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eMediNews
(Incorporating eIMA News)
4th February 2016
Editorial
Sex test on fetus could be made mandatory
 
Recent statements by Smt Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Minister, indicate that a 20-year-old ban on fetal sex determination may be lifted.
 
She referred to a point of view put forth by stakeholders before the Ministry that if each pregnancy could be registered and the sex of the fetus could be made known to the parents and if the same happens to be a female, the delivery should be tracked and recorded. However, there is no formal proposal being considered by the Ministry on this issue at this stage. This is a suggestion that needs to be debated.
 
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) supports this viewpoint. Since, the PCPNDT Act, the sex ratio in the country has not changed. The Govt. should form working group of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Women and Child Development Ministry, IMA, FOGSI and Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA). These bodies should deliberate together on this and work out implementation of the guidelines.
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Zika Virus Update
Is Zika virus infection a public health emergency?
 
On 1st February, 2016, the WHO declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus an international public health emergency due to its link to thousands of birth defects in Brazil. This coordinated international action was needed to improve detection and expedite work on a vaccine and better diagnostics for the disease; however, there are no curbs on travel or trade.
 
What is a public health emergency of international concern?
 
Formally, a PHEIC - pronounced "fake" - is defined as "an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response." It's a political tool used by the WHO to sound the alarm about a serious disease that has caught the world off guard and put people's health in danger. It is meant to draw countries' immediate attention to galvanize resources and stop the disease from spreading further across borders.
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  • April 1st: tOPV would not be available after this date.
  • April 11th: bOPV would be available in private market but it is not to be opened or used before 25th April.
  • April 25: IMA Polio Switch Day, when tOPV would be completely withdrawn and replaced by bOPV in both routine immunization and polio campaigns.
  • 9th May: IMA National Validation Day when India would be declared free of tOPV. 

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Press Release
HCFI's film 'Scientific Awareness on good personal hygiene' to be screened at the 6th National Science Film Festival (NSFF) 2016 in Mumbai
New Delhi, February 3, 2015: Vigyan Prasar (VP), an autonomous organisation under the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India and National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India has shortlisted leading National NGO Heart Care Foundation of India's (HCFI) film titled 'Scientific Awareness on good personal hygiene' to be screened at its 6th National Science Film Festival (NSFF) 2016 taking place from Feb 9-13, 2016 at the Nehru Science Center in Mumbai.
 
NSFF is aimed at to showcasing, nurturing, acknowledging and encouraging efforts by institution, individual and student science filmmakers for their outstanding work. The film was prepared by HCFI to help educate school children on the importance of maintaining good personal hygiene. The elements covered included the right hand-washing technique, why basic habits such as brushing ones teeth and taking a shower daily are important amongst others. It was shown to over 50,000 school children belonging to 200 schools in partnership with DST.
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