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India’s First Digital Online Oncology Tutorial Launched

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Indian government’s Department of Health and Family Welfare (HFW) on January 4 launched the country’s first digital Online Oncology Tutorial Series designed by the Tata Memorial Center in collaboration with the Health Ministry.

The oncology tutorial series aims to train the doctors across the country to educate them in early detection, prevention, palliation, rehabilitation and treatment of various cancers. This is part of a national program that will be rolled out across the country by Tata Memorial Centre in collaboration with state governments.

Speaking at the function, Smt Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW) said that this is a visionary step that will leverage advances in IT to strengthen health outreach and health services in the country. She further stated that this initiative will help the doctors upgrade their knowledge and skills regularly thereby taking care of obsolescence. This initiative can save many precious lives and improve quality of life of many more, the Health Secretary added.

This course is intended for physicians, gynaecologists, dentists and other healthcare professionals who are not oncologists but can play a very crucial role in early detection and diagnosis of cancers.

This will equip them with the skills and knowledge on basics of oncology to detect, diagnose and refer cancer cases early.

The online video lectures are also designed to update oncologists with the evidence-based guidelines and skill for the management of cancer.

The overall course is designed for 7 weeks with different modules based on various sites and sub-sites of Cancer. It comprises of 14 hours of comprehensive e-learning through more than 40 video lectures, case studies, assessment questionnaires and periodic interactive Webinar sessions with respective consultants of Tata Memorial Hospital.

Through this initiative, the Health Ministry and Tata Memorial Centre (a grant-in-aid cancer centre under Department of Atomic Energy, GOI), under the Digital India initiative of the Government of India will try to reach millions of doctors who may not have the time to attend physical conferences, CMEs and are busy working in rural or tier 2 cities.

This tutorial also includes blended learning delivery model with self-paced e-learning and/or periodic webinar interactions with expert consultants of Tata Memorial Hospital and Continuous scientific updates in Oncology, along with end-of-course Online Assessments with enhanced reporting for individuals.

The course can also be accessed at the link below.

https://www.omnicuris.com/academics/advanced-clinical-oncology

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Jaipur’s Gandhi Nagar Becomes India’s First All-Women Main Line Railway Statione

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Gandhi Nagar of Jaipur became country’s first all-women railway station in the Main Line category of the Indian Railways on February 19. Gandhi Nagar railway station has a footfall of nearly 7,000 passengers per day and of the 50 trains which pass by, 25 trains halt here.

From station master Angella Stella, ticket collector Vandana Sharma to virtually every single post including station superintendent, head ticket collector, point woman, RPF constable, station master, ticket reservation clerk and enquiry clerk has a woman employee at the Gandhi Nagar station are women.

They looked visibly happy in the glory of being on duty at the country’s first all-women railway station and were congratulated by TP Singh, general manager, NWR on the inaugural function on Monday afternoon.

Singh told the media that Gandhi Nagar is now first all-women railway station in the Main Line category of the Indian railways. “Matunga railway station of Mumbai is also managed by women and it is in the sub-urban category while our station is first in the Main Line category,” he added.

Station Master Angela Stella, who completed one year in the Indian railways was excited and happy with the new responsibility. “I have never thought I would be handling a station which would be all-women within one year of my job. I will abide by all the safety norms and apply standard operating practice while working,” Stella said.

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India’s Forest and Tree Cover Rises by Over 8,000 Sq Km

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The latest India State of Forest Report released on Monday says India has now come to occupy the 10th spot in the world where expansion of forest and tree cover is concerned.

Compared to 2015, India has increased its forest and tree cover by 8,021 square kilometres.

The green credentials of the country have risen in a commendable manner.

The India State of Forest Report 2017 has reported an increasing trend in the forest and tree cover, in comparison to the global trend of decreasing forest cover during the last decade.

Now, India ranks among the top ten countries in the world in terms of forest area.

The report states that there is an increase of 8, 021 sq km in the total forest and tree cover of the country, compared to the previous assessment in 2015.

Much of the increase in the forest cover has been observed in Very Dense Forest which is an encouraging sign as the Very Dense Forest absorbs maximum carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

With an impressive statistic of 2141 sq km, Andhra Pradesh tops the list of states that have shown the maximum increase in forest cover.

Karnataka is second after adding 1101 sq km while another southern state of Kerala came in close third after adding 1043 sq km to the forest cover.

Odisha is at fourth place with adding 885 sq km while Telangana grabs the fifth position with 565 sq km of increase in forest area.

While the states where forest cover has decreased are Mizoram (531 sq km), Nagaland (450 sq km), Arunachal Pradesh (190 sq km), Tripura (164 sq km) and Meghalaya (116 sq km).

In the North Eastern region, the total forest cover is very high i.e. more than 70% in each state.

Madhya Pradesh remains the state with the largest forest cover of 77,414 sq km, followed by Arunachal Pradesh with 66,964 sq km and Chhattisgarh with 55,547 sq km.

Forests play a vital role in water conservation and improve the water regime in the area.

As per the latest assessment, water bodies inside forest cover have increased by 2,647 sq kms during the last decade. Mangrove forests have increased by 181 sq km.

Mangrove ecosystems are rich in biodiversity and play a major role in protecting coastal areas from erosion, tidal storms and Tsunamis.

India is striving towards achieving its goal of creating additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3.0 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030

The information given in the report will serve as an important tool to monitor the country’s forest resources and plan suitable scientific and policy interventions for its management.

The India State of Forest Report 2017 is 15th such report in the series.

Forest Survey of India has been assessing the forest and tree resources of our country on a biennial basis since 1987.

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