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Electric vehicles can reduce urban pollution significantly. India needs to offer monetary incentives and other subsidies to manufacturers.
India has registered a significant decline in Maternal Mortality Ratio, recording a 22 per cent reduction in such deaths since 2013, according to a Sample Registration System bulletin released earlier this week.
A month after the death of the first suspected victim, Kerala seems to be over the hump, having kept off a second wave of infection. But the 2,500 people in quarantine, doctors manning isolation wards, and officials can’t afford to lower their guard. The Indian Express reports from a state on high alert.
India has fast tracked many initiatives aimed at achieving all the four tenets of UHC that is strengthening health systems, improving access to free medicines and diagnostics and reducing catastrophic healthcare spending.
The Indian government is set to hold three more yoga sessions in the UN during the week-long assembly.
The disease — most feared for the internal and external bleeding it can cause in its victims owing to damage done to blood vessels — has already spread to three separate locations covering 60 km (37 miles) or more in Equateur province.
The findings come as the World Health Organisation has announced a new Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Kongo.
The WHO report estimated that nine of 10 people in the world breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Further, according to WHO’s study, ambient air pollution caused about 4.2 million deaths globally in 2016.
Rabies is a viral disease that occurs in more than 150 countries and territories and is usually fatal once symptoms appear. Dog-transmitted rabies accounts for about 99 per cent of human rabies cases.
According to WHO, 14 of the world’s 15 cities with highest levels of PM 2.5 in 2016 were in 7 Indian states. Geography has a big role in this situation.
In a statement, the ministry said as most of the polluted cities lie around Delhi and along the Indo-Gangetic plain, it is critical that the respective state governments are sensitised to take up urgent action on cleaning air.
In a letter to PM Modi, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, the economic wing of the RSS, had alleged that advocacy groups of dubious antecedents and an official in the Health Ministry were “lobbying for the use of vaccines such as HPV vaccine.
The plan aims to ensure continuity of health services during rains and floods to minimise the risk of disease and deaths among the affected population, a WHO statement said.
WHO said TB was responsible for 1.7 million deaths in 2016, despite most cases being curable and over 10 million people contract the disease every year.