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Rajasthan Government Agrees to Key Demands of Private Doctors

Private doctors in Rajasthan have called off their 17-day strike after the state government agreed to their demands regarding the Right to Health Bill.



Rajasthan Government Agrees to Key Demands of Private Doctors
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Jaipur : Private doctors in Rajasthan have called off their 17-day strike after the state government agreed to their demands regarding the Right to Health Bill. The bill allows people to receive emergency treatment at government and designated private hospitals without payment, which will be reimbursed by the government. In a meeting with the government, doctors agreed to exempt private hospitals that have not taken subsidies from the government from the bill’s ambit. Private multi-speciality hospitals with less than 50 beds will also be excluded from the law in its first phase.

The Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Society (PHNHS) secretary, Dr Vijay Kapoor, said that private hospitals that have not availed land at subsidized rates or other benefits from the government have been exempted from the new law. He further stated that they have converted their rally into a ‘Vijay Rally’ after reaching an agreement with the government.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed his happiness over the development, saying that Rajasthan will become the first state in the country to implement the Right to Health law. The agreement also includes regularizing hospitals running on the quota model, which will provide relaxation in the rules for buildings running in residential premises.

The police and other cases registered during the agitation will also be withdrawn, according to the agreement. The government will consider a ‘single window system’ for issuing licenses and other approvals to private hospitals. Future changes in the rules related to the Right to Health law will also be done in consultation with the representatives of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

Chief Minister Gehlot expressed hope that government and private hospitals will work together to make schemes like the Right to Health, Chief Minister Chiranjeevi Health Insurance Scheme, and RGHS successful. He also expressed confidence that the way private and government hospitals have managed COVID-19 will present the “Rajasthan Model of Public Health”.

Congress general secretary (communications) Jairam Ramesh praised the development in Rajasthan, saying that the Chiranjeevi Health Insurance Scheme of the Rajasthan government is a model for the whole country. He further stated that the Right to Health law is another transformative step, making Rajasthan an example for the country.

The doctors’ bodies, including the Indian Medical Association (IMA), the United Private Clinics and Hospitals Association of Rajasthan (UPCHAR), and PHNHS, held talks with the government and signed a memorandum on eight points. The agreement states that the Right to Health law will be applicable to all private medical colleges and hospitals, hospitals operating on the public-private partnership (PPP) model, hospitals with land allotment at free or subsidized rates, and hospitals run by trusts that have received plots at subsidized rates.

The agreement was made after a delegation of doctors held talks with the government and signed a memorandum on eight points. The doctors’ major demand that private hospitals that have not taken any benefit from the government in the form of land or buildings at subsidized rates should be kept outside the ambit of the RTH Bill has been accepted.

The government’s decision to exempt private hospitals that have not taken subsidies from the Right to Health law’s ambit is seen as a significant step in resolving the doctors’ strike. The agreement to regularize hospitals running on the quota model is also expected to provide relief to private hospitals running in residential areas.

The Right to Health law is expected to have far-reaching implications on private healthcare in the state. The law’s implementation is expected to bring about a significant change in the way private hospitals function, ensuring that they provide quality healthcare to all sections of society.

The doctors’ strike had caused inconvenience to patients in the state, and the government had to make alternative arrangements for their treatment. The resolution of the strike is expected to provide relief to patients and ensure the smooth functioning of private hospitals in the state.

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Tamil Nadu to Host 1,000 Daily Fever Camps, Intensifies Mosquito Control

The Tamil Nadu health department has compiled lists for villages and cities, instructing districts to implement disease-prevention measures accordingly.



Tamil Nadu to Host 1,000 Daily Fever Camps, Intensifies Mosquito Control
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In response to the growing threat of mosquito-borne diseases, the government of Tamil Nadu has taken decisive measures to safeguard public health. Starting this Sunday, the state will establish 1,000 fever clinics daily to address this pressing concern.

To combat the mosquito menace, the government is intensifying its mosquito control initiatives. These efforts include increased fogging operations, the recruitment of additional workers for mosquito control tasks, and a heightened focus on eliminating mosquito breeding grounds.

In addition to these actions, the Tamil Nadu government is launching comprehensive awareness campaigns aimed at educating the public about the risks associated with mosquito-borne diseases.

According to reports in The Hindu, the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Tamil Nadu has issued guidelines specifying that fever clinics should be established in areas with either three or more cases of fever with cough or confirmed positive cases of diseases such as dengue, leptospirosis, scrub typhus, and seasonal flu. Furthermore, the government has initiated door-to-door campaigns to identify and isolate such cases.

The Tamil Nadu health department has undertaken meticulous planning, compiling lists of affected villages and cities to facilitate targeted disease prevention efforts. Officials have affirmed their dedication to eradicating mosquitoes, raising awareness, identifying fever cases, and promptly implementing preventive measures where needed.

