Dengue cases on rise, tally reaches 55 in Delhi, NCR

The number of dengue cases in the national capital and its adjoining areas has climbed to 55, civic officials said on Thursday.

Dengue cases on rise, tally reaches 55 in Delhi, NCR

According to figures from the municipal corporations, 48 cases of dengue have been reported from the capital. The remaining seven cases are from the adjoining areas in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana as of  13 Sep tember. Similarly, 41 cases of malaria have been recorded in the national capital
this year.

The civic bodies have taken various measures to control dengue in the city. ‘People are being challaned for mosquito breeding. They are penalised by charging a maximum fine of Rs. 500’, said a civic officer.

Source: millenum post

National Cancer Institute to be set up in Haryana

National-Cancer-Institute222The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved setting up of a Rs 2000-crore National Cancer Institute (NCI), which will be housed in an upcoming campus of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Jhajjar, Haryana.

To be completed by 2018, the NCI seeks to plug the gap in offering cancer treatment facilities in the public sector including specialised tertiary care.

Cancer has emerged as a major public health concern in India, where every year 11 lakhs new cases are diagnosed with a mortality of 5.5 lakhs per year.

In 2013, an estimated 10,86,783 new cancer cases were reported and the numbers are slated to rise to 1148692 in 2015 — a jump of over 5.5 per cent in two years. Tobacco remains the most prominent disease causing factor.

The data, collated by the Indian Council of Medical Research, however, is not exhaustive as it does not have inputs from 25 regional cancer centres and populous states like Bihar and Utttar Pradesh.

Males have higher occurrence of cancers of lung, mouth, oesophagus and stomach. Cancers of tongue, rectum, liver, lung, prostate, brain, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a type of leukaemia have shown statistically significant increase. Cancers of uterine cervix and gall bladder too is fairly common.

But cancer treatment facilities in India are inadequate, compared to the World Health Organisation norms that requires one radiotherapy machine per million population. India currently has 0.41 machines per million population.

The Rs 2,035 crore institute will operate on the lines of National Cancer Institute, USA and DKFZ, Germany as a nodal center for indigenous research as well as preventive and curative aspects of cancer care.

In addition, the institute aims to conduct research on cancers that are more specific to India such as tobacco related cancers, cancer of the uterine cervix, gall bladder cancer and liver cancers.

The focus will be on understanding, analysing the cause and genesis of the above cancers.
The NCI will have 710 beds for different facilities like surgical oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, anaesthesia and palliative care and nuclear medicine.

It will have a tissue repository which is the first of its kind in India, according to a press statement issued at the end of the Cabinet meeting.

Besides the cancer institute, the second campus of AIIMS will also have a National Centre for Heart Diseases along with a full fledged hospital for which the Haryana government had provided 300 acres of land.

Source: Deccan herald

Dengue cases in New Delhi reach 5,462

The number of dengue cases in the capital has reached 5,462, a municipal health officer said Monday.

Though the number reported every week has reduced, the cases are still being witnessed in different parts of the city.

Most cases have been reported from the north zone (2,167), followed by south (1,642) and east (1,508) zones.

An additional 69 cases have been reported from the National Capital Region, including parts of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

Having surpassed the 2012 figure, the number of cases this year is nearing the 2010 figure (6,229).

Source: New Indian Express