Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan chaired a meeting with Department of Biotechnology and reviewed the good work done related to COVID-19 by Department and the autonomous institution BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council).
During the meeting, the Health Minister also dedicated to the nation the largest network of 5 dedicated COVID-19 Biorepositories established by Department of Biotechnology in record time.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on March 07 inaugurated a Jan Aushadhi Centre at Deep Market in Ashok Vihar area of the national capital on the occasion of Jan Aushadhi Diwas, today. Approximately 1 to 1.25 crore people are taking medicines from Jan Aushadhi Kendra every month. In 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared March 7 as Jan Aushadhi Diwas for promoting and increasing the outreach of generic medicines. The theme of 3rd Jan Aushadhi Diwas this year is "Seva bhi- Rozgar Bhi" to highlight the meaningful employment to pharmacists along with assured access to quality medicines for all sections of the society.
While addressing an event on World Hearing Day on March 03, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan said that National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD) will target over 6 percent of India's population with disabling hearing loss. "Our National Program for Prevention and Control of Deafness has enhanced its reach to cover nearly 80% of the country's population. We plan to expand access to affordable hearing technologies for all those in need," he added.
The district administration of Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad city has arranged a special facility for women on the occasion of International Women's Day. They commenced women special 'COVID-19 vaccination center' on March 08. The vaccination center at District Mahila Chikitsalaya is fully owned by female staff including doctors, nurses, compounders, security personnel and housekeeping staff.