The victory over polio – India

India celebrates a landmark achievement in public health – ‘the victory over polio’. The country has now completed three years without any polio, one of the key pre-requisites for polio-free certification, amidst a very sensitive surveillance system for poliovirus. The celebration is organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to commemorate this great … Read more

India Seeks OPV Immunization for Travelers to and From Seven Polio-Affected Countries

As a preventive measure to stop polio virus from coming into India, all travelers from and to Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Syria, Kenya, Somalia, Nigeria and Pakistan would be required to take the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). All travelers coming from these countries to India would need to take OPV six weeks before departure from their country. … Read more

Rs 3 lakh crore in 12th Plan for health sector

The appreciable developments in the healthcare sector are attributable to the strengthening of the health infrastructure in the country, and a focused approach by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The Government has increased budget outlay by 335% to Rs 3 lakh crore in 12th Plan for healthcare to achieve universal and inclusive healthcare … Read more

54th All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology in India

The 54th All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology began in Mumbai. The AICOG is the most important annual event on the academic calendar of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India and thereby every specialist involved with women’s health in India. Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare … Read more

H1N1 flu :: Pandemic swine flu – H1N1 Influenza

Novel H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. Other countries, including Mexico and Canada, have reported people sick with this new virus. This virus is spreading from person-to-person, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.

Health :: Number of cases of most vaccine-preventable diseases in US at all-time low

A comparison of illness and death rates for 13 vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S., before and after use of the vaccine, indicates there have been significant decreases in the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths for each of the diseases examined, according to a study in the November 14 issue of JAMA.

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