Top health happenings in 2011 in India

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January 24: Eminent Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi died of old age related ailments.

January 26th: Renowned gynecologist Indira Hinduja, cardiologist Jose Chacko Periappuram, orthopedican S P Mandal, cardiologist Mansoor Hasan, endrocrinologist Sivapatham Vittal, gastroenterologist Madanaur Ahmed Ali and A Marthanda Pillai, a neurologist from Kerala were awarded Padma awards.

April 5: Anna Hazare did a fast from 5 April 2011 to 9 April 2011.

April 24: In Prashanti Nilayam Specialty Hospital Sri Sathya Sai Baba died at 7.40 a.m. due to cardiorespiratory failure and multi organ failure. He was terminally on prolonged ventilator.

May 16: The Union Health Ministry reconstituted the Board of Governors for the Medical Council of India with Professor K.K. Talwar former Director, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh as the Chairman.

June 1: 44-year-old Sunita got a heart transplant at Ganga Ram Hospital.

June 9: MF Hussain, one of India’s best-known artists, died of a heart attack at the Royal Brampton Hospital in London.

June 12: Baba Ram Dev was in the news because of failure of continuing Satya Graha for more than seven days despite being a Yogi. He broke his fast over black money on June 12 in Haridwar.

June 15: In Dehradun, Swami Nigamananda, an ascetic who valiantly fought against the stone quarries and pollution of River Ganga, by observing a fast for 114 days, died at Himalayan Institute of Medical Science.

August 4: Sonia Gandhi got treated in US for an unknown illness.

August 14: Shammi Kapoor died of chronic renal failure at age 79. He was on ventilator.

August 20-28: Anna Hazare did his fast at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. He lost 7.5 kg and was very dehydrated after the 288 hour long fast.

August 20-28: Dr Naresh Trehan in the news for treating Anna Hazare.

September 7: Amar Singh, a kidney transplant patient, was sent to jail.

September 7: Eleven people were killed and 62 injured in a powerful blast outside Delhi High Court gate.

September 23: Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who overcame an impaired eye to become a visionary and pioneering captain of the Indian Test team, has died in Delhi at the age of 70.

October: Perfect Health Mela this year was organized at multiple locations.

November 5: Celebrated Indian folk singer and composer Bhupen Hazarika, known as the Bard of Brahmaputra, died at the age of 86.

November 11: Fourteen persons died and 40 others suffered injuries when a major fire engulfed a congregation of eunuchs at a community centre in an east Delhi.

November 16: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave birth to a baby girl at age 38.

November 26: Yuvraj in the news for NHL, chest tumor.

December 1: Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao became parents to a baby boy born to a surrogate mother.

December 3 : Dev Anand died in his room at the Washington Mayfair Hotel in London at the age of 88 (4 December 2011 by Indian Standard Time) of a cardiac arrest.

December 8-11th: Emedinews brought out daily newsletter for cardiological society of India 63rd annual conference in Mumbai.

December 9: 89 people, most of them patients, died when fire swept through a Kolkata AMRI hospital.

December 13: Government postponed the NEET UG test by another year after opposition from several states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Goa etc.

December 21: A decision to implement the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Bill, 2010 in Delhi was taken.

December 21: Delhi to have three more new medical colleges.

December 23: The National Commission for Human Resources for Health Bill, 2011, to bring all independent bodies such as Medical Council of India (MCI), Dental Council of India (DCI), Pharmacy Council of India and Nursing Council of India under one umbrella, was passed.

December 24th: The fear of Japanese Encephalitis was in the news. On Dec 24th the government announced a national programme to the tune of nearly Rs 2,000 crore to combat Japanese Encephalitis and Acute
Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the upcoming Union budget.

December 27: Anna Hazare began a 3-day hunger strike at MMRDA ground

December 27: Sachin Tendulkar was in the news for his nervous nineties.

December 28: Anna Hazare called off his 3-day fast due to ill health.

The winter this year was the coldest winter in the last 10 years.

Nothing happened in the sector of Anti-Quackery Bill.