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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - October 2019

Oct 2019

Oct 23, 2019

India To Celebrated Silver Jubilee Of Pulse Polio Programme On 31 October

  •  Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said, the Government will soon achieve its goal of Universal Immunization of children.
  • The Minister said that, at present, up to 90 per cent of children in India are being given free immunization, but the country's goal is to bring all children under the purview of the Universal Immunization Programme.
  • He was briefing the media in New Delhi in the run-up to the government's celebration of the Pulse Polio Immunization Programme's Silver Jubilee, which will be held on the 31st October, 2019.

Ayushmann Khurrana Joins Hands With UNICEF To Raise Voice Against Child Sexual Abuse

  •  Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana has joined hands with UNICEF and Ministry of Women and Child Development to raise awareness and speak up against sexual abuse of children.
  • Ayushmann has boarded the ministry's key initiative, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), with an aim to make people aware of the protection and legal support that the Act offers against child sexual abuse.

Oct 22, 2019

Deepika Padukone and PV Sindhu lead the BharatKiLaxmi campaign started by PM Modi

  •  Indian shuttler PV Sindhu and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone have come out in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Bharat Ki Laxmi' movement which aims at promoting women empowerment in the country.
  • Apart from women empowerment, the campaign initiated by PM Modi focusses on honouring daughters, who have made a mark with their achievements in various fields for the public good.
  • Meanwhile, on the professional front, Sindhu will soon start with her French Open badminton tournament while on the other hand, Deepika will be seen on the silver screen in Meghna Gulzar directorial 'Chhapaak' and Kabir Khan's sports drama '83'.

United Nations WFP Launches 'Feed Our Future' Cinema Ad Campaign

  •  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a cinema advertisement campaign 'Feed Our Future' to raise awareness and take steps against hunger and malnutrition in India.
  • The campaign launch event included a panel discussion hosted by TV host Mini Mathur, which had actor-director Nandita Das and filmmakers Neeraj Ghaywan and Anubhav Sinha sharing their perspectives over cinema and social change.

AYUSH, Defence Ministries Ink MoU To Provide Traditional Medicine Services

  •  The AYUSH ministry has signed an MoU with the Defence ministry to provide traditional medicine services at the armed forces' hospitals and dispensaries. Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik inaugurated an Ayurveda Palliative Care Unit at the Base Hospital in the Delhi Cantonment.
  • Under the MoU, ayurveda units will also be established at palliative care centres at the Army Research and Referral Hospital, Air Force Hospital, Hindon in Ghaziabad and five identified ex-service men Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) polyclinics in Delhi –NCR.

Oct 21, 2019

Dr Vardhan Shares India's Vision For Inclusive Health At G20 Okayama Health Ministers Meet

  • Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan attended the G20 Okayama Health Ministers' Meeting on October 19-20, 2019 held under the Presidency of Japan in Okayama City, Japan.
  • The deliberations of the G 20 Health Ministers focused on four major global health issues, like achievement of universal health coverage, response to population aging, management of health risks and health security management including anti-microbial resistance and its containment.
  • The Union Health Minister made specific interventions on all of them.
  • Intervening on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Prime Minister's vision of 'Sab Ka Saath; Sab Ka Vikas; Sab Ka Vishwas' for inclusive health was highlighted along with Ayushman Bharat, FIT India Movement and Eat Right Campaign.
  • The Minister confided that India is on the path to UHC and will contribute effectively in sustaining UHC at the global level.
  • On "Response to Population Aging" Dr Vardhan, during his intervention, shared India's vision for its projected 20 per cent elderly population by 2050.

Oct 20, 2019

1st Joint Committee Meeting Under 2nd Memorandum Of Cooperation Signed On Healthcare In Tokyo

  •  Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare co-chaired the 1st Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) in Tokyo along with Dr. Hiroto Izumi, Special Advisor to Prime Minister under the 2nd Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed on Healthcare and Wellness in October 2018 during the visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Japan in context of Ayushman Bharat of India and Asia Health and Well-Being Initiative (AHWIN) of Japan.
  • The Joint Committee reviewed the status of ongoing activities under the MOC and noted with satisfaction the progress on these activities which are meant to promote mutual benefit for the peoples of both the countries.

Arvind Kejriwal Inaugurates 100 More Mohalla Clinics In Delhi

  •  Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated 100 more Mohalla Clinics in the national capital. These new health clinics, a total of 302 Mohalla Clinics are now functional in the city. These clinics are part of the city government's push to set up 1,000 neighbourhood clinics in the national capital. 
  • 100 more such clinics were ready and would become operational. In such clinics, facilities of diagnostic tests such as lipid profile, kidney and liver function test are available free of cost.
  • New Mohalla clinics would provide healthcare facilities to over 36 lakh patients every year. 

Oct 19, 2019

Rajnath Singh Approves Admission Of Girl Students In Sainik Schools

  •  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has given approval for admission of girls in Sainik schools from the 2021-22 academic session.
  • Singh also directed the officials concerned to ensure availability of necessary infrastructure and sufficient female staff in those educational institutes.
  • The decision was taken following the success of a pilot project started by the Defence Ministry for admission of girls in Sainik School Chhingchhip in Mizoram.
  • The decision is in line with the objective of the government towards greater inclusiveness, gender equality, enabling greater participation of women in armed forces and strengthening the motto of 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao', propagated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Govt To Bring All Medical Devices Under Drugs And Cosmetics Act For Quality Check

  •  To ensure that all medical devices meet certain standards of quality and efficacy, the Union Health Ministry has proposed to "notify" all such equipment used on human beings or animals as "drugs" so as to regulate them under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
  • Once notified, the manufacture, import and sale of all medical devices will need to be certified by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).
  • At present, only 23 medical devices are regulated under the law.
  • The country's highest advisory body on technical issues related to drugs and medical devices , the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), had in April  2019 recommended that all medical devices should be notified as drugs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
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