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Third dengue death in Delhi, total cases 863

The national capital (Delhi) on Monday recorded its third dengue death this season even as 63 more patients tested positive for the vector-borne disease, taking the total number of cases to 863.
Even as dengue cases are on the upswing, MCD mosquito breeding checkers, who work on contract, observed a token strike and threatened to go on an indefinite cease work from September 6 demanding regularisation of their jobs.
Among the total 863 cases so far, 737 have been reported from MCD areas, 93 from NDMC areas and the rest were from other parts of the city and outstation cases.

The highest number of 12 cases have come from MCD West Zone followed by South Zone (11).

According to statistics released by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the number of cases till this time in 2009 were only four. The figure was 75 and 21 in the same periods in 2008 and 2007 respectively.

Authorities are more worried about the spread of dengue as the city will host the Games in October, a month which generally see…

Is poverty in India linked to shame?

A major international study will be conducted in eight countries, including India, to examine whether shame is a key part of the experience of being poor.

The half-a-million-pound study, led by Professor Robert Walker from Oxford University, will look at whether being poor necessarily results in low self esteem or feelings of shame and whether welfare policies are counterproductive when claimants are stigmatised.

The research, spanning eight countries, aims to improve our understanding of the impact of poverty to establish whether anti-poverty measures could be applied more effectively.

A team of a dozen researchers will conduct-depth interviews with children and their parents about how being poor affects the way they feel about themselves and the way they are regarded by their own community.

They will interview families in UK, Norway, China, India, Pakistan, Uganda, South Korea and Germany.

As well as comparing experiences across countries, the study will include differences between rural…

Poverty is now linked to depression in mothers

More than half of babies born in poor families are raised by mothers suffering from depression, potentially creating problems in grooming of their children, say US researchers.

One in nine infants in poverty had a mother with severe depression and such mothers typically breastfed their children for shorter periods than other poor mothers, The Washington Post reported citing researchers at the Urban Institute, a US-based think tank.

"A mom who is too sad to get up in the morning won't be able to take care of all of her child's practical needs," said researcher Olivia Golden, who co-authored the paper with his two colleagues at the institute.

"If she is not able to take joy in her child, talk baby talk, play with the child - those are features of parenting that brain development research has told us contribute to babies' and toddlers' successful development."

The report suggests that even severe depression goes largely untreated among low-income mothers o…

'8 in 10 Indians unaware of high child mortality rate'

Despite India reporting the highest child mortality rate in the world, eight out of 10 people do not know that 1.83 million children under five die every year in India, says a survey.

The Global Movement for Children, a coalition of organisations, conducted a month-long survey among middle-class respondents in five metros across India to understand how this influential section of society perceives the issue of child mortality.

The survey found that eight out of 10 among the middle class underestimate the levels of child mortality in India.

"Though nearly 60 percent of those surveyed felt the problem of child mortality was very serious in India, a shocking eight out of 10 did not know that nearly 2 million children under the age of five die every year in India," the survey found.

India has the highest number of children dying for any country in the world.

"It is indeed tragic that the majority of respondents underestimated the number of children dying every year. There is no …

Over 1,300 swine flu cases last week, precautions advised

India continued to report an increase in swine flu cases, with 79 deaths and over 1,300 new patients in the last week, officials said Monday, emphasising precautions including vaccinations to prevent the disease.

According to health ministry officials, a total of 1,335 cases of swine flu infection were reported during last week, all of them being indigenous cases of infection.

"Till date, samples from 163,289 persons have been tested for Influenza A H1N1 in government laboratories and a few private laboratories across the country and 38,730 (23.7 percent) of them have been found positive," an official statement from the health ministry said.

The government is meanwhile emphasising on precautionary measures stressing specifically on the vaccinations.

"The highest number of casualties is of pregnant women and those suffering from other ailments," a health ministry official told.

The highest number of deaths (40) was reported from Maharashtra. The state has been reporting …

Hospitals report high dengue cases, civic body says otherwise

Despite the civic body's claims of doing everything to curb the spread of dengue, the mosquito-borne disease is fast spreading in the capital. Delhi Sunday reported 69 new cases of dengue, taking the total number of people infected by the mosquito-borne disease to 434 this year, a whopping increase in comparison to the corresponding period last year. However, figures from the city's private hospitals show a wide gap between the official count and the actual number of dengue patients.

According to statistics released by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the number of cases till this time in 2009 was only three. The figure was 54, 12 and 37 in the same periods in previous years -- 2008, 2007 and 2006.

The civic body has said there were one confirmed and three suspected dengue deaths this season though private hospitals are giving a much higher figure.

According to MCD on Saturday, there were 36 new cases which the highest -- 11 -- have been reported from MCD Central Zone, follo…

Dengue menace worst in Delhi's Jamia Nagar

The capital reported 20 more cases of dengue, taking the total number of people infected by the mosquito-borne disease in the city to 297, an official said on Wednesday.

"Delhi reported 20 more confirmed cases of dengue," N.K. Yadav, chief medical officer of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), told.

