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AIIMS to host World Trauma Congress from Aug 17-20 | Search committee set up for selection of new PGI chief | Govt amends clinical trial procedures

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi will host the World Trauma Congress 2016 from August 17 to 20.

AIIMS to host World Trauma Congress from Aug 17-20

New Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will host here the World Trauma Congress 2016 from August 17 to 20. The congress is being co-hosted by the Indian Society for Trauma and Acute Care (ISTAC) and the World Coalition for Trauma Care (WCTC). According to a recent WHO report, by 2020, trauma will be the third largest killer in the developing world.

Search committee set up for selection of new PGI chief

Chandigarh: Dr Yogesh Chawla, Director of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), has not been given extension beyond his tenure that ends this October. However, he can continue to head the department of hepatology since he has not completed 65 years of age. A search committee has been set up for the selection of the new PGI chief.

Lucknow doctor accused of groping patient, jailed

Lucknow: Dr S K Agnihotri, accused of groping his patient after sedating her in his clinic in Salehnagar, has been arrested and sent to jail. The patient had gone to the clinic of Dr Agnihotri for treatment of stomach ache on Sunday evening.

Govt amends clinical trial procedures

New Delhi: In order to facilitate clinical trials in India, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has removed restrictions on the number of trials to be conducted at a given point of time. The DCGI had earlier imposed a restriction of not more than three clinical trials to be conducted by an investigator. Restrictions on number of minimum beds at the clinical trial site have also been removed. Earlier, the clinical trial site was mandated to have at least 50 beds.

PGI to be national telemedicine centre: Nadda

Chandigarh: The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) will soon become the national telemedicine centre, according to Union Health Minister J P Nadda. The institute currently has a telemedicine programme in the specialties of gynaecology, paediatrics, medicine and surgery.

President gives nod for single medical entrance test

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to two bills allowing single entrance test or the National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam (NEET) for admission to medical and dental courses across the country. The bills — Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act, 2016 and Dentists (Amendment) Act, 2016 — were recently passed by Parliament.

Rajya Sabha passes mental healthcare bill

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha passed the Mental Health Care Bill 2013, which seeks to provide better healthcare for people suffering from mental illnesses. Health Minister J P Nadda said around 6-7 percent of the country’s population suffered from some kind of mental illnesses, while 1-2 percent suffer from acute mental disease.

Kids can now watch cartoon while undergoing MRI at PGIMER

Chandigarh: The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here has installed a Kitten MRI, where kids can watch cartoon films while undergoing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) which otherwise causes anxiety and distress among them, at times forcing doctors to use sedatives. The machine, imported from the Netherlands, has been set up at a cost of Rs 13 crore.

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