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8th BRICS Health Ministers Meeting at Durban

8th BRICS Health Ministers Meeting at Durban
The 8th BRICS Health Ministers’ Meeting was held at Durban, South Africa. The meeting was led by Mr J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health who stated India’s commitment to eliminate TB by 2025. India has achieved the reduction in the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by 77% to 130 per 1 lakh live births as recommended by WHO SEARO. The 1st BRIC Summit was held in 2009 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Jeremy Hunt named UK foreign secretary

Jeremy Hunt will replace Boris Johnson as the U.K. foreign secretary following Johnson’s resignation. Hunt had served as health minister for more than 5 and half years, the longest term in the history of the State-funded National Health Service.

11th Common Review Mission report

Shri Ashwini Choubey, Minister of Health and Family welfare released the 11th Common Review Mission (CRM) report. The report stated that the country had registered 22% reduction to 130 from 167 in Maternal Mortality rate (MMR) since 2013. The report also focussed on creation and conversion of Sub health centers as health and wellness centers (HWC) to achieve the aim of 150000 HWC by 2022.

Tamil Nadu to ban e-cigarette

16 : Tamil Nadu is planning to ban electronic cigarettes, battery-operated inhalers that emit doses of vaporised nicotine, state Health Minister Vijaya Baskar told the assembly. An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a handheld electronic device that simulates the feeling of tobacco smoking. It works by heating a liquid to generate an aerosol, commonly called a “vapor”, that the user inhales.

20 States sign MoU for Ayushman Bharat

Shri J P Nadda, exchanged the MoU with the State Health Ministers of 20 States marking their commitment towards the launch of the Ayushman Bharat. It will be cashless and paperless access to services. Upto Rs. 5 lakhs per year will be available for the beneficiary families. Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families.

Stanford University to partner with UP

10 : Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Singh has said that the Stanford University in the United States will partner with UP to combat diseases like Japanese encephalitis and acute encephalitis syndrome. Companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin also want to set up their plants in India, Singh added. Singh had led a delegation to the US to get investments from the country.

Nadda rolls out free viral load tests for HIV

Health minister JP Nadda has launched the free Viral Load Tests, which measure the quantity of virus in the body.The move is likely to benefit 12 lakh people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in the country. The test is of immense importance to monitor the effectiveness of treatment of patients taking lifelong anti-retroviral therapy.

New initiatives on Health Coverage Day

Health Minister JP Nadda launched new initiatives including ‘Laqshya’ & Operational Guidelines for Obstetric HDUs & ICUs on the occasion of Universal Health Coverage Day. Laqshya is expected to improve the quality of care that is being provided to pregnant mother in Labour Room & Maternity Operation Theatres. It aims to reduce preventable maternal & newborn mortality, morbidity and stillbirths

Free Hepatitis-C vaccine from next year

Union Health Minister JP Nadda has announced that the government will provide Hepatitis C vaccine free from next year and would help in tackling the liver related diseases. The government is planning to provide upto 3,000 crore rupees in the budget for this purpose. The deadly Hepatitis C virus afflicts as many as 150 million people worldwide and possibly 12 million in India.

Mizoram launches Test and Treat Strategy

Mizoram Health Minister Lal Thanzara has launched the ‘Test and Treat Strategy’ of the Mizoram state AIDS Control Society to improve treatment for HIV affected people in the state. Under the Strategy, HIV affected people would be given free Anti Retrovira Therapy irrespective of the CD4 count. ART has been found to be able to resist TB and other bacterial diseases.