Thursday, 7 July, 2022
TopicMinistry of health and family welfare

Topic: ministry of health and family welfare

Even if Covaxin doesn’t meet efficacy mark, govt has no plan to re-vaccinate those taking it

Health ministry officials say there is no precedent for using a second vaccine, even as efficacy data is awaited on Bharat Biotech’s indigenous shot.

Medical colleges could reopen from 1 December with strict physical distancing norms

Medical colleges have been asked to keep a sufficient number of non-Covid beds to ensure students can be trained adequately.

With Covid vaccine coming, Modi govt tells states & UTs to boost ways to report side effects

India began ‘Adverse Events Following Immunisation’ surveillance on mother and child immunisation in 1988, but Covid has thrown up new challenges.

Rs 4,230.78 crore allocated to states for Covid management, Modi govt tells Rajya Sabha

Health ministry says in written response to MP’s questions that Tamil Nadu has received the highest funds, followed by Maharashtra, UP and Rajasthan.

Health ministry to upgrade Covid war room with Rs 18.31 cr from Asian Development Bank

Apart from the money, India has also asked Asian Development Bank to select technical experts to help analysis and data visualisation on Covid-19.

Modi govt cut red tape to hire 7 firms for Covid ‘war room’, but data-sharing questions remain

Health ministry RTI reply shows it invoked Disaster Management Act to act quickly, but data is being shared with KPMG, Cisco & Boston Consulting.

Global firms Abbott, Danone under Modi govt lens again for breaking law to promote baby food

Complaint by NGO Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India has accused Abbott and Danone of violating Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods Act.

Health ministry makes it clear — smoking and chewing tobacco increases Covid-19 risk

The ministry advisory comes three months after a non-peer-reviewed French study had claimed smokers are less likely to contract Covid-19.

India’s daily Covid deaths have more than doubled in 6 weeks, positivity rate too on the rise

Cause for concern, say experts, is age-wise break-up of deaths — 47% are those aged less than 60 years, and could be a very strong indicator that India is missing deaths among elderly.

Govt denying but India had Covid community transmission in April, health ministry paper says

Community transmission means spread of an illness without knowing the source of infection. Govt had last reiterated its denial on 11 June.

On Camera


Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting an Army insignia on his glove during the India-South Africa

MS Dhoni is the rainbow of Indian cricket, a cult figure who inspires youth across nation

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s honest self-assessment always put the interests of Indian cricket ahead of any desire to build a ‘legacy’ for himself.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Nepali Gorkhas to be recruited in Indian Army through Agnipath scheme, here is how

Similar to terms for Indian soldiers, the Nepalis would be inducted for 4 years, after which only 25 per cent would be retained.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.