Everything about Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C

Headline : Hepatitis B and C major killers, but few know it Details : In News: On the World Hepatitis Day, the Union health minister pledged to join a campaign initiated by the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) to create awareness about the disease. Context of the topic: In India, more people are dyingContinue reading “Everything about Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C”

Why the latest Ebola outbreak in Congo is a growing concern?

Headline : Why the latest Ebola outbreak in Congo is a growing concern? Details : News Context Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has become the second-deadliest in history with 1,220 confirmed and probable cases, including 772 deaths, since Aug 2018. However, despite a worsening Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organization has decided not toContinue reading “Why the latest Ebola outbreak in Congo is a growing concern?”

A Rare Opportunity Editorial 11th Apr’19 IndianExpress

  Headline : A Rare Opportunity Editorial 11th Apr’19 IndianExpress  Details :  Rare diseases: A rare disease affects a small percentage of people. Most rare diseases are chronic and severe, leading to death or disability. Problems in diagnosis, understanding and treatment: Since these diseases are not found commonly, doctors are typically unaware about them and thereforeContinue reading “A Rare Opportunity Editorial 11th Apr’19 IndianExpress”

Everything about Autism

Headline : AIIMS doctors develop application to help in timely diagnosis of autism  Details :  The News In the backdrop of the World Autism Awareness Day, doctors at AIIMS have developed a mobile app for early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. World Autism Awareness Day is observed on April 2 every year. About the App TheContinue reading “Everything about Autism”

Objectives of Ayush Mission

The Government has launched the National AYUSH Mission with the objectives of:  providing cost effective AYUSH Services, with a universal access through upgrading AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries,  co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs),  strengthening institutional capacity at the state level throughContinue reading “Objectives of Ayush Mission”

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)

. Consider the following statements about National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) 1.     It functions under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution 2.     It fixes/revises the prices of controlled bulk drugs and formulations Select the correct statements a     1 Only b     2 Only c      Both 1 and 2 d    Continue reading “National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)”

What is Trachoma?

• It is a chronic infective eye disease caused by infection with the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis which is transmitted through contact with eye and nose discharge of infected people, particularly young children who are most vulnerable to the infection. • It is also spread by flies which come in contact with the infected person andContinue reading “What is Trachoma?”

National Population Policy 2002

National Population Policy 2002  long term objective of achieving a stable population by 2045  To address the unmet needs for contraception, health care infrastructure, and health personnel  To provide integrated service delivery for basic reproductive and child health care.  Maternal Mortality Rate: below 100 per lakh birth.  Infant Mortality Rate: 30 perContinue reading “National Population Policy 2002”

Everything about World Malaria Report 2017 by WHO

The global figures • The report shows that there were 5 million more malaria cases in 2016 than in 2015. • The estimated global tally of malaria deaths reached 445,000 in 2016 compared to 446,000 the previous year. • The African Region continues to bear an estimated 90% of all malaria cases and deaths worldwide.Continue reading “Everything about World Malaria Report 2017 by WHO”

Indian Council of Medical Research – ICMR

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR): It is an apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research and is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world. Its headquarters are at New Delhi. It is funded by the Government of India through the Department of Health Research, MinistryContinue reading “Indian Council of Medical Research – ICMR”

Lymphatic Filariasis

Introduction • The national health policy had aimed at eliminating filariasis by 2015 but the deadline was extended to 2017 and now has been shifted to 2020. • But India is likely to miss the target date of stamping out elephantiasis or lymphatic filariasis. Filariasis • Filariasis, called hathipaon (elephant foot) locally, can cause limbs,Continue reading “Lymphatic Filariasis”

H1N1 Flu:

H1N1 Flu: It is a respiratory disease caused by a strain of the influenza type A virus known as H1N1. H1N1 Flu is also known as swine flu. It is called swine flu because in the past the people who caught it had direct contact with pigs. It can be transmitted from one person toContinue reading “H1N1 Flu:”

NATIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL PRICING AUTHORITY:

NATIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL PRICING AUTHORITY: The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is a government regulatory agency that controls the prices of pharmaceutical drugs and equipments in India. NPPA is an organization of the Government of India which was established to fix/ revise the prices of controlled bulk drugs and formulations and to enforce prices and availabilityContinue reading “NATIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL PRICING AUTHORITY:”

Everything about Surrogacy

What is surrogacy? Surrogacy is where a woman becomes pregnant with the intention of handing over the child to someone else after giving birth. Generally, she carries the baby for a couple or parent who cannot conceive a child themselves – they are known as “intended parents”. There are two forms of surrogacy. In traditionalContinue reading “Everything about Surrogacy”

Measles and Rubella

Measles  Measles  is a deadly disease and one of the important causes of death in children. It is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing of an infected person. Measles can make a child vulnerable to life threatening complications such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and brain infection. Globally, in 2015, measles killed an estimated 1,Continue reading “Measles and Rubella”