Health Minister shies away from talking on fatal fever

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Old 26-Sep-2015
Post Health Minister shies away from talking on fatal fever

India may be in the grip of dengue with more than 21,000 people already affected, But Union Health Minister JP Nadda does not appear to be interested in speaking about the crisis.
Nadda, who was in the city today to inaugurate National Conference of Indian society of Radiographers and Technologists, refused to answer the queries of mediapersons over the epidemic.
“Dengue, dengue, dengue. It seems nothing is left except dengue for discussion. I have already spoken about it and there is no need to repeat the same thing,” said the minister, leaving the venue hurriedly after the function was over.
Addressing the gathering earlier, Nadda said there was a shortage of nearly two lakh paramedics in country. In government as well as established private sector, at least 20,000 people were required in radiography, he said.
Counting on the centre’s efforts, Nadda said an expert group was formed for national definition and standard nomenclature of allied health care professionals and standardisation to increase the quality of services in health sector. He said Rs493 crore had been earmarked for medical colleges and these colleges will develop the capacity of allied health professionals.
A total of 32 areas have been shortlisted for which the people in health sector will be trained to improve the working of hospitals and for this an MoU had been signed between health ministry and Ministry of Skill Development, said Nadda.
The minister said nearly 11 lakh cancer cases were detected in country every year and five lakh such patient died annually. For their treatment, 20 state cancer institutes had been set up while work was on for starting 50 tertiary cancer care institutes, he said.

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