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We Need To Rename It As ‘International Day of Persons with Special Abilities’: Vice President

Schools must inculcate sensitivity towards disability among children early in their lives: VP



NEW DELHI: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today said that ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ must be renamed as ‘International Day of Persons with Special Abilities’, to reflect the enormous potential and capabilities that differently-abled people posses and to dispel the stigma that society attaches to disability.

They are certainly role models for many others and can make an immense contribution to the cause of nation-building, given the right kind of environment and opportunities”, he added.

He was addressing the gathering after presenting the National Awards for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Expressing deep concern at the evidently severe problems faced by differently-abled, in terms of their social and economic conditions, Naidu said that we must build an inclusive society that is respectful and sensitive to the needs of the differently-abled.

He spoke of the need to provide the right nutrition and care to pregnant mothers and young children and to create good and accessible medical facilities across rural India.

Stating that early identification of disability is crucial, he said that it would enable us to undertake effective interventions from the beginning for rehabilitation measures and empowerment of the affected persons. “There is also a need to harmonize the immunization and disease prevention programmes with appropriate rehabilitative models at least at the District level”, he added, citing eradication of Polio is an excellent example of such coordinated efforts.

To minimise the disabilities from accidents, we need to improve road and workplace safety.

Referring to government reports that say road injuries caused 65% more disabilities in 2016 than in 1990, the Vice President called for improving road safety and spreading awareness about safe driving. He termed the recent amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act as a step in the right direction.

The Vice President emphasized that a change in society’s attitude towards disability is crucial and added that differently-abled persons are not objects of ‘sympathy’ and ‘pity’ and must instead be given ‘empathy’ and ‘support’.

Naidu said that all schools must strive to inculcate sensitivity towards disability in children early in their lives.

He applauded mainstream Indian cinema for creating many appreciable movies on the topic of disability and said that it is a good trend that needs to be further encouraged to change people’s perception of disability.

The Vice President applauded the Government’s initiatives to systematically address the challenges faced by the persons with disabilities, such as the amendment of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act in 2016.

Stating that education is the key to empowerment of every person including persons with disabilities, Naidu called for setting up more inclusive schools and special schools to ensure that each disabled child gets good quality education.

Observing that creating an accessible environment for persons with disabilities is of paramount importance, the Vice President said that there is a need to develop collaborative efforts among all stakeholders for developing a barrier-free environment for the Persons with Disabilities. He urged the corporate and the private entities to take all steps possible to make their infrastructure accessible to persons with disabilities.

Speaking of the need to include persons with disabilities in social and cultural activities, especially in sporting events, Naidu said that it would instil a sense of inclusion and confidence amongst persons with disabilities. He also applauded our sportspersons have constantly done the country proud in Paralympics.

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Coronavirus: 7 Indian Airports To Have Thermal Screening Of Arrivals From China, HK

In-flight announcements to be made requesting passengers with a history of fever and cough and travel to Wuhan City.



NEW DELHI: Thermal Screening of passengers arriving from China including Hong Kong has expanded to seven airports in view of the threat of Novel Corona Virus Disease in Wuhan, China.

These airports are Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin.

Civil Aviation Ministry has directed for all logistics support and arrangements to be made immediately with regard to screening of passengers arriving in India from China including Hong Kong.

The Ministry has called for immediate implementation of the action plan and strict adherence by identified airports and all concerned airlines.

In order to facilitate early isolation, in-flight announcements to be made by the airlines requesting passengers with a history of fever and cough and history of travel to Wuhan City in last 14 days.

All passengers and crew who are healthy should be allowed to continue their onward journey.

If the ill passenger or crew member is confirmed as a probable case of Wuhan Corona Virus, public health authorities should be notified about the contacts using the Passenger Locator Form.

Operational procedures recommended by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) with regard to managing the suspected communicable disease on board an aircraft. All passengers and crew who are otherwise healthy should be allowed to continue their onward journey. If the ill passenger or crew member is confirmed as a probable case of Wuhan Corona Virus, public health authorities should be notified about the contacts using the Passenger Locator Form,” the government’s advisory said.

