What India Learned from Mapping Health Clinics and other Health GIS News
The Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) which had been asked to asked by [sic] the government to do GIS mapping of all primary health centres and suggest locations for new PHCs to cater to increase in population, has recommended that every industrial cluster like JDIC area should have primary health centres with special focus on occupational health.
Revealing this to TOI, IIPH Director, Dileep Mavlankar says all the government medical colleges should also have at least one occupational health specialist each, who can be consulted for patients reporting in PHCs with occupational diseases or accidents.
Clostridium difficile, which was responsible for a spate of hospital deaths between 2003 and 2007 and infected more than 24,000 patients last year, is one of the most feared hospital bugs.
Now for the first time scientists have traced the epidemic to its outbreak using genetic techniques to reconstruct its path across the world.
The map, published in the journal Nature Genetics, shows how two strains originated in North America and were soon transmitted to Europe.
How did they do it? They used DNA samples of those afflicted worldside to track where the bug had become resistant to drugs. The technique may be used to track other outbreaks.