Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton’s condition has been listed as stable following a health scare, which led him to be admitted to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) on Thursday.The Ministry of the Presidency in a statement to the media said the Minister is out of danger and is in a stable condition. Norton was rushed to GPHC after he complained of feeling unwell and went to the hospital with a headache, high bloodSocial Cohesion Minister, Dr George Nortonpressure and slightly slurred speech.According to information reaching Guyana Times, the Social Cohesion Minister reportedly suffered a spike in his blood pressure. However, other sources had also informed that the Minister had suffered a mild heart attack.The former Public Health Minister is a devoted athlete who prides himself in keeping fit. He was earlier this year taken from his position as the Health Minister and assumed responsibility as the Social Cohesion Minster.
- 22% of Indian adults suffer from constipation: Abbott ‘Gut Health Survey’
22% of Indian adults suffer from constipation: Abbott ‘Gut Health Survey’ Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By EH News Bureau on January 23, 2018 News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Survey states higher prevalence of constipation in metros; Kolkata at 28% has the highest number of constipation sufferers followed by Chennai at 26%Abbott, recently conducted a nationwide Gut Health Survey to assess the condition of constipation sufferers in the country, as well as the association of constipation with co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, and anorectal disorders. The findings suggest that 22 per cent of the adult Indian population is suffering from the condition, with 13 per cent complaining of severe constipation. 6 per cent of the Indian population suffer from constipation associated with certain co-morbidities.The Gut Health Survey highlights the predicament of these silent sufferers, the cause of chronic constipation and problems associated with it. Abbott partnered with IPSOS, a global market research and consulting firm, that surveyed 4,133 respondents across eight cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Patna, Ahmedabad and Lucknow to understand the seriousness of the issue.Kolkata tops the charts with 28 per cent respondents suffering from constipation. The survey highlights that one-fourth of Kolkata sufferers do not indulge in any physical activity and believe in self-medication rather than consulting a doctor. Chennai, which is next in line to Kolkata, has a 34 per cent population claiming to experience extreme pain while passing stools. Delhi, which has 23 per cent respondents suffering from constipation shows the highest number of people consuming outside food along with high intake of junk food.Patna, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Lucknow and Hyderabad reported lower number of constipation sufferers compared to other three cities in the survey.Key Findings:The eight-city survey highlights higher percentage of constipation sufferers in metros (23 per cent) as opposed to non-metros (19 per cent). Kolkata has the highest number of sufferers at 28 per cent, followed by Chennai at 26 per cent.Various metabolic disorders are likely to cause constipation. For example, diabetics are 2.2 times more prone to constipation vis-à-vis nondiabetics while patients with Hypothyroidism are 2.4 times likely to develop constipation vs patients without hypothyroidism. Moreover, people with anorectal disorders have more than 2.7 times the likelihood of associated constipation. Constipation tends to be more severe when associated with some of these comorbidities.Pregnancy was found to be a common cause of constipation in women, with every 1 in 4 pregnant females (25 per cent) suffering from constipation. It has been observed that constipation is most common in the second trimester. The survey also highlights the fact that 18 per cent pregnant women developed anorectal disorders, thus making it imperative for medical practitioners to identify the condition in its early stage and begin treatment.Practices like irregular eating habits, consumption of junk food and less water intake have been identified as key factors causing constipation. 21 per cent sufferers do not indulge in any physical activity, making sedentary lifestyle an important factor associated with constipation.The survey also brought to light the fact that though 88 per cent of the sufferers are concerned about the condition, very few are willing to discuss it with their immediate family or friends due to the social taboo. According to the survey findings, 49 per cent of the respondents have been shy about seeking medical help to solve their problem. In fact, on an average, respondents admit to waiting for an average of four months before deciding on consulting a doctor.A glaring 33 per cent of the sufferers have never treated constipation, while 48 per cent have resorted to home remedies to treat the condition.Speaking on the importance of Gut Health, Virender Sehwag, Indian Cricketer, who has been associated with Abbott on gut health awareness initiatives said, “Being an athlete, I know gastrointestinal issues can be the root cause for many other health issues including mental health. If we suffer from gastrointestinal issues, it becomes difficult to focus