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Tag: Harsh Vardhan

India to head WHO Exec Board from Friday amid leadership vacuum post-COVID

New Delhi: At a time when the credibility of the World Health Organization (WHO) has plummeted to an all-time low and internationally there’s a groundswell for new leadership, India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is all set to be the chairman of the WHO’s Executive Board. He has been elected to the post and will take […]

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New COBAS 6800 Machine To Ramp Up COVID Tests To 1.2K In 24 Hrs: Health Minister

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday inaugurated COBAS 6800 testing machine at the National Centre for Disease Control. This is the first such machine procured by the government for testing for COVID-19 cases. In his address on the occasion, the Minister said: “NCDC has been now equipped with the COBAS 6800, a […]

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COVID Kavach: India Develops First Indigenous Kit That Tests 90 Samples Together

New Delhi: This is one ‘Make in India’ project that will not only make you proud but save countless lives too. The National Institute of Virology in Pune has successfully developed the first indigenous anti-SARS-CoV-2A (Covid-19) human IgG ELISA test kit for antibody detection of the deadly virus, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan announced on […]

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Testing Capacity For COVID-19 Scaled Up To 95,000 Per Day: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: The testing capacity for COVID-19 has been scaled up to around 95,000 tests per day and a total of 15,25,631 tests have been conducted so far across 332 government and 121 private laboratories, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday. The minister, who reviewed the status of COVID-19 in the northeastern states […]

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4% Of Tested Surat Returnees Found COVID19 Positive: Odisha Health Minister

Bhubaneswar: Acknowledging that return of migrants might aggravate the COVID19 situation in Odisha, Health Minister Naba Das on Thursday reiterated testing of returnees before they are allowed to leave a particular state. Briefing media after his video-conferencing with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Das informed that “Odisha has requested for testing of migrants in the […]

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Recovery Rate Improved, Lockdown 3.0 To Reap Good Results: Health Minister

New Delhi: The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Sunday said at least 682 patients were cured of the highly contagious novel coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours. This has taken the recovery rate in the country up to 26.59 per cent. In a statement, the Ministry said: “So far, a total of […]

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17,615 Indians tested positive for Covid-19: ICMR

New Delhi: The number of total Covid-19 positive cases in India as risen up to 17,615 as per latest data released by the ICMR. The release said “Today, on 19 April 2020, till 9 pm, 27,824 samples have been reported. Of these, 1,135 were positive for SARS-CoV-2.” Also Read: Odisha Fights Coronavirus: 13 Teams Formed […]

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Coronavirus patients are stable, showing signs of recovery: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan spoke to a few coronavirus patients admitted at Medanta and Safdarjung hospitals through video calls on Tuesday and said all the people infected by the disease were stable and showing signs of recovery. Vardhan also called up Health Ministers of Delhi, Haryana, Kerala, Telangana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Punjab, […]

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All int'l flights to be screened for COVID-19; 28 positive cases so far in India: Health Min Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said 28 positive cases of coronavirus have been detected so far in India and announced that all international flights and passengers will now have to undergo screening, and not just the 12 countries listed earlier. Addressing the media, Vardhan said if the Iranian government lent its […]

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New Ink To Curb Fake Passports, Counterfeit Currency: Govt

New Delhi: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said that a new security ink has been developed to weed out fake passports and counterfeit currency. The formulation can be used to check the authenticity of various official documents such as passports, government documents, tamper evident labels and identity cards. In a written reply to a […]

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Using All Resources To Prevent Coronavirus: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that India is preparing to combat the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID2019), through its various timely measures and sturdy systems of surveillance. On Thursday, briefing the media, Harshvardhan said that so far only three cases have been tested positive for the COVID2019 out of 1,071 samples. He said […]

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Situation Under Control: Harsh Vardhan On Coronavirus

New Delhi: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan on Monday gave a detailed account in Parliament of the action taken by his ministry to stop and contain the novel coronavirus infection in India. The minister informed the Lower House that a total of 1,818 flights had been screened covering at least 197,192 […]

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Won't Compromise Patients' Interest While Privatising District Hospitals: Health Minister

New Delhi: The government will not compromise the interest of patients while handing over district government hospitals to private medical colleges through public-private partnership (PPP) mode, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Such experiments have successfully been implemented in the last 25 years and even government think-tank Niti Aayog has taken […]

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Central Teams To Visit Airports To Screen For Coronavirus

New Delhi: Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said central teams have been sent to conduct thermal screening of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) at seven designated airports – New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi. Although no nCoV cases have been detected in the country so far, government is […]

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Odisha Should Implement Ayushman Bharat: Union Min Harsh Vardhan

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan today appealed CM Naveen to implement centre’s universal healthcare coverage scheme Ayushman Bharat in Odisha so that not a single person is deprived of quality healthcare. On the sidelines of a programme in AIIMS Bhubaneswar, where he unveiled a statue of former PM of […]

Bill To Ban E-Cigarettes Introduced In Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: Seeking to ban e-cigarettes, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday introduced the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. The Bill, which will replace the ordinance promulgated in September, has already received the Lok Sabha’s approval. Moving […]

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Union Health Minister Reviews Preparedness Of States For Rollout Of IMI 2.0 From Dec 2

New Delhi: Union Health minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday reviewed preparedness of various states for the rollout of the second phase of an intensified vaccination campaign on December 2, with special focus on improving coverage in areas with “low” immunization. The minister reviewed the preparedness of states for rollout of Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0. […]

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Vardhan Urges States To Raise Healthcare Spending By At Least 8 Pc Of Budget

