A total of 22 positive laboratory confirmed cases of Zika virus infection have been detected so far in Jaipur, Rajasthan. And, this number will only rise. On Sunday, the Health Ministry sounded an alert for Bihar after a student of computer science from Siwan, studying in Jaipur, tested positive for the Zika virus. He was in Siwan between August 28 and September 12 to appear for an exam.
Zika virus is gaining foothold in India and is now here to stay. Public awareness about Zika is low and diagnostic facilities are not available everywhere.
In August 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines for preconception counseling and prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus for men with possible Zika virus exposure. ..read more
World Mental Health Day is observed annually on 10th October, since it was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health. The day highlights the importance of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.... read more
With the number of Zika cases detected in Jaipur increasing, the Union health ministry has initiated extensive surveillance and vector control measures to combat the situation. The prime minister’s office has sought a comprehensive report from the health ministry after 22 people tested positive for the virus in Rajasthan’s capital, an official said. Bihar, too, has... read more
The present outbreak in Jaipur, Rajasthan was detected through the ICMR surveillance system. As directed by Sh. J. P. Nadda, Union Health Minister, a 7-member high level Central team was deputed to Jaipur immediately following detection of first case to assist State Government in control and containment measures. .. read more
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Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) calls for immediate postponement of the Delhi Half Marathon Air quality in Delhi hits a low; runners at risk of lung infections and other complications
New Delhi, 09 October 2018: Statistics indicate that the air quality in Delhi-NCR has taken a dip again. Since the last few days, it has been “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” with the air quality index (AQI) hovering in the "poor" to "very poor" range. In light of this, the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) has called for the immediate postponement of the Delhi Half Marathon to a later date, when the air quality is better.
Various parts of Delhi/NCR have shown high AQI: Dwarka Sector 8 (AQI 333), RK Puram (AQI 311), Mandir Marg (AQI 233), Sri Aurobindo Marg (AQI 258), Sonia Vihar (AQI 275), Anand Vihar (AQI 297), Okhla Phase 2 (AQI 298), and Mundaka (AQI 312). This deterioration can be attributed to a change in the direction of wind, which is now flowing from stubble burning areas in the neighboring states of Haryana and Punjab.