New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday addressed a tuberculosis awareness program at the parliament house. He spoke about the ways to reach TB patients in a comprehensive manner and to make India TB-free by 2025 in line with PM Modi's goal."Addressed an event to spread awareness about tuberculosis at Parliament House & spoke about ways to reach TB patients in a comprehensive manner. In line with PM @NarendraModi Ji's goal, Govt & people will work together to make India TB-free by 2025", the Minister said in a tweet.The session 'TB Mukt Bharat' was held by Lok Sabha Secretariat. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu along with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Minister of State for Health Dr Bharati P. Pawar attended the event on TB Awareness."Modi ji has said that let the world's agenda be 2030 but our agenda is 2025 to make India TB free. India has to become TB-free by 2025 and together we will achieve the goal," said Mandaviya addressing the event at Parliament House.He added, "Cleanliness can also help us in strengthening health. There are 26 lakh TB patients in the country. Sixty per cent of people aged 18 to 45 used to become TB patients, while 58 per cent are from rural areas. Can't we reach them?""When the public joins hands with the government, the goal is achieved. We have made progress in this direction in the health sector. This time the budget for health was increased. No one thought that toilet project can be helpful in making the country healthy," added Mandaviya.TB eradication awareness program was organized in Parliament on the initiative of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. He said that India is a world leader in TB treatment, awareness, and prevention. "The goal of eradicating TB by 2025 can be achieved through collective efforts. Keeping public healthy is the primary responsibility of parliamentarians. Malnutrition is one of the main causes of TB which we have to eradicate, said Birla. --IANSavr/skp/
Moscow, April 28 (IANS) The novel coronavirus could be associated with a leak from a US biological laboratory, said Vyacheslav Volodin, chairman of Russia's lower parliament house the State Duma."There was a leak from one of those laboratories that they have opened around the world. It would be right if the government of the Russian Federation raises the issue (of responsibility for the Covid-19 outbreak)," Volodin told a session of the Council of Legislators."The US laboratories where scientists study, explore and maybe even create new biological weapons are now located in Georgia, in some counties of Eastern Europe. That must be taken under control," he said, according to an official press release.According to media reports, the United States has set up many bio-labs in 25 countries and regions across the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and former Soviet Union, with 16 in Ukraine alone, the Xinhua news agency reported.Some of the places are believed to have been involved in biological militarisation activities.--IANSint/rs
New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) Parliament on Tuesday passed The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which increases the upper limit for abortions from 20 to 24 weeks for certain categories of women, and removes limits in the case of substantial foetal abnormalities, with the Rajya Sabha approving the measure.The Lok Sabha had passed the bill in March last year. During the debate on the bill, most opposition members, including those from the Samajwadi Party, the Shiv Sena, and the Communist Party of India-Marxist were of view that the bill should be sent to select committee as it lacks privacy clause.However, in his reply, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that nobody opposed the bill and once enacted, it will reduce the trauma and suffering of women.The amended act will regulate conditions under which a pregnancy may be aborted and increases the time period within which the process may be be carried out.Presently, abortion requires mandatory opinion of one doctor if it is done within 12 weeks of conception and two doctors if it is done between 12 and 20 weeks. The new act will allow the abortion to be done on the advice of one doctor up to 20 weeks, and in case of upto 24 weeks, two doctors' opinion will be sought.The Bill also provide to set up state-level Medical Boards to decide if a pregnancy to be terminated beyond 24 weeks in cases of foetal abnormalities.--IANSmiz/vd
New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) With the second leg of the Budget Session underway, Parliament on Tuesday started Covid-19 vaccination drive for all members of both the Houses.Members of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha will be administered the Covid vaccines as India expanded the world's largest inoculation drive and entered in a fresh phase covering all aged over 60 years and those above 45 years suffering from comorbidities.The vaccination drive started inside the Parliament premises from 10 a.m. and will continue till the Budget session concludes. The drive will be conducted between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Saturday and Sunday.All the parliamentarians have been informed about the drive and requested to visit the Covid-19 Centre near the reception office of Parliament's Annexe for their inoculation.Aimed to ensure the health of all parliamentarians, the Parliament adopted the move following other departments under the Centre beginning the drive to inoculate their employees meeting the criteria decided by the government in the ongoing phase of the vaccination.President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and various Union Cabinet Ministers, including Amit Shah, Harsh Vardhan, Narendra Singh Tomar have also received shots so far as the programme got underway in other places across the country with hopes that it would help control the uptick in cases in several states.India expanded its Covid-19 vaccine coverage on March 1 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi setting the pace by being the first person to take a jab.Thousands queued up at government and private medical facilities across the country as the country further opened its vaccination programme that started on January 16 for healthcare and sanitary workers.Indigenously developed Covaxin vaccine from Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford-AstraZeneca are being administered to people in India since the inoculation drive begins here.--IANSrak/in
Colombo, Oct 26 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Parliament has been closed for two days to disinfect the complex after a police officer in the premises tested positive for the novel coronavirus.On Sunday, Secretary General of Parliament Dammika Dassanayake said the decision was taken after a sub-inspector who has been in charge of police officers kitchen and canteen was tested positive last week, reports the Daily Mirror newspaper.Accordingly, the staff attached to the complex was asked to stay at home. Sri Lanka witnessed a resurgence of Covid-19 cases after the emergence of a cluster in Gampaha district earlier this month.As of Monday, the island nation's overall caseload has surged to 7,153, while the death toll stood at 14.--IANSksk/
The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill 2020 has been passed by Rajya Sabha today. The Bill was earlier passed in Lok Sabha on 19th March, 2020. This paves the way to establish a state-of-the-art Ayurvedic institution called the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) at Jamnagar, Gujarat, and to confer the status of Institution of National Importance (INI) to it.
The ITRA is sought to be established by conglomerating the presently existing Ayurveda institutes at Gujarat Ayurved University campus Jamnagar. This is a cluster of highly reputed institutions, namely, (a) Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, (b) Shree GulabKunverba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, and (c) Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical sciences, (d) MaharshiPatanjali Institute for Yoga Naturopathy Education & Research (to be made part of the Department of Swasthvritta of the proposed ITRA). These institutions had come up over the past many decades, and together made a unique family of Ayurveda institutions existing in close proximity.
It is expected that the enactment of the proposal will further provide autonomy to the institute to develop patterns of teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate education in Ayurveda and Pharmacy. The synergies among the different constituent institutions will help ITRA to demonstrate high standards of such education and to emerge as a lighthouse institution to the entire AYUSH Sector. It is expected to provide the highest level of training of personnel in all important branches of Ayurveda including Pharmacy, and to take up in-depth study and research in the field of Ayurveda.
ITRA will be the first institution with INI status in the AYUSH Sector, and this will enable the institution to be independent and innovative in the matter deciding course content and pedagogy. The decision comes at a time when global interest in health solutions based on traditional wisdom is at an unprecedentedly high level and ITRA is poised to take Ayurveda education to new vistas. (Source - PIB)