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Somita Pal

  • In a week, seven cadaver donations offer new life to 21 Mumbai patients

    In the film 'Ship of Theseus', a group of people from multiple walks of life meet after discovering the fact that they have received organ donations from the same dead person. Even as they celebrate by learning about the dead organ donor's life, the film hints that the donor has...

    Thursday, 5 March 2015 - 6:15am
  • 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm, a liver goes begging for a donee

    When Nashik-based farmer Ram Naik (name changed) received a call from Jupiter Hospital in Thane on Monday night, the 53-year-old and his family were elated.

    Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 5:00am
  • Maharashtra government to pay for swine flu patients in private hospitals

    The state government has decided to reimburse the medical expenses of swine flu patients who are admitted in private hospitals and are on ventilator. A circular to this effect will be issued on March 4. Also, an audit done by the health department has revealed that 70% of the swine flu patients...

    Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 6:15am
  • In Mumbai, patients left stranded without lifesaving albumin

    Usually found with ease in chemists' shops, lifesaving albumin is in short supply in Mumbai, as 30-year old Suhas Pradhan has noticed. Pradhan is paying fruitless visits to chemists' shops across the city to get albumin injections for his father, who has liver cancer. Doctors told Pradhan...

    Tuesday, 3 March 2015 - 5:00am
  • BMC's swine flu audit says delay in medical help leads to death

    Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's audit of the swine flu deaths that has happened in 2015 has revealed that almost all patients delayed in getting medical help leading to late diagnosis and treatment. So far 18 people have died of swine flu in city hospitals out of which around 12 of them...

    Monday, 2 March 2015 - 5:12am
  • Centre tells Maharashtra government to map swine flu patients

    Against the backdrop of swine flu scare, the Union health ministry has asked the state to initiate an epidemiological mapping in Maharashtra.

    Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 6:25am
  • KEM seeks to push affordable liver transplant programme

    In an effort to make its affordable liver transplant programme a success, KEM hospital is now planning to outsource expertise. The liver transplant facility in KEM, one of the city's largest public hospitals, was inaugurated in June 2010. However, live liver transplant surgeries were stopped...

    Monday, 23 February 2015 - 7:05am
  • Mumbaikars living on the edge of pandemic: Doctors

    Be it swine flu or Ebola, infectious disease experts say the country's financial capital has all the makings of falling in the high-risk category.

    Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 6:00am
  • Private hospitals must admit swine flu patients, create isolation facilities: Health minister

    With the rise in swine flu cases in the city and state, state health minister Dr Deepak Sawant has set the record straight and declared that private hospitals can't refuse admission to swine flu patients and that they must create isolation facility to house them.

    Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 6:10am
  • Swine flu as common as cold, say doctors

    A 50-year-old Andheri resident became the first case of swine flu death of Mumbai. He was already a patient of epilepsy and was transferred to BMC's infectious diseases Kasturba hospital on February 14. According to the BMC's swine flu report, he died of acute respiratory distress with...

    Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 5:35am