Assistant Editor of Hindustan Times, Kolkata. I have spent more than 20 years covering different areas like health, environment, transport, state secretariat and police in Bengal
Articles by Subhendu Maiti
The swine flu toll in the state rose to eight on Saturday after one more death in the city. A two-and-a-half-year-old baby, Anwesha Pramanik, from Joynagar in South 24-Parganas succumbed to the H1N1 virus at BC Roy Memorial Hospital for Children here. Anwesha is the third child to die of swine flu in the state this year.
If Bengal chief minister cosies up with Dhaka can hilsa be far behind? Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been flooded with requests from numerous fish importers’, traders’ and market committees across the state to persuade Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to lift the ban on hilsa exports to India that Dhaka imposed in July 2012.
Two swine flu cases were reported in the city on Monday. Both the patients are women. The condition of one, who recently visited Mumbai, is critical. They have been admitted to two private hospitals in the southern and eastern parts of the city.
Every drug shop owner across the state will have to fill up a form recording details of tuberculosis (TB) patients and the concerned doctors’ names while selling medicines to treat the disease. The health department led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee has issued an order asking owners and retailers of medicine shops to following the directive.
The future of the ESI-Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Joka hangs in balance after the Mamata Banerjee government rejected the Union labour ministry’s offer to take over the administrative and academic operations as well as maintenance of the teaching hospital.
The rat poison-laced drugs that recently killed 15 women in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, have shone a spotlight on the pathetic state of public healthcare across India.
Updated on Nov 30, 2014 03:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByEjaz Kaiser, Ruchir Kumar and Subhendu Maiti
Ships from Pakistan, especially those carrying cargo and fishing boats are under the radar of security agencies, as central agencies rang alarm bells recently of a possible terror threat.
Updated on Nov 05, 2014 11:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySubhendu Maiti and Soumen Dutta, Kolkata
Bengal's first Ebola suspect, 25-year old Aleek Das, was admitted to Raiganj district hospital on Sunday with symptoms high fever, muscle pain and vomiting.
The beleagured jute industry in Bengal suffered another setback on Friday with Punjab, the highest consumer of jute bags – gunny bags in mill parlance – deciding not to buy about two lakh bales, or about 4% of Bengal’s annual produce.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has scrapped an astonishing 32% of MBBS seats nationwide in its attempt to safeguard the quality of medical education. As a result, competition for the seats left will now be more cut-throat than ever before.
German multinational giant Siemens has told West Bengal government it was pulling out of the state’s largest under-construction transport infrastructure project because of delays.
Until 7.55am on Friday, Suchitra Sen was conscious and responding to treatment, and then suddenly had sharp dip in her heartbeat. Sadly, the actress passed away before her daughter could reach.
Doctors at Kolkata’s Belle Vue Clinic, where legendary actor Suchitra Sen was admitted three weeks ago, told HT there was little chance of improvement if the current line of treatment continued.
A recent WHO report said pulse polio immunisation-awareness programmes are yet to gain momentum in Howrah and South 24 Parganas district, where about 2,000 polio booths are set up during each vaccination round to immunise children. Edit: Standing tall against polio | Fighting polio was toughest in Bihar, UP
The foetus removed from the victim during autopsy is in danger of decomposition and may not yield DNA for forensic purposes given the way the police have stored it- in the store room of Airport Police Station in Kolkata.
The Mamata Banerjee government has decided to launch a training course for male nurses for the first time in the state.
The infighting in the ruling Trinamool Congress has come to the fore yet again. This time in the race for key posts in the Medical Council of India, the sole apex body regulating medical institutes across the country.
The sole state-run stem cell therapy unit at the School of Tropical Medicine (STM), the country’s oldest institute for treatment of tropical diseases, has come under the scanner of the Union government owing to the inadequate infrastructure required for the therapy.
NRI buyers will stage a demonstration at the gate of the Kolkata West International City, India's biggest township project in Howrah demanding the immediate completion and handover of their apartments.
Alarmed by the suspension of the young IAS officer, Durga Shakti Nagpal, by the UP government, bureaucrats in Bengal have urged the Centre to provide adequate safeguards for All India Administrative Services officers.
The state transport department is likely to waive toll tax for state transport corporations’ buses and other government vehicles that will ply between Kolkata and Howrah town using Vidyasagar Setu.
West Bengal health department will have a meeting with officials of fair-price medicine shops (FPMS) and government hospitals on August 23 to discuss the quality and the standard of medicines sold in these shops.
At a time when Emami is planning to set up a 500-bed multi-specialty hospital under the AMRI brand in Rajarhat, the company is still grappling to get nod for reopening its Dhakuria unit.
The dream team in eye surgeries will operate on 100 patients free of cost inside a flying hospital, which will land at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport on September 9. The aircraft will be in the city for 15 days.
The value of land and flats along the Kona Expressway, Andul Road, GT Road and Shibpur will go up with the shifting of 28 departments, including the chief minister’s office, to Mandirtala’s HRBC Building in Howrah from Writers’ Buildings, feel ministers, city planners and developers.
A cardiologist has been sent to a hospital which doesn’t have a unit he specialises in.
West Bengal may withhold licences if nursing homes do not form panel of doctors for quick declaration of brain-dead cases.
The West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) is planning to bring a legislation in order to make the process of renewing registrations mandatory for doctors.
There is a shortage of about 2,000 docs, including 500 teachers, in state-run institutions.
For the first time in Kolkata, a 36-year-old woman was recently diagnosed with Kikuchi disease, a very rare acute disorder of lymph nodes that is usually seen among younger women.