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The Monsoon Diseases of India

New Delhi, Aug 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) During rainy season some want to enjoy watching the weather from the comfort of their homes eating their favourite ‘pakoras’ and sipping a hot cup of ‘chai’, while others want to go out and enjoy the rains. Though following a scorching summer the rain ushers in new lease of life, it sometimes brings with it some deadly diseases.

Following are the most common diseases, their symptoms and some suggestions to prevent them during the rainy season.



National Health Insurance in India: Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana - New Dimensions

New Delhi, Aug 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The ‘Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana’ for BPL families ( a unit of five)  in Unorganised Sector was launched on 1st October, 2007 and became operational from April 1, 2008.   Under the scheme, smart card based cashless health insurance cover of Rs. 30,000/- per annum on a family floater basis is provided to a BPL family in the organized sector.  The premium is shared on 75:25 basis by Centre and State Government. In case of States of North-East region and Jammu & Kashmir, the premium is shared in the ratio of 90:10.  The scheme provides for portability of smart card by the splitting the card value for migrant workers.



Apollo Hospitals Chennai & Hathazari Samiti Dhaka's Free Cardiac OPD Clinic in Bangladesh

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Dhaka, Aug 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Apollo Hospitals Chennai & HATHAZARI SAMITY DHAKA have announced their jointly organized Free Cardiac OPD Clinic at Dhaka ,On Saturday 20th August 2011 with World renowned Cardiac specialist of India Dr Dillip Kumar Mishra,M.S ; M.Ch (PGI) ; FICS (USA), Sr.Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Apollo Hospital,Chennai.



Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana extended to the Domestic Workers of India

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By Y. S. Kataria
Director (M & C), Press Information Bureau, New Delhi

New Delhi, India, July 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The Union Cabinet approved extension of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) to all the registered domestic workers in the country recently. The scheme is expected to cover approximately 47.50 lakh domestic workers in the country.

The Scheme envisages smart card based cashless health insurance cover up to Rs. 30,000/- in any empanelled hospital anywhere in the country. The funds will be allocated from the National Social Security Fund for Unorganised Workers. The premium will be shared by the Central and State Governments in the ratio of 75:25. In case of States in NE Regional and J&K the ratio is 90:10. The estimated expenditure to be borne by the  Government for the year 2011-12 is Rs. 29.70 crore, for 2012-13 is Rs. 74.25 crore, for 2013-14 is Rs. 148.50 crore and 2014-15 is Rs. 297 crore.

Domestic work forms one of the largest sectors of female employment in the urban areas. Domestic workers are unorganized and the sector remains unregulated and unprotected by labour laws. These workers come from vulnerable communities and backward areas. Most of these are poor, vulnerable, illiterate, unskilled and do not understand the urban labour market.

The RSBY provides for smart card based cashless health insurance cover of Rs.30,000/- per annum to BPL workers (a unit of five) in unorganised sector is presently being implemented in 25 States / UTs. The scheme has since been extended to building and other construction workers registered with Welfare Boards constituted under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act 1996, street vendors, beedi workers and such MNREGA workers who have worked for more than 15 days during the preceding year.



Uma Thurman’s brother, who acted in dozens of films, is yoga teacher & healer now

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Reno, Nevada, June 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Dechen Thurman, a Hollywood actor and younger brother of Oscar nominated Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction), is a yoga teacher and healer now.

Dechen, 38, a Harvard graduate who acted in over two-dozen movies including “This Is Not an Exit”, is reportedly teaching yoga in Germany and at an “intensive retreat” in Italy in July; besides Wanderlust Yoga Festival, New York Yoga Journal Conference, and the Yoga Conference Germany. Last summer he taught open-air yoga classes at Berlin Yoga Festival to few hundred yogis.



Drug Demand Reduction as Preventive Policy in India

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New Delhi, Junw 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) Over the years, drug addiction has become an area of concern as traditional moorings, effective social taboos, emphasis on self-restraint and pervasive control and discipline of the joint family and community are eroding.

The processes of industrialization, urbanization and migration have led to loosening of the traditional methods of social control rendering an individual vulnerable to the stresses and strains of modern life. The fast changing social milieu, among other factors, is mainly contributing to the proliferation of drug abuse, both of traditional and of new psychoactive substances.



Initiatives in India to help say No to Drugs

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New Delhi, June 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) Every Year 26th of June is observed as an “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”.

The Government recognizes Drug abuse as a psycho-socio-medical problem, which can be best handled by adoption of a family/community-based approach by active involvement of NGOs/Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and has been taking several initiatives to help say no to drugs.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, as the nodal ministry for drug demand reduction, coordinates and monitors all aspects of drug abuse prevention which include assessment of the extent of the problem, preventive action, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts, dissemination of information and public education. The Ministry provides community-based services for the identification, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts through voluntary organizations.



More Blood More Life: The National Blood Policy of India

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By ABHINAY KUMAR SHARMA
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (DOC & PUB), UTTARAKHAND STATE AIDS CONTROL SOCIETY, NACO, GOVT. Of INDIA

New Delhi, June 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies initiated World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) in 2004. It takes place on June 14 each year and provides an opportunity for a united, national and global celebration on a day that has particular significance-the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize winner who discovered the ABO blood group system.The theme for World Blood Donor Day 2011 is, “More blood. More life.” This theme reinforces the urgent need for more people all over the world to become lifesavers by volunteering to donate blood regularly. The Global Network for Blood Donation, a Rotarian Action Group (GNBD), liaises with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (IFBDO/FIODS) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), which jointly are sponsoring the WBDD.



Donation of Blood is a Sign of Kindness: World Blood Donor Day in India

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By Tarit Mukherjee

Every year India requires 40 million units of 250cc blood out of which only a meager 500,000 of blood units are available. Saving a life does not require heroic deeds.

New Delhi, India, June 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) "More blood, more life" is this year's theme of the World Blood Donor Day, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO).  Every two seconds someone needs blood. Our blood helps more than one life at a time. Accident victims, premature babies, patients undergoing major surgeries require whole blood, where blood after testing is used directly. Patients suffering from trauma, anemia, and other surgeries require only red blood cells, which is separated from our blood. The procedure of splitting blood components is called Cytapheresis. Similarly blood platelets are used for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or for those undergoing treatment for dengue fever etc. Fresh frozen plasma is used for patients having massive transfusions, plasma is used for burns and cryoprecipitate is used for hemophilia.

Blood is needed at regular intervals and at all times as it has only finite time of storage. Red blood cells can be stored for about 42 days, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate for 365 days and blood platelets for 5 days.



India Third-Largest Market of the Deadliest Killer in the World - Tobacco

New Delhi, May 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Tobacco products are made entirely or partly of leaf tobacco as raw material, which are intended to be smoked, sucked, chewed or snuffed. All contains the highly addictive psychoactive ingredient, nicotine.

Tobacco was introduced into India by Portuguese traders during AD 1600. Its use and production proliferated to such a great extent that today India is the second largest producer of tobacco in the world. Soon after its introduction, it became a valuable commodity of barter trade in India. Trade expanded and tobacco spread rapidly along the Portuguese trade routes in the East, via Africa to India, Malaysia, Japan and China. During this period, the habit of smoking spread across several South Asian countries. Virtually every household in the Portuguese colonies took up the newly introduced habits of smoking and chewing tobacco.



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