“My Health, My Rights”, an initiative for medical students launched on World Health Day 2024

On World Health Day 2024, the National Medical Commission (NMC) and the National Task Force on Mental Health and Well-being of Medical Students (NTF) launched the innovative initiative “My Health, My Rights.” This pioneering effort, coordinated by the Anti-Ragging Committee of the National Medical Commission, aims to address healthcare challenges […]

Reports claiming significant hikes in prices of medicines are false, misleading: Health Ministry

The government dismissed the media reports claiming that medicine prices will witness a significant hike by up to 12 per cent from April 2024 and called them false, misleading and malicious. “Some media reports have highlighted that medicine prices will witness a significant hike by up to 12 per cent from April […]

Free vaccination campaign for Japanese Encephalitis to start in Bhopal from Feb 27

The state health department is all set to start a free vaccination campaign for ‘Japanese Encephalitis’ disease for the children of age 1 to 15 years old in the state capital Bhopal from February 27. The inoculation will be done at government hospitals and health centres in the city. The department is targeting the inoculation of around nine lakh children in the […]

OCTF’s guidelines for Head & Neck Cancer recognized among 13 worldwide clinical practice advice

The Consensus Guidelines for the Management of Head and Neck Cancer (HNC), developed under the aegis of the Oral Cancer Task Force (OCTF), has been recognized amongst the 13 worldwide clinical practice guidelines in Cancers. The OCTF’s consensus guidelines were included in the journal Cancers as part of a scoping review that identified and compared the […]

Most patients who require hospitalisation are of influenza, RSV: Health expert

As India logged 702 new COVID-19 cases and reported six deaths in the last 24 hours, Dr Dhiren Gupta, Senior Paediatrician, Sir Gangaram Hospital said that currently, most patients requiring hospitalisation are of influenza and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). “Till now we are getting most of the patients that require admission mainly in influenza or RSV. So, […]

JN.1 variant is fast spreading; vulnerable for older people with multiple comorbidities: Health expert

Amid the emergence of a fresh coronavirus subvariant JN.1, Co-Chair, IMA COVID Task Force Dr Rajeev Jayadevan on Thursday said that the new strain can be problematic for people of old age and those with multiple comorbidities. “JN.1 is a fast-spreading variant, it could go into the next tier of […]

China pneumonia: What we know about the new outbreak of respiratory illness

China has seen an uptick in respiratory illness and clusters of undiagnosed pneumonia in children. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has asked China for more detailed information about the increase in respiratory disease. Look back to 5 January, 2020, and you’ll find a statement from the WHO titled “Pneumonia of unknown cause […]

World Hand Hygiene Day: WHO reiterates its commitment to ‘accelerate action together’

On the World Hand Hygiene Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is highlighting the urgent need for countries in the South-East Asia Region and across the world to rigorously implement hand hygiene at the point of health care delivery, accelerating the progress made throughout the CoVid-19 response. World Hand Hygiene Day is observed […]

DGCI approves market authorisation of Serum Institute’s Covovax as booster dose

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved the market authorisation of Serum Institute of India’s (SII) COVID-19 vaccine Covovax as a heterologous booster dose. This vaccine can be taken as a booster dose by people who have already taken two doses of Covishield or Covaxin. Earlier, the DCGI approved Covovax for […]