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New drug for Amoebiasis

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Entamoeba histolytica is the third-leading cause of morbidity and mortality due to parasitic disease in humans. It causes amoebiasis or amoebic dysentery, which is highly prevalent in developing countries. A team of researchers from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has developed new drug molecules against the protozoa that causes amoebiasis. ..

WHO Launches the ACT Accelerator Initiative

The WHO recently launched the ‘Access to COVID-19 Tools’ Accelerator initiative to help in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. ACT Accelerator The ACT (Access to COVID-19 Tools) Accelerator is a time limited collaborative effort by WHO and other stakeholders to enable equitable access of essential COVID-19 health technologies to all the countries. The ..

One Health

‘One Health’ is to be one of the priority areas that are to be strengthened using the 15,000 crore INR package recently approved by the Union Cabinet. About One Health One Health is an approach in healthcare to ‘designing and implementing programmes, policies, legislation and research in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to ..

India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package

The Union Cabinet recently approved investments worth 15,000 crore INR for the ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package’. About the Package The India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package is a support package for providing funds on a mission mode to help mount an urgent response to the COVID-19 crisis. ..

Government calls for self-reporting by attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat event

More than 200 people out of the 4,000 people who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi have tested positive for COVID-19. The government has asked the attendees to self-report to contain the sudden spike in cases. About Tablighi Jamaat The Tablighi Jamaat is a proselytising movement that literally means ‘a society for spreading ..

Release of prisoners to prevent spread of COVID-19 in prisons

Various prisons across India are set to release nearly 34,000 prisoners after the Supreme Court’s suggestion in March. This measure is being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Challenges This step is being taken in many countries across the world. Recently, Indonesia released 30,000 prisoners. In March, a WHO guidelines document listed the following ..

Sodium hypochlorite solution sprayed on migrants

The spraying of sodium hypochlorite solution on migrant workers in Bareily in Uttar Pradesh, to control the spread of COVID-19, has sparked criticism. Sodium Hypochlorite Sodium hypochlorite is a commonly used bleaching agent that is used for cleaning and disinfection. It is noted for its use in swimming pools. It is used in certain hand-wash ..

States use technology to help with quarantining process

Several states have developed mobile apps to help with enforcing the quarantine in light of increasing violation of the rules by the public. Karnataka’s Corona Watch App The Karnataka government has developed a Corona Watch app. It has options for use by the general public and some other options for exclusive use by the officials. ..