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7 days ago
Adult immunisation ignored in India, says health expert

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Owing to lack of awareness adult immunisation is the most ignored part of health care services in India, says a city-based health expert. The condition of adult vaccination is abysmal in the country primarily because of lack of awareness amongst people as well as the doctors. It is also not a priority for the government because of the costs involved, said Vivek...

15 days ago
Nations must ensure vaccines reach 90% population: WHO

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) As the World Immunisation Week begins on April 24, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday said all member countries must ensure covering 90 per cent of the population each time and listed ways to achieve the target. Region-wide, each member country should ensure all vaccines reach at least 90 per cent of the population at all times, said Poonam Khetrapal...

27 days ago
3 kids die post vaccination in Jharkhand

Ranchi, April 8 (IANS) Three children died in Jharkhand's Palamau district on Sunday a day after they were administered diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (DTP) vaccines. Six others have fallen seriously ill. The incident took place in Loinga village. According to villagers, the vaccines were given to children between the age of one and three years by nurses on Saturday. ...

1 month ago
Children in Yemen face acute humanitarian needs: Unicef

Amman, March 26 (IANS) Three years of war coupled with decades of chronic underdevelopment in Yemen has resulted in 11 million children plagued by malnutrition and disease and facing acute humanitarian needs, according to the Unicef. Geert Cappelaere, Unicef's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, said on Sunday that Yemeni children have been killed or seriously injured...

1 month ago
UNSC calls for unhindered humanitarian access in Yemen

United Nations, March 16 (IANS) The UN Security Council has called on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to allow and facilitate safe, rapid and unhindered humanitarian access to all affected areas. In a statement on Thursday, the council expressed concern over the impact that access restrictions on commercial and humanitarian imports have on the humanitarian situation, Xinhua news age...

2 months ago
Vaccination certificate soon to be must for school admission in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20 (IANS) The Kerala cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft Medical Policy which necessitates all students seeking admission must produce a vaccination card, said state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja. Sharing the draft with the media, she said that the new policy would revitalise the health sector. Shailaja said among the other major highlights in the draft po...

3 months ago
Panacea, Serum in deal for six-in-one paediatric vaccine

New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Vaccine maker Panacea Biotec on Thursday announced a deal with rival Serum Institute of India to manufacture a six-in-one paediatric vaccine to protect kids against six diseases, including polio, diphtheria, tetanus and hepatitis B. Under the agreement, Serum Institute will source the Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) component from Panacea for the hexavalent vaccin...

3 months ago
Panacea, Serum in deal for six-in-one paediatric vaccine

New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Vaccine maker Panacea Biotec on Thursday announced a deal with rival Serum Institute of India to manufacture a six-in-one paediatric vaccine to protect kids against six diseases, including polio, diphtheria, tetanus and hepatitis B. Under the agreement, Serum Institute will source the Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) component from Panacea for the hexavalent vaccin...

3 months ago
Unicef reports 4,011 suspected diphtheria cases in Rohingya camps

Dhaka, Jan 14 (IANS) The UN Children's Fund (Unicef) on Sunday said it had detected a total of 4,011 suspected cases of diphtheria in camps for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, where 31 people have died due to a serious outbreak of the infectious disease. Unicef spokesperson Benjamin Steinlechner told Efe news that it was a very serious outbreak, to which Unicef and the World Health Orga...

4 months ago
UK medics to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

London, Dec 28 (IANS) A team of British medical staff is travelling to Bangladesh to help tackle an outbreak of diphtheria affecting Rohingya Muslim refugee camps, the media reported on Thursday. More than 40 doctors, nurses and firefighters will arrive at the fishing port Cox's Bazar following a request from the World Health Organisation (WHO), reports the BBC. Cox's Bazar is ho...

6 months ago
Vaccination can save 90,000 Indian lives: Study

New Delhi, Nov 3 (IANS) India can save lives of more than 90,000 children aged below five years annually, if it scales up its vaccination programme against pneumonia and diarrhoea, said a report on Friday. Released ahead of the World Pneumonia Day on November 12, the report published by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health however noted that India has made a considerable impro...

9 months ago
Bangladeshi worker dies from diphtheria in Singapore

Dhaka, Aug 6 (IANS) A Bangladeshi construction worker has died from diphtheria in Singapore, a first such case in 25 years, the Health Ministry announced. The 21-year-old worker was likely to have been infected in Singapore as he had not travelled out of the country recently, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The last local case of infection was reported in 1992 while...

11 months ago
Poor pay, training impede India's health workers

Nearly a million workers -- forming the frontline of India's faltering public health system -- are inadequately trained and are underpaid, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Health Ministry data, imperilling the country's healthcare efforts. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) -- considered to be voluntary workers -- are paid a honorarium by the government and most make about ...

1 year ago
Countries must intensify vaccination delivery services: Experts

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Noting immunisation averts 2-3 million deaths every year worldwide, experts on Thursday urged all countries to accelerate action to increase awareness for immunisation and further intensify vaccination delivery services. Terming immunisation essential for healthy development as it prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases, the exp...

1 year ago
MCD polls: BJP promises social security for unorganised sector

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Unveiling its manifesto for the Delhi municipal polls, the BJP on Sunday promised social security for the unorganised sector, ownership rights for autorickshaw drivers, and more modern schools, among other things. In its manifesto, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) announced it would give relief to the street vendors and small traders and others from the unorgani...

1 year ago
Maternal vaccination cuts kids' respiratory infection risk

New York, April 3 (IANS) Babies whose mothers received vaccination for a respiratory infection during their pregnancy had 91 per cent lower risk of contracting the infection during the first two months, a study has showed. Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a respiratory infection caused by the bacteria bordetella pertussis that can affect persons of any age, but is particularly virulent a...

1 year ago
Indian children healthier than ever, but other nations doing better: Latest data

Indias infant mortality rate (IMR) reduced by 16 points over the last 10 years -- 41 children below the age of one died per 1,000 live births, down from 57 a decade ago, according to the India fact-sheet of the National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4), the largest-ever assessment of the countrys health and family welfare indicators. The survey, released after a decade -- the last s...

1 year ago
Horse antibodies could effectively treat Ebola infection

Sydney, Feb 7 (IANS) A treatment made with antibodies from horses may provide an effective and economical option to fight Ebola infection, says a study. This is a cost-effective treatment that can be used in low-income countries in Africa where equine production facilities are already in operation for producing snake-bite antivenin, said one of the lead researchers Alexander Khromykh, P...

1 year ago
Spreading immunisation awareness in rural India

Potka, Jan 26 (IANS) Ganga Das, 19 and pregnant for the first time, was determined enough to get her immunisation done at a Public Heath Centre (PHC) at Juri village of this block in Jharkhand's East Singhbhum district. Married at the age of 17, Ganga's determination was a result of an equally determined effort by Unicef and the mobilisers sent out by the state Health Department to sprea...

1 year ago
Shantha's Shan5 vaccine dispatched for Unicef supply

Hyderabad, Dec 23 (IANS) Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced the dispatch to Unicef of a part of a consignment of six million doses of Shan5 - a paediatric pentavalent vaccine manufactured by its affiliate Shantha Biotechnics. Shan5 is manufactured in Shantha Biotechnics' new plant in the state and will be exported to Nigeria, Morocco and Rwanda through the UN agen...

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