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Kerala IMA to Plan to Tackle the Viral Diseases
21 March 2015
The New deadly Ebola Virus which is one of the recent spreading viral diease in Foreign Countries is of great concern for Kerala too. It has claimed over 4,000 lives worldwide, Indian Medical Association here is working on a training and awareness programme for its members on tackling outbreak of various viral diseases. The scientific session of the 57th state conference of IMA Kerala, scheduled to be held here from November 7 to 9, will discuss the matter and set a framework of the programme, IMA Kerala secretary A V Jayakrishnan said. Renowned virologist, Dr Robert Gallo will be leading the discussions in this regard during the annual conference, he said. “Our doctors may have only a vague picture about many new viral diseases as they do not have a first-hand knowledge about them. Infections like Ebola may have originated and spread in other parts of the globe. But, we can not dismiss chances of its outbreak anywhere,” he said.
Kerala to introduce Air Ambulance
25 March 2015
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the State Assembly that an Air Ambulance Service, connecting major Government and private hospitals, will be introduced by the Health Department soon.He said steps were being taken to introduce a permanent Air Ambulance Service to deal with emergency situations. The decision was taken after the state used an air ambulance for the first time to facilitate a heart transplantation on Friday evening last, he added.The donor’s heart was airlifted from here in a Navy’s Dornier aircraft to Kochi to transplant it on the recipient.Expressing the Government’s gratitude to the family of Neelakanta Sharma who donated the heart to Autorickshaw Driver Mathew Achadan in Kochi, the Chief Minister thanked all those who supported for making the heart transplantation successful. He said the successful heart transplantation making use of air ambulance for the first time in the state was a great achievement. The Chief Minster was speaking after a special mention in this regard by Speaker N Sakthan, who expressed his gratitude to the family of the organ donor, hoping that this would be a mile stone in the history of organ donation in the State
Swine flu claimed one more life in Kerala
21 March 2015
One more person succumbed to Swine flu in Kerla, The deceased has been identified as Sivanpillai (55) of Sooranad in Kollam. Earlier on Monday a Keralite homemaker, Geetha (42), also died of the same disease in Pune. Sivanpillai, who was undergoing treatment at Sasthamkottai and later Ezhukon ESI Hospital for fever and other uneasiness, was shifted to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital after his condition worsened. Tests conducted there confirmed the disease. But it is not clear as to how he contracted H1N1. The Health Department has intensified preventive actions in the area. Authorities have informed that there is no need for anxiety about the spread of the disease. The deceased is survived by wife Usha Kumari, daughter Sreeja and son-in-law Gopakumar. Earlier two people had died of H1N1 in Kasaragod district. The number of H1N1 deaths in the country has gone up to 875. Those afflicted with the disease number more than 15,000. The death toll is the worst in Rajasthan. So far 225 people have died there. Around 5,000 people have contracted the disease, which primarily affects the lungs.