Tag: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Govt Of India Timely Busting Myths on Vaccination

(Delhi) Centre Timely Busting Myths on Vaccination
As per Govt ,There have been several unfounded media reports that have peddled misinformation among the masses regarding this exercise of national importance.
There have been media reports alleging the Union Government promising 120 million doses of vaccines during June2021 while administering only around 58 million doses from the total of 79 million doses available in the month of May.This report is factually incorrect and without any basis.
As per the data at 7:00 am, on 1st June 2021, between 1st-31st May 2021, a total of 61.06 million doses of vaccines have been administered by States/ UTs. A total of 16.22 million balance and unutilized doses were available with States/ UTs. The total vaccines shots available from 1st May – 31stMay 2021 were 79.45 million.
Some media reports have criticized India’s vaccination policy based on unverified quotes.These reports questioning the prioritization of population segments are not supported by full information on the matter.
The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) was formed in August 2020 to provide guidance on all aspects of vaccine introduction including prioritization of beneficiaries, procurement, vaccine selection and its delivery. The priority of beneficiaries for COVID-19 vaccination in India has been done based on the review of available scientific evidence, guidelines proposed by WHO, global examples and practices followed in other countries. In India the primary objectives of COVID Vaccination are:
Protect the healthcare as part of the pandemic response system.
Prevent deaths due to COVID-19 and protect individuals at highest risk and vulnerability of mortality due to disease.
Accordingly, the vaccination drive in India has been sequentially expanded to cover the prioritized groups starting with
Health Care Workers (HCWs)
followed by Front Line Workers (FLWs),
then the persons aged 60 years and above and
those aged 45-59 years with identified 20 co-morbidities. Subsequently, from 1st April2021, all persons aged 45 years and above were eligible for COVID19 vaccination.
Such an approach has yielded positive results by achieving more than 81% 1st dose coverage amongst registered HCWs and around 84% coverage of 1stdose amongst registered FLWs thereby protecting these cohorts who are involved in providing Health Care Services, Surveillance and Containment activities amidst the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. 37% of 45 years and above age group have been administered first dose of vaccine whereas 32% of eligible beneficiaries of this group have been given the 2nd dose.
Now from 1st May, 2021 all citizens aged 18 years and above are eligible for vaccination. A ‘Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy’ was adopted on 1st May 2021 which is guiding the ongoing Phase-III of COVID-19 Vaccination Drive. Under the strategy, in every month 50% of the total Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) cleared vaccine doses of any manufacturer would be procured by Govt. of India. It would continue to make these doses available to the States/UTs totally free of cost as was being done earlier. The remaining 50% doses are available for direct procurement by State/UT government and private hospitals, of which States share is on pro-rata basis.

Import of 6 Medical Device(s) Allowed up to 6 Months

(New Delhi) Import of 6 Medical Device(s) Allowed up to 6 Months
Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has taken a significant decision for ensuring continued access of eight regulated medical devices today.
The Ministry had earlier notified the following medical items to be regulated under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act which was to come into effect from 1st April, 2021 (as per S.O. 775(E) dated 08th February, 2019 under Medical Devices Rules 2017):
All Implantable Medical Devices;
CT scan equipment;
MRI equipment;
PET Equipment;
Dialysis Machine;
X-Ray Machine; and
Bone marrow cell separator.
Accordingly, as per the said order the importers/manufacturers are required to take import/manufacturing licence from Central Licencing Authority or State Licencing Authority, as the case may be, for import/manufacture of above devices, w.e.f. 1st April, 2021.
In order to ensure supply chain continuity and access to these Medical Devices, while implementing smooth transition into the new regulatory regime, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has now decided that in case an existing importer/manufacturer who is already importing /manufacturing any of these devices, has submitted application to Central Licencing Authority or State Licencing Authority, as the case may be, for grant of import /manufacturing licence in respect of the said device(s) under the provisions of MDR, 2017, the said application shall be deemed valid and the importer/manufacturer can continue to import /manufacture the said device(s) up to 6 months from issue of this order or till the time, the Central Licencing Authority or State Licencing Authority, as the case may be, takes a decision on the said application, whichever is earlier. Order in this regard has been issued by Drugs Controller General (India) on 18th April 2021 through CDSCO website.

