Daily Archive: July 21, 2017

Vector-borne diseases claimed 1,010 lives this year

vector- borne diseases, health minister J P Nadda said the government would strengthen surveillance and diagnostic systems. A total of 632 people died due to influenza (H1N1), while Aedes Aegypti (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) claimed 279 and 60 lives, respectively, this year till July 16, according to data provided by the minister as part of a written reply.

As per data available for this year, while 22 people died on account of dengue till July 9, Malaria claimed the lives of 17 people in 2017 up to May. Altogether, 1,010 people have died this year due to these vector-borne diseases. Listing out the steps taken to combat vector-borne diseases, the minister said there is also coordination with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) to detect early warning signals such as any upsurge in fever cases or any reports of malaria outbreaks.

Asked whether the government plans to start a national programme in public private partnership mode for prevention of vector-borne diseases, Nadda said there is no such proposal as on date.

He, however, mentioned about the memorandum of understanding between Madhya Pradesh, ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) and Sun Pharma for the malaria elimination initiatives, among other such programmes. The minister also said the Centre ensures deputation of teams with specialist doctors to guide and supervise the efforts of the state governments to help in reduction of morbidity and mortality due to the outbreak of vector-borne diseases.

To another question, Nadda said there is no proposal at the ministry level to get ISO certification for primary and community health centres. “National Quality Assurance Programme (NQAP) has been rolled out, under which quality standards for different health facilities, including primary health centres and community health centres have been defined and these health facilities are assessed against them and certified,” he said.

As far as quality assurance of these centres is concerned, it is for the states to see, Nadda said, adding that the central government provides technical and financial support. There are 25,354 functional primary health centres and 5,510 community health centres in the country, official data showed.

Seven New Homoeopathic Medical Colleges with 610 UG seats given permission in 2016-17

Seven New Homoeopathic Medical Colleges with 610 UG seats given permission in 2016-17: Shri Shripad Naik

Rs. 417.11 crore has been spent by the Ministry of AYUSH during the last financial year under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission for promotion of AYUSH including AYUSH infrastructure.

Health is a State subject. Therefore, Ministry of AYUSH does not maintain the data regarding the number of homoeopathic doctors employed in Government Hospitals. However, there are 1149 seats for PG courses in Homoeopathy in the country.

During the Academic Year 2016-17, seven New Homoeopathic Medical colleges were given permission having strength of total 610 UG seats. Nine existing Under Graduate Colleges were given permission to start new Post Graduate Course in Homoeopathy with strength of 231 PG seats. Two existing UG colleges were given permission to increase their admission capacity of 160 seats.

Under “Establishment of New Medical College, (Opening of New or Higher Course of Study or Training and increase of Admission Capacity by a Medical College) Regulations, 2011” application for starting New PG Courses in Homoeopathy can be submitted to the Central Government.

State/Union territory-wise Homoeopathy colleges in the Country with annual students admission capacity in under-graduate and post-graduate courses

S. No STATE / U.T State wise PG seats  in Colleges
1 Andhra Pradesh 42
2 Bihar 52
3 Delhi 4
4 Gujarat 54
5 Karnataka 129
6 Kerala 36
7 Madhya Pradesh 113
8 Maharashtra 378
9 Orissa 18
10 Punjab 18
11 Rajasthan 59
12 Tamil Nadu 45
13 Telangana 30
14 Uttar Pradesh 114
15 West Bengal 57


This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


Sunny Leone adopts a baby girl

  • Sunny Leone adopts a baby girl from Latur
  • Mumbai, Jul 21 (PTI) Actress Sunny Leone and her husband Daniel Weber have adopted a 21-month-old baby girl from Latur in Maharashtra.

    Sunny and Daniel have named her Nisha Kaur Weber.

    Before entering Bollywood, Sunny appeared on Salman Khan-hosted hit reality show “Bigg Boss”.

