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Monday, April 28, 2008

Sai Institute of Innovative Clinical Research

Dear Sir/Madam,

Greetings from SIICR!!!

We take immense pleasure in introducing Sai Institute of Innovative Clinical Research , founded in pursuit of strong desire to fulfill demand of Industry by creating skilled professionals & providing state-of-art training and education in Clinical Research and clinical Data Management areas.

Sai Institute of Innovative Clinical Research located in Chennai is a premier Training & Research Institute in Clinical Research & Data Management providing high quality, innovative approach to both research & teaching

We have got a full fledged facility and experienced faculties to teach and train the students into clinical research. We offer a couple of courses Clinial Research course and the clinical Data Management course. course duration is 3months/ 6 months.

We take up training course for LCMS/MS also.

The course details:

The Clinical Research Courses are conducted on all days Monday through Friday. ( 3months/ 6months )
The Clinical Data Management Course are conducted during weekends ( 3months/ 6months )
The LCMS/MS Course are conducted during week ends.( 2months)

We undertake courses with the confidence that we can build up a great career prospects for your life.

We welcome your enquiries about the institute and the course.

Thankyou for your time!!

Best Regards
Sai Institute of Innovative Clinical Research.
#33 Hastinapuram Main Road,
Nehru Nagar, Chromepet
Tamil Nadu India
Ph: 91-44-22238846/56
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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Accredited health activist to be appointed in each district

One Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) will be appointed in each district in Tamil Nadu within the next six months, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss said on Saturday.

The ASHA, who will work at the village level, will serve as the fulcrum of the National Rural Health Mission programme, networking with the village level resource team to provide preventive and promotive healthcare services.

Speaking after inaugurating a special health camp at Nemily in Vellore district, Dr. Anbumani said the ASHAs would fill the gap in the delivery of health care services to rural areas.

Out of the total budgetary allocation of Rs.16,000 crore for the Health Ministry, Rs.12,300 crore had been set aside for NRHM alone, Dr. Anbumani said. Much of this money would go towards patient welfare societies, conducting health camps, for modernisation of primary health centres, district head quarters hospitals and to increase the staff strength in these centres.

Over 58 years the number of specialists, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff had remained abysmally low, far short of the requirement. However, over the last couple of years, efforts were made to increase these numbers, he said, adding that the government would constantly try to increase the staff complement. The Minister was all praise for Tamil Nadu and particularly, Vellore district, for increasing the number of deliveries being conducted at Primary Health Centres. Vellore was unique in that it had managed to conduct Caesarean surgeries in three PHCs that were also equipped with blood storage centres, he added.

Minister of State for Railways R.Velu, in whose constituency the health camp was conducted, said a sum of Rs.8 lakh was being allotted to each MP under the NRHM. It had been utilised to buy scan equipment, spruce up PHCs and conduct health camps.

Vellore Collector Dharmendra Pratap Yadav said education and health were two assets that would make a person independent. Both these aspects were being handled by the Central schemes – Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and NRHM. Funds available with the health and sanitation committees in each village as part of NRHM allotment were coming in handy to make small repairs and take care of immediate requirements of patients.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


The Principal/Adminsitrator
Tirunelveli Medical College
Tirunelveli - 627001
Tamil Nadu

Dear Sir/Madam,

Sub.: Christian medical students program

Greetings from Christian Medical Association of India.

It is my privilege to introduce myself from the Student Nurture Wing of CMAI. CMAI is a healthcare association/network and a national NGO of 330 Healthcare Institutions and over 9000 Health Professionals working towards ‘building a just and healthy society’.

We are conducting a programme for Christian Medical Students of government medical colleges of the four southern states of India. This is to help them be technically competent, spiritually vibrant and socially relevant even as they face increasing challenges each day.

It is my pleasure to invite the Christian students of your esteemed institution to participate in this program, 'CMAI Medical Students Retreat (South Zone)', to be held from April 25-27, 2008 at Quiet Corner, Mavanahalla, Nilgiri Dist., Tamil Nadu. I would request you to kindly display the attached information of the programme on the Student’s Notice Board in your institution for their perusal.

I seek your kind support and cooperation in this endeavour.

Thanking you,

Yours truly,

Sumesh Jacob

Youth Chaplain

Student Nurture Wing



(South Zone)


April 25-27, 2008


Quiet Corner

Mavanahalla, Masinagudi Post

Nilgiri Dist., Tamil Nadu


‘Let not your heart be troubled

– a call to positive living’

Resource Persons

Rev. Chris Gnanakan, SAIACS

Dr. Stanley Macaden, BBH

Dr. Shobha Yohan, CMAI

Ps. Albert PJ, Abhayam

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Student Nurture Wing

Chaplains Section

How To Reach The Venue?