Control Spread of Covid19 During Kumbh Mela;Centre to UK

(New Delhi)Control Spread of Covid19 During Kumbh Mela;Centre to UK
Rajesh Bhushan, Union Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has written to Chief Secretary Uttarakhand to control the spread of Covid19 during Kumbh Mela.
A high level Central Team led by Director NCDC visited Uttarakhand on 16th-17th March, 2021 to review the medical and public health preparedness measures undertaken by the state for the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.
The Secretary also noted that as per the report of the Central Team, 10-20 pilgrims and 10-20 locals are being reported positive every day. This positivity rate has the potential to rapidly turning to an upsurge in cases, given the expected large footfall during Kumbh.
The State has been informed that the daily testing numbers reported in Haridwar (i.e.50,000 Rapid Antigen Tests and 5,000 RTPCR tests) are not enough to effectively offset huge number of expected pilgrim footfall. It has been advised that the share of RTPCR tests being conducted at present needs to be significantly increased as per the ICMR guidelines to ensure that the pilgrims and local population is appropriately tested.
The State Government is also advised to undertake Various Measures

India Close to Lead World With 3 Crore Vaccination

(New Delhi) India Close to Lead The World With 3 Crore Vaccination
In the World’s Largest Vaccination Drive,India is close to 3 crore vaccine doses administered in India
As per Ministry of Health ,More than 15 Lakh doses are given in the last 24 hours
Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh exhibit a steep rise in Daily New Cases
2,97,38,409 vaccine doses have been administered through 5,10,400 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today.
These include
73,47,895 HCWs (1st dose),
42,95,201 HCWs (2nd dose),
73,32,641 FLWs (1st dose) and
11,35,573 FLWs (2nd Dose),
14,40,092 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and
81,87,007 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.

DMA Honors Dr Harsh Vardhan for O/s Service During Pandemic

(New Delhi) Delhi Medical Association (DMA) Honors Dr Harsh Vardhan for Outstanding Service & Exemplary Work during COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr Harsh Vardhan thanked Healthcare Workers & Frontline Workers for putting the nation before self
On this occasion Health Minister Said
“We are in the endgame of COVID-19 Pandemic in India”
On the occasion of DMA’s 62nd Annual Delhi State Medical Conference (MEDICON 2021) in collaboration with Dharamshila Narayana Hospital on Sunday, 7th March 2021 at Hotel The Lalit, New Delhi, Dr Harsh Vardhan was hailed as a beacon of hope for over a billion people during the world’s biggest health crisis in recent memory. The Union Health Minister, who not only engineered polio eradication in India, has also handled serval outbreaks in the past, such as Dengue, Ebola and Plague.
Looking at the possibility of eradication of COVID-19 in India, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, ” We are in the end game of the COVID-19 Pandemic in India, and to succeed at this stage, we need to follow 3 steps: Keep politics out of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, Trust the science behind COVID-19 Vaccines, and Ensure our near & dear ones get vaccinated on time.”
He added, “The government has already involved private players in COVID-19 vaccination, and if hospitals want, they can conduct vaccination 24×7. My request to everyone is that just like people embraced ‘Jan Andolan for COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour’, they should embrace Jan Andolan for COVID-19 Vaccination and get all COVID-19 vaccine shots whenever they are eligible.”
President, Delhi Medical Association (DMA), Dr B.B. Wadhwa said, ” Dr Harsh Vardhan is the pride of medical fraternity.

