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  • COVID-19: Govt calls for invoking provisions of Epidemic Act; GOM reviews preparations Mar 11, 2020 10:40 PM IST

    COVID-19: Govt calls for invoking provisions of Epidemic Act; GOM reviews preparations

    The meeting was held under the chairpersonship of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

  • Coronavirus patients are stable, showing signs of recovery: Harsh Vardhan Mar 11, 2020 08:01 AM IST

    Coronavirus patients are stable, showing signs of recovery: Harsh Vardhan

    Vardhan also called up Health Ministers of Delhi, Haryana, Kerala, Telangana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh as well as Lt Governors of Ladakh, and Jammu & Kashmir to ascertain the status of the COVID-19 affected patients kept in isolation centres in hospitals, the health ministry said.

  • Govt prepared to deal with coronavirus, Health Ministry sending directives to states: Harsh Vardhan Mar 09, 2020 09:00 PM IST

    Govt prepared to deal with coronavirus, Health Ministry sending directives to states: Harsh Vardhan

    Vardhan emphasised the need for states and Union territories to adhere to core capacities for disease preparedness and response like surveillance, laboratory diagnosis, hospital preparedness, logistic management, capacity building and risk communication, the ministry said in a statement.

  • Harsh Vardhan says prepared to deal with coronavirus, Health Ministry sending directives to states Mar 09, 2020 03:20 PM IST

    Harsh Vardhan says prepared to deal with coronavirus, Health Ministry sending directives to states

    The health minister chaired a review and coordination meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, mayors of the Municipal Corporations of Delhi and senior officials of various departments.

  • Coronavirus: 29,607 people under observation as on March 5, Health Minister informs Lok Sabha Mar 06, 2020 08:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus: 29,607 people under observation as on March 5, Health Minister informs Lok Sabha

    Vardhan also said 654 people were brought from Wuhan in China on February 1 and 2, and kept in quarantine at Army Camp in Haryana's Manesar and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Camp at Chhawla in Delhi for 14 days.

  • All international flights to be screened for COVID-19; 28 positive cases so far in India: Harsh Vardhan Mar 04, 2020 05:55 PM IST

    All international flights to be screened for COVID-19; 28 positive cases so far in India: Harsh Vardhan

    Vardhan held a meeting with Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain and civic body officials on March 4 and urged them to augment facilities of isolation wards in city hospitals if more cases of coronavirus gets recorded.

  • Coronavirus: All international flights to be screened; 28 positive cases so far in India, says Health minister Harsh Vardhan Mar 04, 2020 01:33 PM IST

    Coronavirus: All international flights to be screened; 28 positive cases so far in India, says Health minister Harsh Vardhan

    Addressing the media, Vardhan said if the Iranian government lent its support, a testing facility could be set up there as well. This will help bring back Indian citizens from Iran after a thorough screening, he said.

  • Congress MPs came to my seat in Lok Sabha, tried to attack me: BJP's Harsh Vardhan Feb 07, 2020 02:41 PM IST

    Congress MPs came to my seat in Lok Sabha, tried to attack me: BJP's Harsh Vardhan

    Treasury and opposition members nearly came to blows in the Lok Sabha on Friday when the Union health minister condemned in "no uncertain words" the "outlandish" remarks made by former Congress chief Gandhi against Modi.

  • Uproar in Lok Sabha over Harsh Vardhan's remarks on Rahul Gandhi Feb 07, 2020 12:10 PM IST

    Uproar in Lok Sabha over Harsh Vardhan's remarks on Rahul Gandhi

    During Question Hour, when Gandhi asked a question related to establishment of medical colleges, Vardhan said before giving the answer, he would like to make a statement on the Congress leader's recent comment on the prime minister.

  • Released Rs 3,520 cr in last two years to states under AB-PMJAY: Health Minister Feb 04, 2020 08:48 PM IST

    Released Rs 3,520 cr in last two years to states under AB-PMJAY: Health Minister

    Vardhan said the experience of the last 16 months showed the average premium amount is Rs 800 per family per annum, however, this had been estimated at Rs 1,052 at the time of the inception of the scheme.

  • Have released Rs 3,520cr in last two years to states under AB-PMJAY: Health Minister Feb 04, 2020 02:50 PM IST

    Have released Rs 3,520cr in last two years to states under AB-PMJAY: Health Minister

    Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Vardhan said the reasons for slow utilization of funds allocated under the health insurance scheme was because four states — West Bengal, Telangana, Odisha and Delhi — which account for 20 per cent of the eligible beneficiary population, were not implementing the scheme.

  • Infant deaths at Kota hospital: Centre to send high-level team Jan 02, 2020 06:50 PM IST

    Infant deaths at Kota hospital: Centre to send high-level team

    Vardhan has also written to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, assuring him of all assistance, and urged him to initiate measures to stop the deaths of children at the JK Lon hospital.

