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eMediNews
(Incorporating eIMA News)
9th February 2016
Editorial
10th February is National De-worming Day
 
Dear Colleague
 
Wednesday, 10th February, is being observed as National De-worming Day.
 
All children 1-19 years will be given chewable Albendazole on that day (1-2 years - 200 mg and 2+ years - 400 mg)
 
IMA has decided to join hands with this program.  We request all the State and Local Branches to also propagate this message to the community at large and de-worm children by distributing and prescribing chewable Albendazole to all children 1-19 years on 10th February.  Those who miss out can be de-wormed between 10th to 15th February.
 
All State and Local Branches are also advised to list number of children de-wormed so that a comprehensive report can be compiled at IMA HQs.
 
IMA HQs has created a game "Worms & Ladders" on the lines of the popular Snakes & Ladders game.
 
Kindly circulate it to your members.  You can also get a digital print on vinyl sheet for use in school health programmes.
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Malaria Update
  • On February 11, India will launch an ambitious programthat seeks to eliminate malaria by 2027.
  • The WHO's global target for malaria elimination is 2030.
  • Malaria is a public health problem in several parts of the country.
  • About 95% population in the country lives in malaria endemic areas and 80% of malaria reported in the country is confined to areas consisting 20% of population residing in tribal, hilly, difficult and inaccessible areas.
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IMA welcomes decision to introduce a common entrance test for all medical admissions
 
New Delhi, February 08, 2016: The Medical Council of India (MCI) recommendation for an amendment to the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act has been endorsed and approved by Union Health Minister J P Nadda allowing the Council to hold a common national medical entrance test. A draft cabinet note created by the Health Ministry has been circulated among the ministries. The IMA believes that this is a welcome move, which will help add transparency to the system.
 
Both undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses across medical colleges (private, public, and deemed universities) will have one-medical entrance plan throughout the country. The MCI would either notify a new or existing examination, for example the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT). Under the existing Act, the MCI can only finalize the medical curriculum, and it was the individual colleges and states that created their own procedures for admissions. However, the MCI General Body passed, in October last year, a proposal for the amendment of the act to allow it to implement a common entrance examination.
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IMA Polio Dates
  • 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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