Rhythma Kaul

Rhythma Kaul works as an assistant editor at Hindustan Times. She covers health and related topics, including ministry of health and family welfare, government of India.

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ICMR considers developing vaccine against Nipah

The Nipah vaccine, especially, may come in handy given recurring outbreaks of the illness caused by the virus in Kerala

Security personnel patrol near a deserted Kozhikode beach after restrictions were imposed by the district administration in Kozhikode, in India's southern state of Kerala on September 18, 2023 (AFP)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 12:49 AM IST

Centre rolls out ‘Ayushman Bhav’ scheme to mark PM Modi’s birthday

Launched by President Droupadi Murmu on September 13, Ayushman Bhav is a nationwide initiative to provide full health coverage, reaching every village.

The health ministry rolls out Ayushman Bhav scheme to make health care inclusive on PM Modi’s birthday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 02:41 AM IST
By, New Delhi

To tackle Nipah, India to procure monoclonal antibody from Australia, says ICMR

The monoclonal antibody, an experimental therapeutic, was imported for the treatment of infected patients on compassionate grounds during the 2018 Nipah outbreak in Kozhikode

Kozhikode: Health workers collect clinical samples and investigate the home of a Nipah virus victim in Kozhikode on Friday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 12:12 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Genotype I strain of Nipah virus variant likely present in Kerala

Nipah virus (NiV) is a highly pathogenic virus that causes fatal encephalitis—swelling of the brain— and acute respiratory distress in humans.

Health workers at a control room set up amid Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala (PTI)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 03:43 AM IST
By, New Delhi

G20 summit may see a breakthrough on health financing

The G20 Joint Finance-Health Task Force (JFHTF) is already looking at optimising pandemic response financing mechanisms

A security personnel with a sniffer dog outside Pragati Maidan ahead of the G20 Summit, in New Delhi, Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 12:04 AM IST
By, New Delhi

WHO warns of fake liver drug in India, Turkey

According to the UN health body, the genuine manufacturer of DEFITELIO has confirmed that the product referenced in the alert is falsified.

The use of falsified DEFITELIO is likely to result in the ineffective treatment of patients and may pose serious health risks, according to the alert (REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 04:38 AM IST
By, New delhi

U-Win portal to track vaccinations may be rolled out in early October

India's U-WIN portal, similar to the Covid-19 vaccine management system Co-WIN, is set to be launched in October. It will document all vaccination and immunisation programmes in the country, including registration, follow-ups, and vaccination certificates. The platform will also be used to register and vaccinate pregnant women and record vaccination details of children.

U-WIN, designed on the lines on the Covid-19 vaccine management system Co-WIN, will be a one stop platform for India’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) and all the information related to registration, vaccination follow-ups, vaccination certificates will be available on the portal, officials said, adding that the platform will be used to register and vaccinate pregnant women, and register births and record vaccination details of children. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 11:48 PM IST
By, New Delhi

NMC puts on hold new guidelines prescribing only generic medicines

The National Medical Commission on Wednesday put on hold guidelines issued earlier this month, directing, among several steps, that they prescribe only generic drugs to patients, a suggestion that triggered massive protests.

HT Image
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 12:20 AM IST
By, New Delhi

G20 reaffirms resolve to strengthen health architecture, bring in equity

The three-day meeting culminated with an outline of areas where the countries will together – including on access to safe, effective, and affordable vaccines.

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya and other delegates during the G20 Health Ministers’ meeting in Gandhinagar.
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 04:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India plans upgrade for digital platform to track vaccinations

India plans to digitize its Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) with the introduction of the U-WIN platform, which will issue digital vaccination certificates. All 13 vaccinations administered under India's UIP will be documented digitally on U-WIN. The platform will serve as a single point for registration, record-keeping, follow-ups, and issuing certificates. The move follows the success of India's Co-WIN platform, which was used for managing Covid-19 vaccinations and was offered to other countries. U-WIN has already been introduced on a pilot basis in a few districts.

Mansukh Mandaviya (PTI)
Updated on Aug 19, 2023 12:08 AM IST

Doctors can refuse treatment to abusive, violent patients: NMC

Such patients should be referred for further treatment elsewhere, the NMC said in its professional conduct regulations

The National Medical Commission’s move is aimed at discouraging violence against doctors. (Representational image/Getty Image)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 12:33 AM IST

Mass drug administration campaign to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis launched

Lymphatic Filariasis is a serious public health problem in the country and, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is among the leading causes of long-term disability worldwide

Lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, is a neglected tropical disease. (Dr Mansukh Mandaviya | Twitter)
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 03:52 PM IST

CAG report finds ‘faults’ in database of health scheme, world's largest

In six states and Union territories, ineligible households were found registered as PMJAY beneficiaries.

