Health Sector Current Affairs

4th Meeting of Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister held in New Delhi

The 4th meeting of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) was held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Dr BibekDebroy, Chairman, EAC-PM & Member, NITI Aayog. During the meeting, EAC-PM discussed the possible modalities of implementing National Health Scheme announced by the government in Union Budget-2018-19. Besides, presentations were also made on Health Reforms, World Bank Report on Indian Economy and on Indian Fiscal – Monetary Framework.

National Health Protection Scheme

National Health Protection Scheme (Ayushman Bharat Scheme) will cover 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. Under it, up to Rs 5 lakh insurance cover will be provided to each family per year in secondary and tertiary care institutions. It will have 50 crore beneficiaries. It will be world’s largest government-funded healthcare programme.

Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC)

PMEAC is a non-constitutional and non-statutory, non-permanent and independent body, constituted with the prime and sole aim to analyse all critical issues, economic or otherwise, referred to it by the prime minister and advising him thereon. It is mandate to give advice to prime minister on economic matters such as inflation, GDP changes, export-import changes, creating supporting environment for increased trade and commerce.

Functions of PMEAC

Submit periodic reports to PM related to macroeconomic developments and issues which will have implications of the economic policy. Analyse any topics, issues assigned by the PM and provide advice to them. Analyse macroeconomic issues having high importance and present the views to PM and any other task which is assigned by Prime Minister.

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India and Morocco ink MoU for enhanced cooperation in healthcare

India and Morocco signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in health sector. Through this framework MoU, both the countries can work together in identified areas of cooperation as both countries have much to offer to each other in the field of health.

Main areas of cooperation under MoU

  • Communicable Diseases.
  • Maternal, child and neonatal health.
  • Hospital twinning for exchange of good practices.
  • Drug Regulation and Pharmaceutical quality control.
  • Training in administration and management of health services and Hospitals
  • Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including child cardiovascular diseases and cancer;

Besides, another MoU was signed between Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry and Marrakech Mohamed VI University Hospital, Morocco. Under it, both Institutes agreed to collaborate in field of telemedicine. The focus areas under it are Health Education, Tele-Health Care, technical support in controlling epidemics and support in rendering second opinion on various complicated cases.

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