From Coimbatore: Get to Ooty. From Ooty bus-stand take a bus going to Masinagudi via Sigur Ghats. Get off at Mavanahalla which is one stop before Masinagudi.

From Bangalore: Take the bus going to Gudalur. Get off at Theppakadu. From there take local transport (jeep/bus) to Mavanahalla.

From Trichur: Take a bus and reach Theppakadu (near Gudalur). From there take local transport (jeep/bus) to Mavanahalla.

Things To Note

* Please inform us (Sumesh Jacob) by phone or email before April 20th, 2008 of your coming
* Make your own travel arrangements
* We expect the participants to have good health and look after their own health needs
* Do not bring any valuables with you


Sumesh Jacob: mobile – 09968008483;

email –

Retreat Venue: phone – 0423-2526316 or Mr. Kishore mobile (‘Quiet Corner’) – 09442082630

Dear Friends,

‘Retreat’! What a word to use. Doesn’t it mean to move back?! To run away?! To escape?! Yes, it does. But this ‘retreat’ is of a different kind. It is to move back, run away, escape from your everyday schedule of life into the presence of God. It’s not an escape from reality nor from being yourself. It’s a turning towards the greatest Reality and in turn finding more of yourself.

The Student Nurture Wing of CMAI wants to help you do exactly that and so I invite you to our South Zone Medical Students Retreat. Take this opportunity to have a different and special experience. I encourage you to come and to bring other friends along. I assure you, we’ll have a good time together.

Looking forward to meeting you all there,

Sumesh Jacob, Youth Chaplain, CMAI

Who Can Participate?

1st and 2nd year MBBS Christian students. Those beginning 3rd year studies are also welcome.

How Long Will It Be?

Arrival: Registration for the Retreat is from 4 - 5 pm. on April 25th; please plan to arrive within this time.

Departure: The Retreat finishes with lunch at 1 pm. on April 27th.

What’s Going To Happen?

* Meet other medical students
* Friendships, fun and games
* Singing and music
* Bible studies, prayer and devotion
* Sessions related to medicine
* Sessions on youth issues and challenges
* Talent night
* Sharing, interaction and fellowship

How Much Will It Cost?

Registration Fee: Rs. 100/- (to be paid at the Retreat venue).

Travel: Total one-way travel expense of train (2nd Sleeper fare) and/or bus (semi-deluxe non-AC) will be reimbursed. Both way travel expense can be reimbursed to those needing this assistance.

CMAI Student Membership: At the end of the Retreat, you have the option to become a Student Member of CMAI for Rs. 50/- (for your entire course duration)

What To Bring Along?

* Bible
* Torch
* Notebook
* Personal care necessities
* Mosquito repellent cream
* Handy musical instrument
* Cultural/Ethnic dress/outfit

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


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Doctors launch hunger strike

Chittoor: Doctors working in government headquarters hospital undertook relay hunger strike here on Tuesday according to the AP Doctors Association. The call was given in protest against the government’s indifferent attitude in solving their pending problemsFurther they demanded filing up the vacant posts of doctors in the hospitals.. –Correspondent

Surgeries stopped

Demanding implementation of the Central government health scales to non-teaching doctors, doctors at Government General Hospital stopped performing general surgeries and family planning operations on Saturday. President of the Andhra Pradesh Government Doctors Association N.B. Lal, in a statement here, said that it was as part of the State-wide agitation launched by the association demanding the scales.

Striking government doctors meet YSR

HYDERABAD: Striking government doctors on Saturday met Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in connection with their demands.

Dr. Reddy did not give any categorical assurance to the doctors. A doctor’s delegation submitted a memorandum seeking solution to their problems, including payment of the Central Government Health Scheme pay scales. Dr. Reddy reportedly told the delegation that a meeting with the three Ministers handling health, medical and other related affairs would be convened to discuss the issues raised by them.

The Chief Minister is said to have advised the agitating doctors to discuss among themselves the issues before their meeting with the Ministers. A representative of the delegation said that they would convey the message to striking doctors, who launched a relay hunger strike about the proposed meeting on Tuesday.

Panel to go into payscales of doctors

The State administration has decided to constitute a committee to go into the demand of government doctors for higher payscales on par with Central government doctors. –

Monday, April 7, 2008

Govt doctors to stage dharna on April 17 by Indian Express 07-04-2008

Govt doctors to stage dharna on April 17
Monday April 7 2008 11:48 IST

MADURAI: The Tamil Nadu Government Doctors� Association has planned to conduct a one-hour dharna in all district headquarters hospitals and medical college hospitals on April 17 demanding quick rectification of anomalies in pay and promotion among government doctors.

Talking to journalists here on Sunday, K Senthil, State secretary of the association, said there would be a oneday token fasting at all district headquarters on April 22. He said the government had not taken any action on various demands of doctors. Tamil Nadu Health Minister had agreed to find a solution to the problems but there was no progress, he said.

