February 28, 2024

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Operation AMRITH

Kerala recently initiated Operation AMRITH (Antimicrobial Resistance Intervention for Total Health). This programme enforces the original H1 rule, mandating a doctor’s prescription for acquiring any class of antibiotics. BACKGROUND In 2011, the Indian government introduced the H1 rule to prohibit the over-the-counter (OTC) sales of antibiotics without a prescription, responding to the growing concern over antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Major objective of Schedule H1 drug is to control the un-restricted use of antibiotics. This specified list of drugs should be sold by chemists only after retaining a copy of the prescription by them. The supply of a drug specified in Schedule....Read More

The Centre launched an initiative to improve nutrition in adolescent girls using Ayurveda. The project for anaemia control under Mission Utkarsh will be a joint public health initiative by the Ministries of Ayush and Women and Child Development. It would be launched in five aspirational districts first as a pilot project. In the first phase, the focus may be on improving the anaemic status of adolescent girls (14-18 years) in five aspirational districts of five states – Assam (Dhubri), Chhattisgarh (Bastar), Jharkhand (Paschimi Singhbhum), Maharashtra (Gadchiroli), and Rajasthan (Dhaulpur). Under Mission Utkarsh, 15 central ministries or departments will work to....Read More

Diphtheria

The World Health Organization (WHO) published the guidelines on the clinical management of diphtheria. ABOUT DIPHTHERIA Diphtheria is a serious contagious bacterial infection of the nose and throat. According to WHO, Respiratory diphtheria is caused by strains of Corynebacterium diphtheriae, which have an affinity for the upper respiratory tract (nose and throat) and produce a toxin that causes local disease and, in severe cases, airway compromise and systemic complications. Diphtheria spreads from person to person mostly through the air, and less frequently by direct contact. The incubation period is usually from 2 to 5 days. Although diphtheria can be treated....Read More

Eat Right India

Over 500 hospitals in India have been certified as 'Eat Right Campus' by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Among the certified hospitals, about 100 are government hospitals. More than 2,900 workplaces across the country are now recognized as Eat Right Campus, transforming lives of thousands of people working in these campuses. FSSAI has established rigorous criteria and a comprehensive evaluation process for the Eat Right Campus certification. ABOUT THE INITIATIVE Eat Right India movement was started in 2019. The initiative aims to promote safe, healthy, and sustainable food environments within institutions and workplaces. Eat Right India....Read More

Alaska Pox

Alaska health officials have confirmed the first death from a recently discovered viral disease – Alaskapox. The double-stranded-DNA virus comes from the same genus as smallpox, monkeypox and cowpox. It was first identified in an adult in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2015. It is most common in small mammals. To date, no human-to-human transmission of Alaskapox virus has been documented. Symptoms of Alaskapox may include one or more skin lesions (bumps or pustules) and other symptoms like swollen lymph nodes and joint and/or muscle pain. Immunocompromised people might be at increased risk for more severe illness.Read More

APPAR initiative

Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship recently attended the National Conference on APAAR: One Nation One Student ID Card. Around 25 crore APAAR IDs have already been created till date. ABOUT APAAR The aim of APAAR is to establish a unified student identity system called ‘One Nation, One Student ID’. The Automated Permanent Academic Account Registry initiative aims to provide a unique and permanent 12-digit ID to every student. The APAAR ID connects a student's academic bank of credits (ABC), which stores all of his or her academic learnings, certificates, credentials, formal or informal credits earned from....Read More

Tata Trusts is set to launch India’s first state-of-the-art Small Animal Hospital in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. The hospital is a first-of-its-kind and spans over 98,000-square-foot, across 5 floors with a capacity of over 200 beds. Inspired by philanthropist and former Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata’s vision for a super speciality hospital for pets, the facility will provide round the clock services through pet-sensitised veterinarians, nurses and technicians trained to deliver quality care with a mission to save lives. The hospital will be launched in March 2024. The hospital will have facilities like: Emergency & Critical Care - 24x7 triage and treatment....Read More

Ministry for Health and Family Welfare launched two new initiatives recently. ABOUT KILKARI ‘Kilkari’ (meaning ‘a baby’s gurgle’), is a centralized interactive voice response (IVR) based mobile health service which delivers free, weekly, time-appropriate 72 audio messages about pregnancy, childbirth, and childcare directly to families’ mobile phones from the second trimester of pregnancy until the child is one year old. Women who are registered in Reproductive Child Health (RCH) portal) based on the woman’s LMP (last menstrual period) or the child’s DoB (Date of Birth), receive a weekly call with pre-recorded audio content directly to the mobile phones of pregnant....Read More

Rio de Janeiro has declared a public health emergency because of an outbreak of dengue fever. The Brazilian city declared the emergency, just days before Carnival celebrations kick off across Brazil. ABOUT DENGUE FEVER Dengue (DENG-gey) fever occurs in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Vector- an infected Aedes species (Ae. aegypti or Ae. albopictus) mosquito. Dengue is caused by one of any of four related viruses: dengue virus 1, 2, 3, and 4. A person can be infected with dengue multiple times in their life. Mild dengue fever causes a high fever and flu-like symptoms. The severe form....Read More

THIP joins VSN

The Healthy Indian Project (THIP), a health information platform in India, is included as a member of the World Health Organization’s Vaccine Safety Net (VSN). ABOUT VSN VSN, established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2003, serves as a global network of websites that provide trustworthy and verified vaccine safety information. Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS), established in 1999, supports the VSN by providing advice and criteria for website quality and content. VSN is continuously expanding. To date, 110 websites from 45 countries provide vaccine safety information in 43 languages. ABOUT THIP The Healthy Indian Project (THIP)....Read More

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