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday urged the states to increase healthcare spending to a minimum 8 per cent of the budget so as to achieve the targeted public health expenditure of 2.5 per cent of the GDP by 2025. Inaugurating the 13th Conference of the Central Council of Health and Family […]

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Harsh Vardhan cycles to WHO SEARO meet

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan arrived to attend the 72nd session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) meet on Tuesday riding a bicycle. The Minister left his residence around 6 a.m. and was at the venue, Hyatt Hotel, in 30 minutes. Inaugurating the week-long event on Monday, […]

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Parliament passes amendments to NMC Bill, Motor Vehicles Act

New Delhi: Parliament on Monday passed amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act as well as the National Medical Commission (NMC) bill after Lok Sabha approved minor changes made by Rajya Sabha. On August 1, Rajya Sabha cleared the National Medical Commission Bill for replacing the corruption-plagued Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body. […]

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10.74 Cr Families Benefited Under Ayushman Bharat: Vardhan

New Delhi: As many as 10.74 crore poor families in the country have been benefited from the Ayushman Bharat under which free treatment up to Rs five lakh can be availed, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in Lok Sabha on Friday. Khan said during the Question Hour that as on July 23, a total of […]

India Has Over 19.47 Lakh Doctors

New Delhi: The government Friday said there were more than 19.47 lakh allopathy, ayurveda, unani and homeopathy doctors at the end of March this year. Out of them, 11,59,309 allopathy doctors were registered with the State Medical Councils/ Medical Council of India. “Assuming 80 per cent availability, it is estimated that around 9.27 lakh doctors […]

AES deaths: Bihar court orders probe against Harsh Vardhan, Mangal Pandey

Patna: A Bihar court on Monday ordered an investigation against Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey on charges of negligence that killed nearly 150 children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district over the past fortnight. The Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) Suryakant Tiwari ordered the Additional Chief Judicial […]

Muzaffarpur children death toll rises to 107

Patna: Seven more children died in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Monday, taking the toll due to suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) to 107 and prompting the state government to announce a slew of measures to tackle the situation. According to a release issued by the district administration, 19 deaths were reported from the Kejriwal hospital […]

Vardhan assures help to ailing children in Bihar, death toll rises to 100

Muzaffarpur: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday visited the families of the children suffering from suspected acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) even as the death toll rose to 100 in the district. Vardhan, his deputy Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey visited the SKMCH. “I assure the people of the area, especially […]

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Harsh Vardhan reviews situation after 84 children die of encephalitis in Bihar

Patna: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday stressed the need for research on Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) that has caused the deaths of 84 children so far in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district. “There should be research to identify the disease that is still not identified and for that research facility should be developed in Muzaffarpur,” […]

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Harsh Vardhan for action against doctors' assaulters

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, here on Saturday, called for punitive action against those who assault healthcare professionals by stating that “strict action must be taken against anyone who assaults them.” The Union Health Minister has asked law enforcement agencies to ensure that doctors and clinical establishments discharge their duties professionally without any […]

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Centre urges Odisha, 3 other States to join Ayushman Bharat

New Delhi: Requesting the chief ministers of Odisha, Delhi, Telangana and West Bengal to implement the Centre’s health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday wrote letters to the CMs saying that the ultimate beneficiary of this collaboration will be poor and vulnerable people […]

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RBI forms panel for housing finance securitisation market

New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday announced the setting-up of a committee to work for the development of housing finance securitisation market in the country under the chairmanship of Harsh Vardhan, Senior Advisor with Bain & Co. An RBI notification said that the committee would review the existing state of mortgage-backed […]

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BJP holds silent protest against Mamata government

New Delhi: The BJP held a silent protest here on Wednesday against the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government in wake of violence during BJP President Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata which saw a bust of Bengali polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar being destroyed. Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Harsh Vardhan, Vijay Goel and Jitendra Singh participated at the […]

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Chowkidar Narendra Modi a hit, others follow

New Delhi: A day after launching the “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign on social media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday changed the title of his Twitter account to “Chowkidar Narendra Modi”. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah followed with “Chowkidar Amit Shah” and tweeted: “The one who made cleanliness a […]

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India to be top two scientific nations in world by 2030: Harsh Vardhan

Kolkata: Union Minister for Science and Technology and Environment Harsh Vardhan on Monday said India is firmly on its course to become one of the top two scientifically advanced nations in the world by 2030. The minister said the country has made significant progress in the fields of nano technology, space science under the Narendra […]

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Need to step up efforts to manage electronic waste: Environment Minister

New Delhi: Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday the government was trying to ensure better management of electronic waste but the implementation was tardy. “The government is trying to understand to ensure better management of e-waste, but things are not rushing and moving fast at the ground level,” Vardhan said here at the […]

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Kovind to inaugurate science festival in Lucknow

Lucknow: President Ram Nath Kovind would inaugurate the fourth edition of the ‘India International Science Festival-2018’ (IISF) in the state capital on Friday, officials said on Thursday. The three-day festival will be dedicated to the memory of late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan told media persons. Uttar Pradesh […]

Scientists asked to develop zero-pollution firecrackers: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: Scientists have been asked to develop zero-pollution firecrackers that do not cause health hazards to children, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said today ahead of Diwali. The comments come close on the heels of the Supreme Court banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) till October 31. […]

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India to achieve land degradation neutrality by 2030: Minister

New Delhi: Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday that the government is committed to achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN) by 2030. In a statement issued here on the eve of “World Day to Combat Desertification”, the Minister said that India was focusing on sustainable land and resource management for livelihood generation at community level. […]

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