MERS-CoV infection: Action plan drawn up for Haj pilgrims

Health Ministry has drawn up an action plan for minimising MERS-CoV infection to Haj pilgrims who are likely to take the pilgrimage from August with Saudi Arabia still looming under the threat of the disease which has reported 455 deaths from 26 countries till June 18.

Health Ministry wants doctors to write in caps to reduce prescription errors!

In a move that would help ease the pain of the common man, the government is set to come out with gazette notification asking doctors to prescribe medicines in capital letters to make them 'legible'.

South Korea MERS toll rises to 10

One more death from infection from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea was reported on Thursday, taking the total toll to 10, the health ministry said.

No compromise on food safety, Maggi violated norms: Nadda

With the central food safety regulator ordering withdrawal of nine approved variants of Maggi, Health ministry Friday said it is of the "confirmed" opinion that the product failed to adhere to safety norms and assured that no compromise will be done on food safety.

Health minister to set up unified communication unit

Noting that various communication wings often spoke in different voices leading to "ambiguity", the Health Ministry is in the process of setting up a unified communication unit for effective formulation of strategy of its initiatives.

Illicit tobacco trade needs to be checked: Govt

With import duty evasion from cigarette smuggling touching nearly Rs 2,500 crore, Government Friday said illicit trade in tobacco products undermined tobacco control policies besides causing huge revenue loss and called for a mission-control approach to tackle the problem.

Heatwave: Health Ministry extends assistance, aid to AP, Telangana

 The Health Ministry on Wednesday extended assistance and medical aid to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where the heatwave has claimed nearly 1,200 lives, and is likely to come out with an advisory for all states to deal with the situation.

Enquiry ordered into allegations against AIIMS doctor

The Health Ministry has directed All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to set up a high-level independent enquiry into the allegations that the kidneys of a 6-year old girl were removed by a doctor during surgery.

Govt to upgrade district hospitals into medical colleges

 As part of its efforts to improve manpower in medical sector, government is planning to upgrade district hospitals into medical colleges.

Health Ministry slammed for under-utilisation of funds

A parliamentary standing committee has slammed the research wing of the union health ministry for failing to spend its allocated budget and complete pending schemes.

Health Ministry slammed for under-utilisation of funds

A parliamentary standing committee has slammed the research wing of the union health ministry for failing to spend its allocated budget and complete pending schemes.

In India, 1,300 die of cancer every day

With more than 1,300 persons succumbing to cancer every day, it has become one of the major causes of death occurring in the country due to communicable and life-style ailments, followed by tuberculosis.

Govt to launch cleanliness awards for public health facilities

 In a bid to take forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', the Health Ministry will tomorrow launch an initiative under which public health facilities will get cash awards of upto Rs 50 lakh for their performance on sanitation, cleanliness and infection control.

Health Ministry assures 'undiluted' funds to Odisha

 Allaying concerns, the Health Ministry on Friday assured Odisha that there would be "undiluted" flow of funds to it under the National Health Mission (NHM) under which states are provided support to strengthen its health care.

Earthquake: Health services put on high alert

 Health services have been put on the "high alert" following the massive earthquake originating in Nepal which has so far claimed the lives of at least 34 people in India and injured over 100 people.

Govt open to allow more than one blood bank per district:Nadda

Government Friday said it was open to changing norms for setting up blood banks to allow states to have more than one bank in a district.

Health Ministry clears proposal on regulation of clinical trials

A proposal to regulate clinical trials and to treat medical devices as separate from drugs and cosmetics, has been vetted by the Health Ministry as it seeks to strengthen the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

6 more swine flu deaths, toll touches 2,159

Swine flu claimed the lives of six more persons as the death toll rose to 2,159 while the number of those affected by the disease across the country breached the 35,000-mark.

'Explain measures to inform people on mobile tower radiations'

Health Ministry is unaware of a WHO report which says radiations emanating from mobile towers can "possibly cause cancer", the Central Information Commission has noted in its order while asking it to explain measures taken to inform people of its harmful effects.

PM asks for larger pictorial warnings on tobacco products

With the BJP-led NDA government receiving flak from all quarters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the Health Ministry to increase the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco product packets to 60 percent.