Health Minister Ma Subramanian disclosed that over 23,000 temporary workers have been enlisted across the state to support mosquito control operations. Moreover, government hospitals have been directed to maintain ample supplies of life-saving drugs, blood test kits, blood components, and the necessary blood reserves for treating various diseases.

The government’s current focus revolves around combating diseases like dengue, diarrhea, typhoid, and fever. In the state capital of Chennai, Minister Subramanian revealed that a formidable workforce comprising 318 medical officers, 635 nurses, 954 permanent mosquito control workers, and 2,324 contract workers is diligently working to contain these diseases and curtail the spread of mosquitoes.

The minister also detailed the impressive inventory of equipment available in Chennai, including 424 sprayers, 120 power sprayers, 300 battery-operated sprayers, 324 hand fumigation machines, one small fumigation machine, and 68 vehicle-mounted fumigation machines, all geared towards combatting the mosquito population. These comprehensive efforts reflect the Tamil Nadu government’s commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of its citizens in the face of mosquito-borne diseases.

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Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker’s Tragic Death

Biker fatally beaten in confrontation after motorcycle accident, succumbing to injuries.



Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker's Tragic Death
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Jaipur, Rajasthan: Communal tensions flared up in the Ramganj area and its vicinity in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Saturday, stemming from a tragic incident involving a motorcycle collision that led to a man’s demise.

According to the police, the unfortunate incident occurred at the Subhash Chowk locality in Jaipur. It was reported that after a collision between two motorcycles, a group of men allegedly assaulted one of the riders, resulting in his untimely death.

Late on Friday night, the collision transpired within the Subhash Chowk area, whereupon a group of men accompanying one of the motorcycle riders reportedly subjected the other rider, identified as Iqbal, to a brutal assault. Iqbal sustained severe injuries and was promptly rushed to the SMS Hospital. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical treatment.

In the aftermath of this distressing incident, numerous shops in the predominantly Muslim-populated areas have been shuttered. Family members of the deceased, along with local residents, have congregated and are now demanding justice and punitive action against those responsible for the attack, as reported by PTI.

To quell the escalating tensions, additional police forces have been deployed in the region, and concerted efforts are underway to defuse the volatile situation, according to statements from the police to PTI.

A purported video of the incident has surfaced on social media platforms, although its authenticity cannot be independently verified at this time.

In a significant development, six individuals have been apprehended in connection with the case. Additionally, authorities have announced compensatory measures for the family of the deceased, as reported by India Today. The publication quoted the Jaipur Administration as stating, “A compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with employment opportunities and a dairy booth, has been announced for Iqbal’s family. According to police sources, six individuals have been detained in connection with the case.”

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Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son’s Execution

People who didn’t aid the raped, injured, and naked 12-year-old girl may face child sex abuse law charges, A senior officer of the state police said.



Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son's Execution
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Ujjain: The father of the man arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl in Ujjain on Friday has called for his son to receive the death penalty. Meanwhile, the local bar association has appealed to lawyers not to defend the accused in court. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, was discovered walking on the city streets in a wounded condition, desperately seeking assistance from passersby who unfortunately turned her away.

The injured girl is currently receiving treatment at the Government Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar Women’s Hospital in Indore, where she underwent a major surgical procedure on Wednesday. A senior state police official has indicated that individuals who failed to assist the young girl when she went from door to door seeking help after the assault, which left her naked and bleeding, could potentially face charges under child sexual abuse laws. Such individuals may be charged under the POCSO Act for failing to report or register the commission of a crime, according to an NDTV report.

Bharat Soni, an auto-rickshaw driver, was taken into custody in connection with the case on Thursday. His father expressed his deep shame over the incident, stating, “It is a disgraceful act. I have not visited the hospital to see him, nor will I go to the police station or court. My son has committed a crime, and he should face the ultimate punishment, which is hanging,” as he conveyed his sentiments to reporters. It should be noted that Soni sustained injuries while allegedly attempting to flee during the investigation, according to the police’s statement on Thursday.

The Congress party has criticized the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, where assembly elections are scheduled by year-end. Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate alleged that the state’s law-and-order situation had significantly deteriorated under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“In Madhya Pradesh, being a Dalit, tribal, or woman has seemingly become a crime. The state ranks highest in cases of minor rape. During Chouhan’s 18-year tenure, there have been 58,000 reported rape cases and 68,000 reported kidnapping cases. Yet, the country’s prime minister, home minister, and all BJP leaders remain conspicuously silent,” Shrinate conveyed to reporters in Delhi.

The distressing incident, captured by a CCTV camera, depicts the 12-year-old girl, partially undressed and bleeding following the assault, desperately seeking assistance from neighbors who callously refused her aid. Furthermore, in a shocking display of heartlessness, one individual can be seen shooing her away as she approaches him for help.

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