The doctors said it was imperative to correct the problems to streamline the system as the Sixth Pay Commission was due at any time.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The New Indian Express News -TN Govt doctors to go on hunger strike on April 4

TN Govt doctors to go on hunger strike on April 4
Wednesday April 2 2008 00:13 IST


VELLORE: Seeking the intervention of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to constitute a special committee to study the widespread ‘disparities in pay scale, promotion and allowance’ for clinical and non-clinical faculties of government health sector in the state, members of Tamil Nadu Government Doctors’ Association (TNGDA) will go on a hunger strike on April 4 on the premises of Madras Medical College (MMC), Chennai.

“The objective of the protest is to seek the attention of the CM against the anomalies of pay scale for the government doctors in primary health centres (PHC), taluk hospitals, government hospitals, medical colleges and other hospitals in the state,” said state secretary of the association, Dr K Senthil.

“We have decided to go on a hunger strike after our initiatives to represent our grievances to the Chief Minister have been turned down. Around 2,000 members of state and district level office bearers will take part in the protest,” said state treasurer, TNGDA, Dr K Jeyakumar.

According to the norms of the Medical Council of India, there is a time stipulation for promotion. It is followed in several states, including the neighbouring, said another member of the association.

The basic salary for the assistant surgeon (freshers) in the field is Rs 11,715 and Rs 14,050 in AP and Karnataka respectively, whereas the freshers in the state get Rs 8,000, said a member of the association.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Hindu News october 24 2007- National Family Health Survey -Tamil Nadu Performance

Tamil Nadu removed from list of HIV high prevalence States Ramya Kannan
NFHS has put the prevalence rate in Tamil Nadu at 0.375 per cent

Number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births has dropped from 68 during the first NFHS to 31

90 per cent of all deliveries in the State are conducted in institutions

CHENNAI: Apart from indicating overall performance in development indicators for the State, the latest round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3) has also yanked Tamil Nadu off the list of HIV high prevalence States in India.

While reporting lower HIV prevalence rates overall, the NFHS has also put the prevalence rate in Tamil Nadu at 0.375 per cent, much lower than the National AIDS Control Organisation standard to qualify as a high prevalence State (over 1 per cent among ante natal women).

This takes Tamil Nadu off its long-held position as one of the six high prevalence States with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Nagaland.


Simultaneously, it has also indicated greater awareness about HIV/AIDS among the 15- 49 years age group. While the figure is 98 per cent for men, the corresponding statistic for women is 94 per cent, a far cry from the abysmal 23 per cent recorded during the first NFHS in 1992-93. Expectedly urban areas show better awareness than rural centres.

Among other good news for Tamil Nadu is lower infant mortality (IMR) and total fertility rates. IMR, or the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births, has dropped from 68 during the first NFHS to 31 in the current survey. This is a further climb down from the NFHS-2 (1998-99) statistic of 48 per 1000 live births. The IMR has reached an all-time low of 23 in urban areas.

Experts point to the link between low IMR and an increase in institutional deliveries. According to NFHS-3, 90 per cent of all deliveries in Tamil Nadu are conducted in institutions. While the percentage of institutional deliveries has always been in the nineties range, in urban centres, it has climbed to the highest ever at 95 per cent. Significantly, in the rural areas as well, 87 per cent of deliveries are conducted in institutions. Good coverage of ante natal care too has been recorded.

Fertility rate

The total fertility rate has dropped to 1.8 and contraceptive use has gone up to 61 per cent among married women. The surprise component is that use of contraceptives is higher in rural areas (62 per cent) as against the urban centres (61 per cent).

The trends in vaccination coverage, however, provide the sobering effect, emerging as areas of concern. According to NFHS-3, the overall coverage of children between 12 and 23 months (those who have received all recommended vaccines), has dropped from 89 per cent during NFHS-2 to 81 per cent. In urban areas, it has dropped from 97 per cent (NFHS-2) to 78 per cent (NFHS-3) and once again, the rural areas have performed better, dropping only one percentage point to stop at 84 per cent coverage.

Again, while the percentage of underweight and stunted children has gone down to 33 per cent and 25 per cent respectively, the corresponding figure for children too thin for height has climbed up to 22 per cent from 20 per cent, indicating that intervention in this area has to be stepped up.

6,344 households interviewed

The NFHS provides information on population, health and nutrition in India and in each of its 28 States and one capital territory (Delhi).

It is based on a sample of households, which is representative at the national and State levels. In Tamil Nadu, over 6,344 households were interviewed, 5919 of the interviewees being women. Fieldwork for Tamil Nadu was conducted form April to July 2006 by the Gandhigram Institute of Rural Health and Family Welfare Trust, Tamil Nadu.

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