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India okays plan to monitor medical device safety

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16-May-15 After several horrific cases of malfunctioning medical devices, India's health ministry has approved a materio vigilance program in an effort to ensure safety. Despite being a USD3.1 bn market, India has no system for registering adverse events or tracking safety records. The proposed plan envisages a nation-wide programme involving district hospitals, medical colleges and corporate hospitals. [image: Health Technology]

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Australia to boost its engagement in China's health sector

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15-May-15 Australia is seeking closer business ties with China in areas such as medical devices, aged care, health information technology, clinical trials, hospital management, pharmaceuticals and health foods. But Australian companies will need to prepare themselves for strong competition as the Chinese government pushes hospitals to use more domestically made medical devices. [image: The Conversation_Lukas Coch / AAP]

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Experts seek greater efforts to tackle non-communicable diseases in Vietnam

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14-May-15 Health experts have called for more efforts to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and diabetes in Vietnam, which have been increasing during recent years. "Of every ten deaths in Vietnam, seven are caused by NCDs, mainly cardiological, cancer, and diabetes," said deputy minister Nguyen Thanh Long. [image: laodong]

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Public health services manpower to be boosted in Macau

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14-May-15 Macau's public healthcare sector expects to recruit 2,640 additional health professionals in the next five years. According to the head of Health Bureau, Lei Chin Ion, the expansion is timed with the introduction of the city’s second public hospital, slated for operation by 2020, along with several other upcoming health centers. [image: Macau Daily Times]

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India's Wockhardt charts growth plan

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14-May-15 India's Wockhardt Hospitals, part of the Habil Khorakiwala-promoted Wockhardt Group, has chalked out an expansion plan, looking at adding two hospitals every year, particularly in tier-I and tier-II cities. In 2014, the firm opened a 350-bed hospital in south Mumbai, its first in four years. [image: Mint]

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