    She has been part of films like “Jism 2”, “Ragini MMS 2”, “Jackpot” among others. She has made cameo appearances in Akshay Kumar’s “Singh is Bliing”, Shah Rukh Khan starrer “Raees” and Sonakshi Sinha’s “Noor”.

    The 36-year-old actress has now signed up for a special appearance in a song in Ajay Devgn-Emraan Hashmi starrer “Baadshaho.”

    She will also be seen opposite Arbaaz Khan in Rajeev Walia’s romantic musical “Tera Intezaar”.

Modi’s policies burning Kashmir: @RahulGandhi

 Jul 21  Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday charged that the Narendra Modi government’s policies are “burning” Jammu and Kashmir and flayed any attempt for third party intervention to resolve the issue, saying “Kashmir is India”

Kashmir has been facing unrest ever since Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces last year

“I have been saying this for a long time that Modi’s and the NDA’s policies are burning Jammu and Kashmir,” he told reporters outside Parliament

“It is being said there should be discussion on Kashmir with China and Pakistan but my opinion is that Kashmir is India and India is Kashmir and this is our internal matter..

our internal business and no one should interfere in it,” he said

Reacting to China’s offer of playing a “constructive role” in resolving the Kashmir issue, India had earlier said its stand of resolving all matters bilaterally with Pakistan, including Jammu and Kashmir, has not changed.

#NDMC to replace 2 lakh street lights

  • NDMC to replace 2 lakh street lights, will save Rs 50 cr.
  • New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) Over two lakh conventional street lights will be replaced with LEDs by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) in the next nine months, a move that will save Rs 50 crore of the civic body annually.

    The work for replacing 2.05 lakh lights will begin in Rohini and Narela zones from Sunday, NDMC Commissioner Praveen Gupta said today.

    The entire conventional lighting system, semi half-mast lights and lights in parks of North Delhi will be replaced with LEDs.

    Contract has been awarded for 1.15 lakh light fixtures in its two of the bigger zones – Rohini and Narela.

    Remaining 90,000 will be in the City, Civil Lines, Sadar Paharganj and Karol Bagh zones, Gupta said in a press conference.

    “The move will result in saving of 65-70 per cent energy.

    The concessionaire will claim 79 per cent of the revenue through energy saving. The NDMC will have the remaining 21 per cent that will calculate to Rs 14 crore annually,” he said.

    Gupta also said along with cut in expenditure on maintenance charges, the civic body will have a total saving of Rs 50 crore annually for a period seven years.

    Besides energy saving, recurring maintenance charges of around Rs 24 crore being paid to discoms, Rs 7 crore for the maintenance of semi high mast lights and Rs 3 crore for their replacement fittings annually, would be saved as the concessionaire will take care of it, he said.

    All these will result in a total saving of Rs 350 crore by the civic body in the next seven years after which the whole system will be handed over to NDMC by the concessionaire.

    The civic body had prescribed world class specifications for the lights to ensure quality.

    “The manufacturer especially designed the product to meet the specifications including minimum seven years life span,” the commissioner said.

    Also, the LEDs will be fitted with sensors so that they go on and off automatically as per requirements.

    The entire LED lighting system will be watched through a central control and monitoring centre so that timely repairs and replacements could be done.

A strike against pneumonia – J.P. Nadda

In 2014, this government made a promise to the people of India, to safeguard their health, to provide the men, women, and children of this country the best chance to survive and thrive. One of the key initiatives was to protect as many of our children against as many diseases as possible, with the introduction of new vaccines into the Universal Immunization Programme (UIP), as well as by ensuring these reach the unreached. This was one of the most significant policy decisions in public health arena taken because of the visionary leadership of Shri Narendra Modi Ji.  Today, I can say that promise is well on its way to being fulfilled.

