Health Ministry on Thusday launched anti-tobacco public advertisements and posters featuring former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid with an aim to encourage millions of young tobacco users to refrain from the deadly habit.
Concerned over the spread of swine flu virus in the country, a Lok Sabha member Friday demanded setting up of a task force which would suggest ways to prevent the disease as well as course of treatment.
As many as 73 new cases of swine flu have surfaced in Uttar Pradesh taking the total number of people affected from the contagious disease to 522 even as there was no report of any death due to it in the state in the past 24 hours.
Swine flu deaths have breached the 1,000 mark with 40 more people succumbing to the H1N1 virus while the number of those affected crossed 18,000 Friday with the government admitting that it was facing a shortage of laboratories for testing of the disease.
Swine flu has claimed 191 lives in the country in January alone with Telangana reporting the highest number of cases of people afflicted with the H1N1 virus followed by Delhi, the government said today.
The Union Health Ministry is going to come up with new guidelines which will focus on ensuring wider cervical and breast cancer screening in India even as doctors say that women are becoming increasingly vulnerable to these diseases.
In the wake of a sudden spurt in swine flu cases from across the country and deaths being reported in the first two weeks of January, the Centre on Saturday cautioned that there was no need to panic over the situation.