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India: New-age Signal to Save Lives...- AIIIMS


Bihar: A smartphone application could be your lifesaver in a medical emergency, with some help from a premier health hub. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Patna, has developed a cellphone application — Sankat Sanket — to help people in medical emergency. In an emergency, one would be able to use the app to send an SOS to the hospital and avail of the best medical help. Explaining the way in which the app would work, AIIMS, Patna director G.K. Singh said: “People would be able to download the app from the hospital website www.aiimspatna.org, where a link would be provided. One would be able to download t
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India: Airports Put on Alert for MERS Cases


NEW DELHI: India has increased surveillance at international airports and ports to prevent the entry of a deadly virus that has claimed 45 lives across the world so far. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was first reported in September 2012 in Saudi Arabia but has since spread to several countries including France, United Kingdom and Italy. The disease is related to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that claimed hundreds of lives in 2002-03, and its symptoms are similar to H1N1 or Swine flu. The health ministry said there has been no MERS case in
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India: Centre to Set up Rs.150-crore Hospital in Madurai


Madurai: Talks are on to set up a multi-specialty hospital in Madurai. With an outlay of about Rs.150 crore, the project will be a joint venture between the Central and State governments. The new healthcare institution, which is described as an "upgraded hospital", is likely to come up at Madurai Medical College Ground in the city. The project is expected to take off in two months and construction work will be completed in two years. Once the new facility is ready, it will function in tandem with the Trauma Care Centre of the GRH which is situated close by. The Joint Secretary had a meeting with the Heads of Departments of various specialtie
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India: Free Ambulance Service in all Districts by December, Pact Inked


Bhubaneswar: The state government on July 16 Tuesday signed an MoU with Ziqitza Health Care, a Mumbai-based private ambulance service provider, for expansion of the free emergency ambulance service to 15 more districts. As many as 140 more ambulances will run in these districts by December this year, taking the total in the state to 420, a government statement said. Health secretary P K Mohapatra and Ziqitza CEO Sweta Mangal inked the deal. In the first phase, the government in association with the same private group had launched the service from Khurda district on March 5 and extended it to Sundargarh, Sambalpur, An
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India: Free Treatment for Accident Victims from July 29


New Delhi: A pilot project of a scheme to provide cashless treatment for those injured in road accidents will be launched on the busy Delhi-Gurgaon-Jaipur national highway on July 29. The Centre selected the 225-km highway to launch the scheme as it is one of the most accident-prone stretches in the country, claiming about 250 lives annually. The government will expand the scheme to other highways based on the results of the pilot project, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Oscar Fernandes told Deccan Herald here on July 20 Saturday.The aim of the scheme is to provide medical help within 6 to 7 minutes of an accident which is con
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