Monday, June 22, 2009

What's in the News?

The DNA (Daily News & Analysis) arrives on our doorstep each day. The headlines: "Do Not Fall Sick if You are in Bangalore." Apparently nine key hospitals have been asked to shut down after failing to comply with effluent treatment norms. In other words there is a water pollution problem within these hospitals.

We often have similar headlines in Canada, not for effluent problems, but for overcrowding. Canadian media often reports patients lined up in hospital hallways and long wait times to be admitted or for surgery. But compare it to here in Bangalore where the front page photo shows two patients being treated in one bed! Also reports of used syringes and medical waste littered around the hospital.

Also in the news:

  • More frightening than the health situation was the full page spread of male body builders in speedos, strange poses and scary facial expressions - scared the heck out of me.
  • Cricket is the big sports story with Pakistan beating Sri Lanka in the WorldTwenty20.
  • Activists of the Gay Club launched week-long activities for the Karnataka Queer Habba in Bangalore.
  • Life in Ground Zero of a garbage dump: people living in an area where garbage is dumped, sorted, then trucked off are concerned about the health of their children as monsoon season sets in. Garbage is often left behind and with the wet weather, the dumping ground becomes a breeding ground for mosquitos.
  • Angelina Jolie, Robert Pattinson (Twilight), and other celebrities make the news everyday too.


  1. Wow that body builder was pretty scary. I am glad you posted the picture so I really understand what you mean...that smile is creepy.
    Used syringes and effluent problems..oh my things sound pretty scary on the health care front too. What alternatives are there? Private facilites? -M

  2. Two hospitals here in Bangalore have been recommended to us: Apollo and Wockhardt. So, I imagine they should be ok. Michael's company also has an emergency help line that we can call if necessary. If those fail I guess it's the first flight to Singapore!


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