Health Sector Current Affairs - 2020

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Cure for Corona Virus: AYUSH recommends Unani Medicines

The World Health Organization recently increased the spreading risk of Corona Virus from medium to high. With the virus spreading to different parts of the world like Japan, US, UK, Sri Lanka, Germany, India has found its cure!

Highlights

A Siddha Doctor from Tamil Nadu has claimed to have formulated a herbal medicine to cure Corona Virus.

The Ministry of AYUSH has recommended Ayurvedic and Homeopathic preventions for the infections caused by the new stain of Corona Virus. The Ministry has also provided a set of preventive management steps. The steps are based on Unani, Ayurvedic and Homeopathic practices.

Genome Sequencing

The Chinese researchers have found out from the genome sequences of the new Virus that the virus belongs to Corona Virus family. The sequencing also says that the virus has similarities with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) corona virus.

SARS

The SARS outbreak happened in 2002 and 2003. The virus took the lives of around 774 people all over the world. SARS also began spreading from China. However, since 2004 no SARS cases have been found.

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October 20: World Osteoporosis Day

The World Osteoporosis Day is observed by the International Osteoporosis Foundation annually. The purpose is to create awareness for the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of osteoporosis. It was launched in 1996. Only in 1998 and 1999, the WHO acted as a co-sponsor of the campaign.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mass. It leads to enhanced bone fragility and increases the susceptibility of fractures for the person. In India, around 50 million are osteoporotic with bone mass less than 2.5. A person with osteoporosis is claimed to have bone mass between 1 and 2.5

Significance

In India, Osteoporosis is one of the major health problems. Around 230 million Indians are above the age of 50 years. Out of these 46 million women are with osteoporosis. In India, the problem is more common among women than men. This is mainly because of following reasons

  • Reduced intake of calcium during the development of bone mass
  • Lack of exercises
  • Improper exposure to sunlight

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