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Role Of Contact Tracing In Controlling COVID-19

  • As the number of coronavirus cases in India increases, authorities in different states are relying on contact tracing, a concept in epidemiology (the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events).

Sanitizers And Mask Notified As Essential Commodities

In a bid to curb the transmission of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Central government on 13th March, 2020, declared masks and hand sanitizers to be "essential commodities" until June 30, 2020, by amending the schedule of the Essential Commodities (EC) Act 1955.


World Malaria Report – 2019

On 4th December, 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released the World Malaria Report, 2019, which summarizes global progress in the fight against malaria up to the end of 2018.


14th National Health Profile, 2019

On 30th October, 2019, Ministry of Health and family Welfare released the 14th National Health Profile (NHP)-2019 & its e-book (digital version).


Immunisation Coverage Rate

The current national full immunisation coverage rate stands at 87%, still behind the target set under the Mission Indradhanush (MI) Programme.


Country Cooperation Strategy 2019–2023

On 9th October, 2019, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare launched the ‘WHO India Country Cooperation Strategy 2019–2023: A Time of Transition’.


Burden Of Malnutrition

Recently, the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative, led by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), published the first comprehensive estimate of disease burden due to child and maternal malnutrition and the trends of its indicators in every State from 1990.


National Essential Diagnostics List

  • Recently, India has got its first National Essential Diagnostics List (NEDL) finalised by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

National Digital Health Blueprint Released

  • On 16th July, 2019, the National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB) was released by the government bringing in the National Digital Health Eco-system (NDHE) to guarantee the availability of healthcare services on large-scale.

Quality Of 18 Pharma Companies’

The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) has found 25 batches of drugs of 18 pharmaceutical companies to be of substandard quality since January 2018.


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