A new centrally sponsored scheme, called PM Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana, meant to strengthen and revolutionize the health system of the country has received a green light from the Union cabinet on Wednesday, opening up new horizons to address the health issues in a holistic manner. Here are the main interventions under the scheme to be achieved by FY 25-26:
The state heaved a sigh of relief as the test results of those who came in close contact with the 12-year-old child who succumbed to Nipah virus infection returned negative in the last few days. However, the reoccurrence of the deadly disease has once again created panic among people around the country. Here’s everything about the Nipah virus, what it is, how it can spread, how deadly it is, and much more.
At least 50 people, mostly children, have died of the fever, and several hundred have been admitted to hospitals in six districts in the eastern part of the state. None of the dead have tested positive for Covid-19. As per reports, physicians in a few of the affected districts – Agra, Mathura, Mainpuri, Etah, Kasganj and Firozabad – believe dengue could be the main cause of deaths. Yet it is still not clear whether an epidemic of dengue is alone responsible for the fever-related deaths in the state.
While several states across the country continue to grapple with the severity of Covid-19, the spectre of a potential third wave has started to haunt us. Top scientists and experts have been raising alarm about the possibility of a third wave for the last few weeks. The threat of a possible third wave of coronavirus looms large, as the committee set up by the Union Home Ministry has said the third wave of Covid-19 may hit the country anytime between September and October.
As the world focuses on battling COVID-19, another dangerous virus was detected in Africa this month, causing concern among healthcare experts around the world. Health authorities in the West African nation of Guinea confirmed a case of Marburg virus disease on August 9, in the southern Gueckedou prefecture, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
With several speculations surrounding the conduct of the National Exit Test (NExT), the medicos have been waiting for official clarification for a long time. The uncertainty is finally over and the framework for NExT is here. The National Medical Commission (NMC) in its recently issued draft of ‘The Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2021’ has mentioned that the National Exit Test is soon going to be the gateway for PG medical admissions across the country in each academic year.
The long wait is finally over for many medical aspirants and students across the country. The National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) has released the Exam Calendar for the year 2021 which mentions the proposed dates for the conduct of various medical entrance examinations, which were postponed when the infections spiked in the country during the second wave of Covid-19.
While the world is still fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s an outbreak of another highly infectious virus called norovirus in the United Kingdom. The Public Health England (PHE) has recently issued a warning after the cases of norovirus are increasing rapidly. Here’s everything you need to know about the norovirus.
At a time when the state is grappling with a heavy caseload of Covid-19 cases, Kerala is faced with yet another challenge in the form of a vector-borne contagion – the Zika virus. The first case of Zika virus was detected in Kerala last week and since then, 27 more have been added to the tally. Following the outbreak, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, which share their borders with Kerala, have increased surveillance in border districts.