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Pandemic H1N1 2009

WHO declared the start of the Influenza A(H1N1) pandemic on June 11, 2009. The Director-General of WHO raised the influenza pandemic alert to the highest level - Phase 6 - on the guidance and advice from an Emergency Committee established for this purpose under the International Health Regulations (IHR).

In late April, WHO had announced the emergence of a novel H1N1 virus. This strain has not circulated previously in humans. It is contagious spreading easily from one person to another. More than 70 countries are now affected with over 30,000 confirmed cases Further geographical spread is inevitable.

The declaration of a pandemic essentially means wide geographic spread and does not indicate any change in the severity of the illness. Currently the severity of the pandemic has been assessed as "moderate" globally. In vast majority of cases the virus produces mild disease. In a small proportion of people the illness can become severe and fatal. While most persons developing severe disease have underlying conditions such as respiratory diseases, notably asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and obesity, a few young and previously healthy persons have also developed severe disease More>…


Partnering with Media to combat Pandemic Influenza

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare joined hands with WHO, UNICEF and the media to strategize on how to inform and protect the public from Pandemic H1N1 (2009) Influenza at the National Media Communication Workshop held in New Delhi on 23-24 July, 2009.


Ms Neelam Kapur, Principal Director General, Press Information Bureau; and WHO Representative to India, Dr S J Habayeb; stressed on media’s role as a key partner in effective dissemination of accurate information on Pandemic Influenza, in their opening remarks.


Mr Vineet Chowdhry, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, presided over the workshop which started with a presentation on “Understanding the Pandemic Influenza” by Dr. Khanchit Limparkarnjanarat, from WHO Regional Office. Dr. Shiv Lal, Special Director General (Public Health) & Director, National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), talked about “India’s Response to the Pandemic”  More >…


National Consultation on Public Health Workforce

A National Consultation on Public Health Workforce was organised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and WHO Country Office in New Delhi on 24-25 June 2009.

Inaugurating the meeting, Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, lauded the efforts undertaken by India in the area of public health from the time of pre-Independence up to the National Rural Health Mission.

The Regional Director stressed the need for re-vitalization of primary health care with a focus on strengthening public health systems, which are responsive to community needs. He said there was also a need to examine issues around teaching of public health as well as its practice in greater detail. More>…


World No Tobacco Day 2009

On the World No Tobacco Day on 31st May 2009, India introduced pictorial health warnings on all tobacco product packs. Health warnings with pictures are proven to motivate tobacco users to quit and for those who are not yet addicted to reduce the appeal of tobacco. 

Article 11 of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control mandates all countries that have ratified this international treaty to have large, clear and visible health warnings or other messages that include pictures conveying the harmful effects of tobacco use. Displaying health warnings on tobacco packs is one of the six important strategies of WHO MPOWER policy package for tobacco control. More >…


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