HEALTH MINISTRY

  • Over 230 cases of swine flu reported across India, 100 in Delhi alone January 18, 2015

    Mumbai: Swine flu seems to be increasing at an alarming rate throughout the country with the national capital having recorded more than 100 cases this year alone. The overall cases have been recorded in the country has crossed 230 with the death toll over 30. The Health Ministry said that...
  • Health Ministry proposes fine of Rs 1000 on smoking in public places, ban on sale of loose cigarettes January 14, 2015

    New Delhi: In a bid to curb tobacco consumption, the Health Ministry has now formally proposed changes in anti-smoking law with a ban on sales of loose or single sticks of cigarettes. The ministry sought to raise the fine on smoking in public places from Rs 200 to Rs 1000...
  • Centre for raising age of person buying tobacco products to 21 years January 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Brushing aside opposition, the government on Tuesday moved to amend the anti-smoking law and proposed radical changes, including ban on sale of loose cigarettes and raising the minimum age of a person buying tobacco products to 21 years from existing 18. It has also proposed raising of fine to...
  • Government monitoring swine flu situation, arrangements in place: JP Nadda January 2, 2015

    Hyderabad: Swine flu has claimed two more lives in Hyderabad in the last 24 hours. One of the deceased is a 29-year-old lady who was pregnant. This has become a big health concern for everyone. Over 80 cases of swine flu have been reported in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in 2014....
  • Well cooked pork doesn't spread swine flu virus, say doctors January 2, 2015

    Doctors say that a well cooked pork does not spread swine flu as the virus gets killed when cooked. "Cooking it properly will kill the virus. It cannot survive high temperatures. Other main mode of transmission is by contact with an infected person," says Dr Amit Dhamija from Gangaram Hospital. ...
  • India slashes health budget, already one of the world's lowest December 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The government has ordered a cut of nearly 20 per cent in its 2014-15 healthcare budget due to fiscal strains, putting at risk key disease control initiatives in a country whose public spending on health is already among the lowest in the world. Two health ministry officials said that...
  • India initiates process to formulate guidelines for TB November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: India is the first country which has initiated the process of formulating standardised clinical guidelines for managing extra-pulmonary tuberculosis that occurs in the body other than lung parenchyma. The Union Health Ministry in collaboration with the AIIMS are in the process of framing...
  • Indian dies of Ebola in Liberia, says Health Ministry November 26, 2014

    Mumbai: An Indian has died of Ebola in Liberia, said the Health Ministry on Wednesday. Mohammed Amir, who was employed in a pharmacy in Liberia, died of Ebola virus infection on September 7. Members of his family were informed about the incident. Earlier this month, a man from Liberia was...
  • Loose cigarettes likely to be banned, Health Ministry accepts expert panel's recommendation November 25, 2014

    New Delhi: In a major decision to curb the use of cigarettes, the Health Ministry has accepted the recommendation of expert panel to ban the sale of loose cigarettes. The ministry has circulated a draft note on the ban. Before a reshuffle in the Cabinet, former health minister in Prime Minister...
  • Delhi's Lok Nayak hospital not equipped to deal with Ebola November 19, 2014

    New Delhi: A Health Ministry team has found that Delhi's Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP), which was designated by Central Government to offer Ebola treatment is not equipped to deal with the disease. Central government had identified Ram Manohar Lohiya and LNJP hospital for treating Ebola patients after...
  • Ebola-infected man recovering; to be observed for 90 days November 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ebola-infected man, who was quarantined at the Delhi airport, is recovering from the deadly disease. The man had contracted Ebola in Liberia and had also been treated but traces of the diseases were found in his body fluids following which he has been kept in isolation. The...
  • Need to be careful about the spread of ebola in India: Doctors November 19, 2014

    Since, ebola virus can continue to stay for 90 days, the patient should be isolated for 90 days. According to government officials, a three member team has been constituted to inspect all airports to identify the gaps. It will include officials from the ministries of Health, Civil Aviation and Immigration....
  • Man tests positive for Ebola, kept in isolation in Delhi November 18, 2014

    News Delhi: India has quarantined a man who was cured of Ebola in Liberia but continued to show traces of the virus in samples of his semen after arriving in the country, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said in a statement that the Indian national tested negative for...
  • AIIMS gets new CVO for three months November 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Manoj Jhalani, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has been appointed as the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of AIIMS till February 13. "In continuation of this Department's Office Memorandum dated 14.8.2014...the matter has been examined and with approval of Union Health Minister, it has been...
  • Health Ministry orders removal of MCI CVO HK Jethi who exposed corruption & sought protection November 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Health Ministry has ordered the removal of the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the Medical Council of India (MCI), HK Jethi. The sacking of the officer comes after he wrote to the Central Vigilance Commission complaining about harassment and threats for exposing corruption. The Commission, without whose...
  • IMA rejects amendments in abortion law proposed by Health ministry November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has rejected the draft of Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act amendments. The IMA has formed an Association of All India Body of Gynecologists on MTP, after a meeting on Friday, rejected the draft amendments to MTP act. The Union Health Ministry has...
  • Centre to amend abortion law, to allow pregnancy termination till 24 weeks November 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Abortion may soon be permitted at 24th weeks of pregnancy, the current limit is 20 weeks. The Union Health Ministry has time and again indicated that it wants to expand the role of traditional medical practioners for public health in India. However the draft bill does have some...
  • India to spend around Rs 1.7 lakh crore on universal health plan October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: India will be spending around Rs 1.7 lakh crore ($28 billion) on its ambitious universal healthcare scheme under which free drugs, diagnostic tests and insurance cover will be provided to all its citizens. The scheme under the National Health Assurance Mission, to be rolled out in a phased...
  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Mali: Health Ministry October 24, 2014

    Bamako: Mali's health ministry has said the country had its first confirmed case of Ebola after a two-year-old girl who had recently been in Guinea tested positive for the virus. "Today Mali has its first imported case of the Ebola virus," the ministry said on Thursday in a statement. The girl...
  • After Australian couple abandons child, Centre proposes rules to regulate surrogacy in India October 17, 2014

    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 October 16, 2014

    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 October 16, 2014

    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 October 15, 2014

    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....