India Extends Suspension of International flights from UK

(New Delhi) India Extends Suspension of International flights from UK
The Health Ministry has recommended to the Ministry of Civil Aviation the extension of the temporary suspension of flights originating from UK into India to be further extended till 7th January (Thursday), 2021.
This action is based on the inputs received from the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) headed by the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) and the National Task Force jointly headed by DG, ICMR and Member (Health), NITI Aayog.
It has also been suggested to Ministry of Civil Aviation that after 7th January 2021, strictly regulated resumption of limited number of flights originating from UK into India may be considered. The specifics of such a mechanism may be worked out by Ministry of Civil Aviation in consultation with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday.
The Civil Aviation Ministry had last week suspended all flights between the European country and India from December 23 to December 31 as a mutated variant of the coronavirus was detected there.
Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has extended this suspension

Dr Harsh Vardhan Inaugurates 1st Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

(New Delhi) Dr Harsh Vardhan Inaugurates 1st Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
Indigenous Vaccine is also a step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat, being Vocal For Local
India’s first pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) has been developed by the Serum Institute of India Private Limited (SIIPL) in collaboration with partners like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Congratulating the country’s scientific and medical fraternity, the minister said, “I am sure that the team of Serum Institute of India and others in the entire scientific and medical community will continue their endeavour to develop many more life-saving vaccines in future.”
Dr. Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary (MoHFW) and other senior officials of the Ministry were present at the event.

Dr Harsh Vardhan Inaugurated 7th NHM Summit on Good, Replicable Practices

(New Delhi)Dr Harsh Vardhan Inaugurated 7th NHM Summit on Good, Replicable Practices
Dr Harsh Vardhan digitally inaugurated 7th NHM National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices
On this occasion Health Minister Dr Vardhan said Innovation is an important coefficient in the delivery of Healthcare services. The work on COVID-19 has encouraged us to initiate new ways of dealing with programmes and create innovations
Releasing the operational guidelines for TB services, the Union Minister noted, “The sustained efforts of the Government of India towards TB control have led to an unprecedented increase in TB notifications and improvements in diagnostics, adherence and treatment outcomes. The number of missing cases has reduced to 2.9 lakh cases in 2019, as against more than 10 lakh cases in 2017. Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji has set a bold target of a TB-free India by 2025, five years ahead of the SDG targets of 2030. To achieve this goal, we need to work together for early diagnosis of TB, treat all TB patients at first interface along with ensuring suitable patient support systems, and break the chain of TB transmission in the community.”
Shri Rajesh Bhushan, Health Secretary, Ms. Vandana Gurnani, AS&MD (NHM), Ms. Ratna Anjan Jena, DG (Stats), Shri Vikas Sheel, AS (policy), MoHFW and other health officials from States/UTs joined the event. Dr Rodrico Ofrin, WR, WHO was also present at the event. 

1.45 Crore Cashless Treatments Provided under AB PMJAY;Dr Harsh Vardhan

(New Delhi) 1.45 Crore Cashless Treatments Provided under AB PMJAY
The Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan appreciated that more than 1.45 crore cashless treatments have been provided to the poorest citizens under AB-PMJAY and recognized the programme as a huge source of support and security for millions of families reeling under the extreme stress of serious illness.
Universal Healthcare Coverage Day celebrated in Health Ministry In this Celebration Dr. Harsh Vardhan releases 5thNational Family Health Survey (NFHS) for 17 States and 5 UTs1153 Primary Healthcare Worker felicitated for Exemplary Service
Minister also released SDG Dashboard and NCD Medical Officer App

Ayurveda Day Care Therapy Extended For CGHS Beneficiaries Also

(New Delhi) Ayurveda Day Care Therapy Extended For CGHS Beneficiaries Also
A proposal of Day Care Therapy Center facility under Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy systems for central government employees and pensioners has been approved by the Ministry of Health and Family welfare. Private Day Care Therapy centers of Ayurveda.
All CGHS beneficiaries, serving as well as pensioners will be able to avail the benefit of these centres.
Initial empanelment of Day Care Therapy Centres will be undertaken on pilot basis for Delhi and NCR for a period of one year and subsequently would be considered for other places.
At present treatment of approved procedures like Panchkarma and Abhyanga etc. is given only after hospitalization in CGHS empanelment Hospital. This involves additional cost to CGHS as indoor room charges, which are separately paid by CGHS apart from the procedure cost. The day care centers will not only reduce the cost of hospitalisation but will also add to patient’s convenience.