The dengue menace continues in the city with Jamia Nagar still being the worst hit, with sources saying around 4000 cases have been reported in Jamia and Okhla.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has finally confirmed a dengue outbreak in south Delhi's Jamia Nagar. Almost every house in this area has reported at least one case of dengue. The MCD has now started using 5 de-fogging machines in Jamia Nagar to tackle the issue of mosquito breeding. Awareness programmes have been started to increase the general consciousness among the people. Disinfectants are being sprayed on the roads and waterlogged manholes are cleaned up to prevent mosquito breeding.

However, resident…

Dengue/Malaria Threat: Here's how to stay healthy in monsoon

It's monsoon time and so, enjoy the rain, but don't forget to keep the mosquitoes at bay or to wash your hands frequently to ward off infections. For, the humid conditions and moderate temperatures create perfect conditions for the spread of diseases. So here are the few tips below to stay safe and healthy during these days.

During Monsoon, various kinds of natural disasters take place. Diseases that are spread during monsoon are basically water borne and gastrointestinal infections. Monsoon brings with it the much awaited relief from the long spell of sultry, scorching summer.

However the cooling showers bring with them an increased susceptibility to a lot of diseases that are peculiar to the monsoon. It is time we get our safeguards ready and gear ourselves up to face monsoon. The following are a few safeguards that one must follow in order to keep all diseases and infections at bay.

In order to prevent water-borne diseases, do not drink water which is not properly boiled and s…

Kurla reported highest number of diseases in last 2yrs: Study

A study conducted by a Mumbai based NGO has revealed that suburban Kurla has reported the highest number of malaria, diarrhoea, dengue, HIV and other diseases in the last two years.

A Mumbai-based voluntary organisation, released a white paper on the city's health issues after a right to information (RTI) application was filed to find out the number of cases registered in the city's civic dispensaries. The report focuses on diseases like Diarrhoea, Hyper Tension, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Diabetes, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Dengue, Cholera and HIV from April 2008 to March 2010 in all the 24 wards across Mumbai.

From 2008 to 2010, L ward (Kurla) reported the highest cases of sensitive diseases followed by F south (Parel), G south (Prabhadevi-Worli), K east (Andheri) and E ward (Kalbhadevi-Byculla-Mumbai Central).

These same five wards seem to be consistent in reporting the highest number of cases of sensitive diseases over a two-year period. The discovery happened through …

Consistent decline in dengue fatality rate since 2008: Govt

With a spurt in dengue cases due to the onset of monsoon, there is finally some good news with government data reporting that the fatality rate for the disease has shown a consistent decline every year since 2008. The Case Fatality Ratio of dengue was 1.7 per cent in 2008, 0.6 per cent in 2009 and to 0.3 per cent in 2010. In Andhra Pradesh, the CFR has come down to nil in 2010 from 4.9 per cent in 2002, the data said.

In 2006, the total number of deaths reported were 1,707 which has been reduced to 1,144 in 2009, a senior health ministry official said.

The National Health Policy 2002 has set a goal of achieving reduction of mortality on account of dengue by 50 per cent by the year 2010.

For the prevention, treatment and control of vector-borne diseases including dengue, Malaria and Kala-azar in the country, the ministry is implementing National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) under the overarching umbrella of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

The main components of the…

डेंगू के खिलाफ जागरुकता अभियान, सहयोग की अपील

हमारीदिल्लीस्वस्थ दिल्लीदिल्लीमें डेंगू औरमलेरिया के बढ़ते प्रकोपकोरोकनेकेलिएदिल्लीनगर निगमनेविशेषअभियानशुरूकियाहै।नगर निगम मशीनों द्वारा नालियों और गड्ढों में कीटनाशक दवाओं काछिड़काव, डेंगू से बचाव के तरीके और वायरल बुखार के बारे में जागरुकता पैदा करने में जुटा है। लेकिन, हमें भी अपने परिवार और समाज को स्वस्थ एवं स्वच्छ बनाए रखने के लिए खुद पहल करनी होगी। दिल्ली नगर निगम के इस विशेष अभियान का फायदा समाज के हर शख्स तक पहुंचाने के लिए 'एसोसिएशनफॉरकम्यूनिटीरिसर्चएंड

Rich Indian households outnumber low income families: NCAER

The growing economy has spun a wheel of fortune for Indians, with high income households outnumbering those in the low category for the first time at the end of 2009-10, according to estimates made by think-tank NCAER.

India has 46.7 million high income households as compared to 41 million in the low income category, the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) estimates on Earnings and Spendings have revealed.

"For the first time, the number of high income households is set to exceed the number of poor households in 2009-10," the NCAER said, adding that the middle income class continued to grow.

Households earning less than Rs 40,000 per annum (at 2001-02 prices) are dubbed as low income, whereas those with earnings over Rs 1.80 lakh fall in the high income category.

Those earning between Rs 45,000-Rs 1.80 lakh per annum are considered middle income households, whose number surged to 140.7 million out of the total of 228.4 Indian million families at the end of 2009…