World Cancer Day: Building awareness, tackling the fatal disease; all you need to know, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Annually, World Cancer Day is observed on February 4th with an aim to save millions of lives through education, creating awareness towards prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. Over the years we have seen numerous advancements in the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer as well as the factors that contribute to the decline of the disease. But the number of new cases diagnosed each year continues to increase globally, especially in India. Based on the cancer registry data report by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it is…

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Union Budget 2023-24: Augmentation of academicians needed, not new medical institutes infra, Health News, ET HealthWorld

By Harika Palabatla and Prabhat Prakash Hyderabad: To boost and enhance medical education facilities in India, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that 157 new nursing colleges will be established in co-location with the existing 157 medical colleges established since 2014 during the Union Budget 2023-24. In addition to these measures, the Finance Minister stated, “Faculty from public and private medical colleges, as well as R&D teams from the corporate sector, will have access to facilities in a few ICMR labs to conduct research to promote joint research and innovation.” The…

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Union Budget 2023-24: Will Communicable Diseases be one of the Focal Points?, Health News, ET HealthWorld

By Ritika Sakhuja and Prathiba Raju New Delhi: Communicable diseases pose a substantial challenge to the public health system in India. With increased public spending on healthcare more attention is the need of the hour, inform domain experts. The emergence of new COVID strains, increasing cases of measles and tuberculosis (TB), Zika virus and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in various parts of India, highlight the need for increased budgetary spending to strengthen the healthcare industry’s response to communicable diseases. Moreover, The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MoHFW) goal of making…

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G20 Health Working Group meeting: India to play proactive role in negotiations, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Thiruvananthapuram: Ahead of the 1st Health Working Group meeting under its G20 presidency here, India on Tuesday said it will play a proactive role in representing the ‘Global South‘ in the negotiations across multilateral Global health platforms. Noting that G20 has become one of the most important forums to strengthen and push for a resilient, responsive, and inclusive global health architecture, Lav Agarwal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said India aims to achieve convergence in discussions across various multilateral fora engaged in health cooperation and work towards…

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Covid-19 Cases: India reports 104 new COVID in last 24 hours, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi [India]: India’s active COVID-19 cases stand at 2,149 with 104 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday. There is a slight drop in the COVID cases as compared to January 13, when the number of active cases were 2,257. The rate of active cases stands at 0.01 per cent while the current recovery rate has been at 98.08 per cent, since last week. In the last 24 hours, 182 recoveries have been confirmed pushing the total number…

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Union Budget 2023-24: More Investment Needed On Mental Health Services, Say Experts

Several reports by mental health organisations, noted that the number of people suffering from mental health problems is increasing in India. Well, when we talk about mental health, it is an issue that is very critical but mostly ignored or stigmatised. As eyes are on the Union Budget 2023-24 being presented on February 1, what could be expected in the aspect of mental health? Despite the rising number of suicides and other mental health problems that are prevalent in the country, relatively little had been allocated for it in the…

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India finds 11 COVID-19 Omicron sub-variants in international passengers, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: Eleven variants of COVID-19 were detected during testing of international passengers at airports and seaports in India between December 24 to January 3, official sources have said. Eleven Omicron sub-variants were found during testing of international travellers and all these variants earlier reported as present in the country, the sources said. A total of 19,227 samples of international travellers were tested, out of which 124 were found positive and were isolated they said. Of the 124 positive samples, genome sequencing results of 40 were received of which XBB…

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Indian Oil Signs MoU With Central TB Division For Tuberculosis Eradication

The Indian Oil Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) with the Central TB Division (CTD) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the states of Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to undertake an intensified TB elimination project on Wednesday.  The ministry noted that Uttar Pradesh and Chhatisgarh share the highest burden of TB cases among large states in India. The MoU was signed in presence of Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya and Union Minister of Petroleum…

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Drug Factories Inspection: India inspects drug factories as Gambia controversy lingers, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: India’s pharmaceuticals regulator has begun inspecting some drug factories across the country, the health ministry said on Tuesday, as it tries to ensure high standards after an Indian company’s cough and cold syrups were linked to deaths in Gambia. India is known as the “pharmacy of the world” and its pharmaceuticals exports have more than doubled over the past decade to $24.5 billion in the past fiscal year. The deaths of at least 70 children in Gambia has dented the industry’s image, though India says the drugs made…

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RT-PCR Test: Amid rising COVID concerns, random post-arrival testing begins at Delhi Airport, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: Following the advisory ‘Guidelines for International Arrivals’, issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has commenced random post-arrival testing for International arrivals at Delhi Airport, said Dr Gauri Agarwal, Founder, Genestrings Diagnostic Center on Sunday. “On average approx 25,000 travellers arrive at the IGI Delhi Airport, out of which 500 random passengers are being tested. By the end of the first day, Genestrings had conducted approximately 110 tests,” said Dr Gauri. According to the new instructions by the government, 2 per…

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