Several countries have increased checks at airports to detect the symptoms of the coronavirus which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Indian carriers like Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet connect India and Hong Kong among other global airlines.

As far as China is concerned, Indigo and Air India are the two Indian carriers, other than China Southern, Air China and other airlines.

The outbreak of the virus comes when millions of Chinese travel to their hometowns and overseas to celebrate Lunar New Year, which is also called by many as the world’s biggest annual mass migration.

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Hospital In Jabalpur Offers Cheap treatment Of Brain Aneurysm

Brain aneurysm is also treated by surgery, in which there is a high risk, and can be fatal.



JABALPUR (Madhya Pradesh): The treatment of brain aneurysm through coiling for the general public has been started at discounted rates at the Super Specialty Hospital of Netaji Subhash Chandra Medical College, Jabalpur. This facility is available in very limited institutions in the country.

The treatment of brain aneurysm usually costs around Rs 5 to 8 lakhs depending on the number of coils and stents.

Aneurysm is the state of the blood vessels of the brain in which blood vessels rupture due to weakening of the wall.

In most cases, lack of treatment leads to death of the patient. If not treated at the right time, frequent bleeding occurs, which causes unbearable pain to the patient.

Brain aneurysm is also treated by surgery, in which there is a high risk, and can cause the death of the patient.

Treatment of brain aneurysm through coiling is a low-risk treatment similar to angioplasty. This technique is much better than treatment through medicines.

The hospital’s head of the department, Dr Pradeep Kasar said that with the help of the government, the facility of treatment of diseases available in big cities is now being provided in government hospitals of the state.

Brain stroke is also being treated at the Super Specialty Hospital, Jabalpur, in which the blood clots are removed by mechanical method. This method is much better than the treatment of medicines.

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Polio Vaccination NOW Causing More Infections than Wild Virus?

In rare instances, the live virus in oral polio vaccines can mutate and become infectious, causing new outbreaks.



LONDON (England): — Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and Angola have reported new cases of polio linked to the oral vaccine, as global health numbers show there are now more children being paralyzed by viruses originating in vaccines than in the wild.

In a report late last week, the World Health Organization and partners noted nine new polio cases caused by the vaccine in the four countries.

Seven countries elsewhere in Africa have similar outbreaks and cases have been reported in Asia. Of the two countries where polio remains endemic, Afghanistan and Pakistan, vaccine-linked cases have been identified in Pakistan.

In rare cases, the live virus in oral polio vaccine can mutate into a form capable of sparking new outbreaks.

All the current vaccine-derived polio cases have been sparked by a Type 2 virus contained in the vaccine.

Type 2 wild virus was eliminated years ago.

Polio is a highly infectious disease that spreads in contaminated water or food and usually strikes children under 5. About one in 200 infections results in paralysis. Among those, a small percentage die when their breathing muscles are crippled.

Donors last week pledged $2.6 billion to combat polio as part of an eradication initiative that began in 1988 and hoped to wipe out polio by 2000. Since then, numerous such deadlines have been missed.

To eradicate polio, more than 95% of a population needs to be immunized. WHO and partners have long relied on oral polio vaccines because they are cheap and can be easily administered, requiring only two drops per dose. Western countries use a more expensive injectable polio vaccine that contains an inactivated virus incapable of causing polio.

The Independent Monitoring Board, a group set up by WHO to assess polio eradication, warned in a report this month that vaccine-derived polio virus is “spreading uncontrolled in West Africa, bursting geographical boundaries and raising fundamental questions and challenges for the whole eradication process.”

The group said officials were already “failing badly” to meet a recently approved polio goal of stopping all vaccine-derived outbreaks within 120 days of detection. It described the initial attitude of WHO and its partners to stopping such vaccine-linked polio cases as “relaxed” and said “new thinking” on how to tackle the problem was needed.

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