For decades, our children have died from diseases that could be prevented. Introduction of new vaccines is key to reducing childhood and infant mortality and morbidity in the country.  In the last two years, through the UIP, we saw the introduction of the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV), Rotavirus vaccine (RVV) against diarrhoea, and the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine, to protect against both measles and rubella. The latest weapon in the arsenal being introduced is pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). More than 130 countries worldwide have introduced PCV as part of their childhood immunization programmes, in line with World Health Organization (WHO) global recommendations. This vaccine provides protection against one of the most common causes of pneumonia—a bacterium called pneumococcus. This bacterium also causes other diseases such as ear infections, meningitis and blood infections, with some of these resulting in death or serious disabilities.

This vaccine has long been available in the private sector in India, so children of wealthy families who could afford it could be protected. But today, by introducing it in the UIP, we are ensuring that this vaccine reaches all children, especially those who need it the most, the underprivileged and underserved. The availability of life-saving vaccines should not be limited to only those who can afford it. It is through vaccines like PCV that we can give the citizens of this country a shot at an equitable future and achieve the vision of an India in which every citizen lives a healthy and productive life.

Many people ask, “Why immunize?” Previous generations, the argument goes, suffered from diseases like diarrhoea, measles, and pneumonia; why is it essential for us to immunize our children against it? By the time you finish reading this article, one child in India would have died from pneumonia. One child every three minutes – that is the tragic toll pneumonia claims in this country. We need to protect and save those children.

The decision to introduce a vaccine in the UIP is a well-regulated and carefully thought-out process that takes into account the need, the safety and the efficacy of the vaccine.  For a new vaccine to be introduced in the country, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) reviews disease burden and epidemiology of a particular vaccine preventable disease and vaccine availability along with its cost effectiveness before making recommendations for any new vaccine introduction. NTAGI is an independent body of experts with repute and experience in the field. The Ministry introduces new vaccines only when NTAGI recommendations are subsequently approved by the empowered programme committee and Mission Steering Group (MSG).

All new vaccines, including the PCV, have been included in the UIP at the recommendation of NTAGI and following this procedure. PCV helps protect against the bacterium that causes the maximum number of child pneumonia deaths worldwide and in India. We are starting by introducing it in parts of Bihar, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, but the plan is to soon cover all of India. It is an expensive vaccine, but it will now be available to our citizens for free. The cost to the government exchequer is offset by the additional economic benefits of having a healthier society.

With close to 1.8 lakh deaths and over 20 lakh cases annually, child pneumonia poses a significant financial burden on India. The costs of treating a case of pneumonia perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Parents of children who contract pneumonia have to pay expensive hospital bills, which can cost them several months in wages. To add to this, they have to take time off and stay home to care for sick children, negatively impacting India’s economy. Healthier children enjoy better cognitive development, are better in school, missing fewer days, and in the long run, when they join the workforce, they tend to be more productive and earn more. Health thus creates wealth. There are several global examples where healthier populations grow their incomes and escape from poverty quicker, making PCV an investment into India’s progress towards becoming an economically developed nation. India leads the world in pneumonia deaths but, with the launch of PCV, we have definite chance at changing that statistic and making a serious dent in our contribution to the global burden of the disease.

In the past, vaccines have greatly contributed in reducing death and disease. Ailments like smallpox no longer plague us and India is now free of polio and maternal and neonatal tetanus. The government’s investment and commitment to India’s UIP has contributed to this progress. Today, the UIP provides Indian children with vaccines for 11 deadly and debilitating diseases; the introduction of PCV will increase that number to 12. Recently released National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) data shows that India’s full immunization coverage stands at 62%, up from 43.5% just a   decade ago. More vaccines and higher coverage have helped to drastically reduce our infant and child deaths. To accelerate that momentum, Mission Indradhanush was launched in 2014 to reach the most vulnerable and ensure 90% of India’s children have access to life-saving vaccines by 2020. This project now has attained top speed with our Honourable Prime Minister rescheduling the target to 2018, emphasizing that no child should be left behind.

It is our duty to deliver on the promise and save the lives of tens of thousands of children in this country who don’t live to see their fifth birthday due to preventable diseases. To achieve these ambitious targets, we cannot afford to slow down. Let us immunize and give our children the protection they need to fight off deadly diseases and reach their full potential.