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  • 10 crore people administered precaution dose against COVID-19: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Aug 05, 2022 06:35 PM IST

    10 crore people administered precaution dose against COVID-19: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

    The government had on July 15 launched a special 75-day special drive to administer precaution doses to all aged 18 years and above at public vaccination centres free of cost.

  • Accelerate fund utilisation for early commencement of UG courses in medical colleges, Centre tells states Jul 28, 2022 07:15 PM IST

    Accelerate fund utilisation for early commencement of UG courses in medical colleges, Centre tells states

    The Union health ministry reviewed the progress of a centrally sponsored scheme to operationalise new medical colleges in 14 states. 

  • HIV patients protest over drug shortage; health ministry says adequate stocks available Jul 26, 2022 06:50 PM IST

    HIV patients protest over drug shortage; health ministry says adequate stocks available

    Sources say there are enough drugs to meet the needs of 95% people living with HIV in the country who are on first and second lines of antiretroviral regimens.

  • WHO's methodology for estimating COVID-19 deaths unscientific: Government Jul 19, 2022 05:30 PM IST

    WHO's methodology for estimating COVID-19 deaths unscientific: Government

    India had objected to the 'one size fits all’ approach adopted by the WHO as it might be true for smaller countries but cannot be applied to a huge and diverse country like India which had varied case trajectory across multiple states and at different periods during the pandemic, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply.

  • India records 18,840 Covid cases, 43 deaths in a day; active caseload rises by 2,693 Jul 09, 2022 10:25 AM IST

    India records 18,840 Covid cases, 43 deaths in a day; active caseload rises by 2,693

    The death toll has climbed to 5,25,386 with 43 more people succumbing to the viral disease, the data updated at 8 am stated.

  • As CGHS dues pile up, private hospitals refuse cashless treatment to govt employees Jul 05, 2022 12:02 PM IST

    As CGHS dues pile up, private hospitals refuse cashless treatment to govt employees

    The official said because of technical issues, payments of CGHS beneficiaries on the National Health Authority's information technology platform are not getting processed, increasing the outstanding dues.

  • Coronavirus Update | India reports 15,940 new COVID cases, 20 fatalities in last 24 hours Jun 25, 2022 12:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus Update | India reports 15,940 new COVID cases, 20 fatalities in last 24 hours

    The death toll climbed to 5,24,974 with 20 more fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. Active cases rose by 3,495 in a day and now comprise 0.21 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.58 per cent, the health ministry said.

  • COVID case rise concerning but no reason to panic: NTAGI's NK Arora Jun 13, 2022 12:08 PM IST

    COVID case rise concerning but no reason to panic: NTAGI's NK Arora

    Minimal deaths and hospitalisation show that the situation is under control, says Dr Arora, who leads the Working Group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.

  • Govt to transform COVID 'war room' into 'health emergency operation centre' Jun 08, 2022 10:04 PM IST

    Govt to transform COVID 'war room' into 'health emergency operation centre'

    The COVID war room, which has acted as a nerve centre in the fight against the virus, is all set to get a new makeover.

  • Endless growth prospects for generics in India, Jan Aushadhi pharmacies aim to match growing demand: PMBI CEO Ravi Dadhich Jun 06, 2022 02:23 PM IST

    Endless growth prospects for generics in India, Jan Aushadhi pharmacies aim to match growing demand: PMBI CEO Ravi Dadhich

    Having seen an exponential rise in the number of outlets opening since 2015, the government, through Jan Aushadhi Kendras, aims to make the quality generic medicines available to every citizen

  • Monkeypox: Health ministry issues advisory for international passengers May 31, 2022 09:23 PM IST

    Monkeypox: Health ministry issues advisory for international passengers

    On Tuesday, the Union's health ministry advised international passengers to avoid eating or preparing meat from wild game (bushmeat) or using products derived from wild animals in Africa, such as creams, lotions, and powders, as well as avoiding close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions.

  • Weekly COVID-19 cases rises 20% in India; active cases up by over 18% May 31, 2022 12:42 PM IST

    Weekly COVID-19 cases rises 20% in India; active cases up by over 18%

    As of May 31, active coronavirus infections have risen in 16 states and UTs, with Kerala registering the highest increase.

