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Comorbidities led to most COVID-19 deaths in West Bengal

Research published by the state health department in West Bengal found comorbidities proved lethal in a significant proportion of the state’s COVID-19 deaths. As of December 3rd, 2020, 8,376 people in the state lost their lives to COVID-19 according to Statista. The state health department identified comorbidities such as hypertension, cardiac disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary […]

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Swasthya Sathi: Banerjee hits out at private hospitals

Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee has hit out at private hospitals for obstructing the state’s healthcare scheme Swasthya Sathi, allegedly refusing to provide treatment to eligible beneficiaries.  Banerjee, who holds the portfolio of Health and Family Welfare in the state cabinet as the Chief Ministership, launched Swasthya Sathi on December 30th, 2016. Swathya

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Ayushman Bharat holdout states: Vardhan speaks out again

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has again spoke out on the subject of Ayushman Bharat’s holdout states, where prospective beneficiaries cannot avail the benefits of the Government’s flagship health insurance scheme the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).  Of India’s states and union territories, four have yet to implement the scheme. “Ayushman Bharat is

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Scrub typhus cases continue to dog Kolkata

The infectious condition scrub typhus is rearing its head in West Bengal state capital Kolkata, sparking concern among doctors in the city.  Scrub typhus is caused by being bitten by chiggers (larval mites) infected with the bacteria Orientia tsutsugamushi, which belongs to the Rickettsiaceae bacteria family. The disease is typically limited to rural areas, but

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Pneumonia in West Bengal will be tackled: Banerjee

The state government is committed to addressing pneumonia in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has affirmed.  World Pneumonia Day was observed yesterday, with a grim reminder coming from UNICEF of the toll the disease takes on child health despite being preventable. Globally, a child is killed by the disease every 39 seconds. In India,

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West Bengal scrutinised over Ayushman Bharat – by its Governor

West Bengal is one of the few states in India to forego implementing the Centre’s flagship health insurance scheme. Now, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is facing scrutiny by the state’s Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar over why this is the case.  “It has not been 100 days since I have taken charge as the governor,” said Dhankhar,

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Stroke treatment boost in Kochi

The government-run General Hospital, Ernakulam in Kochi will provide stroke treatment with the opening of a new centre. A dedicated team to provide stroke treatment and management is being formulated, in order to dispense treatment in a timely and efficient manner to those admitted to the hospital with stroke symptoms. Nephrologist Dr M. Sreedeepan, who

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Encephalitis is not just an issue in Bihar

When it comes to encephalitis, the eyes of India have largely focused on Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district where more than 140 children are believed to have lost their lives to the condition. However, over the course of recent weeks, reports of potential outbreaks have poured in from other parts of Bihar – and from other states. 

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CM Banerjee calls attention to doctor shortage in West Bengal

The shortage of doctors in West Bengal has been highlighted by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a meeting with medicos in the wake of strike action which plagued the state weeks ago. The strikes began following an attack on an intern in Kolkata. Initially a state-level stir, the agitation swiftly became a national movement with

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India’s shortage of specialist doctors is still staggering

July 1st marked Doctors’ Day – and while the occasion was an opportunity to thank the medical professionals who work to ensure good health, it also was a bitter reminder of the public health crisis India is facing. The government has put a figure to the mammoth medical staff shortage India is battling.  The new

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