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PIB Daily – 26th September 2019 – IASToppers

Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Varaha; TB Harega Desh Jeetega Campaign;
By IASToppers
September 26, 2019

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Issues related to Health & Education

  • Minister for Health launches ‘TB Harega Desh Jeetega’ Campaign

Defence & Security Issues

  • Defense Minister Commissions patrol vessel Varaha

 

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Issues related to Health & Education

Minister for Health launches ‘TB Harega Desh Jeetega’ Campaign 

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare launched the new TB Harega Desh Jeetega Campaign, along with the National TB Prevalence Survey.

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Union Minister for Health also:

  • Launched an all oral regimen kit for multi-drug resistant TB patients which does not include injections which can have side effects.
  • Announced a partnership with the World Bank which is providing a $400 million credit for accelerating TB response in 9 states of India.
  • Flagged off a van for the National TB Prevalence Survey which will be part of the prevalence survey carried out over 6 months across the country. This will present national and state level TB data, which will be used as a policy tool for further interventions.
  • Awarded states for their excellent performance in tackling TB. Among large population (>50 lakhs), Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat were awarded as best performers, while Tripura and Sikkim were awarded among medium population (less than 50 lakhs) states. Puducherry, and Daman and Diu were judged as the best performers among Union Territories.

ABOUT TB HAREGA DESH JEETEGA CAMPAIGN

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  • It has been launched with an aim to improve and expand the reach of TB care services across India by 2022.
  • The campaign has three pillars – clinical approach, public health component and active community participation.
  • There are some other supporting aspects of the campaign including – patient support, private sector engagement, political and administrative commitment at all levels.
  • The government will ensure that all patients, at private or public hospitals, receive free-of-cost and high-quality TB care.

GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN TACKLING TB

  • In 2018, 21.5 lakh TB cases were reported to the government, compared to 18 lakhs in 2017, an increase of 17% in one year.

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  • Moreover, notifications from private sector health care providers increase by 40%, contributing to 25% of all TB notifications.
  • The Government of India has also partnered with the Global Fund to launch JEET (Joint Effort for Elimination of TB), a private sector engagement program operating in 45 cities across India.
  • In April 2018, the government launched the Nikshay Poshan Yojana, a direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme to provide nutritional support to TB patients. Under the scheme, TB patients have been receiving Rs. 500 per month for the entire duration of treatment.

KEY FACTS

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  • United Nations has marked 2030 as a global target to eliminate TB worldwide but the Government of India has made 2025 as its target to eliminate tuberculosis from the country.
  • SDG 3 also includes a target (Target 3.8) related to universal health coverage (UHC) in which TB is explicitly mentioned. This includes an indicator on the coverage of essential prevention, treatment and care interventions.
[Ref: PIB]

 

Defence & Security Issues

Defense Minister Commissions patrol vessel Varaha

Defense Minister commissioned the Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel ICGS ‘Varaha’ at the Chennai Port Trust in Chennai.

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ABOUT INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP (ICGS) VARAHA

  • It is one of the seven Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) being built at the Kattupalli shipyard, Chennai by for the Indian Coast Guard.

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  • ‘Varaha’ refers to the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu who took the form of a boar to rescue Goddess Earth from the ocean by lifting her on his tusks.

Special features of ICGS Varaha

  • Integrated Bridge System
  • Automated power management system
  • High power external firefighting system
  • Indigenously built Integrated platform management system
  • Help Traversing System
  • Capabilities to operate Helicopters developed indigenously by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
  • Capabilities of carrying limited Pollution Response equipment to contain oil spill at Sea
[Ref: PIB, India Today]

 

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