HEALTH MINISTRY

  • After Australian couple abandons child, Centre proposes rules to regulate surrogacy in India 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The Health Ministry has proposed new moves in order to regulate the booming business of surrogacy in India. According to the new proposed rules, foreign nationals who account for the maximum number of customers, will be barred from using Indian nationals as surrogate mothers. The rules state that it...
  • Health officials in India to be trained to handle Ebola cases 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Bracing to deal with Ebola epidemic which has claimed more than 4000 lives globally, the government on Thursday took stock of the measures being undertaken for strengthening the preparedness, surveillance and response system in states. A decision of imparting training to health officials of all states on ways...
  • India tightens rules on cigarettes, tobacco branding 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Tobacco companies in India will have to stamp health warnings across 85 per cent of the surface of cigarette packs and other products, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, joining nations such as Thailand and Australia with stringent marketing rules. Up to 9,00,000 Indians die every year of diseases...
  • Cigarette packs to carry warning on 85 per cent of space 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Come April next year, 85 per cent of space on cigaratte packs and other tobacco products in India will have to be mandatorily covered with graphic and text warnings of health hazard, making the country top ranker in terms of display of caution on packages. After implementation of...
  • Bangalore: Over 300 students fall ill after consuming midday meal September 19, 2014

    Bangalore: Nearly 300 children have fallen ill after consuming a midday meal in a governmentrun Urdu primary school in Bangalore. The students have all been rushed to a local hospital. The school claimed that they took all students for check up after a few students complained of uneasiness. Karnataka Health...
  • NHRC sends notice to Health Ministry over dearth of HIV drugs September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Concerned over the reported shortage of drugs for HIV patients across the country, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a notice to the Union Health Ministry asking for a report on measures taken to tackle the situation. "The Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media...
  • Health Ministry joins relief efforts in Jammu and Kashmir September 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The Health Ministry has joined relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir by sending over 1000 tonnes of medicines, waterpurifying plants and teams of doctors and experts to the floodravaged state. A 20member clinical team comprising physicians, pediatricians and reproductive health specialists have been deployed in Srinagar, an official...
  • Smoking in public likely to earn you a fine of Rs 20,000 September 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Smoking in public could earn a person a fine of Rs 20,000 as suggested by the expert panel set up by the Health Ministry on tobacco control. The panel has also suggested raising the age limit for consumption and banning the sale of loose cigarettes. Final recommendations are...
  • Six passengers quarantined at Delhi airport hospital test negative for Ebola: Government August 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The Health Ministry on Tuesday said that the six passengers who were quarantined at the Delhi airport hospital on fears of having been exposed to the Ebola virus have tested negative. The passengers who arrived in Delhi from Liberia on Tuesday have now been shifted to the Ram Manohar...
  • Ebola scare: Health Ministry conducts screening at all airports in India August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as many as 531 passengers are being tracked at airports across India for Ebola. But no positive cases have been detected so far. The Health Ministry is conducting screenings at all airports. Till August 21, there had been 1350 deaths and 2473...
  • Ebola scare: Sri Lanka suspends onarrival visa facility for 4 African nations August 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has suspended onarrival visa facility for visitors from four African countries in the wake of Ebola epidemic in Africa, officials said. External Affairs Ministry officials said privilege to obtain visa on arrival has been suspended for visitors from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with immediate effect....
  • Tobacco ban: Health Ministry to make law more stringent August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Tobacco control seems to have finally taken precedence in India. First the Modi government made cigarettes costlier, then called for nationwide ban on tobacco products and now for the first time in over a decade since the cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (COTPA) was formed, the...
  • Centre sacks AIIMS CVO from his post, move seen as violation of CVC Act August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Without citing a reason for the decision, the Health Ministry has removed the Chief Vigilance officer of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Sanjeev Chaturvedi from his post. However, amidst criticism for the decision Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that Chaturvedi was "not eligible" for...
  • 5 arrivals in India found to have contact history with Ebola cases August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Five persons out of a total of 145 passengers who arrived at various airports in India from Ebola virusaffected countries in the last 24 hours were found to have contact history with positive cases of the disease, the health ministry said. The details of the said five passengers have...
  • Nigerian not tested positive for Ebola: Centre August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The union Health Ministry on Monday denied reports that a Nigerian national admitted to the RML hospital has tested positive for the dreaded Ebola disease. Denying the reports, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said "Our vigilant officials did indeed send a person to RML Hospital. His blood samples were sent...
  • 'No suspected Ebola case in Rajasthan' August 13, 2014

