HEALTH MINISTER

  • Proposal to raise retirement age of AIIMS faculty put on hold April 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Decision on a proposal to increase the retirement age of AIIMS director and teaching faculty from 65 to 70 years has been deferred for a second time following opposition from several quarters. The proposal was discussed at the Governing Body meeting held recently. "It was turned down following...
  • Smoking causes cancer, will have bigger pictorial warnings on cigarette packs: Health Minister April 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Putting forth the government's stand over pictorial warnings on cigarette packets, Health Minister JP Nadda on Friday said that they will go ahead with prominent pictorial warnings. Maintaining the government's view, Nadda said that smoking causes cancer and the size of pictorial warnings should be increased. "Health Ministry's stand...
  • India to host fifth meeting of SAARC health ministers April 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Indian will host the fifth meeting of SAARC health ministers next week to deliberate on key issues including HIV/AIDS, prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases and to strengthen collaborations amongst the nations. "The meeting will deliberate on a road map for strengthening collaboration among SAARC countries on a...
  • Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij comes out in support of Ashok Khemka April 2, 2015

    Chandigarh: Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij on Thursday came out in support of IAS officer and whistleblower Ashok Khemka, Vij said he will talk to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar regarding the officer "who had worked to weed out corruption during the previous Congress regime". Khemka received his 45th transfer...
  • Swine flu virus mutated, no reason to panic, say experts March 13, 2015

    Mumbai: A recent report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claims that the swine flu virus has been mutated to take on a more infectious strain. However health experts have said that there is no reason to panic. The report claims that virus has mutated and has taken on a more...
  • Union Minister of State for Health Minister advocates for more use of Hindi in official work March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Health Shripad Yesso Naik on Wednesday advocated for more use of Hindi language and said it is part of everybody's "constitutional responsibility" to use it for official as well as day-to-day functions. Health Ministry officials said to improve Hindi skills, the 'Rajbhasha Vibhag' will...
  • Swine flu scare: Over 700 people dead, 11,071 cases reported; don't panic, says government February 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Swine flu scare became worse on Thursday with over 700 people having died and 11,071 cases getting reported so far in the country in 2015. Speaking on the spread of swine flu, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth said the government is providing all help to all the states. "We are...
  • Swine flu kills 39 in 24 hours, Health Minister holds high level meeting February 18, 2015

    Widening the swine flu scare, thirty nine people suffering from the disease have been killed in the country over the last 24 hours. While chemists says they are short of flu medication Tamiflu, the govt has claimed that there is ample stock available. ...
  • Chief Vigilance Officer of MCI HK Jethi had sought repatriation, Harsh Vardhan clarifies November 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Under attack, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said that Chief Vigilence Officer of Medical Council of India HK Jethi had written to the Health Ministry requesting repatriation to his parent cadre and that his application was only forwarded by his Ministry to the Department of Personnel...
  • Government to launch health drive to eliminate measles, other diseases September 29, 2014

    New Delhi: An ambitious drive to eliminate or control a host of diseases, including measles, which affects lakhs of people and leave many killed every year will be launched, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said. Vardhan said the government was already working towards eliminating measles by 2015 and Rubella, also...
  • Isolation ward in Mecca to check Ebola virus September 9, 2014

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia will establish a 50bed exclusive isolation ward at Arafat Hospital in Mecca during the Haj pilgrimage as a preventive measure against the Ebola virus and other communicable diseases, Arab News reported on Tuesday. Deputy Health Minister for Planning and Development Mohammed AlKhasheem said that over 22,000 medics will...
  • AIIMS doctors begin signature campaign against Chief Vigilance Officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi's removal August 23, 2014

    New Delhi: In the national capital a group of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday have started a signature campaign protesting the removal of Chief Vigilance Officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi. According to the Health Minister, Sanjiv Chaturvedi was removed from his post by the government as...
  • Ebola: Karnataka health minister writes to PM, seeks more checks at Delhi, Mumbai airports August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Karnataka Health Minister UT Khader has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan to step up vigilance for possible Ebola virus affected patients landing at Delhi and Mumbai airports; the only two airports in the country that receive direct flights from Africa. He has...
  • Government's health policy will lay emphasis on Ayurveda: Harsh Vardhan August 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said the government would work towards enhancing Ayurveda's global acceptance as evidencebased medicine. Speaking to reporters at Haridwar after laying foundation stone of a Global Museum of Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine at yoga guru Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Yoga...
  • MBBS seats: Harsh Vardhan comes down hard on Medical Council of India August 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has come down hard on the Medical Council of India for "punishing" MBBS aspirants instead of medical colleges for not complying with rules, which, he said, has ended up reducing the number of seats and harming career of many students. Vardhan, who had earlier charged...
  • Harsh Vardhan to meet Arian's father on Friday to discuss his medical condition July 24, 2014

