Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
3rd September 2019

Padma Awardees Doctors' Forum condemns death of a senior doctor in Assam who was beaten to death by the patient's relatives

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

We request that the Prime Minister should intervene now

1st September 2019: Dr Deben Dutta was attacked by workers of Teok Tea Estate in Assam's Jorhat district on Saturday and later succumbed to his injuries at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital.

As per media reports, relatives of 33-year-old Sukra Majhi, a casual worker, took her to the hospital inside the estate, in critical condition at 12 noon. Dr Dutta and the pharmacist were not present in the hospital. The nurse on duty pushed a saline but Majhi died which enraged the workers of the garden. When Dr Dutta arrived, he was severely beaten up and locked in a room in the hospital. At about 5 pm police from Teok police station and CRPF personnel rescued the doctor and rushed him to JMCH here where he succumbed to his injuries....read more


Mera Bharat Mahan 19: Why Lord Ganesha never suffered insulin resistance despite a pot belly obesity

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Lord Ganesha is always shown with a big tummy and sweets (laddoos) in one hand. Yet he never had diabetes.

A spiritual interpretation to this can be that the big tummy symbolizes retention of all information gathered from listening with two big elephant ears.

There is a medical interpretation too, where the big tummy represents susceptibility of Asian Indians to pot belly obesity and to metabolic syndrome....read more

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