Health is a measure of quality of life that is difficult to define and measure.
In the 1940s, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
At the first International Conference on Health Promotion in Ottawa, Canada (1986), the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion built on the WHO’s concept and further defined health as “a resource for everyday life … a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capabilities.”
Good health enables one to function independently within a changing environment.
Vitiligo Awareness Day is observed on May 19 every year in India. I believe boosting the morale of vitiligo patients is important. Most vitiligo patients suffer psychologically due to the disease. They develop an inferiority complex and tend to isolate themselves from society. It is important to provide proper counselling to get them out of [...]
Fast-moving lifestyles, unearthly hours at work, stress, addiction to alcohol and unhealthy meals are making more and more Indians fall prey to high blood pressure at a very young age. High blood pressure (BP) is a major public health problem in India and its prevalence is rapidly increasing among both urban and rural populations. In [...]
During the transition from childhood to adulthood, adolescents establish patterns of behavior and make lifestyle choices that affect both their current and future health. Adolescent Health Division of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare implements three programmes viz Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Programme (ARSH), Menstrual Hygiene Scheme (MHS) and Weekly Iron Supplementation Programme [...]
There has been no wild polio virus case for more than 2 years. This is the longest wild polio virus free period in the history of India and a feat globally acknowledged. Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare said this in New Delhi last week. Addressing the 5thFoundation Day of [...]
Various sub types of Seasonal Influenza virus are circulating and causing the present spurt in cases in the States of Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. Notable among them is Influenza A H1N1 virus that caused the Pandemic in 2009. Following reports appearing in certain sections of the media, it is reiterated that Seasonal Influenza is [...]
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Anti Leprosy Fortnight and Leprosy Seal Campaign on January 30, 2013 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. In this connection, a delegation of the Delhi branch of the Hind Kusht Nivaran Sangh called on the President. The Sangh is a voluntary organization working in the field of service of [...]
The 54th All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology began in Mumbai. The AICOG is the most important annual event on the academic calendar of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India and thereby every specialist involved with women’s health in India. Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare [...]
The second BRICS Health Ministers’ Meet held in New Delhi. First day held at Dr. Ramalingaswamy Auditorium, AIIMS, New Delhi and the second day at Banquet Hall, Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi. The first day the Health Secretaries and Senior Advisors of BRICS countries participated and the second day the Health Ministers of BRICS countries took [...]
The daylong dissemination workshop of the 6th Common Review Mission of National Rural Health Mission was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Addressing the workshop, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare said since the launch of National Rural Health Mission more than 7 years ago, far reaching changes have taken [...]
Babies only hours old are able to differentiate between sounds from their native language and a foreign language, scientists have discovered. The study indicates that babies begin absorbing language while still in the womb, earlier than previously thought. Sensory and brain mechanisms for hearing are developed at 30 weeks of gestational age, and the new [...]