Zika Virus in India: First cases confirmed in Ahmedabad

The World Health organisation (WHO) on Saturday released a statement confirming  the first cases of mosquito-borne Zika Virus in India with, three people, including a pregnant woman, reporting the infection in Ahmedabad. All three cases were reported from Bapunagar area of the city. Zika Virus Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys through a network that monitored yellow fever. Its name comes from Continue Reading

Public Healthcare in Rajasthan

Even though health, as a sector, does not appear in many places of the Indian Constitution, there are indirect and tacit references to health of the people and the role the state has to play in the development of health of the people. While the Union Government is responsible for inter-state migration; Inter-State quarantine, the state government is directly responsible for public health and sanitation, hospitals and dispensaries. Like other Continue Reading

National Day of Ayurveda: Launched-

Ayurveda, India’s natural system of healing has spread worldwide as an innovative and comprehensive system of mind-body medicine. Recognizing the importance of Ayurveda, Ministry of AYUSH decided to celebrate the National Ayurveda Day every year on Dhanwantari Jayanti (Dhanteras). This year, it was celebrated on 28th October 2016. Why on Dhanteras? Well because, Dhanteras is originally Dhanvantari Jayanti. So Who is Dhanvantri? According to Hindu mythology(Bhagwat Purana), Dhanvantari is the form of Lord Vishnu, who arose Continue Reading

Bird Flu alert in Rajasthan

Bird Flu Alert in Rajasthan: After the deaths of nine water birds from Avian Influenza in Delhi Zoo, Rajasthan State Government on Friday issued necessary directions to the field officers and asked them to take “precautionary measures” to check its likely outbreak in the state. Why Rajasthan needs to be on high alert? There is scale transportation of poultry and related products between Rajasthan and Delhi, and so there are Continue Reading

Avian Influenza- Bird flu

Recently, there has been reports of avian influenza or bird flu in Delhi and surrounding states have also released cautionary statements. What is Avian Influenza? Avian influenza is known informally as avian flu or bird flu and refers to “influenza” caused by viruses adapted to birds. These flu viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them. But sometimes, they Continue Reading