  • Exclusive | Government proposes over-the-counter sale of 16 commonly used medicines May 26, 2022 08:13 PM IST

    Exclusive | Government proposes over-the-counter sale of 16 commonly used medicines

    The government has proposed to introduce an OTC list with 16 medicines but has not described the exclusion or inclusion criteria

  • Government’s crowdfunding plan for treating patients with rare diseases yet to take off May 26, 2022 06:12 PM IST

    Government’s crowdfunding plan for treating patients with rare diseases yet to take off

    The total amount of donations channelled to the rare diseases portal is Rs 1.18 lakh till date, Bharti Pravin Pawar, minister of state for health and family welfare, told the Lok Sabha on March 25

  • Centre asks states to keep an eye on emerging COVID-19 clusters as BA.4, BA.5 detected from random samples May 25, 2022 10:31 AM IST

    Centre asks states to keep an eye on emerging COVID-19 clusters as BA.4, BA.5 detected from random samples

    While the BA.4 strain has been confirmed in Telangana and Tamil Nadu, BA.5 has been found only in Telangana so far. Both patients are showing mild symptoms

  • Centre alerts states to quickly identify, isolate monkeypox suspects in hospitals    May 23, 2022 01:16 PM IST

    Centre alerts states to quickly identify, isolate monkeypox suspects in hospitals  

    The World Health Organisation says it is working with countries where monkeypox cases have surfaced and others to expand surveillance and to guide them on how to manage the viral disease    

  • Ayushman Bharat health and wellness centres start delivering services but mental health yet to get its due May 19, 2022 06:07 PM IST

    Ayushman Bharat health and wellness centres start delivering services but mental health yet to get its due

    States believe that along with rolling out mental health services at primary care centres, efforts to build community awareness also need to be increased, says a newly released government report. 

  • COVID-19: International passengers to get booster doses faster but immediate relief unlikely for others May 13, 2022 03:40 PM IST

    COVID-19: International passengers to get booster doses faster but immediate relief unlikely for others

    The government is set to allow those planning travel outside India to receive COVID-19 booster doses, as per the requirement of the country they are travelling to

  • Explainer| Why are doctors at loggerheads with Centre to get NEET PG postponed? May 12, 2022 02:33 PM IST

    Explainer| Why are doctors at loggerheads with Centre to get NEET PG postponed?

    Failing to get any results from appeals to the government to postpone entrance exams to postgraduate courses, several doctors have approached the Supreme Court, which has listed the case for May 13.

  • COVID-19 update | International travellers to receive booster dose 3 months after second shot: Govt May 11, 2022 07:46 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | International travellers to receive booster dose 3 months after second shot: Govt

    Currently, Covid-19 vaccine booster doses are available to all above 18 years on the condition that the beneficiary has completed 9 months since their second shot.

  • Centre to launch a national public health observatory for integration of government schemes May 10, 2022 03:42 PM IST

    Centre to launch a national public health observatory for integration of government schemes

    The concept behind NHPO will be to analyse ongoing programmes and draw up strategies to tackle public policy related implications. The observatory will help in core policy planning and serve as a data control centre during health emergencies, an official said.

  • Specialist doctor crisis persists in rural India; no change in last five years despite rising seats in medical colleges May 10, 2022 09:20 AM IST

    Specialist doctor crisis persists in rural India; no change in last five years despite rising seats in medical colleges

    Experts say that specialists, particularly surgical and interventional, require a range of equipment to effectively practise their specialities. When Community Health Centres do not have these infrastructural support, they might be preferring to work in tertiary healthcare facilities where their skills could be more widely utilised and remunerated.

  • Only 59% households use clean fuel for cooking; 19% don’t have access to toilet, shows National Family Health Survey-5 May 06, 2022 10:06 AM IST

    Only 59% households use clean fuel for cooking; 19% don’t have access to toilet, shows National Family Health Survey-5

    The information collected through NFHS-5 assists policymakers and programme managers in setting benchmarks and examining progress over time in India’s health sector

  • Top advisory body bats for typhoid vaccine through Universal Immunisation Programme  May 05, 2022 02:10 PM IST

    Top advisory body bats for typhoid vaccine through Universal Immunisation Programme 

    WHO estimates that every year, nearly 12 million typhoid cases are reported worldwide, mainly in low- and middle-income countries; India alone reports 4.5 million cases. 

  • Govt plans special drive to conduct 2.7 crore cataract surgeries in next three years May 02, 2022 08:36 PM IST

    Govt plans special drive to conduct 2.7 crore cataract surgeries in next three years

    The aim of the National Programme for Control of Blindness and Visual Impairment is to develop comprehensive eye care facilities at each level of the basic public healthcare facility. But the programme was severely disrupted due to COVID-19

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