    There has been no suspected case of Ebola virus in Rajasthan, a senior government health official said. No person was found having symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) nor anyone reported to any hospital in Ajmer, state Medical and Health Director Dr BK Meena told PTI on telephone. He said it was...
  • No suspected case of Ebola virus disease in India: Government August 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Health Ministry on Tuesday announced that there was no suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country even as the Cabinet Secretary took stock of the situation and reviewed the preparedness of the Government on the deadly virus. According to an official release issued, a...
  • Government sets up control room, helpline for Ebola virus surveillance August 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Saturday set up a control room and launched helpline numbers to maintain an intensive surveillance to prevent the spread of dreaded Ebola virus in the country and provide information about it to the common people. "The helpline numbers 23063205, 23061469 and 23061302 were made operational this...
  • Condoms, abstinence needed to control AIDS: Harsh Vardhan June 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday denied opposing promotion of condoms, and said a combination of condoms and abstinence was needed to fight HIV/AIDS. A day after reports said the minister spoke against promoting condoms for preventing the spread of AIDS, an official statement from Harsh Vardhan said that...
  • India @ 9 with Anubha Bhonsle June 20, 2014

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  • Centre to build AIIMS like national hospitals in 11 states June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has written a letter to eleven states to find land to build All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) like institutes and asked them to get back to the ministry within a month. The states to which letters have been written are Kerala, Tamil...
  • Ensure 100 per cent immunization for encephalitis: Harsh Vardhan June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Concerned about the large number of encephalitis deaths in the country, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday asked officials to target 100 per cent immunization of children. The health minister said that the drive to eradicate encephalitis should replicate the Pulse Polio campaign. The minister's remarks came after the...
  • New Health Minister Harsh Vardhan promises transparency, egovernance May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Promising transparency and egovernance, new Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said that he will be interacting with national and international experts to formulate policies and execute them successfully. "I will ensure that at every level where public has an interface with the ministry, there is complete transparency so...
  • Government dubs 2-finger test on rape victims unscientific, bans it March 4, 2014

    Nagpur: The Union Health Ministry, which has drawn new guidelines for treating rape victims, has asked all hospitals to set up a designated room for forensic and medical examination of victims besides outlawing the two-finger test performed on them, dubbing it as unscientific. The Department of Health Research (DHR) along with...
  • Fresh guidelines outlined on medical care to rape victims March 4, 2014

    Nagpur: The Union Health Ministry, which has drawn new guidelines for treating rape victims, has asked all hospitals to set up a designated room for forensic and medical examination of victims besides outlawing the two-finger test performed on them, dubbing it as unscientific. The Department of Health Research (DHR) along with...
  • Desiraju transferred: Health ex-secretaries, bureaucrats allege foul play February 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Nearly two weeks after the Union Health Secretary Keshav Desiraju was transferred to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, former health secretaries and bureaucrats have written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh alleging foul play. The letter said, "Since we are at a loss to understand the reasons...
  • DCI member colludes with ex-college head to get it derecognised February 25, 2014

    Coimbatore: A year after the former chairman of Tamil Nadu Dental Council Dr Gunaseelan was caught accepting bribes from dental colleges for increasing the number of seats, all is not well with the top medical body of India. The trail of shame still continues. CNN-IBN has accessed a report of the...
  • Watch: A call of action to fight dengue November 3, 2013

    The 2013 Dengue outbreak witnessed the country was the worst in at last six years. According to Health Ministry, the number of dengue cases has been steadily rising since 2008 when the count was 12,561. ...
  • 39 medical colleges to be upgraded by health ministry August 26, 2013

    Thirty-nine medical colleges in the country have been identified by the Union Health Ministry for an upgrade this year under Phase III of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). The upgrade process would see super speciality blocks with state-of-the-art facilities and high-end equipment being set up at these colleges, a...
  • Govt likely to seek review of SC order on NEET July 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Government is likely to seek a review of the Supreme Court judgement scrapping the common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and postgraduate courses in medical and dental colleges with the Law Ministry endorsing a proposal in this regard. Unhappy with the judgement, the Health Ministry had proposed to take...