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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
26th September 2018
Diphtheria death toll in Delhi rises to 20: Anticipation and preparedness key to avert any outbreak

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

As many as 19 children have died of diphtheria at the North Corporation-run Maharishi Valmiki Infectious Diseases Hospital, one child died at the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Hospital, taking the death toll due to diphtheria in the city to 20. "From September 6-24, there have been 157 admissions, of which 128 were from UP. Rest of the cases are from Haryana and Delhi," a senior North civic body official said. (HT, Sept. 25, 2018).

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease and is included in the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) in India as DPT vaccine. In 2014, the Health Ministry launched Mission Indradhanush as a special drive to vaccinate all unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under UIP. Mission Indradhanush aims to increase full immunization coverage in India to at least 90% children by December 2018.

The very fact that there has been an increase in the number of diphtheria cases in the capital, this indicates the failure of the primary immunization program. This should be investigated and the unvaccinated children and those who have received incomplete vaccination, in both urban and rural areas, should be identified and covered under the Mission Indradhanush, as was its more

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Delhi diphtheria death toll rises to 20. As many as 19 children have died of diphtheria at a municipal hospital in north-west Delhi, taking the death toll in the city to 20, according to a North Delhi Municipal Corporation report issued Monday. Diphtheria is a contagious bacterial infection which affects mucous membranes of the throat and nose. While 19 children died at the North Corporation-run Maharishi ... read more

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FDA finds no new or unexpected safety risks associated with pimavanserin use in Parkinson’s disease psychosis

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Marked increase in per capita alcohol consumption in India
Abstinence and reduction in consumption can only be achieved through persistent efforts
New Delhi, 24 September 2018: According to a report by the WHO, the per capita alcohol consumption in India has more than doubled from 2005 to 2016.It has increased from 2.4 litres in 2005 to 5.7 litres in 2016 with 4.2 litres being consumed by men and 1.5 litre by women. The total alcohol per capita consumption (15+ years) is expected to increase in half of the WHO regions by 2025. An increase of 2.2 litres is expected in India alone.

Consumption of alcohol is one of the leading risk factors for health issues in populations worldwide. It has a direct bearing on many health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those for maternal and child health, infectious diseases (HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis), non-communicable diseases and mental health, injuries and poisonings.

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