Health Bulletin 14/October/2022

Here are the main health news of the day:

Microplastics found in human breast milk for the first time

Breast milk samples were collected from 34 healthy mothers one week after giving birth in Rome, Italy. For the first time, Microplastics have been detected in human breast milk, raising concern among researchers about potential health impacts on infants.

Reference:

Antonio Ragusa,1 Valentina Notarstefano et al, Raman Microspectroscopy Detection and Characterization of Microplastics in Human Breastmilk, journal of polymers, June 2022, doi- https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14132700

Medical claims cannot be denied solely because the hospital is not mentioned in the government order: HC

Reiterating observations made by the Supreme Court, the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh recently clarified that a government employee cannot be denied reimbursement solely on the grounds that he or she has undergone treatment alone in a specialist hospital that was not recognized or approved by the state at all or was not included in the government order.

With this, the HC Bench consisting of Judge Wasim Sadiq Nargal has provided relief to a former employee of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in Kupwara, Kashmir. Although the employee was admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu, he was later taken to Apollo Hospital and AIIMS, New Delhi.

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Medical claims can only be denied because the hospital is not mentioned in the government order: HC

MBBS subjects will now be taught in Hindi at MP medical colleges, doctors frown on government move

On October 16, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will launch the MBBS Grade One textbooks, which have been translated from English into Hindi, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. With this, three MBBS subjects – Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry – will be taught in Hindi to first-year MBBS students in all 13 government medical colleges in the state.

Shocked by the government’s decision, the Federation of Medical Associations of All India (FAIMA) said the move will set the country 50 years behind in the next 10 years.

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3 MBBS subjects will now be taught in Hindi in MP medical colleges, doctors disapprove of government decision

DCI issues guidelines to combat unleashed threat to dental schools, details

The Dental Council of India (DCI) has issued guidelines to reduce the threat of ragging in dental facilities.

DCI states that it is the responsibility of all institutions to ensure that no ragging occurs in their dental institution. The measures taken to curb it can be reviewed as the DCI Regulations on Combating the Threat of Ragging in Dental Schools, 2009.

In accordance with article 11.3 of the above regulations, the authorities/management (Trust, Companies, etc.) of the establishment, in particular the Head of establishment, are responsible for ensuring that no incident of robbery does not take place in the establishment. In the event of a shredding incident, management/leader must take prompt and appropriate action against the person(s) whose dereliction of duty led to the incident. In turn, the authority designated to appoint the leader will in turn take prompt and appropriate action against the leader.

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DCI issues guidelines to curb unleashed menace at dental colleges, details

MBBS and BDS Admission in Punjab: GMC Mohali does not offer EWS quota seats

The Punjab-based Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) has not reserved any places at the Government Medical College, Mohali for students belonging to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS).

Even though the University has reserved 50 of the total 600 MBBS seats in three government medical colleges in Amritsar, Patiala and Fairdkot, GMC Mohali remains an exception.

The reason why the University has taken such a decision is because the Medical Advisory Committee (MCC) and the National Medical Commission (NMC) have not yet inspected the college. Therefore, the EWS quota rule has not been made applicable for this institute.

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MBBS and BDS Admission in Punjab: GMC Mohali does not offer EWS quota seats

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