New Delhi,17/04/19:World Health Organization WHO has also established that even essential drugs in India with lowest printed Maximum-Retail-Price MRP are exorbitantly priced over manufacturing-cost followed by abnormally high trade-margin between ex-factory price and MRP.
National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority NPPA is considering capping of profit-margins of 73 more drugs but leaving out many more again. It is beyond understanding why and how NPPA does not have a profit-formula uniformly for all drugs at a time when even generic medicines considered to be a cheaper version of respective branded medicines have exorbitant trade-margins of several hundred percent. Competition Commission of India CCI and Central Information Commission CIC have taken cognizance of serious issue. There are many medicines where different drug-manufacturers take undue advantage of their brand-popularity with prices of same medicine differing several times according to brand-popularity thus establishing extra-ordinary high profit-margins of even drug-manufacturers.
NPPA should fix maximum profit and trade margins over manufacturing cost for all medicines rather than differentiating by having various categories of medicines where price-regulation is applicable only for some limited drugs. Price-revision of any medicines must be allowed only once in a year say on First January only unless approved as special case by NPPA. Gimmick packaging other than in units of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 gms, mltrs or units must not be allowed unless approved by NPPA for dose-wise administration. Rule should be to emboss or print name of medicine in a manner that name is there on every capsule or tablet thus ruling out possibility of wastage of drug in case name-portion of strip is consumed.
To spread awareness on health ”Walk for Health” was organized
Talcher,07/04/19:World Health Day was observed at NTPC Kanha today i.e April 7,2019. The event was organised by NTPC Hospital,Kaniha.This day dedicated to spreading awareness about equal healthcare facilities worldwide, the importance of health and wellness.This year theme of World Health Day 2019 is ‘Universal health coverage”,
On the occasion “ Walk for Health’ was held which was flagged off by Shri Ramesh Babu V ,Group General Manager in presence Smt Vani V ,President ,Tanvi Sangam ,Shri R K Mishra , CMO ,NTPC Kaniha, senior officials ,employees ,members of Tanvi Sangam Ladies club, ,hospital staff & CI SF personnel.
The walk was organized from Hospital campus to PTS market which included the township area. The walk was attended in large numbers which included employees , members of Tanvi Sangam Ladies club, hospital staff, CISF personnel & school children.
To mark the occasion, an oath was taken by all participants to take of their health through regular exercise and yoga.
Berhampur,24/03/19:Metabolic Conclave 2019 was organized recently by Global Cardio Diabetes Academy at Dubai, UAE. This year’s theme was Update on Thyroid Disorders. Dr Sunil Kumar Kota, consultant endocrinologist from Diabetes and Endocare clinic, Berhampur was invited to deliver on Management of Hyperthyroidism in Pregnancy. Around 1 in 2000 pregnant ladies suffer from hyperthyroidism (excess thyroid hormone levels in blood). This condition presents with weight loss, trembling of hands, heat intolerance, excessive sweating, palpitation and bulging red eyes. If not treated adequately it can give rise to complications like miscarriage, hypertension, heart failure, fetal growth restriction, preterm delivery and increased perinatal mortality. Mostly medicines are used to control it, with some severe cases requiring surgery in 2nd trimester. Dr Kota explained to the audience about usage pattern, side effects and monitoring of patients.
About 40 expert endocrinologists from various parts of globe were invited as speakers and panellists. Around 250 doctors from south Asia and Middle East participated in this 2 daylong conference. Dr Kota was the only speaker from Odisha and was one among 4 doctors from India, to be invited to this coveted event, for which he received accolades from his colleagues, various organizations and general public.
Kaliapani; Dtd 7.03.2019. Today Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation the CSR wing of IMFA organised a General Health Camp at a remote tribal area Natoor Village Upper Primary School in Chingudipal Gram Panchayat of Sukinda Block for the general public. Total 216 patients like women, children, old people and other villagers were treated by the doctors, paramedical staffs and free medicines are distributed.
Lalita Mohanta- Samiti Sabhya- Chingudipal GP, Bhagwati Mohanta- advisor:SRCKMS and Ramakanta Muduli IIC- Kaliapani Police station inaugurated the camp in presence of School Head Master, School Management Committee members and local leaders/villagers.
The health camp was organised by BIPF the CSR wing of IMFA with Dr. Jaydeb Nanda-Chief Medical Officer, Sukinda CHC, Ayurveda Dr. Madan Gopal Sahoo- Kuhika PHC, Mr. Mahendra Mohanty Malaria technician- Sukinda CHC,Imfa in-house Dr.Sabyasachi Mohapatra and Dhaneswar Behera, Pharmacist, Bansidhar Mohanty- Laboratory technician along with local Anganwadi Didi and Asha Didi etc.
Total 216 patients like women, children, old people and other villagers were treated by the doctors and free medicines are distributed. Blood test done for suspected malaria with 16 no patients .
Natoor Village volunteers and school management committee have helped in the camp. The entire camp was successfully organized by BIPF and Public Relation department of IMFA. The officials from IMFA Jagan Mohan Mallick, Milan Ranjan Kar, Sandeep Mishra,Ansuman Mohapatra, Pankaj Malla, Hiryana Nayak from IMFA and Sukanta Upadhyaya, Deepak Mohanty, Purna Mahanta, Hemalata Mahanta from BIPF have organized the successful functioning of the camp. IMFA Branch Committee workers union members like Deepak Maharana- BUNU,Bharat Rout, Subrat Jena, Jay Prasad Sahoo-Dilu have also cooperated in the camp.
