Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers fighting COVID-19 extended for a further period of 180 days

What is the News? Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP): Insurance Scheme for Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19 has been extended for 180 days with effect from October 21,2021.So far, 1,351 claims have been paid under the scheme. About Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme for health workers Fighting Covid-19 Launched by: It is… Continue reading Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers fighting COVID-19 extended for a further period of 180 days

Indigenous knowledge shared by Gujarat based farmer can combat Mastitis, an ailment of dairy cattle

What is the News? Based on the indigenous knowledge shared by a farmer from Gujarat, National Innovation Foundation(NIF) has developed a poly-herbal and cost-effective medicine named Mastirak Gel to treat Mastitis, an infectious disease of dairy cattle. What is Mastitis disease in Cattle? Mastitis is an infectious disease condition resulting in an inflammatory reaction in… Continue reading Indigenous knowledge shared by Gujarat based farmer can combat Mastitis, an ailment of dairy cattle

Country’s first ‘One Health’ consortium launched by D/o Biotechnology, Post COVID 19

What is the News? The Department of Biotechnology has launched a ‘One Health’ consortium in a virtual mode. What is the purpose of the ‘One Health’ Consortium? One Health Consortium has been launched to carry out surveillance of important viral, bacterial, & parasitic infections of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens in India. The consortium will also… Continue reading Country’s first ‘One Health’ consortium launched by D/o Biotechnology, Post COVID 19

Covaxin junior: Bharat Biotech’s kids’ vaccine is good news. But why is its vaccine for adults yet to get WHO clearance?

What is the news? Bharat Biotech is on the threshold of becoming the second Indian vaccine maker to receive an emergency use approval in the domestic market for a children’s Covid vaccine.  The company’s vaccine for children has received a conditional approval from an expert committee of the drug regulator. The next steps will have… Continue reading Covaxin junior: Bharat Biotech’s kids’ vaccine is good news. But why is its vaccine for adults yet to get WHO clearance?

The next step is a constitutional right to health

Synopsis: Presently, any investment in health care has failed to translate into a sense of security and sanctuary for many Indians. So, the logical next step would be providing the fundamental Right to Health for all. Introduction The present pandemic, not only shows the deficiencies in our health care, but also devastated it further. So,… Continue reading The next step is a constitutional right to health

Explained: What is Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine to get the WHO’s backing?

What is the news?  The new vaccine “RTS,S/ASO1 (RTS.S)” with its trade name “Mosquirix” was endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently. This is the first and only vaccine shown to have the capability of significantly reducing malaria, and life-threatening severe malaria, in tests on young African children.  About the vaccine – Mosquirix  Mosquirix has been developed by British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline… Continue reading Explained: What is Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine to get the WHO’s backing?

Health Benefit Package under Ayushman Bharat revised

What is the news? The National Health Authority (NHA), the apex body for implementing Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY), has revised the Health Benefit Package (HBP) Master under the scheme. About the revised changes in the Health Benefit Package In the revised version of the Health Benefit Package (HBP 2.2), new… Continue reading Health Benefit Package under Ayushman Bharat revised

An inclusive plan for healthcare systems to be built back better

Synopsis: Need to strengthen and transform our health systems by making them more equitable, resilient and sustainable for all. Introduction Countries in the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia Region, continue to respond to the pandemic aggressively, battling new and more transmissible variants. In addition to covid-19, the region faces a range of pressing threats, from… Continue reading An inclusive plan for healthcare systems to be built back better

Gaming disorder increases during pandemic

What is the news? The pandemic spurred an increase in the use of Internet devices has resulted in an increase in gaming addiction throughout India. About the Online games and gaming addiction in India According to the All India Gaming Federation, India’s online gaming industry is expected to be worth ₹15,500 crores by 2023. A… Continue reading Gaming disorder increases during pandemic

WHO releases new roadmap to defeat meningitis 

What is the news?  Recently, World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners launched the first-ever global strategy to defeat meningitis. Meningitis is a debilitating disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year.  What is the aim of the strategy?  The strategy ‘the Global Roadmap to Defeat Meningitis by 2030’, aims to prevent infections and improve… Continue reading WHO releases new roadmap to defeat meningitis