World not on track to meet 2020 milestone for malaria control: WHO

According to the report by WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication (SAGme), the world is not on track to meet the target of eliminating malaria. The report also noted that currently, less than one per cent of the global funds for health R&D investment are allocated to develop tools to fight malaria The world… Continue reading World not on track to meet 2020 milestone for malaria control: WHO

Where India stands in battle against measles, How Sri Lanka eliminated it

WHO has declared Sri Lanka measles free. Sri Lanka is the fifth country in WHO’s Southeast Asia region to eliminate measles. The other four countries are Bhutan, Maldives, DPR Korea and Timor-Leste. Sri Lanka’s success follows its persistent efforts to ensure maximum coverage with two doses of measles and rubella vaccines being provided in the… Continue reading Where India stands in battle against measles, How Sri Lanka eliminated it

82% shortfall in specialists puts healthcare on sick bed

According to data from the Health Ministry, the gap between required and available specialists in health centres, is in the range of 80-99%. Further, there is a wide regional disparity in gap in demand and supply of nurses and pharmacists. For example: UTs and smaller states have a surplus. However, states like Bihar, Himachal Pradesh,… Continue reading 82% shortfall in specialists puts healthcare on sick bed

Five countries had zero malaria cases in 2018: WHO

According to WHO’s E-2020 initiative: 2019 progress report, 5 countries viz. China, Iran, Malaysia Timor-Leste and El Salvador reported no indigenous cases of malaria in 2018. China and El Salvador reported zero cases for the second consecutive year; Iran, Malaysia and Timor-Leste had zero cases of malaria for the first time in 2018. In 2015,… Continue reading Five countries had zero malaria cases in 2018: WHO

PM Modi reaches India after attending SCO meet

Indian PM has concluded his two-day visit to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) summit in Bishkek,Kyrgyzstan. During his visit,Indian PM has held successful bilaterals with China, Russia, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan apart from addressing the SCO summit. He coined the acronym HEALTH during his address at the Summit, which is a template for strengthening cooperation amongst… Continue reading PM Modi reaches India after attending SCO meet

Nipah case: 7 in isolation and 314 quarantined in Kerala

The numbers of suspected Nipah virus infection cases in Kerala has risen to 7. Samples from the patients have been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) labs at Alappuzha and Pune. The National Institute of Virology is an Indian virology research institute. It was previously known as ‘Virus Research Center’ and was founded… Continue reading Nipah case: 7 in isolation and 314 quarantined in Kerala

Imperative to test all pregnant women for gestational diabetes

A recent paper published in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India has highlighted the need to screen every pregnant woman for gestational diabetes even if no symptoms are exhibited. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is defined as Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) with onset or first recognition during pregnancy. Undiagnosed or inadequately treated GDM… Continue reading Imperative to test all pregnant women for gestational diabetes