Healthy states: Maharashtra earns the third spot on NITI Aayog’s health index

Kerala has topped among large states on overall health performance in NITI Aayog’s Health Index followed by Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra

Healthy states: Maharashtra earns the third spot on NITI Aayog’s health indexMaharashtra features prominently on the third spot which has shown that the state has taken beneficial steps through its policies and health interventions. It has taken great strides to improve the health and welfare of the people. Also, over 56,000 patients have availed medical benefits through the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in 4.5 years. The […]

NITI Aayog set to release second edition of ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’ report

NITI Aayog will release the second edition of 'Healthy States, Progressive India' report in New Delhi on Wednesday, June 25. The report takes a comprehensive look at health in terms of health outcomes, governance and processes and impact of policy interventions.

NITI Aayog set to release second edition of ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’ reportAn official release said the Round-II report focuses on measuring and highlighting the overall performance and incremental improvements in these parameters over a two-year period of 2016-17 and 2017-18 in the states and union territories. The report has been prepared in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with technical assistance from the […]

ICMR makes national ethical guidelines compulsory for biomedical and health research across India

For the first time, all biomedical and health research is going to be regulated through the ethics committees. ICMR National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research becomes mandatory to be adhered to for all biomedical research in the country

ICMR makes national ethical guidelines compulsory for biomedical and health research across IndiaThe Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research has become mandatory and needs to be adhered to for all biomedical research in the country as per the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules 2019 released recently by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. This will be effective […]

India’s measles vaccination programme helps save countless lives

On World Measles Immunisation Day, Indian researchers have found that the recent vaccination programmes have helped prevent deaths of thousands of children in the country

India’s measles vaccination programme helps save countless livesResearchers from King George’s Medical University, Lucknow; Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, and the Indian Council of Medical Research have analysed the impact of the national measles immunisation campaign in India. The findings of the study were published in the journal eLife. The researchers analysed […]

FSSAI bans use of stapled tea bags

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), looking at the widespread use of tea bags, has taken cognisance of the potentially harmful staple pins used in packaging tea leaves in tea bags and is seeking a ban on the pins

FSSAI bans use of stapled tea bagsFood regulator FSSAI on Wednesday, January 30 issued a notification seeking a ban on the use of pins in tea bags by the food business operators (FBOs) by June 30. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked the FBOs to discontinue manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of stapled tea bags by […]

Union health ministry bans sale, manufacture and import of e-cigarettes

An advisory has been issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to all the states and union territories in the country to impose a ban on all Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)/E-cigarettes. It was stated that including e-Cigarettes and the like devices are not to be sold (including online sale), manufactured, distributed, traded, imported and advertised in their jurisdictions, except for the purpose and  in the manner and to the extent, as may be approved under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules made thereunder

Union health ministry bans sale, manufacture and import of e-cigarettesAnupriya Patel, the minister of state in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, stated the following in a written reply: ‘In larger public health interest and in order to prevent the initiation of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) by non- smokers and youth with special attention to vulnerable groups, Ministry of Health & Family […]

Union health ministry releases operational guidelines on HIV/TB intervention in prisons

A function was held to mark World AIDS Day, 2018 organised by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. At the function,  Anupriya Patel also released the Operational Guidelines on HIV/TB Intervention in prisons and NACO Calendar for 2019

Union health ministry releases operational guidelines on HIV/TB intervention in prisons“Government is not only fully funding the HIV/AIDS programme but also increasing the resource envelope in accordance with the programme needs.” stated Anupriya Patel, Minister of State (Health & Family Welfare). Sanjeeva Kumar, AS & DG (NACO), Alok Saxena, Joint Secretary  (NACO), Dr Billali Camara, Country Coordinator, UNAIDS and Dr Benk Henkedam, WHO Country Representative […]

Now head police constables can impose fines under the COPTA Act

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sent an Advisory to all Principal Secretaries of State health departments to consider notifying head constables, municipal officers etc. as additional enforcement officers to impose and collect fines under Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act. (COTPA)

Now head police constables can impose fines under the COPTA ActThe letter was issued on Thursday, October 25 in which Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Joint Secretary, Vikas Sheel, mentioned that India is the third largest tobacco producing nation and second largest consumer of tobacco worldwide. Mortality due to tobacco in India is estimated at upwards of 1.3 million (13.5 lakhs) annually. One feature […]

IMA expresses concerns over patient’s rights charter to union govt

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written a letter to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) expressing their grievances over certain shortcomings in the patient’s rights charter

IMA expresses concerns over patient’s rights charter to union govtThe IMA has stated that while the patient’s rights charter emphasises and addresses the rights of the patients. It fails to highlight the importance of the responsibilities a patient has towards healthcare providers. In a letter addressed to Dr Anil Kumar, Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; IMA National President, […]

Patient safety: 328 drugs banned by union health ministry

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) has prohibited the manufacture for sale, sale or distribution for human use of 328 Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs) with immediate effect. It has also restricted the manufacture, sale or distribution of six FDCs subject to certain conditions

Patient safety: 328 drugs banned by union health ministryEarlier, the central government had, through its notifications published on the March 10, 2016 in the Gazette of India, prohibited the manufacture for sale, sale and distribution for human use of 344 FDCs under section 26 A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. Subsequently, the Government had prohibited five more FDCs in addition to […]