Public health problems
The Central Council of Local Self-Government has called on the Union Health Ministry to take steps to bring forward a Central Health Act. It was stated that Central legislation on health was called for because a large number of problems in the field of public health are common to the States and the local bodies. The Council at its meeting on September 7, asked all State legislatures to pass suitable resolutions authorising Parliament to pass the Act. As part of its drive against food adulteration, the Union Health Ministry was asked to introduce a Centrally sponsored scheme for the establishment of analytical laboratories under the Fourth Five-Year Plan. Also laboratories with modern equipment should be set up at the municipal, district and regional levels for the speedy analysis of food samples.
‘Semi-doctors’ to assist
The State Government are considering a proposal to introduce “semi-doctors” or para-medical men as an experimental measure, Mrs. Jothi Venkatachellum, Minister for Health, said in Madurai on September 8 in an interview. She said the experiment would be first conducted in North Arcot District. Under the present proposal there would be one specialist who would be assisted by these “semi-doctors”. These “semi-doctors” are expected to be useful in the X-ray and midwifery departments. To begin with a group of these semi-doctors and a specialist would travel throughout the district and attend to the needs of the patients. This ‘mobile hospital’ she felt, would give considerable experience to the newcomers.
Messrs. T. Togowa and K. Katsuyama, Japanese experts attached to the United Nations, said in Rajahmundry on September 7 that they had been assigned to India to survey and assess the present position of the fountain pen industry and devise ways of developing it so that India’s fountain pens might become the world’s best. They would submit their report to the Government of India.They were speaking at a party got up by Mr. K.V. Ratnam, pioneer of the fountain pen industry in Andhra.