Zika virus again surfaces in India



New Delhi (NM Bureau): In a fresh case of Zika infection, a 85-year old woman, in the popular tourist destination province of Rajasthan in northern India, has tested positive for the mosquito borne virus. The hospital administration has alerted the government on the spotting of the virus and steps are being taken to contain its spread.


The surfacing of the virus back in India was reported by Indian news agency PTI on Sunday quoting Sawai Man Singh hospital administration in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan province. The officials of the medical college though have not given any further details on possibility of any more cases of the virus infection. 


“The woman was admitted to the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital on September 11 with joint pain, redness in eyes and weakness but she tested negative for dengue and swine flu. Samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for a test of Zika virus and the report came out positive,” principal of the SMS medical college Dr US Agrawal told media briefing about the case.


I believe this is the first case of Zika virus in the state. The woman, a resident of Shastri Nagar area in Jaipur, was discharged from the hospital a few days ago after her condition improved. The hospital administration has alerted the state health department, he added.


Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys. It was later identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania, according to the World Health Organisation. In India three earlier cases of Zika infections have been spotted two years ago. Although the infection is non-fatal, there is no treatment or vaccine for the Zika infection.


The Zika infection shows symptoms such as mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and body ache.

Swine Flu

Rajasthan sees 88 Swine Flu deaths in two months

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Rajasthan has recently seen a spike in the number of Swine Flu cases reported. 88 people have died while 976 people have been tested positive for the virus in the last two months. Number of diagnosed cases stood at 400 in January.  Majority of the cases have been reported from Jaipur and Jodhpur. 

State government is adopting various measures to curb the situation and control the virus from spreading further. Rapid Response Teams are placed in areas from where a high number of cases are being reported. From January 1, 2017 onwards, 241 Swine Fludeaths have been reported from the state. 

Adding further chaos to the situation, the state assembly was dismissed when MLA Amrita Meghwal received a call confirming she was infected by the H1N1 virus. Though Meghwal immediately left the premises, other members demanded a screening for all and expressed their concern over the situation. 

Health Minister, Kalicharan Saraf, assured the members that screening will be done of those willing to undergo the test.

(With Agency Inputs)


Common syringe usage infected 21 lives HIV

A minimum of 21 people were allegedly infected with HIV in Unnao when a quack used a common syringe to administer injection, senior official said on Monday.

Official further updated that a case has been registered against the quack.
The matter was highlighted when the health department launched an investigation that said high number of HIV cases in the area, Chief medical officer Dr SP Chaudhary said.

“After the number of HIV cases that where increasing the health department organised a two member of committee which visited various settlements of Bangarmau to investigate the route behind the cause,” he said.

Mr Chaudhary said the team visited Premganj and Chakmirpur areas of Bangarmau and filed a report, based on which screening camps were held at three places (in Bangarmau) on January 24, January 25 and January 27.
"In the camps, 566 people were examined of whom 21 were found to be infected with HIV," the chief medical officer said.

The chief medical officer said. He said the patients have been referred to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centre in Kanpur.
He said that the investigation also found that quack Rajendra Kumar, living in a neighbouring village, had used a single syringe for injection in the name of cheaper treatment. "This was the reason behind the significant rise in the number HIV cases."

ART consists of a combination of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to maximally suppress the HIV and stop its progression. ART also helps prevent onward transmission of HIV, he said.


(With agency inputs)


AIIMS docs against current proposal of Bill

Doctors have organized a campaign at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital to protest against the Union Health Ministry’s proposed National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill.

Thousands of doctors went on a nationwide strike to protest the bill on January 2 before the current protest. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) also opposed it stating that this will be a blow to the medical profession.

The NMC bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 29, 2017 by the Union, Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda that aimed to reform the medical education sector.Bridge Course

The Bill initially proposes a bridge course which will allow AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) practitioners to prescribe some allopathic medicines. The proposal of a bridge course is among one of the reason behind its opposition.

If we look at the homeopathy, it is a system of an alternative medicine. A homeopathic student also undergoes course in our country. They are trained in every subject that a student of allopathy is taught excluding pharmacology.

The homeopathy students use the same textbooks, the syllabus for the subjects are the same, and the allotted time for these subjects to be taught is also almost the similar as the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) syllabus.

The bridge course should be understood with its reason for its proposal; which is to ease the burden on overworked allopathic doctors and to share the disease burden of the nation. As per the English daily, our country has a little over one million modern medicine doctors to treat its 1.3 billion people which is very less.

In such case, alternative medicine practitioners can help in solving the problem of certain illness, if better provided with the bridge course. So if the course has such an advantage the government should look forward to introduce such provision in order to benefit the large number.