The health camp by IMFA/ BIPF was well appreciated by the local people.
Kolkata,01/03/19:Ahead of World Hearing Day, experts have urged everyone to get themselves checked to prevent unsafe listening practices, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimating a rising trend of hearing impairment across the globe.
“Earlobes have two important functions – localisation of sound and reflecting the unwanted sound. Using earphones, one bypasses them. We think we are hearing very well, but today’s earphone users are going to be tomorrow’s hearing aid users,” said Sudipta Chandra, ENT, head and neck cancer specialist.
However, there is no significant study that can provide a fixed duration of hours of earphone usage that is safe. Using headphone and portable speakers are fine if the volume is below 85 decibels.
As per a WHO estimate, there were 466 million persons in the world with hearing loss in 2018 and the figure is likely to increase to 630 million by 2030. Also, 1.1 billion young people are at risk due to unsafe listening practices.
“This year’s theme of World Hearing Day is ‘check your hearing’. People should act immediately as loss of hearing is preventable, curable and treatable,” another ENT specialst M.N. Bhattacharya said on Thursday.
He explained that getting an early screening can prevent hearing loss.
By curable, Bhattacharya meant that the person can hear normally after a small operation or through medication. The problem can also be treated using a hearing aid.
New Delhi,19/02/19:It is observed that many entitled persons claim extra-ordinary medical reimbursements from central and state governments, autonomous bodies and public-sector-undertakings. Many such entitled persons even get foreign-treatments at public-expenses.
System should be replaced by Mediclaim-policies for families of entitled ones at public-expense. Provision can also be made for priority treatment of entitled ones in government-hospitals and dispensaries with free medicines and medical investigations. It is highly senseless and nuisance that some privileged ones are even entitled for treatment in foreign countries.
Since Supreme Court dismissed CIC-verdict for disclosing medical-reimbursement amounts of judges, such details for other entitled ones can also be denied citing Supreme Court dismissal of the said CIC-verdict. Legislation should be amended so that amounts of medical-reimbursement paid at public-expenses may be compulsorily put of websites of respective public-authorities.
Berhampur,15/02/19:Around 20-30% patients subjected to any surgery have high blood sugars. In fact approximately 80% cardiac surgery patients have high blood sugars. Diabetes in patients undergoing surgery suppresses immunity, increases wound infection with reduced healing, augments blood coagulability and increases duration of hospital stay. So proper antidiabetic therapy with achievement of normal blood sugars is mandatory before posting any patient for surgery.
To discuss more on this very important topic, Silk city surgeons club in association with post graduate department of General Surgery, MKCG Medical College, Berhampur today has organised a seminar at Christian Hospital premises. Dr Minal Nanda, Chief surgeon, Christian Hospital presided over the meet, where Dr Sunil Kumar Kota, Consultant Endocrinologist, Diabetes & Endocare Clinic, Berhampur was invited as the chief speaker. Dr Siba Prasad Pattanaik, Associate Professor, Dept of Surgery, MKCG Medical College gave a brief introductory overview of the topic and the speaker following which Dr Sunil Kota made a detailed presentation on “Peri operative control of high blood sugars”.
Dr Kota laid emphasis on the methods of blood sugar control during pre operative, intraoperative and post operative period. Patients being subjected to minor surgery and good blood sugar control can be managed with oral drugs alone with occasional need of insulin. But patients posted for major surgery and those with high blood sugars should be managed with insulin. Dr Kota explained the audience about the methods of insulin dose calculation and frequent blood sugar monitoring followed by insulin dose adjustment. Many of the cases can be managed with subcutaneous insulin (insulin injected beneath skin), where as some cases may require intravenous insulin for rapid blood sugar control with more frequent blood sugar monitoring.
Around 80 doctors from Dept of Surgery, MKCG Medical College, Berhampur and other hospitals of Berhampur participated. At the end, a question and answer session ensued followed by felicitation of Dr Sunil Kumar Kota by Prof Raja Rao, Retired Head, Surgery, MKCG Medical College, Berhampur. Lastly Dr Ambuja Satapathy expressed vote of thanks.
Roruekela,08/02/19:One of the research scholar of NIT, Rourkela, Moumita Sahoo, Bhaskar Das, Archana Sundarary and physician Sanghamitra Satpathi have worked on the project with Professor. Jayabalan. They researched a cocktail of green tea, soy protein and bacteria extracted from cure may help combat high blood pressure and cholesterol. The curd bacteria can reduce cholesterol levels and suppress a key enzyme that drives blood pressure. But they are yet to validate the finding through animal studies. Prof. Rasu Jayabalan of Life Science department of NITR said we are trying to identify the most promising among probiotics or health friendly bacteria which could substitute for statins. Usually probitotics are naturally occurring microorganism such as certain gut bacteria including Lactobacillus acidophilus, long known to have beneficial effects on the digestive system. Medical researcher across the globe have also been exploring probiotics role in fortifying the immune system, fighting and correcting the adverse effects antibiotics. This team has decided to create a single ‘Nutritional packed functional food’ that would combine the benefits from probiotics curd and anti-oxidants from green tea and protein subunits from soy. Their findings have been published in journal, Food Chemistry. The researchers from NIT have also shown that the soy fortified green tea curd serve an effective carrier to probiotics in sufficient amounts and stored at 4 degree Celsius. But on 21st day, their studies show , there was a six fold drop in the probiotic content of the product. Hence, Jayabalan’s team is all hopeful that natural products along with healthy balance diet will eliminate or at least reduce the need for medical therapy.