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6th  October 2016
Beware: CDC reports rise of polio-like illness that causes acute flaccid myelitis with paralysis
 
Cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a polio-like illness, which is causing paralysis are being reported from the United States.  
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such cases have shown an increasing trend and there has been an increase in reports of confirmed AFM cases this year compared with last year. 
 
This year, 50 people in 24 states in the country had been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) between January 1 and August 31, 2016, compared with only 21 people in 2015 in 16 states. While 120 people, mostly patients 21 and younger, in 34 states, were diagnosed with the condition from August to December 2014.
 
Acute flaccid myelitis affects the nervous system, the spinal cord in particular. The etiology still remains unknown, but viral infections such as polio and non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and the mosquito-borne West Nile virus have been implicated. Enteroviruses can cause neurologic illness such as meningitis, but more serious disease like encephalitis and AFM are less common.
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IMA and AHPI appeals to government to clear payments of CGHS empanelled hospitals
 
New Delhi October 5th, 2016: It is irony that CGHS fix the rates by calling tenders and then making L1 as industry standard, a practice unheard anywhere in the world, said Dr K K Aggarwal President Elect IMA and Dr Girdhar Gyani Director General of association of Health Care Providers of India.

Many of rates fixed are illogical and unviable.
 
Ideally speaking none of the hospitals which follow standard protocols should accept to be empanelled under these conditions.
 
Unfortunately most PSUs and even other central government schemes empanel hospitals, if they are empanelled with CGHS. It becomes bit difficult for hospitals to keep away from all such schemes more so in NCR Delhi. In a way hospitals get exploited by the CGHS.
 
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