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Polite pill for docs

Doctors have got a taste of bureaucratic medicine — health secretary Deepak Kumar on Monday asked them to be polite to patients.

“During my recent visit to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in the guise of a patient, I found some of the doctors were impolite to the patients. The patients should be able to trust the doctors. The doctors can gain this trust only with their polite attitude,” the health secretary said. He was speaking at a programme organised on vector-borne diseases by the community medicine department of PMCH, in association with World Health Organisation, on World Health Day.

Madhup Vajpayee, regional team leader, World Health Organisation, said Bihar tops the country in kala-azar cases and the state government had not been successful in containing the disease.

Speaking on mosquito repellents, Rajeev Ranjan Prasad, professor, physiology department of PMCH, said: “Neem and camphor are some of the mosquito repellents. Modern day gadgets allow stagnation of water, which is the main source of vector-borne diseases.”