiologists communities in the West.There was much emphasis on these studies and bodies of research being conducted along with premier American universities — Harvard and UCLA found mentions in various presentations — and Manchanda pointed out that recent research had gained legitimacy as it was fine through randomised control trials.

Cops should be like pizza delivery boys, reach crime scene in 10 minutes: Delhi HC

“Like a pizza boy delivering the stuff faster than the guaranteed half-an-hour”, the Delhi police should reach the crime scene before the current response time of ten minutes to earn the “faith” of people, the Delhi High Court today said. “We are concerned over the response time of the police team in reaching the crime spot.They should reach quickly in order to give guarantee to citizens of Delhi that they are safe here,” a division bench of B D Ahmed and R K Gauba said, adding “police will have to earn the faith of the public that they are always there for them in need”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court was hearing a PIL initiated by it after the December 16, 2012 gangrape case, in which it has been giving directions from time to time with regard to improving crime investigation and protection of women in the national capital. The court said, “The response time as given by you (police) is very important. It is to check the efficiency of the police. You will have to ensure that you reach the crime scene before ten minutes.”The bench gave the direction on the submissions made by Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain who, while reading the affidavit filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), said that to “ensure safety and security of women in the national capital, response time of the Delhi police to distress calls reportedly reduced to 10 minutes”.”The response time of police should be known to everyone so that the citizens here are aware that the police are always there on time at the crime scenes,” the bench said. The court asked the police to file an affidavit with regard to the concern raised by it.It also expressed concern over the way the police detect crimes, saying in most of the cases the criminals “go scot free due to absence of strong evidence, like proper photos of crime scenes and lack of forensic experts”. The bench said that the police team should comprise “experts, including a forensic pathologist, who determine the cause of death by examining a corpse”. It said the Centre, AIIMS, Delhi government and municipal bodies here should file an affidavit before July 27 indicating whether there is any forensic pathologist working in their hospitals

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