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Patients suffer as Khyber Hospital not accepting Golden Card

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Hospital admin shifts blame on Govt for non-payment of dues, admin retorts saying payment pending with insurance company

Srinagar, Oct 24: Hundreds of poor patients are suffering as the Golden Card at Khyber Hospital in Srinagar is not being accepted with authorities saying that the hospital has been de-empanelled on the request of the hospital administration.

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Several patients told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that earlier Golden Cards were accepted at Khyber hospital Srinagar but that is not the case anymore.

They said that poor patients from far flung areas have to return without treatment after being told that the hospital does not entertain the cards.

“I have been getting treatment at Khyber since 2013 and have to undergo dialysis for kidneys twice a month, ” said a patient from Kupwara.

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He said that the government must look into it or make separate arrangements for them.

The Golden Card allows free treatment to patients in Jammu and Kashmir.

A letter of de-empanelment of Khyber hospital said that the hospital joined the hands with the government to provide its services including free/cashless treatment to the beneficiaries.

“This hospital also got empanelled in 2018 and the agreement (MOU) was valid for three years, which expired in the month of December 2021 and no new agreement/MOU has been signed till date,” it said.

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“Moreover, the concerned empanelment/de-empanelment committee of SHA has de-empanelled this hospital wef 21st October 2022, where this hospital is not supposed to entertain any Golden Card Beneficiary,” it added.

An administrator of Khyber hospital said that there was an agreement of three years starting from 2018 and it expired on December 22 2021.

“Before one month of expiry of agreement, we forwarded authorities a letter of expiry date and informed them that the agreement is expiring and tell us about further plans but nothing has been done as of now,” he said.

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He said that since 2021 they have sought response from authorities many times but there was reply till now.

“It was the duty of the authorities to make it clear whether they want to continue with us or not. Our payment since 2020 is pending and when authorities were not paying us when we were in agreement, how would they pay us without any agreement,” he added.

A top official of Ayushmaan Bharat told KNO that on request of Khyber hospital administration, it was de-empanelled and no other hospital has been de-empanelled as of now.

“They mailed us that they don’t want to continue due to certain reasons including some payment issues with the insurance company. As such they cannot continue and should be exempted,” he said, adding, a meeting in this regard was held and they were de-empanelled.

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Asked about the payment, he said that their issue is with the insurance company and not with them.

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Jahangeer Ganie is a Pulwama based journalist, currently South Kashmir Bureau head for News Agency Kashmir News Observer-KNO

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Arthritis: 5 Superfoods to relieve you from chronic joint pain in Winters

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Even though winters may not directly cause arthritis, the cold is believed to exacerbate the aches and pains that come with the autoimmune condition.

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There are extra difficulties with arthritis in the winter season, such as stiffer blood vessels around joints, which are easily resolved with a few alterations in lifestyle.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, excellent posture, and consuming certain foods might help reduce inflammation and lessen some of the joint pain brought on by arthritis.

You might already be taking prescription or over-the-counter medications to treat morning stiffness, irritation, and joint discomfort. Fortunately, there are several foods with potent ingredients that can reduce inflammation and possibly lessen some joint discomfort. Nutritionist Lovneet Batra shares 5 superfoods that will relieve some of the joint pain.

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5 SUPERFOODS TO RELIEVE YOU FROM ARTHRITIS JOINT PAIN:

Raw Turmeric: Turmeric is a brilliant yellow spice common in Indian cuisine. It is rich in a chemical called curcumin. Research has shown that curcumin, a compound in turmeric, may reduce inflammation in the body.

Garlic: Garlic contains diallyl disulphide, an anti-inflammatory compound that limits the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Therefore, garlic can help fight inflammation and improve overall joint health.

Ginger: Ginger and its components blocked the production of substances that promote inflammation in the body.

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Walnuts: Walnuts are nutrient-dense and loaded with compounds that may help reduce the inflammation associated with joint disease. Walnuts are especially high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease pain.

Cherries: Cherries are a great source of antioxidants that can help reduce swelling in joints and muscles. Cherries get their bright red colour from anthocyanins. These anthocyanins also act in similar ways to antioxidants, which reduce inflammation in the body.

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It is essential to see a doctor if discomfort is preventing you from going about your normal everyday activities.

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Don’t use antibiotics for low-grade fever, ICMR tells doctors

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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has advised doctors to avoid using antibiotics in cases of patients with low-grade fever and viral bronchitis among others.

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In its guidelines released on Saturday, the national health research agency has also advised doctors to follow a timeline while prescribing antibiotics.

The ICMR guidelines suggest that antibiotics should be prescribed for five days in case of community-acquired pneumonia and eight days for hospital-acquired pneumonia. For skin and soft tissue infections, it suggests a duration of five days of antibiotic therapy.

“A stop date should be planned and recorded in advance to ensure antibiotics are not given beyond the recommended duration,” according to the guidelines which aim to promote rational use of antibiotics.

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A survey carried out by the ICMR recently to gauge the trend in antibiotic resistance across the country showed Acinetobacter baumannii, a gram-negative bacteria known to cause infection in the blood, urinary tract and lungs among others, was resistant to high-end antibiotics.

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections more difficult to treat and increasing the risk of severe illness and death.

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Over 1 billion young people potentially at Risk of Hearing loss due to use of Earbuds and Headphones: Research

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At a time when TWS earbuds segment is witnessing exponential growth, more than 1 billion teens and young people are potentially at risk of hearing loss because of their use of headphones and earbuds and attendance at loud music venues, says a new research, IANS reported.

“There is an urgent need for governments, industry, and civil society to prioritise global hearing loss prevention by promoting safe listening practices,” the researchers said.

India’s TWS shipments witnessed a strong second quarter (Q2) with 168 per cent YoY growth and 62 per cent QoQ growth, according to Counterpoint Research’s IoT Service report. This is due to the increased penetration of the low-price band (Rs 1,000-Rs 2,000), multiple discount offers and growing popularity due to convenience of use.

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According to the research published in the journal BMJ Global Health, young people are particularly vulnerable due to their use of personal listening devices (PLDs) such as smartphones, headphones, and earbuds, as well as their attendance at loud music venues, amid poor regulatory enforcement.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that over 430 million people worldwide suffer from disabling hearing loss.

As per previously published research, PLD users frequently choose volumes as high as 105 dB, while average sound levels at entertainment venues ranging from 104 to 112 dB, exceeding permissible levels (80 dB for adults; 75 dB for children), even if only for short periods of time.

In a pooled analysis of data, PLD use and attendance at loud entertainment venues are associated with unsafe listening practices in teens and young people worldwide – 24 per cent and 48 per cent, respectively, according to the research.

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Based on these numbers, the researchers calculate that there are between 0.67 and 1.35 billion teens and young adults worldwide who may be at risk of hearing loss. However, the researchers acknowledge that their findings have significant limitations, such as the varied study design — a particular feature of the studies on entertainment venues — and the absence of standardised methodology. (With Inputs from IANS)

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