Kerala

Undaunted, doctor performs last rites for Nipah victims

Undaunted, doctor performs last rites for Nipah victims

He gets frantic calls from home almost every day, a worried wife asking him to be careful about his health. But R.S. Gopakumar, health officer attached to the Kozhikode Corporation, seems fearless in the face of the unexpected outbreak of Nipah virus infection, even going to the extent of carrying the coffins …

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Kerala’s financial status not sound: CAG

Kerala’s financial status not sound: CAG

Government told to rein in fiscaldeficit to secure benefits Rise in revenue and fiscal and primary deficits have taken their toll on the financial health of the State in 2016-17, the Comptroller and Auditor General has reported. According to the CAG report on State finances for 2016-17, tabled in the …

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Six lakh saplings planted in Thrissur

Six lakh saplings planted in Thrissur

It’s our duty to save nature: Minister Six lakh saplings in 30 varieties were planted as part of the observation of World Environment Day in the district. Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar also inaugurated a mission to protect 300 trees at the Nehru Park at an event jointly held by …

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Delhi talks to focus on Mani’s re-entry

Delhi talks to focus on Mani’s re-entry

Selection of nominee for Rajya Sabha, KPCC revamp will figure in separate talks The June 7 talks convened by the Congress high command will primarily focus on the Kerala Congress (M) [KC(M)]’s re-entry into the United Democratic Front (UDF). Selection of the party’s nominee for the Rajya Sabha elections and a revamp …

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State to remain on public health alert

No new Nipah cases in second wave: Minister Health Minister K.K. Shylaja reassured the Assembly on Tuesday that no new Nipah cases were reported so far in the much dreaded “second wave” of the viral flare-up in north Kerala. Replying to an adjournment motion moved by Deputy Leader of the Opposition M.K. Muneer (Indian Union Muslim League), Ms. Shylaja said none of the second set of patients had tested positive for the virus. It was a heartening indication that the contagion could be abating. Incubation period Nipah has an incubation period of 21 days and the State would continue to remain on the public health emergency alert at least until the end of June. Patients tested positive for Nipah only when the infection peaked and doctors have factored it in to their treatment protocol. The government has imported anti-Nipah drugs from Australia. Currently, no patient required the administration of the untested medicine. However, the government has stored it in -80-degrees Celsius cold chamber for use if needed. It has also supplied anti-contamination suits, masks, and gloves to caregivers and medical personnel who run the highest risk of contracting the infection. The Hindu’s editorial The Minister quoted The Hindu’s editorial titled The Nipah Test on May 23 as a testimony to the government response to the outbreak which claimed 16 lives in Kozhikode and Malappuram. It said “Kerala’s public health systems have acted with extraordinary efficiency so far. Doctors identified the virus in the very second patient, a diagnostic speed unrivalled in developing countries. This must be commended.” Ms. Shylaja paid tribute to Lini Puthussery, contract nurse at the Perambra taluk hospital, who succumbed to Nipah after coming into close contact with her patients. She also thanked Kozhikode Baby Memorial Hospital doctors Anoop Kumar A.S. and Ramakrishnan for recognising the infection as Nipah. Ms. Shylaja thanked IUML leaders for convincing the community to forego taking the bodies home to reduce the risk of the contagion. She lauded health officer Gopan, Kozhikode, who dared to handle the dead when many dithered. Later, Dr. Muneer withdrew his motion with the permission of the House.

No new Nipah cases in second wave: Minister Health Minister K.K. Shylaja reassured the Assembly on Tuesday that no new Nipah cases were reported so far in the much dreaded “second wave” of the viral flare-up in north Kerala. Replying to an adjournment motion moved by Deputy Leader of the Opposition …

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Selfless care in the time of Nipah onslaught

Selfless care in the time of Nipah onslaught

Nurses’ tireless efforts at medical college ICU played a part in containing the damage When people ran for cover, they stayed put. Even after four persons, including nurse Lini, lost their battle with the Nipah virus in the Institute of Chest Diseases (ICD) at the Kozhikode government medical college, there …

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His green mission continues even today

His green mission continues even today

Ex-police officer planted over 250 trees in 23 years Greening the pathways has always been a passion for T.C. Lawrence, better known as the ‘green cop of Thiruvalla.’ Till his retirement from the KeralaPolice as Sub-Inspector eight years ago, he had planted not less than 250 saplings in the Thiruvalla municipal …

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Govt to reimburse Nipah bills

Govt to reimburse Nipah bills

Free ration for 2,550 families under observation The State government will reimburse the medical bills of all those undergoing treatment for Nipah virus in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. The government will also provide free ration kits to 2,400 families in Kozhikode and 150 families in Malappuram that are under observation …

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Biodiversity museum to be opened tomorrow

Biodiversity museum to be opened tomorrow

A major attraction will be SOS spherical projection system The biodiversity museum, established by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB), at the boathouse at Vallakkadavu in the city is all set to be opened. Quite aptly, the museum will be formally inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on June 5 …

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New library block a boon for visually challenged

New library block a boon for visually challenged

State Central Library to have a Braille section Members of the State Central Library in the city have much to cheer with the opening of the new heritage model reference block at the library later this week. The new block will have revamped reference sections and a Braille library for …

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