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DEN-2 variant takes centre stage as U.P. records over 6k dengue cases

There are four strains of dengue (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4), and among them, DEN-2 is known to infect people the fastest.

This year, approximately 7,000 people have tested positive for dengue in the state, with seven fatalities. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 06:36 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Registered with CITES, rescued exotic animals to stay at Lucknow Zoo

CITES aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of the species.

Animals after the rescue operation. (Picture courtesy forest department)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 01:23 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

AYUSHMAN BHARAT SCHEME: Bogus bills and fake admissions, Uttar Pradesh private hospitals inject fraud, get caught

Some private hospitals in Uttar Pradesh are raising bogus inflated bills under the Ayushman Bharat scheme to make easy money, according to reports. In one instance, a diarrhoea patient admitted to a general ward was shifted to intensive care, his photo was taken, and he was then moved back to the general ward. The hospital could earn more money through the scheme by raising ICU bills instead of general ward bills. So far, 369 private hospitals have been de-empanelled from the scheme due to fraudulent acts. The government is implementing new methods to catch fraudsters.

While U.P. government is focusing on increasing the number of hospitals where patients can get treatment under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, it seems select private hospitals are getting newer ideas for fraud. (FOR REPRESENTATION)
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 12:21 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

To plug shortage, UP govt recruits 749 more doctors via walk-in interviews

Currently, the state has over 6,000 vacant posts of doctors at hospitals and health facilities in different districts; a total of 4,322 MBBS and 767 specialist doctors took the interview

The postings of these doctors were planned on the basis of patient load at health facilities. (Pic for representation)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 10:02 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

U.P. plans biggest increase in PG medical seats from 2024 session

Focus will be on KGMU and SGPGIMS in Lucknow, GIMS in Greater Noida and GSVM Medical College in Kanpur

The key specialities focused this year include obstetrics, gynaecology, otolaryngology, orthopaedic surgery etc. (For Representation)
Updated on Sep 14, 2023 09:50 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Nothing comes easy in life: Mary Kom at 20th annual conference of Indian Arthroscopy Association in Lucknow

Mary Kom says boxing made her learn a lot of things and that enabled her to earn medals and everything in life.

MC Mary Kom at an event in Lucknow on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 08:03 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Holistic Health: Ayush dept to open naturopathy centres in U.P, 1st one to come up in Varanasi

The minister explained, “We possess available land in the Pandeypur area, which is why we have chosen this site for our inaugural centre. We have plans to establish centres in other districts as well.”

This initiative is a part of broader efforts to offer state residents a choice within the realm of traditional medical systems. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 15, 2023 12:05 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Online registration in hosp: Queueing still not ruled out

The online registration for government hospitals has made the process easy and quick. But it has not eliminated any of the two queues a patient has to go through before meeting a doctor.

Patients who registered online wait at a counter for OPD slips, (HT)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 12:32 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

KGMU trauma centre plans new block with 500 beds

King George's Medical University trauma center in India plans to double its patient capacity by adding a new block with 500 beds. The current trauma center has about 400 beds and receives patients not only from Lucknow but also from other districts and even Nepal. The expansion aims to alleviate the pressure on the center and ensure that all patients receive timely treatment.

The area where the new block will come up at trauma centre, KGMU. (HT photo)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 01:19 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

U.P. records 18% rise in tiger count since 2018; Dudhwa ranked 4th

The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh has been ranked fourth among tiger reserves in India, with a tiger population of 135. The total tiger population in Uttar Pradesh has increased by 18.49% in four years, reaching 205 in 2022. Pilibhit tiger reserve has also received the CA TS certificate for tiger conservation.

For representation only (HT FIle Photo)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 12:14 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Govt doctors in Uttar Pradesh may soon be allowed to work till 65 years

The proposal aims to address the shortage of doctors in the state, where there are currently 14,000 doctors working across 19,000 sanctioned posts.

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 09:43 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Govt to ensure more HIV-infected people get meds from ART centres

As per May 2023 data, 1,08,155 people with HIV infection are getting medicine from ART centres in U.P. out of the 1.93 lakh people infected with the virus.

The number of deaths among such patients is between 3,600 and 4,200 annually in Uttar Pradesh. (Representational pic)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 01:05 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Five hospitals in Uttar Pradesh get licence for heart transplant

The hospitals with licence for heart transplant have the required infrastructure and manpower. SGPGI is also working on providing heart transplant surgery to patients, says SOTTO officer

Roughly, at least 250 people in UP need heart transplant in a year, said a doctor. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Jul 22, 2023 12:13 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

U.P. recording steady rise in HIV +ve cases; officials say spike due to increased testing

According to the latest (May 2023) data, 1,08,155 people infected with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) are getting medicines from Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centres in the state.

For representation only (HT File)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 07:16 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

In a first in U.P, lioness gives birth to litter of five; two cubs survive

A lioness at Etawah Safari Park in Uttar Pradesh, India, has given birth to five cubs, but only two survived. This is the first reported case of five cubs being born in the state. The cause of death for the three stillborn or shortly after birth cubs is unknown, and an expert panel has performed a postmortem examination. The surviving cubs are in an ICU unit and their health is improving. The incident is being examined for any lapses in standard operating procedure.

Lioness Sona’s one of two cubs that survived (Sourced)
Updated on Jul 12, 2023 10:39 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

BERA TEST: No one to listen to those who can’t listen

The centre in Chandauli district is referring seven to 10 patients a month – on an average – to the Banaras Hindu University for a BERA test.

