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A new challenge: introducing injectable polio vaccine

India is among 140 countries that rely on the oral polio vaccine.


For India, which has successfully kept naturally-occurring ‘wild’ polioviruses at bay for three whole years, a new challenge looms.

India is among 140 countries that rely on the oral polio vaccine (OPV). These countries have now been asked to introduce an injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into their routine childhood immunisation programme by the end of next year.

‘Seethalayam’ to be wound up

The Hindu Ayushman project to execute lifestyle disease control programmes for women, would also be wound up. File photo: S.R. Raghunathan Official order has been issued by the Directorate of Health The Health Department has decided to wind up ‘Seethalayam’, a pilot project launched across the State  in Kerela ,to take care of women’s health and infertility problems. An official order in this regard was issued by the Directorate of Health on Wednesday. Sources said the project was wound up following financial burdens on the government. All doctors assigned to take care of the project in district Homeopathic hospitals would be called back shortly. Similarly, the Ayushman project introduced along with Seethalayam to execute lifestyle disease control programmes, too, would be wound up.

Pesticide scam exposed by Khemka to be probed

Parliamentary committee’s recommendation a shot in the arm for Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka In a rare act, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture has come to whistleblower Ashok Khemka’s support, ordering a Central government inquiry into the pesticide scam that the Haryana IAS officer uncovered.

Food security in the time of inflation

If the expansion of the Public Distribution System results in an increase in market prices, it may counterbalance the benefits of food subsidyPassage of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) has put the Public Distribution System (PDS) at the core of the national mission to feed the hungry. The PDS, operated via “fair price” or ration shops, will distribute up to 5 kg of rice at Rs. 3 per kg.,