Odisha asks AIIMS to send doc to examine rape victim

Dalit girl was raped and attempts made to kill her

The Odisha government had requested AIIMS, New Delhi to depute a neurologist for further examination as health condition of the alleged Dalit rape-and-attempt-to-murder victim of Pipili continued to remain critical, official sources said on Wednesday.

The state government told the director of the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) that the condition of the 19-year-old girl, who had been treated at the ICU of the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack since January first week, did not improve despite best efforts of the hospital’s doctors.

The girl, who was in semi-coma stage, was raped and attempts were made to kill her at Arjungada village under Pipili police station area on November 28, 2011. She was admitted to SCBMCH following an order of the state HC. 

The government also mentioned that director of National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Dr Divakar Basak, during his recent visit, had called for the service of a neurologist.

Doctors to brainstorm on respiratory disorders in Chandigarh

With antibiotic resistance emerging as a global problem, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research will hold a two-day scientific meet to discuss ‘evidence-based management’ of common respiratory disorders in children.

The meet, which starts on Saturday, aims to update doctors and medical students with information about advancements in the field of treating respiratory disorders in Chandigarh.

Organising chairperson Dr Meenu Singh said some top doctors such as Dr S K Kabra of AIIMS pediatrics department and Dr Neeraj Sharma of US-based John Hopkins Medical School will attend the workshop. Dr Sharma will talk on cystic fibrosis — a genetic disorder in children. 

“At least 2,000 children die in India every day due to pneumonia and tuberculosis,” Dr Singh told PTI.

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