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COVID-19: First case in armed forces as jawan tests positive in Leh

COVID-19: First case in armed forces as jawan tests positive in Leh

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Updates from :  the hindu The 34-year-old contracted the disease from his father who returned from Iran after a pilgrimage on February 27 A 34-year-old jawan of the Indian Army in Leh tested positive for COVID-19, making it the first case in the armed forces. He contracted it from his father who returned from Iran recently. The jawan from Ladakh Scouts went on casual leave from February 25 to March 1 and rejoined the unit on March 2, Army sources said. “His father returned from Iran after a pilgrimage by Air India flight on February 27 and was quarantined from February 29 at Ladakh Heart Foundation,” an Army source said. Even though the soldier rejoined from leave, he was helping his family even during the quarantine period and was staying at Chuchot village for sometime, the
Lung infections accounted for 69% morbidity in 2018: National Health Profile report

Lung infections accounted for 69% morbidity in 2018: National Health Profile report

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Updates from :  the Hindu.   Acute Respiratory Infections affect children the hardest, say experts Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) accounted for 69.47% of morbidity last year which was the highest in the communicable disease category leading to 27.21% mortality. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal reported a large number of patients and fatalities due to ARI as per the National Health Profile-2019, which was recently released by the Union Health Ministry. According to World Health Organisation, acute respiratory infection is a serious ailment that prevents normal breathing function and kills an estimated 2.6 million children annually every year worldwide. Indians face the double burden of heavy air pollution in addition to the
India’s life expectancy rises to 68.7 years, says National Health Profile 2019

India’s life expectancy rises to 68.7 years, says National Health Profile 2019

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Updates from :  the Hindu. National Health Profile report notes that diabetes and hypertension rate are high among Indians while dengue and chikungunya are a cause of great concern to public health Life expectancy in India has increased from 49.7 years in 1970-75 to 68.7 years in 2012-16, as per the National Health Profile 2019 released on Wednesday. For the same period, the life expectancy for females is 70.2 years and 67.4 years for males. For comparison, in last year’s survey, the life expectancy had increased from 49.7 years in 1970-75 to 68.3 years in 2011-15. For the same period, the life expectancy for females is 70 years and 66.9 years for males. On the non-communicable diseases (NCD), the survey notes that out of 6.51 crore patients who attended NCD clinics, 4.75%
Sex ratio improves in country; birth and death rates dip

Sex ratio improves in country; birth and death rates dip

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Updates from :  the Hindu. Total fertility rate in 12 States has fallen below two children per woman India has registered an improved sex ratio and a decline in birth and death rates with non-communicable diseases dominating over communicable in the total disease burden of the country, according to the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence’s (CBHI) National Health Profile (NHP) 2019. The NHP covers demographic, socio-economic, health status and health finance indicators, human resources in the health sector and health infrastructure. It is also an important source of information on various communicable and non-communicable diseases that are not covered under any other major programmes. “This information is essential for health system policy development, governance, health res
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