Pandemic leads to decline in vaccine coverage but signs of recovery emerge: Gavi – ET HealthWorld

Geneva: An analysis of the state of routine immunisation in 57 lower-income countries supported by Gavi shows that the COVID-19 pandemic continued to hold back vaccinations in 2021, however signs of recovery are beginning to emerge. Basic vaccine coverage in lower-income countries dropped by one percentage point to 77 per cent after a four-percentage point fall in 2020, the first year of the pandemic. The number of zero-dose children, who have not received a single shot of basic vaccines, rose for the second year running to 12.5 million. The overall…

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Urgent need to refill gaps in Indian healthcare post-Covid: Report – ET HealthWorld

m West Bengal. New Delhi, The over two years of Covid-19 pandemic laid bare the already failing health systems of India and people continue to suffer. With the country now facing recurring infections post-Covid, there is an urgent need to refill gaps in the healthcare systems, suggests a report on Friday. The ‘Health Systems Resilience Index (HSRI)’ report by global think tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF) offers insights into the state of the country’s health systems at a disaggregated sub-national level, and the parameters that need to be addressed in…

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Doctors riding the wave of telemedicine – ET HealthWorld

Mumbai: Doctors have always been at the forefront of healthcare delivery. Over centuries medical science has evolved and so has the role of doctors. Doctors are crucial for the well-being of a patient with correct diagnosis and timely medical attention. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the role of doctors in dealing with the deadly virus. The pandemic also brought about a revolution in healthcare delivery by acting as a catalyst in making telemedicine and telehealth a norm in healthcare delivery. Telemedicine services have existed for decades, but the rate at which…

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Mandaviya reemphasizes urgent need for bringing transparency and accountability in WHO functioning – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya reemphasized on Monday the urgent need for bringing transparency and accountability in the functioning of the World Health Organization (WHO) to make it “fit for purpose” and working towards its financial sustainability. Addressing the inaugural session of the G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting, being held in Yogyakarta in Indonesia, virtually, the minister shared the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted the need for systemic changes in health governance, according to a Health Ministry statement. “The ongoing pandemic has posed multiple challenges on the…

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Prioritize equitable health to build well-being societies for a healthier, fairer, and greener world: WHO – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: With climate change emerging as the single biggest threat facing humanity and nearly 13 million lives lost every year due to avoidable environmental causes, the World Health Organization (WHO) on the occasion of World Health Day 2022 is calling for prioritizing equitable health and accelerating steps to protect ecological systems and health to build well-being societies. “Climate change is putting the health, well-being, and sustainable development of billions of people across the Region and the world at risk. It imperils decades of progress in reducing disease-related morbidity and…

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44 per cent Indians feel lack of trust in pharma companies, vaccine makers resulted in confusions during pandemic: Survey – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi : Nearly 44 per cent of Indians felt that the lack of trust in pharma companies and vaccine makers resulted into more confusions during the pandemic, a recent health survey done by The Healthy Indian Project (THIP) in association with Cyber Media Research (CMR). Lack of proper communication from the authorities and constantly-changing guidelines regarding vaccines were among the other top reasons with 40 per cent and 28 per cent of respondents polling for them respectively. The THIP – CMR survey measured the health attitude of Indians after…

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PM Chairs High-level Meeting To Review COVID-19 situation, Vaccination Status

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the coronavirus situation, particularly in the context of the Omicron wave and the status of the vaccination drive in the country. According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), a detailed presentation on the global scenario and India’s status of COVID-19 was given. PM Modi appreciated the relentless efforts put in by vaccinators, healthcare workers, central and state governments.  Modi underlined the significance of following the COVID-19 related protocols and urged continued support from…

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Pandemic has not ended as more variants expected: WHO chief scientist – ET HealthWorld

CAPE TOWN: The World Health Organization‘s (WHO) chief scientist, Soumya Swaminathan, said on Friday that the world was not yet at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic as there would be more coronavirus variants. “We have seen the virus evolve, mutate … so we know there will be more variants, more variants of concern, so we are not at the end of the pandemic,” Swaminathan told reporters in South Africa, where she was visiting vaccine manufacturing facilities with WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Follow and connect with us on Twitter,…

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Union Health Minister launches Intensified Mission Indradhanush 4.0 – ET HealthWorld

“India is implementing the largest immunisation programme globally where we annually cover more than three crore pregnant women and 2.6 crore children through the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP).” Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare stated while launching Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 4.0 virtually in presence of health officials of States and Union Territories. Under Mission Indradhanush, all vaccines under Universal Immunization Program (UIP) are provided as per national immunisation schedule. Mission Indradhansuh was also identified as one of the flagship schemes under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (16,850…

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WHO chief says discussed collaboration on COVID origins with Chinese premier – ET HealthWorld

The head of the World Health Organization said on Saturday he had discussed with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang the need for stronger collaboration on the origins of COVID-19, a subject of controversy that has strained Beijing’s relations with the West. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has previously pressed China to be more forthcoming with data and information related to the origin of the virus. “Pleased to meet with Premier Li Keqiang,” Tedros tweeted. “We discussed COVID-19 and the need for an aggressive effort on VaccinEquity this year to vaccinate 70% of all…

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