For instance, between 2018 to 2021, 16,865 and 335 ineligible beneficiaries, respectively, were identified by health authorities in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, after cleaning data of the Socio Economic and Caste Census, the CAG report said. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 04:56 AM IST

Antibiotic resistance may be linked to rising air pollution: Lancet study

Recent findings indicate 7.3 billion people globally are directly exposed to unsafe average annual PM2.5 levels, with 80 % iving in low- and middle-income countries

A 10% increase in annual PM2.5 in India could lead to a 2.5% increase in aggregate antibiotic resistance. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 04:43 PM IST

ICMR eyes research on resistance to antibiotics

Data of close to 200 patients will be analysed during the course of the study.

Data of close to 200 patients being treated for infections caused by carbapenem-resistant organisms across six hospitals in the country will be analysed during the course of the study. Carbapenem is a class of antibiotics usually reserved for known or suspected multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. (File photo for representation)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 12:51 AM IST

Govt cracks down on substandard supplements: Mandaviya

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the government has begun its crack down on substandard nutraceuticals and health supplements sold in market

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya says government has begun its crack down on substandard health supplements. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 11:59 PM IST

Bill to ease penalties for low-quality drugs passed in Parliament

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2023, that seeks to promote ease of business by decriminalising minor offences.

Union minister Piyush Goyal. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 12:30 AM IST

AI-supported mammography found to be safe during trials: Study

The study underlines AI-supported mammography analysis is as good as two breast radiologists working together to detect breast cancer

Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 08:59 AM IST

FSSAI may bolster rules against food adulteration

The FSSAI has been conducting surprise inspections across the country in recent times to rein in the problem of food adulteration

Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya visits the exhibition during the Global Food Regulator Summit 2023, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI/PIB)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 12:52 AM IST

India crosses pre-Covid child immunisation level: WHO

India has surpassed pre-Covid record of childhood immunization coverage, according to the data released by WHO and UNICEF on Tuesday

According to the data released by WHO and UNICEF on Tuesday, India has surpassed pre-Covid record of childhood immunization coverage. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 12:44 AM IST

World can end AIDS by 2030, says UN agency

The number of people on antiretroviral treatment worldwide rose almost fourfold, from 7.7 million in 2010 to 29.8 million in 2022. HIV treatment averted almost 21 million AIDS-related deaths between 1996 and 2022

A medical clinic officer examines an unidentified transgender and LGBTQ member, who is one of their patients at the Ice Breakers Uganda (IBU) clinic in Makindye that supports HIV/AIDS programmes and treatment for the LGBTQ community in Salaama road, Kampala, Uganda. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 13, 2023 11:07 PM IST

Centre mandates Drugs and Cosmetics Act's Schedule M for MSME pharma units

The adherence by pharma firms in the micro, small and medium enterprises sector to Schedule M will be implemented in a phased manner

“This will help in quality assurance and also reduce compliance burden,” Mandaviya said.
Updated on Jul 12, 2023 02:50 AM IST

1.3 billion people globally will live with diabetes by 2050: Lancet study

India has a much higher burden of non-communicable diseases than many other countries, with 101 million people in the country having diabetes, and 136 million people being prediabetic

Representational image.
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 07:31 AM IST

Drugs regulator asks states to probe adverse event complaints related to India-made drugs

Joint teams of central and state regulators have been conducting surprise inspections of pharmaceutical manufacturing units across the country

Cough syrups manufactured at Sonepat’s Maiden Pharma unit have been linked to 70 deaths of children in The Gambia. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 21, 2023 01:07 AM IST

As heatwave rages on, Centre rushes teams to UP and Bihar

Centre has directed the meteorology department to issue daily weather forecasts in a manner that can be easily interpreted and disseminated

Heatwaves across swathes of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have killed over 100 people. (AP)
Updated on Jun 21, 2023 12:55 AM IST

3 more drug combinations under govt’s lens

A fixed dose combination (FDC) is the combination of two or more drugs in certain fixed doses

A mushrooming of fixed doses combinations in the market over the years has led to the recent government crackdown. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 19, 2023 12:25 AM IST

Centre relies on two probes to crack the CoWIN data ‘leak’

Sensitive personal information was freely accessible for an unknown duration.

Experts on Tuesday said the government’s response on Monday was rushed and such breaches are, in fact, possible due to flaws in system architecture or inadequate security. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 14, 2023 03:08 AM IST

Chikungunya vaccine shows 99% immune response, says study

“The VLA1553 vaccine candidate for chikungunya disease was generally well tolerated and produced an immune response in 99% (263/266) of participants,” said the research paper

A human clinical trial of a vaccine candidate to prevent chikungunya has returned a 99% immune response (Agencies/Representative use)
Updated on Jun 13, 2023 12:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

CoWIN vaccine database in the eye of a leak storm

Union health ministry denied a breach had taken place, but screenshots showed sensitive information was accessed.

The backbone of the Covid-19 vaccine delivery system has been CoWIN, the IT platform modified for implementation of the national immunisation programme. (SHUTTERSTOCK.)
Updated on Jun 13, 2023 12:32 AM IST
ByDeeksha Bhardwaj,

‘Key mantra of Yoga Day is public participation’

Earlier, yoga was seen merely as a form of exercise by Indians, but now it has been made popular globally in its true form, said the minister.

Sarbananda Sonowal (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 12, 2023 12:25 AM IST
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