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Home visits: Punjab’s tri-city residents get a new healthcare option

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By Jaideep Sarin 

Chandigarh, Oct 30: Residents of the tri-city – comprising Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali — will not have to rush to a hospital or clinic for routine ailments from now. A new facility, extended by a leading private hospital chain, will provide doctors, nursing attendants and physiotherapists for home visits.

The facility, [email protected], initiated by Max Healthcare will bring medical expertise, comprising over 200 certified medical professionals and caregivers, including nurses, patient aids, physiotherapists, phlebotomists and physicians and patient-care to people in the comfort of their homes.

“The idea of [email protected] came from our observation of trends in the social fabric of the family system, which is especially observed in Punjab, where most of the geriatric population lives alone. Also, the disappearance of family doctors, especially in metros and urban centres, and people coming to tertiary hospitals for even basic healthcare services prompted us to initiate this,” Rohit Kapoor, Senior Director and Chief Growth Officer, Max Healthcare, told IANS here.

The tri-city region has a combined population of around 1.6 million.

“The new venture in healthcare will facilitate real-time patient monitoring by connecting doctors, dedicated case managers, trained nursing staff and emergency services through an efficient technology infrastructure,” Kapoor said, adding that the home visits would be backed up by state-of-the-art hospital services.

“We have forayed in to this new vertical starting with Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, to help patients in the tri-city recover faster and lead a comfortable life with independence and dignity. [email protected] is providing nursing care attendants, physiotherapists and doctors for home visits. We also arrange for home sample collection, free medicine delivery and facilitate medical equipment on rent,” Sandeep Dogra, senior vice president, Max Hospitals-Punjab, told IANS.

With hospital-related infections becoming a major concern among patients, the new facility will help them recover fast in the safer environs of their respective homes.

“Patient care services would extend beyond nursing care to the treating doctor. A dedicated supervisor will update the treating clinician regularly about the progress of the patient. A weekly supervisor visit to ensure protocol adherence and a care plan designed with the treating clinician and team will be worked out.

“Comprehensive kits would be provided to support on-site requirements. The uniqueness of the services would be the infection control cover at home, where the surveillance culture testing would be done to ensure hygienic surroundings,” said Vaibhav Poddar, senior vice president and head, [email protected]

“The cost for the tests will depend upon the gravity of the patient’s problem. For getting nursing assistance, the patient will pay between Rs 1,800 and Rs 2,000 per day for a 12-hour shift. For physiotherapy, the patient would be charged between Rs 700 and Rs 900 per visit. The prices for pathology services would vary according to the test which is to be undertaken, with no additional charges for sample collection. X-Rays would be carried out by trained technicians on a portable 20-kg machine by next month,” Poddar added.

Among the services being offered, the X-Ray will be helpful for patients who are immobile due to illness or disability or at high risk.

“The unique feature of these services would be the availability of medical equipment at home which is a new feature in the region. [email protected] will offer a wide range of products, including orthotics, patient beds, resuscitation devices, etc. There would be usage flexible — the option of renting and buying and service support,” said Sunit Aggarwal, GM Operations, Max Hospital-Mohali.

The [email protected] would also provide for free home delivery of authentic medicines, while also ensuring reminders for patients with repeat medication requirements.

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Ebola death toll rises to 200 in Congo

The DRC authorities declared the outbreak in North Kivu province on August 1. It was also reported in the northern province of Ituri.

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Kinshasa, Oct 21 : The death toll in the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 200, the Health Ministry has said.

According to statistics released by the Ministry on Saturday, of the 200 cases confirmed in Beni and surrounding areas, 117 have died of the virus while 61 others recovered after treatment, Xinhua news agency reported.

The DRC authorities declared the outbreak in North Kivu province on August 1. It was also reported in the northern province of Ituri.

The World Health Organization said the 10th Ebola outbreak in DRC does not currently constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

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Cycling, walking in nature may improve your mental health

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London, Oct 20: People who commute — walking or cycling — through natural environments are more likely to develop better mental health than those who commute less, according to a new study.

Natural environments included all public and private outdoor spaces that contain ‘green’ and/or ‘blue’ natural elements such as street trees, forests, city parks and natural parks/reserves and all types of water bodies.

“Mental health and physical inactivity are two of the main public health problems associated with the life in urban environments. Urban design could be a powerful tool to confront these challenges and create healthier cities. One way of doing so would be investing in natural commuting routes for cycling and walking,” said Mark Nieuwenhuijsen from the University of Barcelona.

For the study, published in the journal, Environment International, the research team examined nearly 3,600 participants who answered a questionnaire about their commuting habits and their mental health.

The findings showed that respondents commuting through natural environments on a daily basis had on average a 2.74 point higher mental health score compared to those who commuted through natural environments less frequently.

This association was even stronger among people who reported active commuting, the team said.

“From previous experimental studies we knew that physical activity in natural environments can reduce stress, improve mood and mental restoration when compared to the equivalent activity in urban environments,” said first author Wilma Zijlema from the varsity.

“Although this study is the first of its kind to our knowledge and, therefore, more research will be needed, our data show that commuting through these natural spaces alone may also have a positive effect on mental health.”

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Number of Zika virus cases reaches 100 in Jaipur

A total of 1,11,825 houses have been screened. Special precautions are being taken in the Zika-affected areas.

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Jaipur, Oct 18 : The number of people infected with the Zika virus has gone up to 100 in Jaipur, officials said on Thursday.

State Chief Secretary D.B. Gupta held a review meeting and directed the officials to carry out anti-larvae activities in educational institutions and administrative buildings in Jaipur.

Veenu Gupta, Chief Secretary (Medicine and Health) said, “Medical teams in Jaipur are carrying out screening and fogging activities. A total of 1,11,825 houses have been screened. Special precautions are being taken in the Zika-affected areas.”

She said that there was no shortage of medicines at health centres. She also directed district officials to monitor the regular availability of medicines and testing equipment in hospitals.

Gupta directed officials to take measures to prevent breeding of mosquitoes in the Rajasthan Police Academy, Police Line and the RAC Battalion.

She asked the Army officials to check the spread of mosquitoes and larvae in their area.

Gupta instructed officials to pay special attention to tourist places such as Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Albert Hall.

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