and perform well on field and in life. Having a healthy gut is key as it allows the body to build a stronger immune system.” Infact, the survey results state that after common cold and cough, constipation is one of the most common self-claimed problems for Indians.Dr Kushal Mital, Coloproctologist, Medicare Hospital, Thane, Mumbai, says “The study succeeds in highlighting the issue existing around constipation. One of the key aspects being how people neglect the problem and delay seeking medical help. In fact, constipation can be completely avoided by leading a healthy life style, eating right, embracing physical exercises, having ample of water (1litre/ every 20 kg weight) to keep body hydrated. However, anyone can face the issue but it should be managed or treated early to avoid complications later on.”Dr Ramesh Roop Rai, Professor & Director, Department of Gastroenterology, NIMS Medical College and University, Jaipur, says “The problem of constipation is rising in India, especially in urban population. It is basically due to faulty diet and lifestyle habits. Less water and fibre intake, sedentary lifestyle are very much attributed to constipation thereby affecting quality of life. Moreover, many lifestyle disorders like diabetes, hypertension are also associated with symptoms of constipation. Every physician must be aware of the same and proactively enquire about symptoms of constipation and treat it accordingly.”Speaking on the survey results, Dr Rashmi Hegde, Director – Medical Affairs, Abbott India, said, “In the healthcare ecosystem, every player has a role to play to improve healthcare – be it the patient or the treatment providers. As highlighted in the study, a large number of sufferers are present across India and almost half of them are not visiting a doctor for treatment. Being the therapy leaders in this space, we are creating the #ConstipationConversations movement across various platforms to ensure that the ‘silent sufferers’ can speak up. 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- Local Government Ministry Reviewing Draft Waste Disposal Policies
RelatedWestmoreland Steps Up Fight Against Mosquito Borne Diseases Advertisements The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has received two far-reaching draft policies that will deter citizens from illegal dumping and littering.They are the draft National Solid Waste Management (Disposal of Solid Waste) Regulations, 2014 and the draft National Solid Waste (Public Cleansing) Regulations, 2014.Making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 17, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott said the draft policies were submitted by the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel.The National Solid Waste Management (Disposal of Solid Waste) Regulations, 2014 regulates the kinds of material, which may be disposed of at a landfill and the manner in which such disposal is done.“The regulations also seek to impose tipping fees on users of a landfill based on the waste burden put on the landfill by those users,” he said.Outlining the purpose of the draft National Solid Waste (Public Cleansing) Regulations, 2014 he said these are designed to maintain a clean public environment by providing for the proper storage, conveyance and disposal of waste, with provision for penalties where the regulations are contravened.He noted that the regulations also clearly outline the roles and responsibilities of the citizens, waste haulers, and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) in matters of waste management.The Minister said the drafts have already been the subject of consultations with a wide cross-section of stakeholders, including the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), the Ministry of Health, the police, private waste haulers, persons in academia, the business sector, the Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), and members of the public.“I will also ensure that the requisite public education takes place,” he said.He lamented that “when you drive past some of the island’s major gullies and drains, it is a disgrace”.The Minister insisted that, “our citizens continue to dump garbage in the drains while we turn a blind eye. We all need to understand and accept that ‘Jamaica’s beauty is our duty’. It is everybody’s business. We must stop the madness of littering our country, then weep and wail at the repercussions. We are only hurting ourselves”.He said the current fines of $2,000, and $10,000 for littering and illegal dumping, respectively, are not a deterrent. “For any sanction to be meaningful it must be felt hard,” he asserted. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has received two far-reaching draft policies that will deter citizens from illegal dumping and littering.They are the draft National Solid Waste Management (Disposal of Solid Waste) Regulations, 2014 and the draft National Solid Waste (Public Cleansing) Regulations, 2014.The National Solid Waste Management (Disposal of Solid Waste) Regulations, 2014 regulates the kinds of material, which may be disposed of at a landfill and the manner in which such disposal is done. RelatedNSWMA to Establish Transfer Station in Westmoreland RelatedAdequate Funds to Clean Most Critical Drains in Corporate Area Local Government Ministry Reviewing Draft Waste Disposal Policies Local GovernmentJune 18, 2014Written by: Chris Patterson