Mission Vatsalya:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Welfare schemes for the vulnerable sections of the society.   Context: The Ministry of Women and Child Development has sent its draft guidelines for Mission Vatsalya Scheme to States and Union Territories to seek their suggestions. Mission Vatsalya is one of the new triad of schemes along with Mission Shakti, …

[MISSION 2022] Insights SECURE 2022 : Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 31 March 2022

  Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  MISSION – 2022: YEARLONG TIMETABLE Join IPM 4.0 to get an assured review of 2 secure answers everyday   General Studies – 1 Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture …

Omicron- a new variant:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Issues related to Health.   Context: The new variant B 1.1. 529, which was designated as a ‘Variant of Concern’ by World Health Organisation has been assigned the name Omicron. Reported by public health officials of South Africa, the new variant has triggered a lot of concern worldwide over a probable …

African swine fever:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Issues related to health.   Context: African Swine Fever (ASF) is spreading widely in Vietnam and is hurting the local farming industry, forcing the culling of three times the number of hogs culled last year. The outbreak has this year spread to 2,275 areas, in 57 out of the country’s 63 …

Ebola Survivors Can Trigger Outbreaks Years After Infection:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Issues related to health.   Context: Ebola survivors can relapse and trigger outbreaks at least five years after infection, and long-term follow-up of former patients is needed to prevent devastating flare-ups, according to new research. The study notes that these “virus reservoirs” appear able to awaken and cause new infections and …

Ayush prophylactic medicines:

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.   Context: Ayush Ministry kickstarts campaign to distribute prophylactic medicines. The kit of Ayurveda prophylactic medicines for Covid-19 contains Sanshamani Vati, which is also known as Guduchi or Giloy Ghan Vati and Ashwagandha Ghan Vati. The …

Nipah Virus

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Issues related to Health.   Context: After a gap of over three years, a case of the zoonotic Nipah virus infection has been reported in Kozhikode district of Kerala. What measures are being taken to control the spread of the virus? A contact list of 188 persons, a majority of them …

Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination

GS Paper 2: Topic covered: Issues related to Health   Context: 100years has passed since the Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine was introduced to combat tuberculosis (TB) on 18 July, 1921.   What is BCG Vaccine? Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine is a vaccine primarily used against tuberculosis (TB). BCG was developed by modifying a strain of Mycobacterium …

Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY:

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Issues related to health.   Context: Under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), the Union government’s health insurance scheme, approximately 20.32 lakh COVID-19 tests and 7.08 lakh treatments were authorised from April 2020 to July 2021. The total value of the tests and treatment stood at ₹2,794 crore. …

What is a bulk drug park, and why does Himachal Pradesh want one?

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Issues related to health.   Context: Karnataka has sought the Centre’s approval for the development of the Bulk Drug Park in Yadgir district under the Centre’s Promotion of Bulk Drug Parks Scheme.   What are bulk drugs or APIs? A bulk drug is also called an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). It …