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Number of blind people in India comes down from 1.20 crore to 80 lakh

New Delhi: The union health ministry has issued a notification which says any person who is unable to count fingers from a distance of three metres would be considered as blind, as against the earlier stipulation of six metres, which was adopted in 1976.

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12 states, 4 union territories favour exit test for MBBS students

New Delhi: Twelve states and four union territories have favoured making it mandatory for MBBS students passing out of government as well as private medical colleges to clear the proposed National Exit Test (NEXT) to get the ‘doctor’ title.

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Parliamentary committee asks health ministry to fill vacancies at AIIMS

New Delhi: A parliamentary panel has asked the union health ministry to put in additional efforts to reduce the number of vacancies at the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi so that it can maintain the status of institute of national importance.

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No courtroom exposure to medical students as MCI doesn’t prescribe it: AIIMS

New Delhi: In a shocking revelation to an RTI query, AIIMS Delhi & Rishikesh and other medical colleges of the country have informed that they are not taking MBBS medical students to court for giving exposure to court room procedures of recording of medical evidence in order to teach medico-legal practices as the Medical Council of India (MCI) doesn’t mandate it.

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District hospitals to be ranked based on their performance

New Delhi: The government has decided to rank district hospitals on the basis of their performance on health indicators. There are around 700 district hospitals across the country to provide secondary healthcare facilities to the people.

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80% people opposed Exit Test for MBBS graduates

Wardha (Maharashtra): Responding to an RTI query, NITI Aayog has informed that 80% of the public, who responded to NITI Aayog, when it invited suggestions by email, have opposed the move to conduct the National Licentiate Examination (NLE) or Exit Test for MBBS graduates.

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Interview: Dr Nirmala Srinivasan, a disability rights activist who has been fighting a ‘battle without battle lines’

Dr Nirmala Srinivasan, a disability rights advocate and Ashoka fellow, is the founder of FACEMI (Families Alliance on Mental Illness), the first national forum in India for families that are engaged in taking care of treatment, rehabilitation and support of their members suffering from mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder (Severe Mental Disorder, SMD) or Common Mental Disorders (CMD) such as Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

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Opinion: What are we congratulating?

It is indeed creditable that due to actions taken by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) executives an inter-ministerial meeting was formed in November 2015 to look at the demands raised by the association. This, in itself, was a huge plus. However, to claim that the results of these inter-ministerial meetings have been a successful intervention by IMA is far from the truth.

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Health ministry limits NEET attempts to three; NEET-2017 to be counted as the first attempt

New Delhi: The union health ministry has clarified that NEET-2017 will be counted as the first attempt while considering the number of attempts a medical or dental aspirant has made in order to qualify for appearing in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test – Under Graduate (NEET-UG).

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India has 472 medical colleges but still faces shortage of doctors

New Delhi: India has 472 medical colleges and close to a million registered doctors. However, there is a shortage of doctors as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) norm of 1 doctor per 1000 population.

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