Risk to Human from Bird Flu Sub-Type H5N8 is Low: Government

The risk to human population from avian influenza sub-type H5N8 is “low” but the government has issued advisories to states and Union Territories to minimise bird-human interface as a matter of “abundant caution”, Rajya Sabha was informed today. Outbreak of bird flu was first reported on October 18 among wild birds in National Zoological Park in Delhi and since then samples from Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab and Haryana have been tested positive at Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD). Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh…

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Dengue Claimed 179 Lives, no Death Due to Chikungunya: Government

Dengue has claimed 179 lives across the country this year while no death has been reported due to chikungunya, though it affected 21,000 people, the Rajya Sabha was told today. “During 2016 (till November 13), a total number of 179 deaths due to dengue and no death due to chikungunya has been reported in the country. “The number of positive cases for dengue and chikungunya in the country during 2016 (till November 13) are 90,277 and 21,094 respectively,” Health Minister J P Nadda said in a written reply. He said…

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Government Working to Make People Aware of Stress: Nadda

In a bid to tackle stress among people and improve productivity, Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda on Wednesday said that the government is working on “Catch them Young” programme to make people aware of stress-related problems. “There is a heightened focus on preventive health along with curative health now. Awareness is very important to keep away non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” he said after launching the “No More Tension” mobile app and the release of the “Healthy India Initiative/Swastha Bharat-ek pehal” magazine here. “People suffer from stress related problems due to…

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Delhi Government Orders Three-Day School Shutdown Over Smog

Schools in the Indian capital will be closed for the next three days, the Delhi state government said Sunday, as the city struggles with one of the worst spells of air pollution in recent years. “Emergency measures are needed to solve this problem together,” state chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said. “All construction and demolition in the city will be banned for next five days. All schools will be closed for the next three days in Delhi,” he added. Thick smog has blanketed the capital for days, with local and central…

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Andhra Pradesh Government Aims to Make State Mosquito-Free in 2 years

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said his government would work to make the state “100 per cent mosquito-free” in the next two years. “It is possible. We have recently launched a war on mosquitoes. We have to work on this daily and in two years make AP mosquito-free,” the Chief Minister said, inaugurating the two-day conference of District Collectors here today. Sri Lanka has achieved the distinction of being a mosquito-free nation and the World Health Organisation has also declared it so, he pointed out. Andhra Pradesh…

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Central government hospitals to reserve beds for dengue, chikungunya

The central government has agreed to reserve 10 per cent of the beds in its hospitals for treatment of dengue and chikungunya patients, according to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. Jain’s remarks came after meeting Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda at his office here on Friday. “We had requested Mr Nadda to reserve at least 10 per cent beds (1,000 beds) in the central government-run hospitals, like All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, etc., for treatment of dengue and chikungunya cases, to which…

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Central government hospitals to reserve beds for dengue, chikungunya

The central government has agreed to reserve 10 per cent of the beds in its hospitals for treatment of dengue and chikungunya patients, according to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. Jain’s remarks came after meeting Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda at his office here on Friday. “We had requested Mr Nadda to reserve at least 10 per cent beds (1,000 beds) in the central government-run hospitals, like All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, etc., for treatment of dengue and chikungunya cases, to which…

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Chikungunya Deaths at 12, Centre Seeks Report From Delhi Government

The death toll due to chikungunya-triggered complications stood at 12 on Wednesday, with two new cases reported from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), prompting Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda to seek a report from the Delhi Government on the rising deaths and number of patients. Delhi’s Water Minister Kapil Mishra also appealed to all legislators and councillors to keep aside political differences and fight the vector-borne menace together. Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung also urged the people to rise above considerations of politics and fight chikungunya and…

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Heartbreak tops reasons for youngsters contemplating suicide: Government helpline

BENGALURU: Natasha M (name changed), 15, attempted suicide by consuming poison after her family found out that she was in love with an older man and got him thrashed. The teenager’s parents took her to Dr A Jagadish, consultant psychiatrist at Abhaya Hospitals, who was shocked to see such a young girl walk in. “Such instances force us to question the inappropriate age at which marriage decisions are being made. In India, the suicide rate is the highest among youngsters and the elderly. While the former assume their bereaved parents…

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Xiaomi Says It Does not Need Government Exemption for Beginning Retail Shops in India

Chinese telephone maker Xiaomi Thursday said it isn’t seeking exemption from Indian Authorities to fulfil the 30 percentage neighborhood sourcing norm, as it already makes 75 percent of devices locally that are sold in India. “We’re production seventy five percent of devices that we promote in India regionally. From that attitude, we do not Want any sort of exemption. Our application remains beneath the purview of the Authorities. We probably might be able to know approximately it in a while and then proportion greater information,” Xiaomi India Head Manu Kumar…

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