Health Ministry

  • 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

    Catch the day's top stories with Anubha Bhonsle on India @ 9. ...
  • 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, e-governance May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Promising transparency and e-governance, 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 post-graduate 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...
  • Health Ministry to review ban on anti-diabetes drug Pioglitazone July 19, 2013

    The Health Ministry is expected to decide on the fate of anti-diabetes drug Pioglitazone on Friday. The verdict is likely to affect millions of users. The drug has been banned in Germany and France because of the side-effects like gallbladder cancer. ...
  • India faces shortage of TB drugs, says MSF June 25, 2013

    Mumbai: According to the reports by Medecins San Frontiers (MSF), India has been facing an acute shortage of life-saving Tuberculosis drugs for children and those with multi-drug resistant TB. The Health Ministry has seemed to be in complete denial of it. Under the National TB Programme, the Centre is responsible for...
  • Government to bring bill to regulate medical equipment industry June 21, 2013

    New Delhi: The government will soon bring a bill for regulating the medical equipment industry, separating it from drug manufacturing, an health ministry official said on Thursday. The new bill will replace the Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2007 which is pending in Parliament. "Regulation of medical devices industry has been a...
  • Govt to disclose expenditure incurred on Vajpayee's treatment June 9, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has directed the Health Ministry to make public expenses incurred on the treatment of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee within 15 days. While hearing a petition of an RTI applicant who sought details of funds spent on treatment of the 88-year-old ailing BJP leader,...
  • Govt approves reconstitution of MCI following controversies May 23, 2013

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday approved the reconstitution of Medical Council of India (MCI) with former Director General Health Services RK Srivastava replacing KK Talwar as Chairman of the Council's Board of Governors. "The formal notification in respect of the MCI reconstitution would be issued tomorrow by the Health Ministry,"...
  • Collaborate to achieve holistic health, Walia to doctors April 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Delhi Health and Family Minister AK Walia on Saturday called upon medical professionals to work in close association with one another as well as with environmental specialists to achieve the goal of holistic health. "The health ministry is looking for such collaborations as centre point of all health care...
  • Swine flu: 91 dead across country, Rajasthan worst hit February 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Swine flu has re-emerged in India and cases are rising across the country, with Rajasthan being the worst hit state so far. However, health authorities have said there's no reason to panic. As many as 246 people have tested positive for H1 N1 and 54 people have lost...
  • Overseas Indian doctors may practice in India January 3, 2013

    Kochi: The Centre would permit overseas Indian doctors to practise in the country without undergoing screening tests, Union Health Secretary PK Pradhan said on Wednesday. In what is viewed as the first major impact of the ongoing Global Healthcare Summit, Pradhan said the Centre was ready with the bill to...
  • J&K infants deaths: Four suspended December 18, 2012

    Srinagar: The medical superintendent of the government hospital in Baramulla, in which two infants died on Friday evening due to a power cut, along with three others, has been suspended. Sources also say criminal proceedings against them are likely. The families of the infants claim the babies died because of lack...
  • FTN: Does the new Bill safeguard the rights of the mentally ill? October 19, 2012

    Sagarika Ghose: Hi there. We are focusing in this show on a subject that concerns us all, mental illness. Currently 130 million Indians are diagnosed with some form of mental illness, including depression, bipolarity and schizophrenia, 90 per cent of these cases remain untreated. The government has come up...
  • Health Ministry bans Tuberculosis antibody tests June 26, 2012

    New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has ordered a blanket ban on Tubercolosis antibody tests after the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised an alarm. This came following inaccurate tests that gave false results leading to perfectly healthy patients being put on powerful TB drugs. The WHO had raised the alarm...
  • J&K: Doc accuses minister of religious persecution June 11, 2012

    Srinagar: A senior doctor in Srinagar has written to UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah after the state Health Minister, Sham Lal Sharma, reportedly hurled verbal abuses at him, calling him a "beast with a beard" and a "fanatic". Dr Mohammad Ashraf Bhat has accused...
  • SC permits online counselling for MBBS courses June 7, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on June 7 permitted the Union Health Ministry to undertake online counselling for admission of students to undergraduate medical courses for 15 per cent central seats in government colleges across the country. An apex court bench of Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice JS Khehar cleared the...
  • NRHM scam: CBI raids in UP June 2, 2012

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday conducted raids in three places in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the NRHM scam. The raids were conducted at the residential premises of former UP health minister Anant Mishra in Lucknow and Kanpur. The action came after an FIR was filed...
  • MCI scandal: tainted ex-chief's aides reinstated May 16, 2012

    New Delhi: It seems that another scandal is set to rock the Health Ministry. A CNN-IBN investigation has revealed that former Medical council of India (MCI) members, close to arrested former chief Ketan Desai, are being brought back into the Medical Council. The Board of Governors that was appointed to...
  • Govt makes tuberculosis a notifiable disease May 9, 2012

    New Delhi: With cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis on the rise, the government has finally agreed to make this a notifiable disease. That means, every doctor will have to register each case. At least a thousand Indians die of tuberculosis every day. The biggest threat at this point is what experts...
  • Medical council scam: MCI secretary sacked March 31, 2012

    New Delhi: The Health Ministry has sacked Medical Council of India Secretary Sangeeta Sharma. This comes days after CNN-IBN reported how she was blocking investigations into the Medical council scam. "My appointment here is permanent. There is no question of deputation," Sharma earlier said. Days after Sharma made that statement on CNN-IBN...
  • The Last Word: Is the Govt incompetent or confused over gay-sex? February 29, 2012

    Home Ministry opposes gay sex, but Health Ministry says it will help HIV patients get medical help. ...