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Almost 90% in Delhi are Vitamin-D Deficient

The bigger concern is that the population at large is not even aware of Vitamin D deficiency and its consequences.

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NEW DELHI: Around 88% of the Delhi-NCR population surveyed suffered from Vitamin D deficiency which causes chronic muscle pain, spasms, low energy levels, depression etc, according to a recent report.

However, the bigger concern is that the population at large is not even aware of Vitamin D deficiency and its consequences.

A data analysis of people between the age group of 21 and 65 years from October 2017 to March 2018 showed insufficient Vitamin D presence.

The age group of 21-35 years showed maximum insufficiency, according to the survey conducted by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

The report said that eight out of ten people suffered from the deficiency.

Around 55% of survey respondents were under the age bracket of 20-29 years, followed by 30-39 years (26%), 40-49 years (16%), 50-60 years (approximately 2%) and 60-80 years (1% approximately).

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone mineralization, leading to bone softening diseases as rickets in children and osteomalacia and osteoporosis in adults. The deficiency can be easily corrected by Vitamin D supplementation or some lifestyle changes, said Dr H K Chopra, co-chairman of ASSOCHAM Healthcare Council.

Dr Chopra further said insufficiency or non-exposure to sunlight, staying in air-conditioned rooms for long hours during the day could be the prime reason behind the deficiency.

Low vitamin D levels are widely known to harm bones, leading them to become thin, brittle, soft or misshapen.

It is also to be noted that Vitamin D is equally important for heart, brain, immune function and much more.

Foods high in Vitamin D are fish, beef liver, egg yolks.

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Health Minister Gives Kayakalp Awards for Health Facilities

The award is given by the Ministry to those best performing public health facilities which demonstrate a high level of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control.

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NEW DELHI: Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda gave away the Kayakalp awards in New Delhi on April 19.

The award is given by the Ministry to those best performing public health facilities which demonstrate a high level of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control.

On the basis of numbers of patients and bed occupancy, the awards have been listed in two categories.

In the first category, AIIMS, New Delhi, received the first prize worth Rs. 2.50 crore, while PGI Chandigarh won the second prize worth Rs. 1.50 crore.

In the second category, North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Science, Shillong was adjudged as the winner with a prize money worth Rs. 1.50 crore.

The second prize went to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, with a prize money worth 1 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, Nadda said, the Kayakalp initiative will surely prompt other hospitals to excel in achieving the Prime Minister’s goal of Swachh Bharat.

He said, health was not taken seriously earlier, but now it has taken centre stage in the government’s agenda.

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DARPAN-PLI, App for Postal Life Insurance Launched

The hand-held devices will ensure improvement in the quality of Postal services being offered in remote rural areas. 

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NEW DELHI: Minister of State for Communication Manoj Sinha launched DARPAN-Postal Life Insurance App on April 17 in New Delhi.

The DARPAN-PLI App will help in collection of premium for postal life insurance and rural postal life insurance policies at branch post offices anywhere in India, with online updation of the policies.

Speaking on the occasion, Sinha said, these initiative will help Department of Posts in providing better after-sales service to customers, particularly those living in rural areas of the country.

He said, with a view to achieve total digitisation of postal operations in the country, the department has launched Digital Advancement of Rural Post office for a new India (DARPAN) Project, which aims at connecting all one lakh 29 thousand Rural Branch Post Offices.

The Hand-held devices installed under DARPAN Project will ensure improvement in the quality of Postal services being offered in remote rural areas.

Customers in these areas can now avail the facility of online Core Banking, booking of Registered and Speed Post articles, booking of Money Orders, deposit of Postal Life Insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurance premium through these hand-held devices.

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This World Health Day is for Everyone, Everywhere

The 2018 theme for World Health Day is Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere.

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World Health Day is being observed today. The global health awareness day aims at spreading awareness about health and well being.

World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April under the leadership of World Health Organisation (WHO) to create global health awareness. First celebrated in the year 1950, this day also marks the establishment of WHO.

Postal stamps marking the World Health Day

A particular health-related theme is chosen every year and varieties of programs related to it are organised on international and national levels. The celebration focuses on increasing the life expectancy of people by promoting healthier living habits.

The World Health Organisation has designated this year’s theme as ‘Universal Health Coverage (UHC): everyone, everywhere’, an indication that nations around the world are aspiring to provide higher accessibility of healthcare to their citizens.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) refers to the providing of essential healthcare services to a person while ensuring that the use of these does not expose the user to financial distress. The basic objective is that every person who needs these services should get them and not only those who can pay them. This is required to alleviate the financial costs associated with healthcare while making individual access to these services easier.

The 2017 theme was Depression: Let’s Talk, which aimed to reach out to help people battling with the disorder. According to WHO’s latest estimates, between 2005-2015, there has been an 18% increase in people dealing with depression, that is approximately 300 million people.

As this year is WHO’s 70th Anniversary year too, the organization has appealed the world leaders to live up to the pledges they made and agreed to in the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and for taking concrete actions to progress towards Health For All.

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