    New Delhi: 12yearold Arian is suffering from a rare genetic disorder called the Hunter syndrome. With the help of CNNIBN and Change.org's campaign, Arian has received help from many all around the world. Arian's father told CNNIBN that they have received close to 24 lakh rupees as donations since the...
  • India's infant mortality rate dips July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: India has seen a dip in its infant mortality and fertility rates, official figures released on Thursday showed. The infant mortality rate in India has declined from 47 per 100,000 live births in 2010 to 42 in 2012, according to the National Health Profile, 2013. The National Health Profile,...
  • Replace sex education with format to make people aware about child pregnancy July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Days after courting controversy over his remarks on imparting sex education in schools, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said it should be replaced by a format which makes people aware about child pregnancy and associated evils. "I have spoken out against socalled sex education without pedagogy on this...
  • Mandatory testing for HIV/AIDS counterproductive: Health minister July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Mandatory testing for HIV/AIDS in India may scare "away a large number of suspected cases from getting detected and treated", the government opined on Tuesday even as it stated that the country has an estimated 7.77 lakh HIV/AIDS patients. "Considerable thought has been given to the issue. The government...
  • Health Minister asks CMs to consider raising VAT on tobacco products to 50 pc July 5, 2014

    New Delhi: In a bid to discourage people from consuming tobacco products, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has written to all the chief ministers to consider raising the VAT on tobaccomade products to 50 per cent. He has asked the state governments to frame a tax policy making tobacco products...
  • Maharashtra health minister appeals doctors to withdraw strike July 2, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Health Minister Suresh Shetty has appealed to striking medical officers under the public health department to end their agitation and resume duty. In an statement issued here on Wednesday Shetty urged doctors not to cause trouble to citizens. On June 2, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan held discussions...
  • Indian government working on world's largest health insurance scheme June 29, 2014

    Houston: The new Indian government is planning to bring about a 'complete transformation' of the health sector and is working on the blueprint of the world's largest universal health insurance programme. This was announced by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan as he read out a speech by Prime Minister Modi to a...
  • TWTW: Cyrus's take on Harsh Vardhan's comment on banning sex education June 29, 2014

    Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has been facing the heat for his views on his website where he stated that the socalled "sex education" should be banned in schools. Cyrus Broacha is shocked! Are you too? ...
  • Does sex education in schools remain a taboo? June 27, 2014

    Just a couple of days after the row over Health Minister Harsh Vadhan's remarks on fidelity over condoms to prevent AIDS, there is another controversy now surrounding his views on sex education. Vardhan stated on his website that sex education in schools should be banned. However, the Health Minister is...
  • Harsh Vardhan clarifies sex education remark June 27, 2014

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday clarified his no sex education remark. In his latest blog, the Health Minister has said that sex education was necessary for students but it should not be vulgar by any means. ...
  • Sex education necessary but minus vulgarity, clarifies Harsh Vardhan June 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who stirred a hornet's nest by saying that sex education should be banned in schools, has now issued a statement clarifying his remarks. Now, the BJP leader is of the opinion that sex education is necessary for school students but it should not be...
  • AIIMS report on Arian, suffering from Hunter Syndrome, to be submitted to Health Minister today June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The special panel of experts of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on 12yearold Arian who is suffering from Hunter Syndrome is likely to be submitted to the Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan Singh on Monday. The 12yearold's plight was highlighted by CNNIBN and Change.org earlier this month...
  • Health Ministry writes to Finance Ministry, demands cigarette price hike June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: In a move to discourage people from consuming cigarettes, the Health Ministry has written to the Finance Ministry to increase the taxes on cigarettes thereby increasing its price. The Health Ministry has urged the Finance Minister to increase the price of cigarette by Rs 3.5 per stick irrespective...
  • Health Minister refers Hunter Syndrome patient Arian's case to AIIMS, assures all help June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: In a step which could help save the life of 12yearold Arian, suffering from the deadly Hunter Syndrome, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan met the child's parents in New Delhi on Friday. The Health Minister has referred Arian's case to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi....
  • CJ Shib Shankar appeals the govt to help save son Arian from Hunter Syndrome June 15, 2014

    12year old Arian is suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Hunters Syndrome. It's deadly disease and the treatment would cost his family a whopping Rs 1.5 crore annually . Given the high cost of the treatment and financial constraints faced by family, his father Shib Shankar Chowdhary's has now...