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Health Plan for Women through Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan

New Delhi, Nov 18: The Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan has been launched by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India to provide fixed-day assured, comprehensive and quality antenatal care universally to all pregnant women on the 9th of every month. As part of the campaign, a package of antenatal care services would be provided to ...

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El Niño may increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes spreading Zika warns WHO

New York, Feb 26: The above-average rainfall caused by El Niño that is expected in parts of South America until May could cause floods and increases in diseases spread by mosquitoes, including malaria and the Zika virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. A recent report published by the agency on the health consequences of El Niño forecasts a ...

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Health Ministry allows Birth Companions during Delivery in Public Health facilitie

New Delhi, Feb 25: In an innovative move aimed at reduction in Maternal Mortality Ratio and Infant Mortality Rate, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has taken a significant decision to allow birth companions during delivery in public health facilities. While several measures have been taken up by the Ministry over the years aimed in reduction in MMR and ...

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WHO launched a global Strategic Response Framework to guide the spread of Zika virus

New York, Feb 20: WHO has launched a global Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan to guide the international response to the spread of Zika virus infection and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it. The strategy focuses on mobilizing and coordinating partners, experts and resources to help countries enhance surveillance of the Zika virus and disorders that ...

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Government committed to strengthening medical infrastructure in the country: J P Nadda

Alappuzha, Feb 20: The Government is committed to strengthening medical infrastructure in the country and its efforts are directed towards regional development of hospitals and medical colleges equipped with the best facilities. This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare on the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Super Specialty Block at the ...

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Eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030: UN officials

New York, Feb 6 : The most senior United Nations officials are urging the world to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, calling it a “violent practice” that scars girls for life, endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential. “Never before has it been more urgent – or ...

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UN health agency urges action now in European countries to prevent Zika virus spread

New York, Feb 4: European countries were called on on Wednesday by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) to act early and in a coordinated way to protect the region from Zika virus, just one day after another case was confirmed in the United States. “Now is the time for countries to prepare themselves to reduce the risk to ...

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Sexually Transmitted Zika virus infection recorded

US, Feb 3: A person in Texas, United States, has been infected with the defect-causing Zika virus after having sex with a person who apparently caught the virus while visiting Venezuela in South America, the local media reported quoting county health officials on Tuesday. The traveller from South America, now identified as ‘patient O’ and the person in Dallas, now ...

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Zika virus: UN agencies step up response measures following declaration of public health emergency

USA, Feb 3: Following yesterday’s declaration of a public health emergency of international concern regarding the cluster of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in relation to the Zika virus, United Nations agencies on Tuesday highlighted their actions to support affected communities. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus has spread rapidly and has so far been detected ...

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Sanofi Pasteur to leverage its strong vaccine legacy in hunt for Zika vaccine

France, Feb 3: Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced that it has launched a vaccine research and development project targeting the prevention of Zika virus infection and disease. Sanofi Pasteur leads the vaccine field for viruses in the same family as Zika virus (ZIKV), with licensed vaccines against Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and, most recently, Dengue. Importantly, Sanofi ...

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