In Sitapur, the audiologist is working without a soundproof room to assess patients who are referred from the department of otolaryngology (ENT). (HT FILE)
Updated on Jul 09, 2023 05:51 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Solar fencing: U.P. tiger reserves to be walled to cut man-animal conflict

The solar fence of appropriate height will deliver a ‘very light shock’ to the animal trying to cross over and aims to keep wild animals and humans separated.

For representation only (HT FIle Photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 06:51 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Rare Jerdon’s Babbler spotted in Uttar Pradesh after 14 years

The birds were spotted near Dhanara Ghat in the Bailaha Village and Madraiyya Machaan a tourist spot in DTR.

Rare Jerdon’s Babbler clicked in the buffer zone of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR). (SOURCED)
Updated on Jun 26, 2023 12:19 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Lure of lucre makes doctors ditch govt jobs in U.P.

39% of candidates selected for assistant professor positions in state-run medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh did not join duties, citing better pay and location of work in the private sector. The cancelled appointments will be re-advertised and appointments are expected to take over two months to complete. The state's medical education department is working to start one medical college in every district, with 63 already in operation and a further 16 planned on a PPP basis.

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2023 08:38 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

U.P. seeks radio collar details of 2 cheetahs who strayed out of Kuno

Cheetahs, who were said to be moving towards Uttar Pradesh’s Lalitpur, were reportedly returning to the terrains of Madhya Pradesh

Officials also said U.P. doesn’t have a cheetah-friendly terrain as the animal needs large grassland to prey and the place they’re heading to has a forest. (File)
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 12:45 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Red alert in Dudhwa after U’khand shares intel on poaching activities

Forest staff of the two states are now conducting joint operations to nab any poacher/unwanted person in the forest area.

The Dudhwa National Park was declared as a tiger reserve in 1987. (Representational photo)
Updated on Jun 12, 2023 04:58 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Pharmaceutical counterfeiting: Uttar Pradesh being used as transit point for spurious drugs

Counterfeit or misbranded drugs worth ₹67.60 crore seized from across Uttar Pradesh in last three years, according to FSDA data

Of the 24 samples seized in Varanasi in the last week of April , 21 failed their lab tests (PICTURE FOR REPRESENTATION ONLY)
Updated on May 19, 2023 11:26 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

UP plans to relax rules for re-employed govt doctors

This is in wake of vacant positions in some districts and requirement of doctors in others. It will also ease the burden on OPDs across all government hospitals in UP

The current strength of doctors in the government sector in Uttar Pradesh is over 14,000 against the 19,000 sanctioned posts. (Pic for representation)
Updated on May 18, 2023 07:24 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

No more breaking rules at hosps with CCTV cameras as taskmaster

All 167 district hospitals getting cameras to ensure no dereliction of duty by staff, and reduce instances of tussle between patients/attendants and employees, says DG- Medical Health

Each hospital will have 16 strategically located closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, whose monitoring will be done by a dedicated team at the state health directorate headquarters. (For representation)
Updated on May 16, 2023 12:25 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Ganga Praharis out to save Indian Skimmer eggs in Haidergarh town of UP’s Barabanki

These villagers are being trained to become Ganga Praharis, who will learn to identify and protect Indian Skimmer eggs.

Training of local people underway to identify skimmer nesting spots. (Sourced pic)
Updated on May 15, 2023 11:03 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

Ayurveda, Homeopathy students to soon be taught human anatomy using cadavers

Medical students in Ayush colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be able to study human anatomy using cadavers, following recommended amendments to the Uttar Pradesh Anatomy Act of 1956. The changes will have to be approved by the state government and will necessitate the provision of dedicated storage space for cadavers. The move is designed to equip Ayush students with knowledge they need to treat patients effectively, according to Dr Arvind K Verma, director of Homeopathy in Uttar Pradesh.

For representation only (HT Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2023 09:28 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

MBBS graduates left in lurch as 3 U.P. med colleges lack recognition

The three medical colleges from which these students pursued their MBBS course include -- Government Allopathic Medical College in Banda, Government Medical College and Super Speciality Hospital in Azamgarh, and Government Medical College in Saharanpur.

Collectively, these three colleges -- all state-run -- have 300 MBBS seats. (Representational photo)
Updated on May 10, 2023 08:06 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Govt to tie-up with pvt centres to reduce waiting period for ultrasound at public hosps

According to the data, Uttar Pradesh has 167 district-level hospitals, 873 community health centres, 2,934 primary health centres, 593 urban primary health centres, 18,580 health posts where over 1.5 lakh patients are seen by doctors every day and many of them are prescribed ultrasound.

At hospitals, where ultrasound facility is available, the scheme will reduce waiting list. (Representational photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 05:53 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal

Dial 108 in U.P, call ambulance to pvt hospital to shift to govt one

Many patients need to shift from a private hospital to a government one, often when the patient’s family runs out of money during treatment at a private facility

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2023 12:10 AM IST
ByGaurav Saigal, Lucknow

U.P’s first skin bank for burn injury patients to open at KGMU soon

In deep burn injuries, covering the wound with a skin graft becomes significant as it allows the wound to heal faster. Therefore, the bank is coming up in about 1,500 sq feet in area.

A skin bank is a place where skin from a donor, mostly people who wish to donate organs after death, is harvested and preserved. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2023 10:04 PM IST
ByGaurav Saigal
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