Everything about Ebola ; Is India Prepared?

ebola virus disease
Ebola is a virus which causes the deadly disease named as the Ebola  Virus Disease (EVD). It has rapidly became one of the most dangerous emerging disease in the world. The disease is a type of haemorrhagic illness which is usually fatal if left untreated.

Ebola virus was first detected in the world in 1976 and since then the number of cases and the fatality rate associated with the disease has been on the rise. The most recent of the outbreak occurred in Guinea in 2013 and has spread to many countries including the Middle East. By the end of September 2014, there were around 7192 EVD cases and 3286 deaths. The case fatality rate of the disease has been reported to be near a whopping 90%. This means that in a group of 100 persons suffering from the disease, 90 persons will eventually die.

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Get Free Medicines at Government Hospitals

One of the most appreciated fact about the health care system in our county is that most the essential drugs are given free of cost to the patients. This is true from the lowermost level of the primary health care system. Patients suffering from ‘Non Communicable Diseases’ (NCD) like Hypertension and Diabetes are the ones who are mostly benefitted from this service. As part of the NCD programme, the patients suffering from these chronic diseases are supplied with medicines for one full month when they visit for the check-up. Amazing isn’t it?

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Duties of a Government hospital Doctor

If you are a Doctor and a new entrant to the public health service, I must congratulate you first of all for making this decision. As a part of the primary health care system in the country every doctor has been entrusted with many responsibilities, and you are no exception!. In this post I will be making you familiar with those duties and responsibilities. If you are not a Doctor, or a health worker, don’t go away. This post doesn’t contain any unbreakable medical terminologies and can be easily grasped by lay man. Try to make yourselves aware of the functioning of a public hospital.

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Meet the Health Workers

multi purpose health workers india
Life would have been easier if my job was just to conduct the OPD and be done with it, but as the Medical Officer in charge of the hospital, there is a long list of extra responsibilities entrusted upon me. This mostly includes Administrative duties and social responsibilities.
In order to understand the process of administration in a hospital, one should be familiar with the staff pattern of the hospital. So let’s start from there.

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Climbing the mountain to “Salary”

Getting a Government job in Kerala is a big thing. The salary package and the very popular “Pension” schemes are the main components which attracts the civilians in Kerala towards a Government job. Getting the job is the first step, but what about getting the first salary?

I had promised you to share all the
documents and steps which were needed to get the salary. I mean you work to
earn, right? Back in the days when I used to work at the private medical
college, it was as simple as signing a simple voucher and the clerk would hand
over your month’s earnings in cheque/cash whichever form you desire.

Train to Payangadi

payangadi railway station

There are thousands of daily train commuters around the world who use the train to reach their workplace. I was one of them for almost one full year. In this article, I share my train and work experiences and I dedicate this article to all the train lovers.

My job as the Assistant Surgeon was very simple – just manage the OP at the hospital. And I was doing it without much problem either. The OP time started at 9am and extended till 1pm. By OP I mean ‘Out Patients’. On some days the consultation would even extend to 2pm. The problem was that the hospital was around 120 kms  from my home !!!

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