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5th February 2016
Hospitals can no more ask nurses to sign a service bond and keep their certificates
The Supreme Court has recently directed the Centre to frame guidelines to regulate their working conditions and also consider fixing minimum wages for them. The health ministry has been asked to form a committee within a month to evaluate the working conditions of nurses. This committee is to submit its recommendations to the centre to frame guidelines.
A PIL has been filed by Indian Professional Nurses' Association. And as per the PIL, with no guidelines in place to regulate their service conditions nurses were being as bonded laborers. The hospitals force the nurses to deposit their original certificates and to execute a personal bond, under the terms of which they could leave their jobs, only if they paid a large sum of money.

The bench said the present system of service bond and keeping of certificates by the hospitals must be done away with. The Indian Nursing Council has been directed to take effective steps in this regard. The Centre has been asked to intervene to address other problems faced by nurses.
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Zika Virus Update
Wait 28 days to donate blood after visiting Zika areas
The American Red Cross has asked people to avoid donating blood, if they have traveled to the Caribbean or Latin American countries in the last 28 days.
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IMA holds special webcast on the occasion of World Cancer day with oncologist, Dr. PK Jhulka
New Delhi: The theme for this year's World Cancer Day is 'We can. I can'. The three year campaign, 2016-2018 will explore how everyone - together or individually - can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer and bring about a change. All people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. As a step in this direction, IMA National organized a special webcast, which was attended by over 2000 doctors from across the country, on cancer prevention, management and new treatments. Dr. P.K Jhulka, Oncologist at AIIMS updated doctors about the importance of counseling their patients about the necessity to adhere a healthy lifestyle to prevent acquired cancer and to regularly monitor those at high risk of the disease.
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) began the World Cancer Day to help save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease. It is observed in almost the whole world as an annual event.  There were 14.1 million new cancer cases, 8.2 million cancer deaths and 32.6 million people living with cancer (within 5 years of diagnosis) in 2012 as per Globocon report. And, 19.3 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed each year by the year 2025.
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IMA Updates
 IMA Polio Dates
  • April 1st: tOPV would not be available after this date.
  • April 11th: bOPV would be available in private market but it is not to be opened or used before 25th April.
  • April 25: IMA Polio Switch Day, when tOPV would be completely withdrawn and replaced by bOPV in both routine immunization and polio campaigns.
  • 9th May: IMA National Validation Day when India would be declared free of tOPV. 

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) presents a series of weekly webcasts for the benefit of the Indian medical profession, engaging you with the latest in advocacy efforts for doctors, through an interactive exclusive digital webcast partnership with eMediNexus.

Next Webcast: 11th February 2016