  • Govt committed to providing affordable quality healthcare services to all: Harsh Vardhan Dec 24, 2019 10:19 PM IST

    Govt committed to providing affordable quality healthcare services to all: Harsh Vardhan

    Vardhan enumerated the advances made in medical infrastructure and said the number of AIIMS has been increased to 21 and work is also progressing on setting up of 157 medical colleges mainly in the aspirational districts of the country to ensure that people are provided superior health services.

  • For India to grow at a sustained pace, tech and innovation have to become all pervasive: Harsh Vardhan Nov 29, 2019 08:45 AM IST

    For India to grow at a sustained pace, tech and innovation have to become all pervasive: Harsh Vardhan

    Highlighting the country's progress, Vardhan said India is aggressively working towards establishing itself as a leader in industrialisation and technological development.

  • Surrogacy Bill 2019 in Rajya Sabha: What is it and why is it problematic? Nov 20, 2019 07:13 PM IST

    Surrogacy Bill 2019 in Rajya Sabha: What is it and why is it problematic?

    Contravention of the bill can invite imprisonment up to 10 years and fine up to Rs 10 lakh

  • FSSAI trained about 1.7 lakh food safety supervisors to sensitise people on healthy eating habits Sep 05, 2019 08:58 PM IST

    FSSAI trained about 1.7 lakh food safety supervisors to sensitise people on healthy eating habits

    Vardhan also sought a mass movement on preventive and promotive health in the backdrop of increasing burden of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart ailments, and rampant food-borne illnesses.

  • Indian Institute of Petroleum sets up plant to turn plastic waste into diesel Aug 27, 2019 07:45 PM IST

    Indian Institute of Petroleum sets up plant to turn plastic waste into diesel

    'By producing diesel out of plastic waste on a large scale, the plant is not just a good step towards freedom from plastic but will also reduce our dependence on other countries for petroleum products,' Harsh Vardhan said after inaugurating the plant in the presence of Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.

  • Ayushman Bharat helped 39 lakh people save Rs 12,000 crore: Harsh Vardhan Aug 21, 2019 08:45 PM IST

    Ayushman Bharat helped 39 lakh people save Rs 12,000 crore: Harsh Vardhan

    Several events are being planned across the country to commemorate the first anniversary of its launch and September 23 will be celebrated as 'Ayushman Bharat Diwas' to generate awareness about the scheme.

  • Central, north India prone to extreme rainfall due to climate change: Govt Jul 09, 2019 09:45 PM IST

    Central, north India prone to extreme rainfall due to climate change: Govt

    In a reply to another question, Vardhan said both the first-stage long range forecast issued on April 15 and the second stage forecast issued on May 31 suggest that the monsoon seasonal rainfall for the country as whole was likely to be near normal.

  • Old Delhi temple vandalised: Here is all you need to know Jul 02, 2019 05:37 PM IST

    Old Delhi temple vandalised: Here is all you need to know

    Union Minister and Chandni Chowk MP Harsh Vardhan visited the area on July 2, assuring the locals that the “culprits will be arrested”

  • High-level team deployed to Bihar's Muzaffarpur to set up state-of-the-art research centre Jun 17, 2019 08:35 PM IST

    High-level team deployed to Bihar's Muzaffarpur to set up state-of-the-art research centre

    The health minister reviewed the situation at a high-level meeting which was attended by senior officers of the Health Ministry, Indian Council of Medical Researcg (ICMR) and AIIMS.

  • India's image improved under PM Modi: Union minister Harsh Vardhan Mar 27, 2019 08:07 AM IST

    India's image improved under PM Modi: Union minister Harsh Vardhan

    Vardhan said Modi's is a "divine gift" for whom service to the nation is "paramount and the principle of Antyodaya is given highest priority".

  • Harsh Vardhan says Ministry of Earth Sciences can be renamed Bharat Mata Mantralaya: Report Jan 16, 2019 11:46 AM IST

    Harsh Vardhan says Ministry of Earth Sciences can be renamed Bharat Mata Mantralaya: Report

    The Union Minister of Science and Technology said he will change the name if the secretary of MoES agrees to his suggestion

  • Mumbai to get 200 rain gauges, new automated weather stations to be installed in Kerala: Harsh Vardhan Jan 15, 2019 09:00 AM IST

    Mumbai to get 200 rain gauges, new automated weather stations to be installed in Kerala: Harsh Vardhan

    Vardhan said the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and the IMD are developing prediction tools for thunderstorm lightning.

  • No leniency will be shown towards those who violate pollution norms: Harsh Vardhan Nov 05, 2018 03:12 PM IST

    No leniency will be shown towards those who violate pollution norms: Harsh Vardhan

    Delhi's pollution level sharply spiked Monday as a thick haze engulfed the national capital due to high impact of stubble burning and pushed the air quality in the 'very poor' category, authorities said.

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